Yasmine Akram

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Yasmine Akram
Born 11 March 1982[1]
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates[1]
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer

Yasmine Akram (born 11 March 1982) is an Irish actress, writer and comedian, best known for playing Janine in the third series of Sherlock.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Akram was born in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Her family settled in Drogheda, Ireland when she was 18 months old. Her father is originally from Pakistan, her mother Mona is from Drogheda and still lives in the town. She has a sister named Masooma.[1][5]

Akram graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she studied acting.[6][7] At the age of 14, she has collaborated with Calipo Theatre, Picture Company and Droichead Youth Theatre.[3]


After graduating from drama school, Akram started writing comedy sketches for the BBC and Channel 4 and hosted shows for BBC Radio.[8]

She wrote her first play, 10 Dates with Mad Mary, a monologue about a young woman's struggles after leaving prison, and performed the play at Project Arts Centre in Ireland in 2010.[9]

She writes and performs as half of London-based comedy duo Ford and Akram with English comedian Louise Ford.[10] The duo's live show in 2011 was directed by Alistair McGowan for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[7][11]

In 2013 she co-wrote and co-presented BBC Radio 4's Irish Micks and Legends with Aisling Bea, with whom she had previously worked on the Channel 4 sketch comedy LOL.[12][13]

In 2014, she portrayed Janine opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes in two episodes of the third series of Sherlock.

In December 2014 Akram appeared as a panellist in Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Personal life[edit]

As of January 2014, Akram resides in London and is single. [8][14]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Love is the Drug Aisling TV series
2010 Peep Show Yana TV series (1 episode: "St. Hospitals")
2010 LOL Various roles Also writer
2013 Common Ground Restaurant Manager TV series (1 episode: "William & Sinclair")
2013 London Irish Check-in Girl TV series
2013 Irish Micks and Legends Radio; co-writer
2014 Sherlock[15] Janine TV series
2014 The Midnight Beast[16] Jess TV series
2014 The Centre[14] Amanda Menton TV series
2014 Stella[17] Parvadi TV series
2014 Never Mind the Buzzcocks panellist series 28, episode 11
2015 Asylum (BBC TV Series) Rosa TV series


  1. ^ a b c Watters, Ian (24 January 2014). "It's an elementary role!". The Drogheda Leader. 
  2. ^ "Sherlock's Yasmine happy to be bridesmaid". The Irish World. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview with Yasmine Akram". Diatribes of a Dilettante. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Edinburgh Fringe: Glenn Wool/ Jerry Sadowitz/ Ford and Akram | Comedy reviews, news & interviews | The Arts Desk
  5. ^ Fleckney, Paul (11 August 2011). "Edinburgh Festival review – Ford & Akram". London Is Funny. 
  6. ^ PlayographyIreland – Yasmine Akram
  7. ^ a b "LOL". BBC One. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Miss Red: 10 Things You Need To Know About The Bridesmaid In Sherlock – Irish Actress Yasmine Akram
  9. ^ John White (30 January 2010). "Calipo Theatre Company's '10 Dates with Mad Mary' – review". Irish Theatre Magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Mark Monahan (16 August 2012). "Edinburgh Festival 2012: Ford and Akram, Pleasance Attic, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Edinburgh comedy notebook: When it's better to be funny-looking". The Guardian. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Aisling Bea – Bulmers Galway Comedy Festival 2013
  13. ^ "Irish Micks and Legends". BBC Radio 4 website. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Jennifer's got her new comedy role all covered". Evening Herald. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sherlock series 3: 'The Sign of Three' recap – The end of an era?". Digital Spy. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/dawnsedgwickmgt/status/426454057222701056
  17. ^ 7 things you didn’t know about Sherlock’s Irish woman

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