Yasmine Akram

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Yasmine Akram
Born (1982-03-11) 11 March 1982 (age 34) [1]
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates[1]
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress, comedian, writer

Yasmine Akram (born 11 March 1982) is an Irish actress, writer and comedian, best known for playing Janine Hawkins 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]

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


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. This was later adapted into the feature film A Date for Mad Mary in 2016.[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 Hawkins opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes in two episodes of the third series of Sherlock. She reprised the role in the 2016 special, "The Abominable Bride"; however her name in this was Janine Donlevy.[citation needed]

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

In October 2015 she appeared as a panellist in BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz.

Personal life[edit]

As of January 2016 Yasmine resides in London.[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 TV series 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 Yazz (Narrator)/Various roles Radio series co-writer
2014–present Sherlock[15] Janine Hawkins TV series (3 episodes)
2014 The Midnight Beast[16] Jess TV series
2014 The Centre[14] Amanda Menton TV series
2014-2015 Stella[17] Parvadi TV series
2014 Never Mind the Buzzcocks panellist series 28, episode 11
2015 Count Arthur Strong Gemma TV series
2015 Asylum Rosa TV series
2015 Undercover Lara Sarkissian TV series
2015 Unforgotten Kelly 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". irishplayography.com. 
  7. ^ a b "LOL". BBC One. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Blogger". missredblog.com. 
  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. ^ "Dawn Sedgwick Mgt on Twitter". Twitter. 
  17. ^ Sarah Doran. "7 things you didn't know about Sherlock's Irish woman". The Daily Edge. 

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