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Yumna Zaidi

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Yumna Zaidi
Born (1989-07-30) 30 July 1989 (age 31)
Years active2012–present

Yumna Zaidi (born 30 July 1989) is a Pakistani television actress. She is recognized for her roles in the serials Khushi Ek Roag, Meri Dulari, Dil Muhallay Ki Haveli, Rishtay Kuch Adhooray Se, Mausam, Guzaarish and Zara Yaad Kar. She has established a career in the Urdu television industry and has received seven Hum Award nominations.[1]

Early and Personal life

Zaidi, born and raised in Lahore, resides in Texas and works in between Karachi-Lahore. Her Father Zameendar Zaidi was a business man who died in June 2019,[2] and mother Shabana Naheed Zaidi is a house wife. She is From a village Arif Wala in Pakpattan, Punjab. She has done a masters in interior designing and has some experience in Radio Jockey and hosting.[3]


She did not aspire to pursue a career in acting, however, on the insistence of her friend Affan Waheed, she dabbled with acting by playing a supporting role in the ARY Digital's 2012 domestic drama Thakan, and followed it with a leading role in the melodrama Khushi Ek Roag. She then appeared in Urdu 1's Teri Raah Main Rul Gai opposite Samiya Mumtaz and Sami Khan where she played the character of Maryam.[4]

Zaidi received praise for portraying emotionally intense characters in the dramas, Geo TV's Meri Dulari (2013) and Hum TV's Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi (2013), the later of which garnered her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at Hum Awards. Her acclaimed role of a troubled wife in the tragic romance Rishtay Kuch Adhooray Se (2013), established her as a leading actress of Pakistan and earned her the Hum Award for Best Actress and Best Actress Popular nominations. Zaidi subsequently did a special appearance in 2013 series Sannata and played supporting role in Kashif Nisar's directorial Kis Se Kahoon alongside Sajal Ali and Agha Ali. She gained wider recognition for portraying a range of characters in the dramas Mausam (2014), Madawa (2015), Guzaarish (2015), and Jugnoo (2015), Kaanch Ki Guriya (2015), Paras (2015) and Aap ki Kaneez (2015), some of which garnered her several Best Actress nominations.[5]

In 2016 she appeared in Momina Duraid's Zara Yaad Kar where she played the lead character of Uzma Ikhtiar opposite Zahid Ahmed and Sana Javed.[6]

She then appeared in Hum TV's Yeh Raha Dil in 2017 opposite Ahmed Ali. Zaidi played the character of Hayat whose mother has died and father deserted her at a young age. Her on-screen chemistry with Ali was praised by viewers and earned her nomination of Best on-screen couple at Hum Awards.[7] Later she signed Kashif Nisar's directorial Pinjra.[8] In the same year she appeared as Sila, a victim of sexual harassment in Bee Gul's directed Dar Si Jaati Hai Sila opposite Noman Ijaz and Saman Ansari. A critic from The News International praised her saying, "With fewer dialogues and a tough subject at hand, Yumna pulled off her role effortlessly, making it believable from beginning till the end".[9]

As of 2018–2019, she appeared in Pukaar as Samra, widow of the feudal lord[10] and appeared in 7th Sky Entertainment's Project Dil Kiya Karey, directed by Mehreen Jabbar.[11][12] She played a role of Hajra in social drama Inkaar opposite Imran Ashraf and Sami Khan and made special appearance in Angeline Malik's anthology series Choti Choti Batain.[13][14] She further appeared in an extended cameo in Ishq Zahe Naseeb[15] and as Raina in telefilm Shaadi Impossible.[16]

Other work

Zaidi is widely active in media and appeared in talkshows often. In 2016 after the banned on crime drama series Udaari, she raised her voice saying "It is based on a social cause and we should create awareness in our society through such drama serials".[17] She walked the ramp for designer Aisha Farid's collection Crystalline on Hum TV's Bridal Couture Week.[18] She also appeared in celebrity comedy talkshow Mazaaq Raat in 2017.[19]



Year Title Role Network Notes
2012 Thakan Mehak ARY Digital Television Debut[5]
Khushi Ek Roag Aabroo ARY Digital [9]
Teri Raah Main Rul Gai Maryam Urdu 1
2013 Meri Dulari Abdar Yawar Geo TV
Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi Aasia Yqoob Hum TV
Dil Mohallay Ki Haveli Mehrunissa Geo TV
Rishtay Kuch Adhooray Se Kiran Hum TV
Sannata ARY Digital Cameo appearance
2014 Kis Se Kahoon Salma PTV Home
Mausam Shazia Hum TV [5]
2015 Madawa Ayman Hum Sitaray
Kaanch Ki Guriya Manal Geo TV
Guzaarish Zara Aalam ARY Digital [5]
2015–2016 Aap Ki Kaneez Kaneez Fatima Geo TV
2015 Jugnoo Jugnoo Hum TV
Paras Aiman Geo TV
2016 Zara Yaad Kar Uzma Ikhtiyar Hum TV [5]
2017 Pinjra Amtul Rafey A-Plus TV [8]
Yeh Raha Dil Hayat Hum TV [9]
2017–2018 Dar Si Jati Hai Sila Sila Hum TV [9]
2018 Pukaar Samra Sultan ARY Digital [20]
Dil Kiya Karay Aiman Hum TV [21]
2019 Inkaar Hajra Hum TV
Choti Choti Batain Bisma Hum TV Story: Bandhan
Ishq Zahe Naseeb Shakra (Sameer's Illusion) Hum TV Extended cameo
2020 Pyar Ke Sadqay Mahjabeen Hum TV
2020 Raaz-e-Ulfat Mushq Geo TV
2021 Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi Sumbul/ Allah Rakhi TV One


Year Title Role Network
2014 Subah Be Daagh Hai Ayesha Hum TV
2019 Shaadi Impossible Raina TV One
2019 Raja Ki Raji ARY Digital[22]

Other appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Shareek-e-Hayat Recurring Anthology romantic series, Episodic appearance
2014 Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain Recurring Anthology series
2016 Salam Zindagi Herself Morning Talkshow hosted by Faysal Qureshi
2017 Mehmaan Qadardan Herself Special appearance[23]
2017 Jago Pakistan Jago Herself Guest appearance with Dar Si Jaati Hai Sila team for promotion of the project
2017 Mazaaq Raat Herself Guest appearance with Abdullah Ejaz

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi
Hum Awards
Best Supporting Actress Nominated [24]
Rishtay Kuch Adhooray Se Best Actress Nominated [25]
Best Actress Popular Nominated [26]
2015 Mausam Best Villain Nominated [27]
2016 Jugnoo Best Actress Nominated [28]
Best Actress Popular Nominated [29]
2018 Yeh Raha Dil Best On-screen couple for her appearance with Ahmed Ali Nominated [7]
2018 Dar Si Jaati Hai Sila Hum Award for Best Actress Won [30]
2020 Inkaar
Lux Style Awards
Best TV Actress Won [31]


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