Zaraah Abrahams

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Zaraah Abrahams
Born Zaraah Clover Abrahams
(1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 30)
Lambeth, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Television Girls in Love (2003–2005)
Coronation Street (2005–2007)
Waterloo Road (2007–2010)
Dancing on Ice (2008, 2014)

Zaraah Clover Abrahams (born 7 January 1987) is an English actress and voice over artist. She is best known for playing Michaela White in the BBC school drama Waterloo Road from 2007–10, Joanne Jackson in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 2005–07 and for being a contestant in the third series of the ITV talent show Dancing on Ice and returned as a contestant for the last series in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Abrahams was born in Lambeth, London of Iraqi and Barbadian descent on her mother's side and of Jamaican descent on her father's side. She grew up in Brixton, South London and is the eldest of 3 siblings. She attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts for her secondary education, landing the role of Magda in the TV Adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's Girls in Love while still a pupil there. At the age of 18 she left London to pursue a career in acting in Manchester after landing the role of Joanne Jackson in Coronation Street.[citation needed]


Abrahams previously starred as Magda in the CITV show Girls in Love and as Joanne Jackson in the ITV soap Coronation Street. In 2008, she joined the cast of Waterloo Road in a recurring role as student Michaela White. The character became part of the core cast for the fourth series in 2009 and remained with the show until her exit at the end of the fifth series in 2010. In 2011, Abrahams reprised the role of in the online spin-off series Waterloo Road Reunited.[1] 2014 portrayed Ganja Hightower in Ganja & Hess hommage Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.[2] Abrahams currently narrates the popular daytime series Secret Dealers.

Dancing on Ice[edit]

Main article: Dancing on Ice

She took part in ITV's celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice 2008, as a replacement for the injured Michael Underwood. Her partner was skater Fred Palascak, who was originally eliminated in week one of the competition with his partner Sarah Greene. She was listed as a reserve before being announced as Underwood's replacement.

For the majority of her time in the competition she ranked third or fourth on the scoreboard.

In her first week (week three) Abrahams scored 18.5, coming fourth on the leaderboard beating six original celebrities including Samantha Mumba and Linda Lusardi. Then, in the following few weeks, she achieved some very respectable scores, except in Week 7. She survived three consecutive skate-offs against the Skate-off King, Steve Backley, Linda Lusardi, and Greg Rusedski. Zaraah reached the semi-final with Chris Fountain, Suzanne Shaw and Gareth Gates. Despite being the favourite to be eliminated, Abrahams came third on the leaderboard, beating Gareth Gates, scoring 27.0, her highest mark. She was in the skate-off with Gates, being saved by all the judges.

Abrahams earned her place in the Final with Chris Fountain and Suzanne Shaw. She scored 26.0 in her flying and skating routine, being praised for her elegance. In the flying round she was second on the leaderboard, beating Chris Fountain. In the favourite routine round Zaraah scored 26.5, performing her Diamonds and Pearls routine from Week 5, which had scored 22.0. She came third in this round and with a joint score of 52.5, she came third on the leaderboard, behind Chris Fountain, who scored 54.5, and Suzanne Shaw who scored a full score of 60.0, the first in a Dancing On Ice history. Phillip announced that Zaraah had come third, meaning she had lost out on Bolero.[citation needed]

Abrahams survived four skate-offs, breaking the record alongside Steve Backley, whom she beat in her Week Six skate-off. Zaraah was known as the Skate-Off Queen.[citation needed]

Abrahams then travelled around the UK with Torvill and Dean on the Dancing On Ice Live Tour, before finally competing in the Christmas Special with Team Torvill.[citation needed]

The Knick[edit]

In 2015, Zaraah joined the cast of Cinemax's critically acclaimed series The Knick, a medical drama directed by Steven Soderbergh, set around a New York hospital in the early 20th century. Zaraah portrays Opal, the wife of Algernon Edwards, played by Andre Holland.


Television and Film
Year Title Role Notes
2003–2005 Girls in Love Magda Series Regular (27 episodes)
2005–2007 Coronation Street Joanne Jackson Series Regular (176 episodes)
2007–2010 Waterloo Road Michaela White Series Regular (56 episodes)
2008, 2014 Dancing on Ice Herself Contestant, 3rd place, returning as a contestant for last series
2009 Hole In The Wall Herself Contestant, team did not win in the final
2011 Waterloo Road Reunited Michaela White 2011 (6 web episodes)
2012 Payback Season Clarissa Film
2012 Scott & Bailey Daysha Kaye Series 2 Episode 7 #2.7, 1 episode
2012 Bedlam Laura 1 episode, "The Long Drop"
2013 Black Girl in Paris Luce Short Film
2013– Secret Dealers Herself/Narrator Daytime TV series
2014 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Ganja Hightower Film
2014 Holby City Alisa Cole Episode 39 - Captive
2015 The Knick Opal Edwards Series Two


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