Yasmine Akram

Yasmine Akram

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Yasmine Akram is an actress, writer as well as a  comedian. Yasmine Akram had come to fame after her performances as Janine Hawkins in the third series of Sherlock.

Early Life and Childhood

Yasmine Akram was born on 11th March 1982 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Currently, her age is 38 years old and belongs to both Pakistani-Irish nationality. The beautiful actress grew up in Drogheda, Ireland, with her family.

Similarly, her father was from Pakistan while her mother, Mona was from Drogheda, Ireland. For the first time, her parents met each other in Manchester. And after a couple of times, they shared their vows. When she was just 18 months old, her family migrated to Ireland. Then to the UAE living together for a couple of months.

Likewise, her parents got divorced. And her mother moved along with her elder sister, Masooma Akram, to Drogheda, Ireland. She was raised by a single mother. Furthermore, she was even fascinated by Irish comedian and actor Dylan Moran from childhood. She even used to imagine herself becoming a female version of him.

Reflecting up her education, she had attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and graduated with a degree in acting.

Career and Professional life

Focusing on the young comedian’s career, she had begun in the year 2004. In that year, she had debuted her TV show appearance on the comedy-drama TV series, Love Is the Drug. At the age of 14, she had collaborated with the Calipo Theatre and the Picture Company. Also, after graduating from the Acting academy, Yasmine started writing comedy sketches for the BBC and Channel 4. She also hosted shows for BBC Radio.

Similarly, she had made her appearances in TV series like The Centre in 2014, Stella from 2014 to 2015, Undercover in 2015, Sherlock from 2014 to 2016, Outsiders in 2016, and The Reluctant Method in 2018.  She had even featured in the TV series playing the character of Janine Hawkins dating Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the role, Sherlock Holmes.

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Caption: Yasmine Akram starring in “Sherlok” series 3. Source: Instagram

Details after 2010

Likewise, in the year 2010, she wrote and performed in her first play, 10 Dates with Mad Mary. It is a monologue about a young woman’s struggles after leaving prison and the play was performed at Project Arts Centre in Ireland. This play was also adapted into the feature film A Date for Mad Mary in the year 2016. The film adaptation stars Seana Kerslake and it is directed by Darren Thornton. The same year, she had even debuted some movie credits include V Sign, London Town, and Sky Comedy Shorts: Quints and Metal Heart in 2018.

Furthermore, Yasmine writes and performs as half of the London-based comedy duo Ford and Akram with English comedian Louise Ford. The pair did a live show in 2011 for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Alistair McGowan directed the play. Similarly, in the year 2013, Yasmine co-wrote and co-presented BBC Radio 4’s Irish Micks and Legends with Aisling Bea. With Aisling Bea, Yasmine previously worked on the Channel 4 sketch comedy LOL.

Moreover, in the year 2014, Yasmine played the role of Janine Hawkins opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes in two episodes of the third series of Sherlock. She again played the same role in the 2016 special, The Abominable Bride. But Yasmine’s name in this piece was Janine Donlevy, not Hawkins.

Moving on, Yasmine appeared as a panelist in Never Mind the Buzzcocks in December of 2014. Also, in October the same year, she had appeared as a panelist for the BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.

TV shows/series and Movies

Yasmine has been a part of various movies, TV shows and series since 2004 up to present. To be more precise, she has been on 20 TV shows. Some of the TV series she has starred in are Love is the Drug Aisling in 2004, Peep Show Yana in 2010, LOL in 2010 in which she is also a writer, Common Ground, and London Irish in 2013.

Moreover, she was also a part of Sherlock from 2014 to 2016, The Midnight Beast, The Centre, Stella in 2014. Yasmine also starred in Count Arthur Strong, Asylum, Undercover, Unforgotten in the year 2015. Also, in the year 2016, Yasmine starred in Lovesick, in 2017 London Town, Irish in Wonderland in the same year Gold Digger in 2019, The Reluctant Landlord in 2018.

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Caption: Yasmine Akrum with a fellow “Irish in Wonderland” movie. Source: Irish Mirror

Is Yasmine Akram single?

Yasmine Akram hasn’t married nor has children. She is currently living single. She is just focusing on her career and giving more time to herself. But there were rumors of her when she kissed Benedict in the series. Through this, she had grabbed the attention of the public. The romantic couple had spent some time with each other. But after Janine found that Sherlock was simply using her, the couple got separated.

Focusing on her past relationship, she hasn’t dated anyone till now. She usually doesn’t speak about her personal life in the media or public as well as hasn’t mentioned her affairs publicly. Moreover, she even has managed to keep it low profile. Also, Yasmine resides in London since January 2016.

Body Measurement and Social Media

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Caption: Yasmine Akram clicking pictures at Jimmy’s Hall (Source: MarriedBiography)

Yasmine Akram has a height of 5 feet 8 inches tall and owns a weighs of 63 kg. Her body measures of 33-23-35 inches. Similarly, she has a beautiful black hair color with a pair of dark brown eyes.

Talking about her social media presence, Yasmine is not active on any social media platforms.