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Aamina Sheikh

Aamina Sheikh (Urdu: آمنہ شیخ ) is a Pakistani actress and former model. One of the most popular and highest-paid actresses. She has established a career in the Pakistani entertainment industry. She is the recipient of four Lux Style Awards from nine nominations. Sheikh started her career in fashion modelling. During which she garnered international recognition as a spokesperson for the French beauty brand L’Oreal. For that, she received a nomination for the Lux Style Award for Best Model. Her performance in the film garnered critical appreciation and earned her many national and international awards. The awards are Lux Style Award for Best Film Actress, New York Film Festival Award, and SAARC Film Festival Award. Sheikh was widely praised for her role. She received nominations in the Best Actress category at the Lux Style Awards and the Silent River Film Festival.

Aamina Sheikh
Aamina Sheikh

Her performances in the romantic series Agar Tum Na Hote (2009), Umm-e-Kalsoom (2011), and Kuch Is Tarah (2013), earned her Satellite Best Actress and Best Actress Terrestrial nominations at Lux Style Awards. The following year, she appeared in the Geo TV series Dil e Nadan, for which she received the Lux Style Award for Best Emerging Talent. In 2010, she earned critical acclaim for ARY Digital’s romance Daam. She achieved further critical and commercial success for her role in the portrayal of Zarnab, in the romance Armaan (2013). Which earned her a nomination for the Tarang Housefull Awards—Best Actress. She later garnered wide recognition for playing leading roles in female-centric serials, including Hum Tum (2010), Ishq Gumshuda (2010), Uraan (2010), Mera Saaein (2010), Main Abdul Qadir Hoon (2010).

Early life

Sheikh was born in New York City to Abdul Sheikh, a pharmacist by profession. Sheikh’s paternal side of the family have established themselves in the textile business, but her father had a passion for chemistry; he pursued it and became a pharmacist. Sheikh continued further studies in Karachi and did her O and A levels from St Joseph’s Convent School, Karachi, and The Lyceum, respectively. Aamina has majored in film video production from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, and has worked as an assistant at Manhattan-based multi-media company Curious Pictures. She received her primary education from Mama Parsi School and secondary from American International School in Riyadh. Sheikh has spent her childhood in Karachi and Riyadh.

Aamina Sheikh
Aamina Sheikh

Personal life

Sheikh’s journey begins with her oldster roots in Gujranwala, Lahore. Her father at a young age was the first to challenge the norms of small-town conservative family-business surroundings. He goes away against the grain to trailblaze a worldwide career in healthcare. Likewise, decades later, an identical outlier streak within the young sheikh set on fire to try to constant, except, within the unrecognized field of the arts. She was the first feminine and individual in her family to independently depart and pursue her passion for fine arts in her education in Amherst, MA, USA. This line of work additional refined into a degree in Filmmaking that transpired into an outstanding career in the performing arts within the decade that followed. Sheikh over the years has navigated her rich evolving career in conjunction with equalization a nurturing personal life.

She became a devout mother of a girl child in 2015. She continued to balance her life between work. That resonated deeply along with her audience and motherhood deepening her personality more. After Sheikh’s worldwide success of her performance in the film ‘Cake’. She was appointed as the ‘Global Ambassador for girls Education’ by PAGE – Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education. From then began Sheikh’s deeper commitment towards social reform and impact as a thought leader. She now actively lends her voice and persona to advocating for kid rights, women’s rights, human rights. She contributes effectively towards social impact services across mediums and platforms.



After she returns back to the country, Sheikh landed a job with Geo Television, where she directed and produced the children’s talk show Bachey Man Ke Sachey. In 2007, Aamina made her on-screen debut in Sharjil Baloch and Khalid Ahmed’s telefilm, Gurmuch Singh ki Waseeyat. It was based on Saadat Hassan Manto’s novel, The Will of Gurmukh Singh.

Television serials, modeling and film

She garnered international recognition as a spokesperson for the French beauty brand L’Oreal. In 2008, Sheikh appeared in three major telefilms. Sheikh played a rickshaw driver who’s determined to become the sole breadwinner of the family, in Syed Ali Reza’s Aasmaan Chu Lay. Sheikh had to learn and drive a rickshaw on Karachi’s busiest M.A. Jinnah road and Garden Area, with a massive camera attached to it, and had to attract real passengers.

In the same year, Sheikh made her runaway debut with Rehana Saigol’s fashion show. She has done extensive print work for fashion/advertising labels/companies. Next in the following year, she did her second photoshoot for Niche Lifestyle, with Atif Aslam. In 2010, Sheikh did Mehreen Jabbar’s mega drama serials Daam and Haissam Hussain’s Ishq Gumshuda.

In 2011, Sheikh played the role of a grieving mother in Summer Nicks’ multi-award-winning feature film Seedlings and went on to win New York Film Festival Award for Best Actress and SAARC Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She then went on to play the lead in Iram Parveen Bilal’s feature Josh, before taking on the role of Natasha in the high-octane action spy thriller, Operation 021, produced by Zeba Bakhtiar and directed by Australian filmmaker, Summer Nicks. In 2013, Sheikh was awarded Miss Photogenic Award at the 1st Veet Celebration of Beauty Awards.

Aamina Sheikh
Aamina Sheikh


Year Title Role
2008 Wilco Megha
2008 Qisson Ki Chadar Aimen
2008 Mera Naam Hai Muhabbat Huma
2008 Boltay Afsanay Razia
2009 Dil-e-Nadan Seema
2009 Agar Tum Na Hotay Shireen
2009 Qisson Ki Chadar Hajra
2010 Haal-e-Dil Seerat
2010 Daam Maliha
2010 Tere Liye Bushra
2010 Ishq Gumshuda Simran
2010 Hum Tum Neha
2010 Uraan Ammal
2010 Mera Saaein Sana
2010 Main Abdul Qadir Hoon Nell
2011 Maat Aiman
2011 Umm-e-Kulsoom Umm-e-Kulsoom
2011 Kuch Kami Si Hai Asmee
2011 Mora Piya Ujala
2011 Ek Hatheli Pe Hina Ek Hatheli Pe Lahoo Hijab
2012 Mera Saaein 2 Naina
2013 Mirat Ul Uroos Aiza
2013 Silvatein Zaib
2013 Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain Anoushay
2013 Kuch Is Tarah Sabina
2014 Jackson Heights Salma
2016 Pakeezah Pakeeza
2017 Khudgarz (TV series) Ayera
2018 Nibah Sofia



Year TitleRole
2011 Love Mein Ghum Herself
2013 Seedlings Maliha
2013 Josh: Independence Through Unity Fatima
2013 Armaan Zarnab
2014 O21 Natasha
2015 Good Morning Karachi Mehwish
2018 Cake Zareen
2019Heer Maan Ja


2009Dil-e-NadanLux Style Award Best Emerging Talent
2011Lux Style Award Best Dress Female
2012 Seedlings New York Film
Festival Awards
Best Performance
by an Actress
2012 Seedlings SAARC Film
Festival Awards
Best Actress Leading
2013 ArmaanTarang
Housefull Awards
Best on-screen Couple
2013 Veet Celebration
of Beauty Awards
Miss Photogenic
2013 Lux Style Awards Best Dress Female
2013 Josh:
Through Unity
Media Awards
Best Film Actress
2013 Josh:
Through Unity
Silent River
Film Festival
Best Actress
2014Seedlings Lux Style Awards Best Actress
2015 021Galaxy
Lollywood Awards
Best Supporting Actress
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