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.
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).
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.
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.
|2011||Love Mein Ghum||Herself|
|2013||Josh: Independence Through Unity||Fatima|
|2015||Good Morning Karachi||Mehwish|
|2019||Heer Maan Ja|
|2009||Dil-e-Nadan||Lux Style Award||Best Emerging Talent|
|2011||Lux Style Award||Best Dress Female|
|2012||Seedlings||New York Film |
| Best Performance|
by an Actress
|2012||Seedlings||SAARC Film |
|Best Actress Leading |
|Best on-screen Couple|
of Beauty Awards
|2013||Lux Style Awards||Best Dress Female|
|Best Film Actress|
|2014||Seedlings||Lux Style Awards||Best Actress|
|Best Supporting Actress|
- Official Website
- Up close and personal with the graceful and effortless Aamina Sheikh and why ‘Cake’ is going to be one delicious treat!
- Launch of L’Oreal Paris Makeup Studio. Fashion Central PK.
- The unstoppable Aamina Sheikh – The Express Tribune. The Express Tribune
- There’s something about Aamina. The Newsline Magazine
- Gurmukh Singh ki Wasiyat”. Video: Channel Unplugged.
- Profile of Amina Sheikh
- Aamina Sheikh Interview. Mag4u.
- Butt, Rabia. Who will be Pakistan’s next top model?. Instep Dawn.
- Atif and Aamina for Niche. desimanzil.com.
- Chocolate hero’s Armaan has big plans for small screen. tribune.com.pk.
- Operation 021: It’s worth your patience – The Express Tribune. The Express Tribune.
- Aamina Sheikh’s first look from ‘Cake The Film’ is finally here – The Express Tribune. The Express Tribune.
- Aamina Sheikh and Sami Khan starrer drama serial is an intense love story – Daily Times. Daily Times.
- Lux Style Award 2019 nominations are out!. DAWN.
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