Qasim Akhtar (born 8 June 1991) is an English actor who played Chesney Karib in the Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless, and Zeedan Nazir in Coronation Street.

Qasim Akhtar
Born (1991-06-08) 8 June 1991 (age 28)
Years active2006–present
TelevisionShameless (2007–2013)
Coronation Street (2014–2018)


Akhtar appeared in Mischief Night in 2006. He later joined the cast of Shameless and played the role of Chesney Karib. He has also appeared in Waterloo Road.

In 2014, Akhtar was cast as Zeedan Nazir, the son of Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry), in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. In March 2018 it was announced that Akhtar would leave the show later in the year. He made his final appearance on 23 May 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

Akhtar went to secondary school in Didsbury and later went on to complete his education at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College.

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