Samina Ahmad is a Pakistani film and television actress, stage performer, producer, and director. She is one of the most popular actresses of her time and was one of the most successful actresses of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.[2] A veteran television actress with over 55 years of work experience in the Urdu entertainment industry, she was honoured with the Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan in 2011.

Samina Ahmad
ثمینہ احمد
Born (1950-03-20) 20 March 1950 (age 74)[1]
  • Actress
  • producer
  • director
Years active1965–present
  • Fareed Ahmad
    (div. 1993)
  • (m. 2020)
AwardsPride of Performance (2011)

Started her on-screen career in mid 1960s, Ahmad performed for many of PTV's most successful series, including Waris (1979), Aahat (1991), and Family Front (1997) for which she won PTV Award for Best Actress also. One of her most recent roles includes Geo TV's widely-popular four-part comedy series Kis Ki Aayegi Baraat (2009–2012) and Hum TV's acclaimed comedy drama series Suno Chanda (2018) and its sequel Suno Chanda 2 (2019).[3][4] Ahmad further appeared in Marvel Cinematic Universe's Ms. Marvel (2022), marking her international debut.[5]

She married for the third time with actor Manzar Sehbai in April 2020.

Early life


Ahmad was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, on March 20, 1950.[1] Her father was the Director of Forests in the West of Pakistan, and her mother was a housewife. Her father died in 1965, and her mother in 2018. She is the eldest of her five siblings. She has a Masters in Home Economics.[6]



Ahmad started her career with serious plays on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV); however, she is known for comedy plays like Akkar Bakkar, Taal Matol, Alif Noon, and Such Gup. She also acted in the famous comedy drama Family Front (1997 Comedy Drama TV Series).[7] She has recently acted in another TV comedy named Side Order. Her switch to comic roles proved to be highly rewarding for her, and she quickly became a top media person in Pakistan. When asked in an interview about what she values most in life, her prompt reply was, "Humanity." Samina Ahmad was just an 18-year-old college student in Lahore, Pakistan, when she first started working for Pakistan Television Corporation. During her long career, she had also worked at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore, as a Programme director for two decades. Despite her busy professional career, Samina Ahmed has also been an active member of the Women's Action Forum in Pakistan.[4]

Ahmad was a programme director at Alhamra Arts Council in Lahore while also performing on television. In 1997, she launched her own television company, Samina Ahmad Productions, which produced the widely-popular TV drama Family Front.[7][8]

Personal life


Ahmad was married to Pakistani filmmaker Fariduddin Ahmed, the son of veteran filmmaker W.Z. Ahmed, who made the popular Pakistani film Waada (1957). The couple has a son, and a daughter together. Fariduddin divorced her, a few years before his death in 1993, the reason being his love for the actress Shamim Ara, whom he later married.[9] Ahmad married actor, Manzar Sehbai on 4 April 2020, in a private Nikah ceremony in Lahore.[10]




Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1984 Naraaz Rahat
2014 Dukhtar Rukhsana [11]
2018 Load Wedding Raja's Mother [3]
2021 Khel Khel Mein Zaib [12]
2022 Intezaar Salma Kanwal [13]


Year Title Role Network Notes
1970 Akkar Bakkar Samina PTV
1972 Such Gup News reporter PTV
1973 Sangat Herself PTV
1974 Taal Matol Lady PTV
1979 Waris Sughra Niaz Ali PTV [8]
1980 Side Order Tahira
1982 Alif Noon Andaleeb
1984 Andhera Ujala Anjum
1984 Ik Hasrat-e-Tameer Khalida
1984 20 Golden Years Of PTV Herself
1984 Sanwal Mor Moharan Mani's mother
1985 Saahil Jamila
1987 Raat Kanwal
1989 Kiran Simi
1990 Dareechay Naila
1990 Birdary Hotel Jannat Bibi
1991 Aahat Bushra
1994 Ababeel Rani's aunt
1994 Angaar Waadi Dr's Hajra's mother
1995 Ammi Ammi
1995 Nashaib Maa
1997 Ghar Se Ghar Ishrat
1997 Family Front Nusrat [7][4][8]
1998 Janey Anjaney Maria
1998 Cat Walk Gulzar Fatima
1998 Dhoop Mein Sawan Maryam [14]
2005 Inspector Khojee Samina Ahmed
2006 Hoo Ba Hoo Salma Indus TV [15]
2009 Tanveer Fatima (B.A) Bano Geo Entertainment
Azar Ki Ayegi Baraat Mehr-un-Nisa
Bol Meri Machli Qudsia [16]
2010 Noor Bano Bi Jaan Hum TV
Dolly ki Ayegi Baraat Mehr un Nisa Geo Entertainment
Dastaan Orphanage caretaker Hum TV Cameo
Talluq Jameel's mother Geo Entertainment
Chand Parosa
Husn Ara Kaun Zeenat TV One [17]
2011 Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain Hum TV Episodic role
Takkay Ki Ayegi Baraat Mehr Un Nisa Geo Entertainment
Akhri Barish Husna Hum TV
Pani Jaisa Piyar Nuzhat
2012 Annie Ki Ayegi Baraat Mehr Un Nisa Geo Entertainment
2012-2013 Mirat Ul Uroos Asghari
2013 Dil Muhallay Ki Haveli Amma Bi
2015 Sawaab Fehmida (Nimra's mother-in-law) Hum Sitaray
Maikey Ko Dedo Sandes Geo Entertainment
Sangat Adnan and Farah's mother Hum TV
Bojh Geo Entertainment
2015-2016 Gul-e-Rana Jazba Aapi Hum TV
2016 Iss Khamoshi Ka Matlab Geo Entertainment
Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain (Season 2) Banto's mother-in-law Hum TV Anthology series; Episode 10
Naimat Babar's mother ARY Digital
2016-2017 Dil Banjaara Zubaida Mukhtar Hum TV
2017 Sun Yaara Amna, Rafia's sister and Roshni's grandmother ARY Digital
Pinjra Jannat Bibi A-Plus Entertainment
Ghairat Saba's mother ARY Digital
Yaar-e-Bewafa Humaira Geo Entertainment
Baday Mian TV One Telefilm
Super Saas Telefilm
Aangan Zaitoon Bano ARY Digital
2018 Ustani Jee Zubaida Hum TV Anthology series; Episode 3
Suno Chanda Mumtaaz Begum "Bi jaan"
Kabhi Band Kabhi Baja Express Entertainment Anthology series, Episodes 4 & 10
Khatti Methi Love Story Nadia's grandmother Express Entertainment
Siskiyaan Shamshad BOL Entertainment
Dilara Zehra
2019 Dil-e-Bereham A-Plus TV
Do Bol Firdous ARY Digital
Suno Chanda 2 Mumtaaz Begum "Bi jaan" Hum TV
2020 Kashf Kashf's grandmother
Bikhray Moti Shamsa; Zulfi's mother ARY Digital
Bandhay Aik Dor Say Umer and Maheen's grandmother Geo TV [18]
Ghisi Piti Mohabbat Kaneez Fatima ARY Digital
2021 Safar Tamam Howa Qudsia Begum Hum TV [19]
Shehnai Bakht's grandmother ARY Digital
Baddua Mudassir's mother
Badnaseeb Saeed's mother Hum TV
Mere Humsafar Riffat Ahmed ARY Digital
2022 Afrah Tafreeh Khushi's grandmother Hum TV Telefilm
Love Life Ka Law Baby Aunty Geo Entertainment Telefilm[20]
Chand Si Dulhan Parizeh's grandmother ARY Digital Telefilm
2022-2023 Kala Doriya Tabassum Jahan Hum TV
2023 Baby Baji Baby Baji ARY Digital
2024 Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain Aasia's mother Hum TV
2024 Mohabbat Satrangi Zubaida Green Entertainment
2024 Wo 7 Din Roshan Ara Hum TV

Web series

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2021 Dhoop Ki Deewar Sarah's grandmother ZEE5
2022 Ms. Marvel Sana, Kamala's grandmother Disney+

Awards and recognition

Year Title Award Category Result
1985 Naraaz Nigar Award[21] Best Supporting Actress Won
1999 Herself PTV Awards Best Director Award by PTV.[8][4] Won
2000 Family Front PTV Award[22] Best Actress Won
2002[23] Lux Style Awards Committee Lux Style Awards Best TV Actress Nominated
2005 Herself The 1st Indus Drama Awards Best Actress Sitcom in a Leading Role Won
2011 Herself Pride of Performance Award Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan Won


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