Shireen was born and bred in Leeds. Having built up a steady career in the north, she then trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from 2013-2015, and now lives in London.
Last year, following a hugely successful tour of ‘The Collector’, written by Henry Naylor (Spitting Image, Dead Ringers), Shireen co-founded Moving Pictures; taking a mobile cinema around refugee camps across Europe.
Her screen credits include The A Word, The Royal Today and Waterloo Road.
This year she performed in ‘Combustion’ with Tara Arts and she recently finished playing the role of Ali in battle-of-the-sexes play: ‘Bitched‘ at Tristan Bates Theatre, London.
Reviews for Bitched
Reviews are in for Shireen’s performance in Bitched:
- “Ali, as played by Shireen was an interesting character who initially seemed to be rather weak and downtrodden but, as with most mothers, there is that backbone of steel running through her that ensures that she may bend in the wind of life’s troubles but won’t be blown over.” Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1
- “There is strong playing from all the cast loving and rowing, duvet-wrapped sex and physical fighting with a glimpse of hidden vulnerability” Sharon Raizada, British Theatre Guide
Reviews for Combustion
- “The star of the show is Shireen Farkhoy as Samina. Her character is well-developed, and Farkhoy brings the feisty energy and determination of Samina wonderfully to life… A stunning performance.” Emily Pulham, Everything Theatre
- “The sparkiest interactions, though, come from Shaz’s hijab-wearing student sister Samina (Shireen Farkhoy).” Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph
- “Farkhoy, in particular, stands out: her Samina is urgent and dignified, a soap-box rabble-rouser played with the infectious exigency of a woman torn between cultures.” Ziad Samaha, LondonTheatre1
- “The script really came to life, however, with the appearance of Samina…Farkhoy plays her with a passion that makes the friendship she strikes up with ex-EDL member Andy not only plausible, but riveting.” Emma Brand, Theatre Bubble
- Farkhoy shines as the confident and intelligent Samina.”Saskia Coomber, A Younger Theatre