Shireen trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
2022 saw Shireen appearing as bohemian Beiruti Rashida Boustani in ITV’s well-received remake of The Ipcress File, directed by Emmy award-winning James Watkins and written by John Hodge (Trainspotting, The Beach). She also played DS Martine Chalal in the 25th anniversary series of Silent Witness (BBC). The series was directed by BAFTA-nominee Bill Anderson and Rob Evans.
In 2023 Shireen will appear as Sophie Carter alongside Adrian Scarborough in Acorn TV’s The Chelsea Detective and in the titular role in BBC Radio Four play: The Death of Molly Miller, a darkly comedic two-hander.
Shireen leads in Frances Poet’s moving look at dementia Maggie May at the Leeds Playhouse, which then tours to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and then to Leicester.
The Yorkshire Times: ‘Shireen Farkhoy was the glue that somehow held the family together’
The Ipcress File
Shireen featured in the ITV remake of the classic Cold War spy-drama The Ipcress File.
Where We Began
Reviews are starting to come if for Where We Began, a touring production from SBC Theatre
- “I was particularly taken with the slippery official played by Shireen Farkhoy, who splendidly embodies the empty rhetoric that floods from many politiciansâ€™ mouths on the subjects of asylum and deportation” British Theatre Guide
- “Shireen Farkhoy excels as the fixed-smile greeter into this brave new world, highlighting the absurdity and hypocrisy of the system” The Stage
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