Shireen Farkhoy


Shireen is currently filming the 25th Anniversary series of Silent Witness (BBC) as D.S Martine Chalal.  The series is being directed by BAFTA-nominee Bill Anderson.

Before this Shireen was filming in Croatia, as Rashida Boustani in the forthcoming mini series: The Ipcress File, directed by Emmy-award-winning James Watkins and written by John Hodge (Trainspotting, The Beach).

Shireen’s previous screen credits include Doctors (BBC), Vera (ITV), The ‘A’ Word (BBC), Waterloo Road (BBC) and The Royal Today (ITV).

Theatre credits include: Maggie May (Leeds Playhouse), Combustion (Arcola Theatre), Bitched (Tristan Bates), Urban and The Shed Crew (Red Ladder Theatre Company), The Collector (Kathryn Barker Productions) and the Sam Wanamaker Festival (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre),

Shireen trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2013-2015).

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 politicians’ 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