Sarah Solemani (Persian: سارا سلیمانی‎, Hebrew: שרה סולימני) (born September 4 1986) is an English stage, television and film actresswriter and playwright, best known for starring in BBC Three's series Bad Education.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Born to Iranian parents, Solemani is the daughter of a mathematician and a social worker and grew up in North London. She is of Persian Jewish ancestry. Her mother died when she was 16.

After passing her A levels, she took a gap year before reading Social and Political Sciences at New Hall, Cambridge and graduating with an MA (Hons).



Solemani was a member of the National Youth Theatre during her gap year, starring as Elaine in the West End theatre production of The Graduate.

At Cambridge, she joined the Footlights and became social secretary during her first year, replacing Dan Stevens, and then vice president. Her contemporaries included the members of the sketch group CowardsJonny Sweet and Nick Mohammed.

Solemani was a member of the Young Writer's Group attached to the Royal Court Theatre, and a writer at the Young Vic Theatre. Two plays she wrote were produced at Soho Theatre,. Another of her works, The Cost of Things (2010), was presented at the Public Theater New York under the aegis of the Old Vic Theatre as part of the TS Eliot Project.

In 2011, she wrote The Baron which received the Old Vic New Voices Ignite award.

In 2012, she appeared as Maryam in the play The House of Bernarda Alba at the Almeida Theatre from 19 January to 10 March 2012. She wrote Up the Royal Borough, part of an evening of plays in response to Owen Jones' Chavs at the Lyric Hammersmith; it was performed to good reviews.

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Graduate Elaine Gielgud Theatre
2007 Burning Cars Hampstead Theatr


2009 Pornography Tricycle Theatre
2012 The House of Bernarda Alba Maryam Almeida Theatre

Television / Film[edit]Edit

Solemani's first film role was as a tableaux girl in Mrs Henderson Presents, which she performed during her third year of college.

Her first major TV role was as "Becky" in BBC Three sitcom Him & Her, which was first broadcast in November 2010. Two series have been filmed and a third started broadcast in November 2012.

In 2011, Solemani filmed a Channel 4 pilot comedy show, Coma Girl, alongside Katy Wix and Katherine Parkinson, which was broadcast on September 9. The same year, Solemani and her comedy partner Olivia Poulet co-wrote a sitcom for the BBC, to be produced by Charlie Hanson. She had a role in BBC One's Uptown Downstairs Abbey for Comic Relief.

In 2012, Solemani starred in the BBC Three comedy, Bad Education.

Solemani wrote and starred in an episode titled Aphrodite Fry in the Sky TV series Love Matters that aired in 2013. The role included her first full nude scene where she stripped naked, and in her words, showed her ‘boobs, bush, and bum’ as she ran into the sea on Brighton seafront on a cold winters night.

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Red Cap Gillian Jennings TV series
2005 Mrs Henderson Presents Vera Film
2006 Undone Edna Radio series
2006 Hyperdrive Alie TV series
2007 Living with Two People You Like Individually... But Not as a Couple Antonia TV series - Pilot
2007 Roman's Empire Jenny TV series
2007 Suburban Shootout Donna TV series
2010–2013 Him & Her Becky TV series
2011 Silent Witness Mary Olivant TV series - episode 109 ("The Prodigal")
2011 Psychoville Emily TV series
2011 Coma Girl Siobhan TV series - Pilot
2011 Uptown Downstairs Abbey Lady Mary TV series - special for Comic Relief
2012 The Borgias Magdelena TV series
2012-present Bad Education Miss Gulliver TV series
2013 Love Matters Aphrodite Fry TV series - episode 109 ("Aphrodite Fry")
2013 The Wrong Mans Lizzie Green TV series


Solemani has contributed to the New Statesman.

Awards and Acclaim[edit]Edit

Solemani was awarded third place in the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust/New Statesman Prize for New Political Writing on the subject: "Do women's rights remain the privilege of the developed world?" in 2005.

In 2011, Solemani won the Royal Television Society award for best Comedy Performance for her role in Him & Her along with her co-star Russell Tovey.

In 2012, Solemani was named one of the year's Broadcast Hot Shots.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Solemani married Daniel Ingram in Petah TikvaIsrael on June 3, 2012.

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