Sarah Solemani (Persian: سارا سلیمانی, Hebrew: שרה סולימני) (born September 4 1986) is an English stage, television and film actress, writer and playwright, best known for starring in BBC Three's series Bad Education.
- 2 Career
- 3 Awards and Acclaim
- 4 Personal life
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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.
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 Cowards, Jonny 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.
|2000||The Graduate||Elaine||Gielgud Theatre|
|2007||Burning Cars||Hampstead Theatr
|2012||The House of Bernarda Alba||Maryam||Almeida Theatre|
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.
|2003||Red Cap||Gillian Jennings||TV series|
|2005||Mrs Henderson Presents||Vera||Film|
|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||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.
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.