WRITER and actress Sarah Solemanis' explosive new drama series on BBC 1 has finally hit our screens.
Fans now want to know more about who this writer is, here’s the latest…
Who is Ridley Road writer Sarah Solemani?
Sarah is a 49-year-old British actress, writer and activist.
Born in Camden, London, she is daughter to a Ranian father and Northern Irish mother.
Sarah went on to study politics at Cambridge University, where she became vice-president of the Footlights.
Her first big TV role was alongside Russell Tovey in the BBC Three sitcom Him and Her.
She is also well known for her roles in the British comedy TV series Bad Education and The Wrong Mans.
She won the Royal Television Society award for best Comedy Performance for her role in Him & Her in 2011.
In 2002, she became a champion for sex worker rights by protesting against the criminalization of sex work.
The actress married her husband Daniel E. Ingram, a financier, strategist, trusted advisor, and product specialist in 2012
Sarah gave birth to her first child when she was 27-years-old. Their daughter is called Soraya Rae Ingram, and was born on December 18, 2013.
In 2018, the pair gave birth to their second child, a son.
What else has Sarah Solemani produced?
Apart from being the writer and executive producer for the new BBC drama Ridley Road, Sarah has also produced a number of other movies/ TV series.
She wrote and starred in an episode of Aphrodite Fry in the Sky TV series Love Matters, which was aired in 2013.
In 2014, she wrote the TV film The secrets on BBC 1 at 9pm to critical praise.
She worked closely with Bill Hader and Alec Berg to be part of their writing team on Hader's new HBO show Barry in 2018.
Speaking to The Guardian, Sarah opened up about her experience with sexism in the showbiz industry and how her time in America working with Bill and Alec was different, she revealed: “It was an eye-opener, not just because the television industry is bigger and more lucrative, but because American producers don’t see female-driven projects as a gamble.”
“women are not just the biggest percentage of overall TV viewers, they are also the primary consumers in the home. They are the target for the advertisers, and they are in charge of the remote. So programming needs to tell the stories that appeal to women.”
Sarah has also co-created and will be co-starring in Chivalry, Channel 4’s forthcoming #MeToo satire, with Steve Coogan.
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