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Roxy Shahidi

Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi (born 12th March 1983 in Manchester) is an English actress who has portrayed Leyla Harding in Emmerdale from August 2008 to August 2011 and again from December 2013 onwards. She previously appeared in Emmerdale as shop assistant Lila Wray in February 2006.

Shahidi began her career as part of Contact Young Actors Company in 2004 and went on to work for Peskar Productions as a drama workshop leader within the Oldham and Bolton communities. Her theatre credits include East is East, Janus, Freshly Scratched and Rafta, Rafta.

In 2010, Shahidi married fellow actor Arsher Ali and in 2017 the couple announced they were expecting their first child, a daughter. Leyla departed on-screen in January 2018 to allow for Roxy to go on maternity leave where she then returned to the show in October 2018.

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