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Roxy Shahidi
Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi (born 14th March 1983, Manchester) is an actress of English and Iranian decent who appeared in Emmerdale as Leyla Harding between 2008 and 2011 and again from 2013 to 2018. Leyla wasn't Ghawam-Shahidi's first role in Emmerdale as in February 2006 she appeared shop assistant Lila Wray.

Ghawam-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, Roxy 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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