Shaniaz Hama Ali


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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Shaniaz is a Kurdish-Iraqi writer and actress who came as a refugee to Sweden at a young age. Shaniaz speaks fluent Swedish, English, Kurdish and Arabic. She moved to London in 2017 to pursue her acting career and has since performed in the critically acclaimed French TV-series The Bureau (Canal+) and in the feature film Red Snake which premieres at Berlin Film Festival in February 2019.

Shaniaz was given a story credit for the short film PRACTICE (2017), which she also starred in. The film has been given an Honorable Mention Award at LA Underground Film Forum and screened at the Tallahassee Film Festival Florida USA, and Women’s Film Festival, Philadelphia USA, in March 2018.

Most recently Shaniaz debuted with her one-woman show "The Big Lie" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. The show won critical praise with 4 stars reviews from Broadway Baby, the List and Edinburgh49. It was featured in the Scotsman, listed as one of four must-sees by the Daily Record and was nominated for Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.

Shaniaz studied law at Lund University in Sweden, she has taken acting courses in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Actor Centre in London as well as in Pinewood studios.





Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Dir. Oscar Toeman
*Nominated for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award

Short Films




Deva Films

This was a collaborative writing process with writer Mandy Lee drawing together the final draft
Dir. Deva Palmier

Press for THE BIG LIE

“A story of blockbuster proportions! Every now and then you hear a story and wish the whole world could hear it too. The Big Lie is one of those. Shaniaz Hama Ali beams with honesty, vulnerability and likeability throughout the performance, impressing with her grasp of comedy and subtlety…The Big Lie is an urgent and captivating story, told by a voice the world needs to hear.”  ★★★★ -  EDINBURGH49

“Shaniaz's storytelling capabilities are intelligent, apt and truly cutting; a welcome break from the more trivial pieces of this year's Fringe.” ★★★★ - THE LIST

“Shaniaz Hama Ali’s semi-autobiographical play contains all the elements needed for a great story…and like the rest of the fascinating hour that we spend in her company, we applaud her for it.” ★★★★ - BROADWAY BABY