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Amna Ilyas
آمنہ الیاس
Born (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 31)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2007–present
Height 5 ft 9.75 in (177 cm)
Relatives Uzma Ilyas (sister)
Salma Ilyas (sister)

Amna Ilyas (Urdu: آمنہ الیاس) is a Pakistani film and television actress, and model. She is the younger sister of models Salma Ilyas and Uzma Ilyas. Amna began her modeling career at the age of seventeen, and a few years later, moved on to acting in 2013. She is known for her leading roles in several films, including Zinda Bhaag (2013), Good Morning Karachi (2014), Saat Din Mohabbat In (2018), Baaji (2019), and Ready Steady No (2019). Ilyas has also starred in a series of television shows including the romantic drama Tum Mere Paas Raho (2015).

Early life

Amna began her modeling career at the age of twenty in 2007. She began to pursue acting in 2013.

Career

In 2011 and 2012, she was nominated for Model of the Year (Female) at 11th Lux Style Awards and 12th Lux Style Awards and won the Best Dressed Female Award at the 11th Lux Style Awards and Best Female Model at the 14th Lux Style Awards.

Amna made her film debut with a leading role in the 2013 Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi's co-direction crime drama Zinda Bhaag alongside Naseeruddin Shah and Khurram Patras. The film proved to be a commercial success and was declared Super Hit by the box-office Pakistan earning her wide recognition and several awards and nominations in the Best Female Debut and Best Actress category (including Lux Style Awards). The following year, she appeared in critically and commercially successful Sabiha Sumar's drama film Good Morning Karachi. That same year, she featured in an item song "Kaala Doriya" for the Asad ul Haq's romantic comedy Dekh Magar Pyar Se.

In 2015, Ilyas had various projects at different stage productions. She acted in Michael Hudson's action crime drama film Driven, which revolves around the elite class of Pakistan, and almost entirely filmed in a vintage Mercedes W126 S-Class from 1978, with Javed Sheikh. She was also the female lead in the romantic comedy Gardaab, alongside Fawad Khan.

In 2018, Amna was slated to star in Saqib Malik's debut film Baaji. Filming began in the summer of 2018, and it was released the following summer in 2019. The film was considered incredibly bold by audiences and garnered critical praise nationwide. Ilyas played the role of Neha, a middle-class girl with big aspirations who suddenly becomes embroiled in the life of a veteran film star, played by Meera. The film was a commercial success.

In July 2019, her film Ready, Steady, No! debuted in theaters across Pakistan in which she played the lead female. Directed by Hisham Bin Munaver, the film held a lot of witty humor and kept audiences in fits of laughter. The plot revolves around two star crossed lovers who decide to elope after being told they can't marry one another. Ilyas's character Raziya, was praised for her playful expressions and stunts.

Filmography

Films

Year Film Role Notes
2013 Zinda Bhaag Rubina ARY Film Award for Best Actress Jury
Nominated–ARY Film Award for Best Debut Female
Nominated–Lux Style Award for Best Actress
Nominated–ARY Film Award for Best Actress
2015 Good Morning Karachi Rafina
2015 Dekh Magar Pyar Se Unknown Special appearance in song "Kaala Doriya"
2017 Mehrunisa V Lub U Item girl Special appearance in song "Marhaba"
2018 Saat Din Mohabbat In Ghazala
2019 Ready Steady No Raziya
Baaji Neha
2020 Gardaab Parveen Pre-production
Driven Sobia Kazim Filming
2020 Mastani Mastani Filming

Television

Year Serial Role Notes
2014 Janam Jali Samia Hum TV
Dil Nahi Manta Suhaina Ary Digital
Veet Miss Super Model Judge Hum Sitaray
2015 Tum Mere Paas Raho Mariam Hum TV
2017 Kaffara Arfa A-Plus Entertainment
2019 Jhanka Taaki Roma ARY Digital
2021 Ek Jhoota Lafz Mohabbat Aleeza Express Entertainment

Music video appearances

Year Video Singer(s) Notes
2014 "Ye Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai" Farhan Saeed
2016 "Aye Khuda" Asaad Riaz With Emmad Irfani

Accolades

Ceremony Category Project Result
8th Lux Style Awards Best Emerging Talent in Fashion N/A Nominated
11th Lux Style Awards Best Model of the Year (female)
12th Lux Style Awards
13th Lux Style Awards Best Film Actress Zinda Bhaag
Best Model of the Year (female) N/A
14th Lux Style Awards Won
18th Lux Style Awards Best Film Actress Baaji Nominated
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