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Bilal Ashraf
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Ashraf promoting Janaan in 2016
Born (1979-10-10) 10 October 1979 (age 44)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma mater Franklin & Marshall College
  • Actor
  • Visual director
  • Model
  • Producer
Years active 2014 – present
Relatives Saida Ashraf (sister)

Bilal Ashraf (Urdu: بلال اشرف; born 10 October 1979) is a Pakistani film actor, producer and visual effects director. After studying visual effects from the Franklin Marshall College, he started his career as a visual effects director and then pursued his career in acting after making a brief appearance in the 2014 thriller O21. Ashraf has since starred in the romantic comedy Janaan (2016), the acclaimed war drama Yalghaar (2017) and the musical romance Superstar (2019).

Life and career

Bilal Ashraf was born in Karachi into an Urdu speaking family of Punjabi origins. Playing a Pashtun character in Janaan (2016) but himself not being one, he learned some Pashto for his role, enough to "look comfortable lip-syncing to songs."

Ashraf received his early education from St. Michael's Convent School in Karachi. He studied visual effects direction at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, United States. He did a double major in finance and arts. Later he went to Escape Studios in London to learn animation. He has ten years of experience behind the camera.

Ashraf initially worked as a hedge consultant in New York but he later quit his job and moved to London in order to study animation and visual effects on the insistence of his late sister, Sadia Ashraf, a director as well as a teacher of filmmaking at the New York University, who wanted to improve Pakistan's cinema and with whom he created Radical Films. She is the reason he decided to become an actor. Ashraf has named Pink Floyd as his all-time favorite band, has chosen Scent of a Woman as the movie which pushed him to become an actor while he also described sculpting and painting as his "hidden talents."

Ashraf made a cameo appearance in the 2014 thriller film O21. In 2016, Ashraf made his lead acting debut in Janaan, a romantic comedy, alongside Armeena Khan and Ali Rehman Khan, which was appreciated by critics as well by the audiences. The next year he appeared in the war film Yalghaar which had a decent opening at the box office, while his other 2017 release, Rangreza, was both a critical and commercial failure.

In 2019, he played the leading role in Mohammed Ehteshamuddin's directorial debut, Superstar, produced by Momina Duraid and with Mahira Khan as co-star. Superstar becomes the highest-grossing film for Bilal Ashraf. Explaining his long absence since Rangreza, he said that, considering its missed potential, he'll look more seriously at the scripts, and also shared the fact that he took acting classes in the United Kingdom as well as theater classes with actor Sunil Shankar in the NAPA, in Karachi.

In 2021 he launched his acting career on television with Aik Hai Nigar and also became a producer, founding the production house Behive Transmedia with director-actor Ehteshamuddin, their first release being the historical drama Khaab Toot Jaatay Hain.


Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2014 O21 Ahmad Jami
Summer Nicks
Cameo appearance
2016 Janaan Asfandyar Azfar Jafri Debut film
2017 Yalghaar Captain Bilal Hassan Rana
Rangreza Ali Amir Mohiuddin
2019 Superstar Sameer Mohammed Ehteshamuddin
TBA Waar 2 Hassan Rana Film


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
0TBA YunHi 0TBA Filming

Other appearance

Year Title Role Network Notes
2017 Mazaaq Raat Himself Dunya News Guest
Tonite with HSY Himself Hum TV
2020 Jeeto Pakistan League Season 1 Himself ARY Digital
2021 Aik Hai Nigaar Johar Ali Khan (Telefilm)
2021 Khaab Toot Jaatay Hain Producer Hum TV

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 1st International Pakistan Prestige Awards Best Actor Debut Janaan Nominated
3rd Pakistani Music and Media Awards Best Actor Won
2020 1st Pakistan International Screen Awards Favourite Actor Film Superstar Nominated
2021 5th Kashmir Hum Style Awards Most Stylish Actor in Film N/A Won
2022 Pakistan Digital Awards Host for Jubiliee N/A Won
Best Actor N/A Won
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