Afshan Azad is a British model and actor of Bangladeshi descent. She is famous for playing the role of Padma Patil in the popular ‘Harry Potter series’ (2005-2011).
She attended Whalley Range High School in Manchester, and from 2005 to 2007, she studied AS-level Chemistry, Biology, English, and Business Studies at Xaverian College in Rusholme. She pursued Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Design from 2007 to 2010 at The University of Salford, England. Manchester Evening News
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Abdul Azad, and her brother’s name is Ashraf Azad.
Husband & Children
On 19 August 2018, she got married to her long-time boyfriend, Nabil Kazi, in a traditional Bangladeshi Islamic wedding ceremony.
Afshan Azad shared the news of her pregnancy on 11 April 2021.
On 21 July 2021, through an Instagram post, Afshan announced that she welcomed her first child, a baby girl, with her husband, Nabil Kazi.
In March 2011, she started working as a business developer at a broadcast media company ‘Key Media Eleven.’ She has also worked as a quality controller in a private firm ‘AKA Creative Ltd.’ In February 2015, she joined a retail company ‘Desser and Company Limited’ as a creative director in Manchester. While she was in school, she auditioned for the popular Hollywood film ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ (2005). She cleared the audition and got selected for the role of Padma Patil in the film.
She has also appeared in Harry Potter series such as ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ (2007), ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ (2009), ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’ (2010), and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ (2011).
In 2017, she appeared as a guest presenter in an episode of the CBBC series ‘Marrying Mum & Dad’ along with the American actor and comedian Ed Petrie.
In 2010, she was threatened and attacked by her brother and father for having a relationship with a Hindu boy. On 29 June 2010, they appeared in Manchester Magistrates’ Court for threatening to kill Afshan Azad. Later, Afshan’s brother was charged with “assault occasioning actual bodily harm,” and on 21 January 2011, he was imprisoned for six months. Judge Roger Thomas QC who was looking after the matter made the judgement stating that,
This persistent attack was accompanied by serious and very hurtful abuse and threats. It must have been a miserable and frightening experience for your sister which, she suggested, lasted for about three hours or so. The background to this offence lies in the concern that you, and perhaps other family members, had about Afshan’s relationship with a young man who was not of the Islamic faith.”
He further added,
This is a sentence that is designed to punish you for what you did and also to send out a clear message to others that domestic violence involving circumstances such as have arisen here cannot be tolerated. The court heard that Miss Azad was in her bedroom, talking on her mobile phone and was overheard by her brother in the bathroom, who assumed she was speaking to her Hindu boyfriend.” BBC News
- Song: ‘Pillow Talk’ by Zayn Malik
- Food: Biryani, Prawn Dishes
- Makeup Brand: Huda Beauty
- Holiday Destination: Bali
- Director: Christopher Nolan
- While she was in school, she aimed to become a journalist.
- She follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- After the immense popularity of the Harry Potter series, a Pop! toy was made based on her character in the film i.e. Padma Patil.
- She is often spotted drinking alcohol at parties.
- On her Instagram account, she has uploaded a few pictures while smoking Hukka.
- Afshan Azad owns a Jaguar car.
- In 2018, she started a self-titled YouTube channel based on lifestyle, fashion, and beauty.