Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi (born 14th March1983) is an English actress. She started 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 (for West Yorkshire Playhouse), Freshly Scratched (for the Battersea Arts Centre) and Rafta, Rafta... at the National Theatre. She has appeared on British television in shows such as Sinchronicity and Emmerdale, playing the part of Leyla Harding from 2008 to 2011, and from 2013 onwards. She has also acted in radio plays, e.g. Nadeem Aslam's Maps for Lost Lovers.