Ambreen Razia is the breakout star of Ted Lasso season 3, in which she plays Shandy Fine. Razia may be a new name to most fans of the show, but she is popular in her native England. She emerged as an acting prodigy via her play The Diary of A Hounslow Girl, which she wrote and starred in. 

Ambreen Razia was born to a Pakistani mother and a British father

Ambreen Razia was born in Colliers Wood, south London, to a Pakistani mother and a British father. Per The Guardian, Razia identifies as a British Asian Londoner. “The Londoner bit matters,” she stated. 

Razia, who never knew her dad, grew up in a household consisting of her sister, mother, and late grandmother. It inspired her to place women at the forefront of her stories. Razia told the outlet:

“Women are always at the forefront of my stories. Television and stage so often write women to be vulnerable, passive, oppressed, but it’s really important to show women who are strong, who are uncompromising. I saw a lot of very strong, resilient women while facilitating.”

In an interview with, Razia said she has embraced her two British and Pakistani identities. She stated:

“The main thing is finding your own identity, just knowing who you are is really important. I think it′s maybe just about embracing your two cultures, being comfortable with who you are as a human being and being proud of wherever you′re from. Being proud of where you are, which is Britain, but also being proud of your roots.”

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a semi-autobiographical story about a modern Muslim teenager growing up in London. Razia told Variety that the false depictions of Muslim teenagers on teenagers inspired her to write a show that shed light on their authentic experiences. 

“The show lifts the lid on the Muslim women that society refuses to acknowledge and uncovers a very personal and specific experience that we have yet to see on screen,” she said. “As a British Pakistani girl growing up in London, my experience bears little resemblance to what I’ve seen depicted on British television.”

The show depicts a female Muslim teenager’s struggle: on one side, they desire to honor their family’s traditions; on the other, they want to experiment with drugs and sex, like other teenagers.