Professional Unicorn. Queer Iraqi non-binary Brit. In 2018, I was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, and was one of the 6 BFI/BAFTA Flare LGBTQ+ emerging filmmakers of 2017.
As a filmmaker, my first feature in development, Layla, with me as writer/director, is with Film4, produced by Savannah James-Bayly. I have another feature in development as writer/director entitled Molly Boy, with BBC Films (Sarah Brocklehurst Productions). Previously, I have written/directed four short films, including Anemone (BBC Films & Film London), Run(a)way Arab, (Peccadillo Pictures & Revry), Victoria Sin, (NOWNESS, Revry), and CLASH (BBC4 Broadcast, BFI, Revry).
As a writer performer, I have two TV shows in development. A comedy-series called Nefertiti (Big Talk and Channel 4 - co-writer Matthew Knott), and Beards (Playground Entertainment - co-writer Ellie Kendrick). I also write for established TV shows; I am a regular writer on Hollyoaks, and am writing on upcoming TV series’ Little America for Apple, and The Watch for BBC America.
My debut book, a memoir about queer intersectionality with 4th Estate (Harper Collins) - UNICORN: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen - is out now. I am also a freelance writer for various publications - I am writing a quarterly column for Attitude Magazine, and contribute regularly to The Guardian and Independent Voices. I have written freelance for the following publications - The Gay Times, The Observer, The i-Paper, i-D Magazine, Dazed, Little White Lies, Gay Star News, Hunger Magazine, CNN, HUCK Magazine, Visual Verse, Zed Books, Saqi Books, the BFI, Cause & Effect Magazine & The Inkling Magazine.
I am an established drag performer in the UK - my debut drag solo show, Glamrou: From Quran to Queen is in development with Fight in the Dog Production with Seif Abdel Salam and Nadia Latif as directors - this tours in early 2020. I am the creator of musical comedy live-singing drag troupe Denim; Denim is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics & Bumble and Bumble, and is represented by United Agents. We have received 5* in The Scotsman and 4* in The Guardian, and have performed two sell out shows at The Soho Theatre.