Maya Ali

Maya Ali is a Pakistani actress, model, and VJ. Her real name is Maryam Tanveer, and Maya Ali is her stage name. She was born in Lahore on the 27th of July 1989 and is currently 31 years old. She is mostly known for her roles in Pakistani Drama serials and films.

Personal life

She only has one brother, his name is Affnan. She lost her father in 2016. Maya’s father was against her career choice in the beginning.

He never wanted her to join the media and entertainment industry. He just wanted her to focus on her studies. Be said no one in our family has ever done this kind of work and neither will you.

He disliked the people working in this industry as people generally tend to stereotype the ones working in this industry as “shameless” and stuff like that. But she did it anyways; without his fathers approval and permission.

His father was so upset with her that he didn’t talk to her for two whole years. But as time passed, he became used to it and his thinking changed.

Maya told in an interview that she was nominated for an award and didn’t get it, when she came home her father told her “ beta next time you will get it InshaAllah for the other serial that you are doing” and hearing these words from her father made her feel good and she was relieved that her father is not upset with her anymore. And he watches her serials also.

Early life and Education

Maya was born in Lahore and received her early education from there. She completed her Masters in Mass Communication from the Queen Mary College Lahore.

She then went on to be a VJ. Maya Ali is interested in sports and has played Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Tennis, and Badminton representing her school team.


Maya Ali started her career as a video jockey at Samaa TV, Dunya, News, and Waqt news. She made her on-screen debut with the drama serial “Durr e Shahwar (2012)” on Geo TV. She then starred in “Aik nayi Cinderella” and “Aunn Zara” both along with Osman Khalid Butt.

In 2013, Maya finally opted for Khoya Khoya Chand, a series which is written by Faiza Iftikhar. Maya played the role of Ahmerin who is a loving and caring sister with a sweet nature.

She also starred as Hiba in Ranjiah hi Sahi in 2013. The show contains a much-diversified story from usually stories, It is full of tragedies, sorrows, sufferings, and pain. Each and every character is very difficult to be played. Again in 2013, she did her another serial named Meri Zindagi hai Tu which was on-aired on Geo TV. This serial was directed by Amin Iqbal, written by Faiza Iftikhar.

Her next project was Ladoon Mein Pali, In this serial Maya Ali is playing a leading role which is based on the story of a young girl and her family. She played the role of Laraib, a girl whose family is traditional and respect their customs.

In 2014, Maya Ali was cast in Shanakht, in which she played the role of Qurat-ul-Ain, who follows Islam but is criticized by her family and society.Ali also starred as Saman in Zid alongside Ahsan Khan.

In 2015, Maya Ali worked in Mehreen Jabbar’s “Mera Nam Yousaf Hai” She played the role of Zulaikha alongside Imran Abbas. The same year she played the role of Farah alongside Osman Khalid Butt in Diyar-e-Dil, for which they won Hum Award for Best Onscreen Couple by jury.

In 2016, Maya Ali starred as Manahil in Mann Mayal along with Hamza Ali Abbasi for which she won the Lux Style Award for Best TV Actress. Mann Mayal premiered in Pakistan, UK, the USA, and the UAE.

She then also appeared in Sanam along with Osman Khalid Butt and Hareem Farooq. The story of the serial is told in a heavily serialized manner and it follows a love triangle.


She made her film debut with the 2018 action-drama film Teefa in Trouble opposite Ali Zafar. The film was shot in Lahore and Warsaw. At the time of its release, it was one of the most expensive Pakistani films ever made.

It became the third Pakistani film to cross the 50 crore mark, despite facing protests and film piracy afterward.

Maya Ali followed it with a leading role in the romantic-comedy film Parey Hut Love in 2019 opposite Shehryar Munawar Siddiqui both of which were commercially successful and the former earned her nomination for Best Actress at Lux Style Awards.

Other work

Maya Ali became the Brand Ambassador of Quetta Gladiators in 2018 for the Pakistan Super League. Maya also walked the ramp of Bridal Week 2018 as showstopper for Nomi Ansari. She also made appearances on different TV morning shows and interviews in order to promote her work.

Maya is also the Brand ambassador for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre. Maya Ali visits different institutions to raise awareness of breast cancer among young girls.

She has visited many universities and colleges as part of the campaign.
She serves as an ambassador for a number of brands such as Lux, Qmobile, Diva body spray, royal fans, etc.

Social media

No doubt Maya Ali is one of the most popular actresses in the Pakistani drama industry. She has 4.7 million followers on Instagram. She is a household name.

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