Mahira Hafeez Khan born 21 December 1984) is a Pakistani actress. She appears in Pakistani films and Pakistani dramas. She is one of the country’s most popular and highest-paid actresses; and the recipient of several awards, including Lux Style Awards and Hum Awards.
Born in Karachi, Khan started her career as a VJ in 2006. She made her screen debut opposite Atif Aslam in the hit romance Bol (2011), which earned a Lux Style Award for Best Actress (film) nomination. She rose to prominence with starring role in Humsafar which earned her a Lux Style Award for Satellite Best TV Actress and Hum Award for Best Onscreen Couple.
Khan was born in Karachi, Pakistan on 21 December 1984 to parents who are Urdu-speaking Pathans. Her father, Hafeez Khan, was born in Delhi during the British Raj, and migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India.
Khan attended the Foundation Public School in Karachi from where she did her O-levels at age 16. At the age of 17, she moved to California, United State for the higher education. She attended Santa Monica College in Los Angeles. She then enrolled in the University of Southern California for her bachelor’s degree. However, she did not complete her degree and returned to Pakistan in 2008. During her studies in United States, she was a cashier at a Rite Aid store in Los Angeles
She has a younger brother, Hassaan Khan who is a journalist by profession.
Khan met her to-be husband Ali Askari in 2006 in Los Angeles. Some media reports say that she met him at Indus TV studios. She married Askari in 2007 in a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony despite Khan’s father being against this marriage. She gave birth to their son. The couple divorced in 2015.