2008: Arrives in Emmerdale to work at the factory for Eric Pollard
2009: Begins a relationship with David Metcalfe
Starts working as deputy manager at the Home Farm Shop
Blackmailed by Nathan Wylde after a one night stand with him
David finds out and they briefly split but soon reunite
Leyla becomes the owner of the Home Farm Shop and renames it ‘Leyla’s’
2010: Moves in with David and buys Farrers Barn
Her mum dies and Leyla attends the funeral alone, seeing sister Alicia
Revealed to be the mother of ‘nephew’ Jacob, with the father Alicia’s husband Justin
Alicia splits with Justin and moves with Jacob to Emmerdale
2011: Becomes overly attached to Jacob and leaves the village
Dec 2013: Returns to Emmerdale, demanding to see Jacob who knows she is his mother
Is rescued by Alicia from an abusive boss at a pole dancing club
2014: Goes onto business with Megan Macey as wedding planners
Leyla has an affair with Megan’s partner Jai Sharma
2015: Starts seeing Jai’s brother Nikhil and after a whirlwind romance, they get engaged. The engagement is called off when Nikhil realises she still loves Jai
2016: Starts a relationship with Pete Barton.
Born Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi in Manchester in 1983, Roxy has many theatre credits to her name, including East is East, Janus, and Othello at the National Theatre.
She began her career as part of Contact Young Actors Company in 2004 and went on to work for Peskar Productions as a drama workshop leader in Oldham and Bolton.
Roxy has also acted in radio plays, e.g. Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers. From November 2012 through to January 2013 she played the role of Shahrazad in the Manchester Library Theatre Company performances of Arabian Nights at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, near Manchester.
She is also a qualified yoga instructor. She became a vegetarian at the age of 8, and a vegan since the age of 21. She is married to British Asian actor Arsher Ali.