Born in Detroit and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Maryam Basir has always had dreams of massive success. After graduating from University of Michigan, Maryam moved to New York City to pursue her passions. It wasn’t long after her relocation to New York City when she caught the acting bug, was signed by an agency and immediately began acting and modeling. Maryam fell in love with her craft and has been a working actor and model ever since.
This November, Maryam will star in her first television leading role as the title character on AMC’s streaming platform. She leads the ALLBLK series “LACE,” as Lacey McCullough, a prolific Los Angeles attorney who is willing to do anything for her clients and blurs the lines between right and wrong. A complicated character, it is often unknown if Lacey is a “good guy” or a “bad guy” as she fights to get the best possible outcome for her clients.
Maryam booked the role of Lacey with no audition. Producers from the show saw her in past roles and decided Maryam would be perfect for the role of Lacey. She accepted the role and since then has been having a surreal experience, a dream come true.
Maryam’s past credits include “The Chi,” “Chicago PD,” “Empire,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Holiday Heartbreak,” in which she was nominated for Best Actress in an Independent Film for Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards. Next, she stars in “To Live and Die and Live” premiering early next year, opposite Omari Hardwick.
In addition to her career as an actor, Maryam owns a brow and lash studio in Harlem called HiBROW where she does microblading, eyelash extensions and SMP between bookings. In Michigan, Maryam founded a 501c3 nonprofit organization called NOiR Diamonds, empowering young girls ages 8-14. The organization provides them with tools to succeed in life. Lessons range from public speaking to learning etiquette and preparing for the future. Approximately 70 young girls have graduated from this program. Maryam resides in New York City and is a proud Muslim woman.