One of the most loved and celebrated artists of television, Azra Sherwani was born in the Indian city of Meerut in the year 1940. Starting her acting career on television towards the end of sixties, Azra was introduced to television by the late producer Shahzad Khalil in his plays Platform and Bi Jamalo, aired by the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).
Being the wife of an Air Force officer, Azra's life was primarily spent outside Karachi. However, after her husband retired, she settled in Karachi and that is when her acting career really took off as she became an in-demand actress for all drama producers. With a career that spanned over 35 years, Azra played diverse roles and each of them established her as an actress with immense acting talent.
Working with the topmost directors of PTV at the time including the likes of late Shehzad Khalil, late Shereen Khan, late Mohsin Ali, Sahira Kazmi, Sultana Siddiqui and Zaheer Khan, she played a number of unforgettable roles. The most popular roles that she played included Aapa Begum that she played in 'Tanhaiyyan', Fazeelat in 'Dhoop Kinarey', Ghazi Aapa in 'Uncle Urfi', Bushra Ansari's mother in the epic drama 'Aangan Terha' and the title role of Khala Khairan.
Most of the dramas Azra was cast in were written by the best writers of PTV including Haseena Moin, Anwar Maqsood and Fatima Suraiyya Bajiya. As a result, all her characters were given the chance to follow the impeccable scripts written by these remarkable playwrights, with her dialogues becoming immortalized in people's memories.
With her impressive expressions and dialogue delivery, Azra also appeared in a number of television commercials. Although she used to play supporting roles and usually in the presence of a stellar cast, she would always stand out because of her incredible performance. In the later part of her life, she moved to USA, where she breathed her last on December 19, 2005.