Shama Sikander (born 4 August 1981) is an Indian actress who is best remembered for her lead role in the TV series Yeh Meri Life Hai (2003-2005). She has acted in television serials and is also known as a TV program host and a reality show contestant. On the big screen, she has appeared in a few Bollywood movies, including the Aamir Khan starrer Mann in 1999.
Sikander is also active as a fashion model, and she launched her own design company, Saisha, in 2010.
Sikander began her career on the big screen with small parts in Prem Aggan (1998 Hindi) and Mann (1999 Hindi) before landing a supporting role in Ansh: The Deadly Part (2002 Hindi). She first gained significant recognition on television as the title character ‘Pooja Mehta’ in the popular Sony TV drama Ye Meri Life Hai (2003-2005). The performance earned her numerous nominations and awards, her wins including the 12th Annual Lion’s Gold Awards’ Critics’ Choice “Best Actress” (2005), Sony TV’s “Best Face” (2005), Indian Television Academy Awards’ “GR8! Face of the Year” (2004), and “Best Debut” (2004). Sikander subsequently anchored Popkorn Newz (2007) and Jet Set Go (2008) before returning to film with lead role of ‘Jiya’ in Dhoom Dhadaka (2008). She subsequently appeared in the lead role of ‘Shunyaa’ on the supernatural thriller TV series Seven (2010-2011 Hindi) produced by Bollywood juggernaut Yash Raj Films. She was seen as ‘Byankar Pari’, the lead antagonist in the children’s program Baal Veer (2012–2014) on SAB TV but quitted for her company
In 2010 Indian gossip columnist Vicky Lalwani linked Sikander to actor Mimoh Chakraborty – a claim both parties denied.
In mid-2011 speculation began regarding Sikander’s relationship with India-based American actor / musician Alexx O’Nell The two were spotted with increasing frequency throughout 2011 and Sikander confirmed that they were indeed in a relationship in an interview which featured on the cover of Showtime Magazine’s December 2011 issue, entitled “Shama Sikander Finally Breaks Her Silence on Her Relationship With Alexx O’Nell”. Later, a June 2012 interview with Sikander disclosed that the two met through friends at a sundown party .. and that she was “won over nearly immediately after he played some music for her … [O’Nell’s original] compositions … to be featured in an album that will release soon.”Sikander and O’Nell’s relationship was confirmed to be over in January 2015.
In January 2016, it was confirmed that Sikander got engaged to American businessman James Milliron in Dubai, UAE.