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(1995-10-07) October 7, 1995 (age 26)
Manchester, UK
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
  • Hazelwick School
  • RADA
Years active2017–present

Grace Saif (born 7 October 1995) is a British actress known for playing Ani Achola on Netflix's TV series, 13 Reasons Why.[1][2][3]

Early life

Saif was born and grew up in Manchester before she moved to Crawley and attended Hazelwick School,[4] a few years below another notible attendee Erin Doherty. In 2013, Saif and Doherty took part in parallel dramatic performences with the Mostar Youth Theatre and Hazelwick School in Mostar[5]. After completing her GCE Advanced Level, Saif then went on to complete a BA in Acting at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she recieved a bursery from British Academy of Film and Television Arts for £4,500.[6] Her British Academy of Film and Television Arts mentor was Billie Piper[6] and graduated from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2017.[7][8]


Saif made their acting debut in 2017 in a guest role as Angel Hurley on the BBC's soap opera Doctors (2000 TV series)[9][10] having previously taking part in a short film, Wilton in 2016.[citation needed] In 2018 she then secured a role in Night Out as well as having a voice role in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.[11] A review by Blizzard Watch commented on Saif's performance as the character Abby in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth;

  • As reviewed by Cory Taylor, "The host of that tea party is a little girl named Abby, and she was voiced by Grace Saif, in a chilling performance that’s sure to make you leave the lights on."[12]

She is currently best known for her role in 13 Reasons Why as the character Ani Achola.[9][13][14]

She took part in a Right Here Festival event on the 29 January 2020 commissioned by Crawley Creatives.[15]

Personal Life

Social media bullying

In 2019, Saif faced online bullying through social media channels and subsequently deleted pictures on Instagram and restricted access to their Twitter account.[14][16][17][18]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Wilton Unknown Short film
2018 Night Out Shabs Short film
2020 The Visit Nneka Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Doctors (2000 TV series) Angel Hurley Season 19 Episode 113 - Vigilante Man[19]
2019-20 13 Reasons Why Ani Achola Season 3

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Abby Voice[12]


  1. "13 Reasons Why (TV Series 2017 - 2020) Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. 2021. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  2. "Spotlight: GRACE SAIF". Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  3. "Grace Saif". Metacritic. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  4. Hazelwick School (2020). "Hazelwick School Newsletter". Hazelwick School.
  5. NATD (2013). "Gallery – Conference 2013". NATD. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Grace Saif | UK Scholar". 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  7. RADA. "Grace Saif — RADA". RADA. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  8. The National Theatre. "The National Theatre - People". Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Peter, Zack (2019-08-20). "13 Reasons Why's Newest Cast Member Grace Saif Is Already Making a Splash". POPSUGAR Celebrity UK. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  10. BBC (2017). "Doctors - Vigilante Man". Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  11. "13 Reasons Why's Newest Cast Member Grace Saif Is Already Making a Splash". Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Taylor, Cory (2018-08-17). "A roundup of the actors behind the fantastic voice work of Battle for Azeroth". Blizzard Watch. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  13. Watson, Fay (2019-08-28). "13 Reasons Why season 3: Who plays Ani Achola? Who is Grace Saif?". Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Kim, YeEun. "One of the stars of '13 Reasons Why' deleted all of her Instagram posts after fans abused her because her character 'ruined the show'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  15. Crawley Creatives. "Meet the Crawley Creatives: actor Grace Saif". Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  16. Joe Anderton (2019-09-02). "13 Reasons Why star quits Instagram after backlash". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  17. Kim, YeEun. "One of the stars of '13 Reasons Why' deleted all of her Instagram posts after fans abused her because her character 'ruined the show'". Insider. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  18. Griffiths, George (2019-09-03). "13 Reasons Why's Grace Saif quits Instagram over Ani Achola backlash". Metro. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  19. Richardson, David (2017-11-24), Vigilante Man (Drama), Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Ian Midlane, Laura Rollins, Jan Pearson, retrieved 2021-01-18

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