Afshan Azad (born 12 February 1988) is an English actress and model of Bangladeshi descent. She is best known for playing the role of Padma Patil in the Harry Potter film series, except for Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, which was portrayed by Sharon Sandhu.
Azad was born in Longsight, Manchester, England. Her parents came from Bangladesh. She attended Whalley Range High School, and then studied AS-level Chemistry, Biology, English and Business Studies at Xaverian College in Rusholme.