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Alya Nazir is the co-owner of Speed Daal in Victoria Street, daughter of the late Kal Nazir and older sister of Zeedan.

After graduating from university in 2014, Alya was taken on as a trainee manager at Underworld factory. She stayed with the firm when it closed down and Aidan Connor fought to get it up and running again, and a result when Aidan committed suicide in 2018, he bequeathed the factory to her. However, after briefly battling to hold onto it Alya sold the factory to Carla Connor and invested the money in Zeedan's restaurant Speed Daal, buying half of the business.

In Coronation Street, Alya has had relationships with Gary Windass, Luke Britton and Ryan Connor, splitting from the latter in 2021 after he appeared to have cheated on her with Daisy Midgeley. She now lives at 6 Coronation Street with Yasmeen Metcalfe, having moved back in with her gran following her coercive control ordeal at the hands of her abusive husband Geoff.


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While out at a nightclub with her friend Siobhan Davies in June 2014, Alya met Gary Windass. Experiencing more problems with long-term partner Izzy Armstrong, a frustrated Gary asked Jason Grimshaw to accompany him on a night out. Alya instantly caught Gary's eye and after telling her that he was single, they shared a passionate kiss and spent the night together in Alya's room at Siobhan's flat.

The following morning, a now sober Gary was mortified that he'd woken up in Alya's bed and left as soon as possible. Later that day, Alya met her father - Kal - at V Court Fitness. Gary was shocked when he found out who she was and feared that she would tell either Kal or Izzy about their liaison. Alya however decided to keep the matter a secret as her family would be very disappointed in her, although she assured Gary that nothing had happened between them.

Deciding that she wanted to work at the gym until better career prospects came along, grandfather Sharif gave Alya a job as a receptionist and demoted Gail McIntyre to cleaner.

After Gary's split from Izzy, it was clear there were feelings between Alya and Gary and in October 2014 they shared another kiss. They began a relationship during the following month, however chose to keep this a secret from everyone (including the Nazirs). While sharing a kiss in the Builder's Yard they were spotted by Kal's girlfriend Leanne Tilsley, who advised Alya that she should tell Kal, but she refused.

Alya lost her dad, Kal, during a fire which broke out at Victoria Court in May 2015. In deep mourning, she got drunk for the first time in her life, and slept with Jason; although instantly regretted doing so as she was going against her religion by drinking alcohol and having premarital sex. She got engaged to Gary, but the wedding was called off after he found out about their one-night stand and the pair separated.

When Alya discovered her grandfather Sharif's seven year affair with Sonia Rahman, Alya decided to blackmail Sharif for £14,000 for a new machine at the factory for a lingerie line. However, when the affair was revealed, Alya was kicked out of the house along with Sharif for the blackmail. Alya moved into 9 Coronation Street for a while and missed out on Zeedan's wedding to her best friend Rana Habeeb. Alya later joined Kate Connor at 15a Victoria Street before moving to 19a Victoria Street. Alya slowly repaired her relationship with her grandmother and brother.

In 2017, Alya started a relationship with Luke Britton. Alya and Aidan Connor started to build a new Underworld. Two of their customers, Dale Parker and Justin Parker made racist comments towards Alya and Luke. Soon afterwards, Luke was murdered by Pat Phelan in January 2018, leaving Alya devastated as she believed their future looked promising. Alya set up a vigil for Luke outside the factory. However, she believed the two racist men at the factory had killed him, whereas unknown to her; the real killer was neighbour Pat Phelan.


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Background information

Alya was introduced as part of the first ever Muslim family in the history of Coronation Street, the Nazirs. The family was comprised of Alya's grandparents Yasmeen (Shelley King) and Sharif (Marc Anwar), her father Kal (Jimi Mistry), her brother Zeedan (Qasim Akhtar) and herself. The characters weren't all introduced at once but instead made their first appearances across 2014 (except Kal, who first appeared in December 2013). Alya herself debuted in Episode 8412 broadcast on the 25th June.

Apart from a one-off appearance in Doctors in 2011, Alya was actress Sair Khan's first television role.

First and last lines

"Best episode ever - Episode 1, Series 9... Vampire turbojet epic crash." (First line)


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List of addresses

Address Duration
6 Coronation Street 17th December 2014 to 4th November 2016
9 Coronation Street 4th November 2016 to 5th December 2016
15a Victoria Street 5th December 2016 to 16th June 2017
19a Victoria Street 16th June 2017 to 18th May 2018
6 Coronation Street 18th May 2018 to July 2019
19a Victoria Street July 2019 to 24th December 2020
6 Coronation Street 24th December 2020 to present

Employment history

Role Institution Duration
Co-owner Speed Daal August 2018 to present
Manageress Viaduct Bistro 22nd January 2020 to 12th February 2020

See also

Current characters
Ken Barlow | Rita Tanner | Peter Barlow | Gail Rodwell | Tracy McDonald | Audrey Roberts | Nick Tilsley | Kevin Webster | Debbie Webster | Jenny Connor | Sally Metcalfe | Sarah Barlow | Steve McDonald | David Platt | Daniel Osbourne | Roy Cropper | Leanne Battersby | Toyah Habeeb | Tyrone Dobbs | Dev Alahan | Eileen Grimshaw | Maria Connor | Kirk Sutherland | Adam Barlow | Todd Grimshaw | Fiz Stape | Simon Barlow | Sean Tully | Chesney Brown | Amy Barlow | Aadi Alahan | Asha Alahan | Ryan Connor | Carla Barlow | Gary Windass | Mary Taylor | Liam Connor | Brian Packham | Izzy Armstrong | Max Turner | Jack Webster | Hope Stape | Faye Windass | Beth Sutherland | Craig Tinker | Joseph Brown | Ruby Dobbs | Tim Metcalfe | Jake Windass | Lily Platt | Alya Nazir | Yasmeen Metcalfe | Zeedan Nazir | Gemma Winter | Billy Mayhew | Cathy Matthews | Alex Warner | Harry Platt | Shona Platt | Summer Spellman | Abi Webster | Imran Habeeb | Paul Foreman | Evelyn Plummer | Bertie Osbourne | James Bailey | Ed Bailey | Michael Bailey | Aggie Bailey | Kelly Neelan | Bernie Winter | Aled Winter-Brown | Bryn Winter-Brown | Carys Winter-Brown | Llio Winter-Brown | Nina Lucas | George Shuttleworth | Sam Blakeman | Daisy Midgeley | Ronnie Bailey