English actress Mimi Keene, is possibly best known for her appearances in the Netflix series “Sex Education”, and the BBC soap opera “EastEnders.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Mimi Roshan Saeed, hails from London, England, and was born under the Leo zodiac sign on 5 August 1998, which makes her 25 years old as of 2023. She’s the daughter of Hassan Saeed and Alexis Keene, who raised her alongside her younger brother in South Woodford, London – Keene also spent some of her childhood in Hertfordshire.
Mimi attended Churchfields Junior School in South Woodford, later joining the Abbots Langley-based Divine Savior Roman Catholic School after her family relocated to Hertfordshire. In 2009, Keene joined the Woking-based arts conservatoire, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, founded by the late actress, Italia Conti, graduating from the institution in 2014, aged16.
Facts and Interests
Keene is a huge animal lover who has a pet dog. She appeared with her puppy in the TV series “Sex Education”.
She is keen on traveling and has toured many international destinations including the US, both for work and leisure.
Moreover, Keene enjoys watching late-night films and series. Her best-loved actor and actress are Tom Cruise and Emma Watson respectively.
The “EastEnders” starlet works out regularly to maintain her body, and also follows a healthy sugar-free diet. She enjoys surfing together with her friends.
Career Beginnings and TV Appearances
Mimi began her acting career as a teenager with the portrayal of Janey in the play “Kin,” which was performed at The Royal Court Theater in November and December 2010. In 2013, she appeared in two episodes of the documentary “School of Stars,” which follows Italia Conti Academy of Theater Arts students as they juggle the excitement and glamour of their careers in theater, film, and TV, focusing on the lows and highs of their school lives. In the same year, Mimi was cast in single episodes of two British series, the children’s comedy-drama “Sadie J,” in which she played Brandy May Lou, and the military drama “Our Girl,” in which she portrayed Jade Dawes in the pilot episode.
In 2013, Mimi made her career breakthrough when she landed the recurring role of Cindy Williams in the British TV soap opera, “EastEnders.” The soap opera began airing on BBC One in 1985, and has since starred numerous famous personalities, including the late, legendary actress Dame Barbara Windsor. It is centered around the day-to-day lives of several people living in the fictional city of Walford, and is perhaps best known for its dramatic Christmas-themed scenes, which are mostly shot in the Queen Victoria public house. Mimi’s stint in the soap opera lasted for two years.
In 2016, Mimi appeared in the episode “High Tide” of the British medical drama “Casualty.” Three years later, she landed her next career-defining starring role of Ruby Matthews, in the Netflix teen comedy-drama “Sex Education” – Ruby is one of the members of the close-knit group, The Untouchables, who rule over other Moordale Secondary School students with an iron fist.
Keene made her film debut in the 2017 short “The Escape.” In 2019, she played Claire in the Vicky Jewson-directed action thriller, “Close,” which starred Noomi Rapace, and in the same year, she portrayed Young Edith Tolkien in the biographical movie “Tolkien,” which follows the early life of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote the books “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” Mimi will appear in the upcoming American romantic drama “After Everything” (2023), the sequel to the 2022 movie “After Ever Happy.”
— After Everything Movie (@aftermovie) August 5, 2023
In 2013, Mimi lent her voice to Medusa, Stheno, and Eurayle in the Nintendo 3DS game “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate.” In the year that followed, she voiced the same characters in another “Castlevania” franchise entitled “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.” As a model, Mimi has been represented by the UK talent agency, Troika, and has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines, including “Wonderland.”
In 2014, Mimi was nominated for a British Soap Award for Best Young Performance for her praised performance in the TV series “EastEnders.” 2015 saw her receive an Inside Soap Award nomination for Best Young Actor, for her performance in the same TV series. In 2021, she received a joint Pena de Prata Award nomination for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, shared with her “Sex Education” cast-mates including Ncuti Gatwa, Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson.
Keene is active on Instagram (@mimikeene3) with around 3.4 million followers. She joined Twitter in August 2014 and is currently followed by over 105,000 fans under the handle @mimikeene3.
Mimi is unmarried without any children. She hasn’t publicly introduced anyone as her boyfriend and prefers to keep her love life under wraps. Nonetheless, the London native often shows her fans and supporters that she gets along well with men, mostly her castmates, and has posted her photos attending parties together with her co-stars, Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa and Chaneil Kular, among others.
It was previously rumored that Keene was in a romantic relationship with her long-term friend, Matthew Lautman. The duo began their friendship when they were teenagers, and in 2014, Mimi posted her photo together with Matthew on Instagram and captioned it with a heart-warming message. Matthew often posts Mimi’s photos on his social media platforms, but has clarified that he sees her as his best friend and sister.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Keene is of White ethnicity and has a pair of dark brown eyes and dark brown hair. She’s 5ft 3ins (1.60m) tall, weighs approximately 120lbs (54kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-24-35; the “Sex Education” starlet wears shoe size 6(US). Some of her distinctive features include pouty lips and a toned physique. There were rumors that Keene had gone for breast augmentation, lip enhancement surgery, and Botox after her fans noticed changes in her appearance in the third season of “Sex Education.” The actress has never confirmed nor denied the allegations.
Keene began acting in the 2010s, and has been active in the showbiz industry for more than a decade, which has seen her become famous and accumulate a decent sum. She’s reportedly worth around $2.5 million as of 2023, and seemingly leads a luxurious lifestyle, including owning a collection of luxury cars such as a Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes GLS 350D, and a Porsche Panamera Turbo.