It was always assumed that I would be an actress. I went to Drama School in the early 60’s, but after a few years of getting nowhere, and tired of waitressing and waiting, I abandoned the profession.
So it was a bolt out of the blue that thirty years later my acting career suddenly happened and I found myself playing a lead at the Bush Theatre in ‘Backstroke in a Crowded Pool,’ by Jane Coles. It was exhilarating , felt like a homecoming but with an added glow of being the outcome of one of life’s ‘mysteries’.
In the process of the research into my forthcoming book, I attended an ‘Urs’: the death anniversary of a Sufi saint and was told, emphatically, that my life was about to change and that, ‘ Something which should have happened, and didn’t happen, will now happen.’
Ten days after I returned to London, in January 1993, I got a call from the BBC Radio… and the rest is history.
In this section there will be clips from my acting work in the past as well as some new recordings of readings.
In Amir Shah’s Sky Comedy short (2017)
As Nani Umbreen in Doctor Who, Demons of the Punjab (2018) a role which again unexpectedly shifted an emotional block and released my writer self.
Watch the full episode here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bs748h/doctor-who-series-11-6-demons-of-the-punjab