Nazrin Choudhury

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Nazrin Choudhury
Nazrin Choudhury.jpg
Native name হাসিনা মমতাজ
Born 1976 (age 38–39)
South London, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Bengali
Education BSc Biomedical Science
MA Screenwriting
Alma mater King's College London
Northern Film School
Occupation Screenwriter, actress, author, playwright
Years active 2001–present
Style Drama
Awards Richard Imison Award
"Mixed Blood" (2006)
DNA Films Focus on Talent
"Scum"

Nazrin Choudhury (Bengali: নাসরিন চৌধুরী; born 1976) is an award-winning[1] English screenwriter and actress of Bangladeshi descent.[2]

Education[edit]

Choudhury was born in South London, England to parents of Bangladeshi origin. She is the youngest of five children and received a scholarship to attend Streatham and Clapham High School. During her final year at school she took her first steps in her writing career when she was awarded a Literary Travel Scholarship to travel to North America by the Girls' Day School Trust.[3] Between 1994 – 1996 she attended King's College London and read for a BSc in Biomedical Science, graduating with honours. Following her graduation she spent time working as an actress with the Royal Court Youth Theatre (at the Royal Court Theatre) before undertaking a theatre tour of Austria.

Between 2001 and 2003 she attended the Northern Film School to study for an MA in Screenwriting having received a FilmFour Productions/Channel 4 Award.

Career[edit]

Choudhury is a screenwriter who has scripted episodes of British television serials such as Casualty, Doctors, EastEnders and Waterloo Road. She also worked as a storyline writer on Coronation Street. Her critically acclaimed[4] radio play Mixed Blood[5] won the Richard Imison Award in 2006. During 2009, she was Series Story Consultant on Bishaash, a BBC World Service Trust 24-episode television series for Bangladesh. In 2010, she worked with Menhaj Huda on his film Everywhere and Nowhere.[6]

In 2006, she was awarded a grant for the arts by the Arts Council England for her first novel My England.[7] Her first screenplay, Scum, won the 'Focus on Talent' award, a competition run by DNA Films. She is a member of the Society of Authors Broadcasting Committee and a voting member of BAFTA.

Choudhury is currently based in Los Angeles and was selected as one of the ten finalists for the 2014 Fox Writers Intensive.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Writing[edit]

Year Title Note(s)
2003 EastEnders 1 episode: "3 November 2003"
2004 1 episode: "18 October 2004"
Doctors 1 episode: "No Angel"
2006 Casualty 2 episodes: "A Problem Halved, To Be a Parent"
2009 Waterloo Road 1 episode: "#4.12"
Doctors 1 episode: "Great Expectations"
2010 1 episode: "Letting Go"
2011 1 episode: "Suffocating Love"
Everywhere and Nowhere Additional writing

Acting[edit]

Year Title Role Note(s)
2001 Mersey Beat Pharmacist 1 episode: "Unexploded Bombs"
2002 Lood Strangers 1 episode: "Air Stewardess" TV film
2004 Kismet Road Yasmin Munir TV series
2007 Emmerdale Nurse Gould 2 episodes: "#1.4850", "#1.4842"
2009 The Royal Today Maya 1 episode: "#1.32"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liz, Thomas (4 October 2006). "Casualty writer wins Imison prize for best new radio drama". The Stage. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Lang, Kirsty (October 2006). "Nazrin Choudhury: Imison winner 2006". Front Row (BBC Radio 4). Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "GDST Alumnae Network". Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Daoust, Phil (2 November 2005). "Pick of the day". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "Mixed Blood". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Everywhere and Nowhere". IMDb. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Granting Precious Time" (PDF). Arts Council England Annual Review 2008. July 2008. p. 10. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Khatchatourian, Maane (23 January 2014). "Fox Selects 10 Finalists for Annual Writers Intensive". Variety. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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