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Hayat first came to public attention on Satellite Channel, Zee TV, where she hosted her own TV show for 3 years starting in 2000. She holds a BA (Hons) in Music and Performing Arts, and has studied acting for 7 years in total, including the Meisner Technique, which she is a huge fan. She has been instructed under David Schwimmer, famously from the American TV show Friends.
Hayat started acting professionally at 16, where she landed her first role with the BBC on the show Absolute Power. She has appeared in TV advertising campaigns for international brands including Walkers Crisps, McDonald's, and was the first model/actor who featured in the campaign for Timotei hair shampoo.
She starred in Fur TV, where she played a Latino with a Brazilian accent.
Hayat also hosted and judged a show for UTV Bindaas' reality TV show Superdude Season 2.
Hayat has completed feature films The Unforgettable, Cash and Curry, (starring Ameet Chana) and Exitz. (starring Malcolm Mcdowell and Stephen Billington). The Unforgettable premiered at The Venice Film Festival in 2008 In Cash and Curry she plays the gun-toting wife of a gangster.
In May 2013, Hayat starred in the BBC adaption of "Bollywood Carmen". She later appeared in BBC's "Waterloo Road", and "Jonathan Creek", as well as playing "Lucia", in the BAFTA award winning series, "Fur Tv".
Hayat published a book called, "Dishonoured", which was published by Blakes Publishing in October 2009, since translated into 3 different languages.
She is also a keen supporter of the charity Ashiana whom she regularly speaks for, raise money, and help to raise awareness for them.
In 2006, Hayat was in a band that released a song on MTV Base. The song reached #6 in the charts, with all proceeds going to "Mothers Against Guns". This was the second time Hayat had represented a charity and given up all royalty proceeds to the charity. Sofia worked with artist Jesse J on this project. A special performance of the songs was shot at the Mayor of Londons HQ with Ken Livingstone and the Mothers of victims of gun crime.
Hayat also entertained UN troops in 2008.
In 2010, Sofia set up her own record label, Hayat Music, and released her debut single, "What's The Matter". The song charted at 15 in the UK dance charts and 19 world wide. She produced her own video, which she said was a challenge, "having to style myself, run a round buying everything from catsuits to sandwiches for the crew, and praying that my ideas would work!." The video was an international success and was played across many continents.
May 2011-Sofia gave her first ever Live show, singing Jazz with the God Father of Jazz in India, Louis Banks, at the famous venue, The Blue Frog in Mumbai.
In November 2011, Sofia sang at the promo tour for the block buster movie "Desi Boyz", and then went on to perform for the Gitanjali Juvenille Millenium race at the Mahalaxmi race course before Vidya Balan gave an award for the "Dirty Picture" cup.
She has recorded a song for her new film, which she will shoot January 2012, and is fast known in India as not only a talented actress but also a singer. In 2012, Sofia performed at Mahalakmi racecourse for the final polo matches, she invited Mr Poonawalla on stage. Show was a huge success, covered by Bombay Times. Milan Luthra was also present.
In 2013 Sofia performed live at the Porsche polo cup at Mahalakmi race course, where she sang her own songs and performed to the popular Hindi song "Radha"
Hayat has been confirmed as the Patron of PAWS Mumbai, with Pooja Bhatt, where she has rescued a number of animals including, owls, turtles and birds of prey. She has also posed for a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals campaign, encouraging consumers to buy cosmetics that are not tested on animals.
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