Sunetra Sarker

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Sunetra Sarker
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Born Sunetra Sarker
(1973-06-25) 25 June 1973 (age 41)
Liverpool, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988 - Present
Spouse(s) Nick Corfield (2003 - present) (1 child)
Children 1

Sunetra Sarker (born 25 June 1973 in Liverpool)[1][2] is an English actress. She is known for her medical roles in Brookside, No Angels and Casualty.

Early life[edit]

Sarker was born in Liverpool to a Hindu family,[3] her father a doctor.[4] In September 2014 Sarker revealed that, while she was growing up, her mother had been an Indian dancer.[5]


Sarker has a degree in Information Systems for Business in Europe from Brunel University London.[6]


Sarker has played a wide variety of roles in her career. Her initial success came when she was cast as Nisha Batra in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside from 1988 to 1990 and then returned in 2000 until 2003.[7]

Sarker also starred in the short-lived regional soap London Bridge. This was followed by one of her biggest roles as Anji Mittel in No Angels from 2004 to 2006.[8]

Sarker's next large role was playing the part of Clare Burns in the BBC drama The Chase[9] until the show was pulled after its second series. She then was cast on BBC's Casualty as Dr Zoe Hanna.[10]

In 2007, Sarker was a contestant on cooking show Celebrity MasterChef.

In 2009, Sarker provided the voiceover for the new Liverpool One shopping centre advertisements.

On 19 April 2014, Sarker appeared as a contestant on the game show Pointless Celebrities with Ian Bleasdale, who played paramedic Josh Griffiths for eighteen years.[11]

On 7 May 2014 Sarker and her nine year-old son Noah appeared on Big Star's Little Star.[12]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In autumn 2014 Sarker competed in the twelfth series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with New Zealand professional dancer Brendan Cole. In the first week the couple danced a Tango to "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)" by Robert Palmer and scored 24. In the second week they danced a Cha-cha-cha to "Million Dollar Bill" by Whitney Houston and scored 26.[13] In the third week the couple danced the American Smooth to "The Way You Look Tonight" from the film Swing Time and scored 40, including a 9 from head judge Len Goodman. Because of Sunetra's filming schedule, the routine had to be learned in a single day.[14]

In the fourth week the couple danced the Salsa to "Turn the Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson and scored 27. In the fifth week the couple danced the Viennese Waltz to "Anyone Who Had a Heart" by Cilla Black and scored 30. In week six, opening the show, they danced a Jive to "Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones and scored 27. In week seven they danced a Foxtrot to "All of Me" by John Legend and scored 31. In week eight, at Blackpool, they danced a Samba to "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" by the Scissor Sisters and scored 30. The couple were voted into the dance-off, against Judy Murray and Anton du Beke, but were unanimously saved by the judges.

In week nine they danced a Waltz, to "Last Request" by Paolo Nutini, and again scored 30, placing them in one from last place. The couple was voted into the dance-off with Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan, but were saved by three votes to one from the judges. In week ten they danced a Rumba to "The Girl from Ipanema" by Michael Bolton. The couple was again voted into the dance-off, against Mark Wright and Karen Hauer, but were unanimously voted out by the judges.


Title Role Year
Brookside Nisha Batra 1988–1990, 2000–2003
London Bridge Jyoti Solanki 1995
Cold Feet Clare 1999
Playing the Field Dr Meera 2000
Doctors Donna Sykes 2003
Emmerdale Priti Chowdry 2003
The Smoking Room Monique 2004
Holby City Nanda Veer 2004
No Angels Anji Mittel 2004–2006
Ideal Sangita 2005–2008
New Street Law Nita Shibani 2006
The Chase Clare Burns 2006–2007
Mobile DI Lorraine Conil 2007
Casualty Dr. Zoe Hanna 2007-
Doctor Who Indira 2012, Episode 2: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
Strictly Come Dancing (herself) Sep - Nov 2014, partnered with Brendan Cole


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