Sunetra Sarker

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Sunetra Sarker
Born Sunetra Sarker
(1973-06-25) 25 June 1973 (age 41)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988 - Present

Sunetra Sarker (born 25 June 1973 in Liverpool, Lancashire) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Dr Zoe Hanna in BBC's Casualty.

Early life[edit]

Sarker's father is a doctor.[1] In September 2014 Sarker revealled that, while she was growing up, her mother had been an Indian dancer.[2]


Sarker has a degree in Information Systems for Business with French from Brunel University.[3]


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.[4]

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.[5]

Sarker's next large role was playing the part of Clare Burns in the BBC drama The Chase[6] until the show was pulled after its second series. She then was cast on BBC's Casualty as Dr Zoe Hanna.[7]

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.[8]

On 7 May 2014, Sarker and her son Noah appeared on Big Star's Little Star.[9]

On 23 August 2014 it was announced that Sarker would be competing in the forthcoming twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing that will be broadcast from September 2014.[10] Her partner is New Zealand professional dancer Brendan Cole.


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-present (temporary break from August 2014)
Doctor Who Indira 2012, Episode 2: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
Strictly Come Dancing (herself) Sep - Dec 2014, partnered with Brendan Cole


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