Harvey Virdi

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Harvey Virdi (born in Coventry, West Midlands) is an actress and writer from Indian descent, well known as a veteran of British-Asian theatre.

She trained at Academy Drama School in London.[1]

Her theatre credits include The Borrowers (at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff),[2] Tiger Country and Tales From The Harrow Road (Hampstead Theatre),[3] When We are Married, Twelfth Night (in 1997 and 2004,[1]), Romeo and Juliet (in 2000,[1]), Square Circle and Playboy of the Asian World (all at the Leicester Haymarket), Airport 2000 (Riverside Studios, Hammersmith),[3] and Jatinder Verma's production of Exodus (Tara Arts/BAC). In 2003, she was Mrs Peachum in a touring production of The Threepenny Opera for the Royal National Theatre.[3] In 2004 she gave a critically acclaimed Maria in an Indian-themed production of Twelfth Night at the Albery Theatre. She also appeared as Nina Mandal,[4] in Coronation Street.[5] She is currently a supporting cast member in Class Dismissed.

Her film credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Anita and Me, Thunderbirds,[6] Bride and Prejudice,[6] The Mistress of Spices, Honour,[6] Jadoo,[6] and Brick Lane.[6] Television credits include The Kumars at No. 42 (as the family’s interfering landlady, 'Hawney'),[7] Boohbah, Doctors, Lucky Man (as 'Shefali Malhotra'),[8] and Whose Baby?. She has also starred in various radio plays including in 2009, in "The Inheritance Of Loss By Kiran Desai".[9]

As a writer, her credits include 'There’s Something About Simmy', 'The Deranged Marriage', 'Miss Meena & the Masala Queens' 2017 RIFCO Arts,[3] 'Happy Birthday Sunita',[6][10] 2014 RIFCO Arts and 'Meri Christmas' 2006 RIFCO Arts.[3]

She is currently appearing in Citizen Khan as 'Mrs Malik'.[6]

In 2017 it was announced Virdi had joined the cast of Hollyoaks, playing 'Misbah Maalik'.[5][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Harvey Virdi". bbashakespeare.warwick.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Waugh, Rosemary (30 November 2016). "The Borrowers review at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff – 'small but perfectly formed'". thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Rafiq, Zoey (25 November 2016). "Rifco Announce Harvey Virdi's: Miss Meena & the Masala Queens". theasiantoday.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Hughes, Johnathon (19 April 2017). "Hollyoaks: a new family is arriving this spring". Radio Times. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Greenwood, Carl (18 April 2017). "NEW DEBUT Hollyoaks reveal new family as Yasmine Maalik's mum and sister join the village". The Sun. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Thomson, Wendy (21 October 2014). "Interview with Harvey Virdi". femalearts.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Lee, Marc (15 Jan 2014). "The Kumars return to celebrity-obsessed Britain". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Luck Be a Lady". tvmaze.com. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Network Radio BBC Week 51: 19-25 December 2009". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  10. ^ Khan, Shuiab. "One of India's finest actresses is taking centre stage and leaving behind movies as she leads the cast of comedy Happy Birthday Sunita". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 

External links[edit]

Harvey Virdi at the Internet Movie Database