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), Tiger Country and Tales From The Harrow Road (Hampstead Theatre),[2] 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 for the Leicester Haymarket), Airport 2000 (Riverside Studios),[2] 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.[2] 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 in Coronation Street. She is currently a supporting cast member in Class Dismissed.

Her film credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Anita and Me, Thunderbirds,[3] Bride and Prejudice,[3] The Mistress of Spices, Honour,[3] Jadoo,[3] and Brick Lane.[3] Television credits include The Kumars at No. 42 (as the family’s interfering landlady, 'Hawney'),[4] Boohbah, Doctors and Whose Baby?.

As a writer, her credits include 'There’s Something About Simmy', 'The Deranged Marriage', 'Miss Meena & the Masala Queens' 2017 RIFCO Arts,[2] 'Happy Birthday Sunita',[3] 2014 RIFCO Arts and 'Meri Christmas' 2006 RIFCO Arts.[2]

She is currently appearing in Citizen Khan as 'Mrs Malik'.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Harvey Virdi". bbashakespeare.warwick.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Thomson, Wendy (21 October 2014). "Interview with Harvey Virdi". femalearts.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Lee, Marc (15 Jan 2014). "The Kumars return to celebrity-obsessed Britain". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

Harvey Virdi at the Internet Movie Database