Seeta Indrani

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Seeta Indrani
Born (1963-04-20) 20 April 1963 (age 54)
London, England
Occupation dancer, actress, film producer
Years active 1981-present
Awards Asian Film Academy - Best Supporting Actress 1995, for WPC Datta
Asian Film Academy - Best Actress 1996, for WPC Datta

Seeta Indrani (born 20 April 1963) is an English dancer and actress.



After graduation as a dancer from the London Contemporary Dance School,[1] she took the role of Cassandra in the original 1981 West End production of Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber. She then undertook various pieces of stage work, including seasons at the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Exchange, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

She then took the role for which she is best known, playing WPC Norika Datta from 1989 to 1998, in the long-running ITV drama The Bill. Indrani was voted Best Supporting Actress by the Asian Film Academy in 1995, and best actress in 1996.

After leaving The Bill, she returned to the stage with roles in Cruel Garden with the Rambert Dance Company, played Ariel to Alec McCowen's Prospero in The Tempest, and at the London Palladium with her childhood heroine Cyd Charisse. She was then invited on the first national tour in 40 years of Britain's oldest opera company, Carl Rosa Opera, playing Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus.

From October 2008 to March 2010 she appeared in the role of Dr. Lily Hassan in the BBC One daytime soap, Doctors. She portrayed Afia Khan's maternal aunt Shameem in award-winning soap EastEnders in 2011.

Other notable projects include Alignment Project, a film directed by Ilana Rein. In 2011 she appeared as Brenda Kiely in the Sky1 comedy drama series The Cafe. In 2013 she made a guest appearance as DCI Stella Morton in the BBC One drama series Casualty in the episode "Badge of Honour".


Indrani is co-founder and co-owner of MashMosh Films with editor Chris Bishop. Created in 2004, its productions include Asians in Europe, a promo film for Asian Music Award winner DJ Swami funded by Sony Entertainment Television Asia,[2] and short film Snapshots and full production The Good time Girls which both debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.

Indrani also has her own dance company, Fuego Flamenco, which indulges her passion for the Spanish dance, which she also teaches.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in London. Indrani's hobbies include ballet, step dance and yoga, while she continues to study singing with Mary Hammond.


From October 1987 to 1989, Seeta played Anita Sharma in BBC Radio 4's drama series Citizens.


  1. ^ Coen, Harry Coen (23 May 1999). "Flamenco Fits The Bill For Rambert's Cruel Garden". Sunday Express. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  2. ^ Background at Seeta Indrani

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