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Sattar was born in Birmingham, England. She is of mixed descent, her mother is British and her father is Pakistani. At the age of 11, as a young amateur actress, Sattar was one of the founder members of Birmingham's Central Junior Television Workshop. She then attended the Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance in London.
Her theatre roles include: Top Girls; Clubbed Out; Lets Go to the Fair; Hansel & Gretel; One Night; D'yer Eat with your Fingers; Romeo & Juliet. She also played the role of Meenah Khan in the original cast of East is East by Ayub Khan-Din. It was produced by the Tamasha Theatre Company at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1996. Although she did not reprise the role in the film version of the play East Is East (1999), she did appear as new character Neelam Haqq in the sequel West Is West (2010). She has starred in the following low-budget films: Final Curtain, Esther Khans, Janice Beard 45wpm and Large.
Sattar currently lives in Bristol.