Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Award-winning writer joins Coronation Street cast

Next week in Coronation Street, Sharif and Yasmeen arrive home and are utterly thrilled to find their grandchildren have arranged a surprise 45th wedding anniversary party.

Sharif makes a speech and announces to Yasmeen he's booked a holiday, the honeymoon they never had. However he's interrupted by the arrival of their old friend Sonia Rahman who clearly upset, explains her husband has thrown her out. 

Sonia will be played by Sudha Bhuchar who is both an actor and a talented writer. As an actor she's been in a great many telly programmes - check out her IMDB profile here.  Her many acting roles include appearances in Eastenders, BBC Radio 4's 'The Archers' and on stage in an adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Haroun and The Sea of Stories at the Royal National Theatre.

She writes widely for radio and the stage, including the award-winning Bollywood Musical Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings And A Funeral (2001), based on the 'Bollywood' film Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Tamasha's Strictly Dandia (2004), and A Fine Balance (2007), based on the book by Rohinton Mistry. She has also written a children's play, Child of the Divide (2006) and The House of Bilquis Bibi, an adaptation of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba.

Sudha Bhuchar also writes with Shaheen Khan: Balti Kings for Tamasha and three series of Girlies for BBC Radio Four. Their television credits include an episode of Doctors and their original screenplay, House across the street, for BBC 4.

With Kristine Landon-Smith, she won a Woman of Achievement Award for Arts and Culture in 2005, and a First Women Award (Tourism and Leisure) in 2010.

Wow!

We'll see Sonia on screen for the first time on Monday 22 August.

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