Anjli Mohindra

Anjli Mohindra (born 20 February 1990) is a British actress known for her television roles in The Sarah Jane Adventures as Rani Chandra, as Nadia in the BBC One series Bodyguard, and as Josie Chancellor in the ITV series Dark Heart. In 2018 she played Tara Lohia opposite Simon Callow in the original ghost story The Dead Room written by Mark Gatiss.[2]

Anjli Mohindra
Anjli Mohindra in 2013.jpg
Mohindra in 2013
Born (1990-02-20) 20 February 1990 (age 31)
Edgware, London, United Kingdom[1]
Years active2005–present
Partner(s)Sacha Dhawan

Early lifeEdit

Mohindra was born to parents Suranjan and Atul Mohindra, in Edgware, Greater London and grew up in West Bridgford, Nottingham.[1] Her family is Hindu originating from Punjab, India.[3][4] She attended Jesse Gray Primary School and West Bridgford School. She later joined Nottingham Central Junior Television Workshop.[5] She trained in acting at the Carlton Workshops.[6]

In a 2018 interview about her personal style, Mohindra said that she had been a tomboy whilst growing up, sometimes wearing her adoptive brother's hand-me-down clothes.[7]


Mohindra played the role of Rani Chandra in The Sarah Jane Adventures on CBBC, where her character is a few years younger than her. Mohindra played a small part in an episode of teen TV series The Inbetweeners,[8] and appears briefly as Sophie Martin in episode twelve of Law & Order: UK.[9] She also appears on Beaver Falls as Saima. She guest starred in an episode of Legends of Tomorrow as Punk Charlie. She initially declined the role of Nadia in Bodyguard until learning there would be more depth to her character than she assumed.[10]

ITV drama Wild Bill features Mohindra as a regular lead, opposite Rob Lowe.[11][12]

She appeared as Queen Skithra in the 12th series of Doctor Who, broadcast in 2020.[13]

In May 2020, Mohindra wrote "People Under the Moon", a short film set during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown starring Gwilym Lee as a medic who joins a dating app on the eve of lockdown.[14]


Year Title Role Network Notes
Doctors[15] Gemma Fox
Series 7, Episode 125: "Goodbye Mrs Chips"
Coronation Street[16] Shareen
Series 1, Episode 6225
The Sarah Jane Adventures[17] Rani Chandra
Appeared in every episode of Series 2 except "The Last Sontaran".
Blue Peter[18] Herself
Filmed at BBC Television Centre
TMi[19] Herself
Filmed at BBC Television Centre
The Inbetweeners[8] Charlotte's Friend
Series 1 Episode 4: "Will Gets a Girlfriend"
The Sarah Jane Adventures[20] Rani Chandra
Comic Relief Special.
The Sarah Jane Adventures[21] Rani Chandra
Appeared in every episode of Series 3.
Law and Order UK[9] Sophie Martin
Series 2, Episode 5: "Love and Loss"
Holby City[22] Mindy Kapoor
Series 12, Episode 23 "The Butterfly Effect: Part Two"
Sam & Mark's TMi Friday[23] Herself
Filmed at BBC Television Centre.
The Sarah Jane Adventures[21] Rani Chandra
Appeared in every episode of Series 4.
Sarah Jane's Alien Files[24] Rani Chandra
Appeared in Episode 2.
My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen[25] Herself
Beaver Falls[26][27] Saima
Series 1, Episodes 1 & 4
The Sarah Jane Adventures[28] Rani Chandra
Appeared in every episode of Series 5.
Casualty[29] Meera Hussein
Series 26, Episode 36: "Teenage Dreams"
The Black Scholes Conspiracy Dee
TV movie
Coming Up Roxy
Channel 4
Series 11, Episode 4: "Doughnuts"
My Jihad Fahmida
BBC Three
Drama short
The Missing Amara Suri
BBC One (UK) and Starz (US)
Appeared in Episodes 1, 7 & 8
Cucumber Veronica Chandra
Channel 4
Appeared in Episodes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8
My Jihad Fahmida
BBC Three
Drama shorts - Series Continual
Cuffs Nasreen Iqbal
Episode 8
Paranoid Megan Waters
ITV (UK) and Netflix (International)
Appears in Episodes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Revolting Zaynab
Appears in Episode 1, during a parody called "The Real Housewives of ISIS."
The Boy With The Topknot Bindi
TV film
Bancroft Zaheera Kamara
Appears in every episode of Series 1
Midsomer Murders Faiza Jindal
Appears in Series 20, Episode 1 "The Ghost of Causton Abbey"
Bodyguard Nadia Ali
4 episodes
Dark Heart DC Josie Chancellor
Appears in Episodes 2–6. Regular Role
Process Anaya Short Film
Legends of Tomorrow Charlie
The CW
Episode: "Dancing Queen"
The Dead Room Tara Lohia
BBC Four
2019 Wild Bill DCC Lydia Price
Main Role
2020 Doctor Who Queen Skithra
Series 12, Episode: "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror"
2020 Daleks![30] Mechanoid Queen


  1. ^ a b "Anjli Mohindra".
  2. ^ The week in TV: The ABC Murders; Watership Down; You; The Dead Room; Mrs Brown’s Boys Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 30 December 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2019
  3. ^ Harvey, Chris (24 September 2018). "Bodyguard star Anjli Mohindra: 'Nadia isn't an Islamophobic stereotype – playing her was empowering'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ Mohindra, Anjli (23 September 2018). "What starring in Bodyguard taught me about self-acceptance". Stylist. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  5. ^ "James Pulford went to see the Central Drama Workshop perform Scary Play by Judith Johnson". Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  6. ^ Anjli Mohindra Interview 22 June 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2019
  7. ^ In The Closet: Bodyguard Actress Anjli Mohindra Takes Centre Stage in flowing gowns Laura Mulley,, 20 September 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2019
  8. ^ a b "The Inbetweeners (2008)". Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Law and Order UK (2009)". Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  10. ^ Bond, Kimberley (28 September 2018). "Why I turned down the role of Nadia in Bodyguard". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  11. ^ Nottingham's Bodyguard and Dark Heart actress Anjli Mohindra to star alongside Rob Lowe in new ITV drama Wild Bill Rachel Gorman,, 8 November 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2019
  12. ^ Wild Bill IMDB, Retrieved 26 June 2019
  13. ^ Doctor Who Series 12: new director, actor, character discovered Andrea Laford,, 10 June 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Citation Needed", Retcon Game, University Press of Mississippi, 3 April 2017, doi:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811325.003.0047, ISBN 978-1-4968-1132-5
  15. ^ "Doctors Goodbye Mrs Chips (2006)". Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  16. ^ "Coronation Street (2006)". Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  17. ^ "The Sarah Jane Adventures series two". Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  18. ^ "Blue Peter Episode dated 7 October 2008". Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  19. ^ "TMI Episode dated 25 October 2008". Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  20. ^ "Special Sarah Jane Adventure". Archived from the original on 6 August 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  21. ^ a b "Sarah Jane Smith is back". Archived from the original on 18 October 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  22. ^ "Holby City". Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  23. ^ "TMI Episode dated 8 October 2010". Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  24. ^ "The Sarah Jane Adventures". Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  25. ^ "My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen(2011)". Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  26. ^ "Beaver Falls (TV series 2011– )Episode #1.1 (#1.1)". Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  27. ^ "Beaver Falls (TV series 2011– )Episode #1.4 (#1.4)". Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  28. ^ "Final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures starts on CBBC". Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  29. ^ "Casualty(2012)". Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  30. ^ "Time Lord Victorious: Animated Dalek Series Coming November!". Retrieved 10 September 2020.

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