Harvey Virdi

Harvey Virdi is an actress and writer of Indian descent. She trained at Academy Drama School in London.[1]

Harvey Virdi
Alma materAcademy Drama School
Years active1994–present


Her theatre credits include The Borrowers (at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff),[2] Tiger Country and Tales From The Harrow Road (Hampstead Theatre),[3] 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 at the Leicester Haymarket), Airport 2000 (Riverside Studios, Hammersmith),[3] 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.[3] 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.[4] She was a supporting cast member in two seasons of Class Dismissed.[5]

Her film credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Anita and Me, Thunderbirds,[6] Bride and Prejudice,[6] The Mistress of Spices, Honour,[6] Jadoo,[6] and Brick Lane.[6] Television credits include The Kumars at No. 42 (as the family's interfering landlady, 'Hawney'),[7] Boohbah, Doctors, Lucky Man (as 'Shefali Malhotra'),[8] and Whose Baby?. She has also appeared in various radio plays including in 2009, in "The Inheritance Of Loss By Kiran Desai".[9]

As a writer, her credits include 'There's Something About Simmy', 'The Deranged Marriage', 'Miss Meena & the Masala Queens' 2017 RIFCO Arts,[3] 'Happy Birthday Sunita',[6][10] 2014 RIFCO Arts and 'Meri Christmas' 2006 RIFCO Arts.[3]

She appeared in Citizen Khan as regular character 'Mrs Malik'.[6]

In May 2017 it was announced Virdi had joined the cast of Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks playing Dr. Misbah Maalik.[4] She departed on 1 June 2020, but this was soon confirmed as a temporary exit, with Virdi returning to the role later in the year.


  1. ^ a b c "Harvey Virdi". bbashakespeare.warwick.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ Waugh, Rosemary (30 November 2016). "The Borrowers review at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff – 'small but perfectly formed'". thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b Hughes, Johnathon (19 April 2017). "Hollyoaks: a new family is arriving this spring". Radio Times. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Series 1 - Episode 7 Bird Inside". radiotimes.com. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Thomson, Wendy (21 October 2014). "Interview with Harvey Virdi". femalearts.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  7. ^ Lee, Marc (15 January 2014). "The Kumars return to celebrity-obsessed Britain". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  8. ^ Douglas, Kate (2016). "Luck Be a Lady". New Scientist. tvmaze.com. 230 (3069): 44–45. Bibcode:2016NewSc.230...44D. doi:10.1016/S0262-4079(16)30668-6. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Network Radio BBC Week 51: 19-25 December 2009". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  10. ^ Khan, Shuiab. "One of India's finest actresses is taking centre stage and leaving behind movies as she leads the cast of comedy Happy Birthday Sunita". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 27 February 2017.

External linksEdit

Harvey Virdi on IMDb