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Mina Mumtaz Anwar (born 20 September 1969) is a British actress.

Mina Anwar
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Anwar in 2011
Born (1969-09-20) 20 September 1969 (age 49)
Church, Lancashire, England

Early lifeEdit

Anwar was educated at Accrington Moorhead High School, and gained an A level in Theatre in Performance at the Accrington and Rossendale College in 1988 before training at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Acting careerEdit

She played Police Constable Maggie Habib in the situation comedy The Thin Blue Line which was shown on BBC 1 from 1995 through 1996.

Other roles include the recurring part of Sandra Malik in The Bill in 2003, Sister Zita Khan in Doctors and Nurses and Selena Sharp in Scoop. She also performed as the storyteller in Razzledazzle on the CBeebies channel.

Anwar appeared in the Channel 4 drama Shameless. She also appeared as a supporting character in children's sci-fi drama The Sarah Jane Adventures,[1] in which she played Gita Chandra, the mother of character Rani Chandra between its second and fifth series.[1] She was also in the BBC drama show The Invisibles. Anwar appeared in Coronation Street as the ex-wife of Dev Alahan the corner shop owner. In addition, she has made an appearance in No Angels.

She has also starred in The Infidel as the woman in the black burqa. She also plays Trudy Rehmann in the Nickelodeon series House of Anubis. Recently she has appeared in a number of in BBC dramas and sitcoms, such as The Wright Way in which she plays the only female health and safety officer, Malika Maha.[2] and in an episode of Upstart Crow where she portrayed one of the three witches from Macbeth. She also appeared in the 2014 dramas Happy Valley and In the Club and the ghost tale Remember Me. In 2014 she portrayed Lauren in The Beneficiary, episode 5 of series six of the BBC's series of 45-minute stand-alone dramas Moving On.

In 2017 she appeared in the new musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and continued her role for the West End transfer.[3]

Mina also appeared in Series 10 of Doctor Who in 2017.

In 2018, Mina appeared as Miss Marigold Mould in Series 2 of The Worst Witch

Other activitiesEdit

Anwar is a trained mezzo-soprano. She was also the founder and director of a now-defunct underwear company called Aware International, which promoted safe sex by producing clothing with secret pockets for storing condoms.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Untitled section". Doctor Who Magazine. Panini Comics (395): 12. 28 May 2008.
  2. ^ "The Wright Way - Production Details". The British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Full cast announced for Everybody's Talking About Jamie". Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  4. ^ Knickers with pockets and sexual secrets Northern Echo, 5 April 2003

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