Mother Courage (1982) with Renyu Setna as the Chaplin
On 19 May 2003, BBC News published an article stating, "Two high-profile British Asian actors, Albert Moses and Renu Setna, complained in trade newspaper The Stage that home-grown talent was being overlooked."
Setna began his acting career after winning a scholarship to RADA in 1960. He has played roles in productions from Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Calcutta, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Before this he was employed building houses as a manual labourer in the 1950s.
Setna has appeared in some of Britain's most successful television series: Z-Cars, Doomwatch, I, Claudius, Cloud Burst, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Only Fools and Horses, Doctor Who (in the serial The Hand of Fear), Crossroads, The Bill, Open All Hours, Are You Being Served?, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, In Sickness and in Health, Minder, Holby City, Silent Witness and Collision. Renu Setna's stage work includes Khahil Gibran at the Commonwealth Theatre in London, Shakespeare roles , Gandhi directed by Peter Stevenson with John Castle in the title role at the Tricycle Theatre, and the role of the Chaplain in Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht also directed by Peter Stevenson for Internationalist Theatre for which he gained good notices in The Stage.
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