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Renu Setna is an Indian-born Parsi actor working in the United Kingdom. He is perhaps best known for his roles on television, including as the shopkeeper Mr. Kittel in In Sickness and in Health.[1]

Renu Setna
"Mother Courage" with Renyu Setna as the Chaplin, Margaret Robertson as Mother Courage and Josephine Welcome as Kattrin (1982).jpg
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."[2]


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,[3] 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.[4][5] Renu Setna's stage work includes Khahil Gibran at the Commonwealth Theatre in London,[6] Shakespeare roles ,[7] Gandhi directed by Peter Stevenson with John Castle in the title role at the Tricycle Theatre,[8] and the role of the Chaplain in Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht also directed by Peter Stevenson[9] for Internationalist Theatre[10] for which he gained good notices in The Stage.[11][12][13]


Setna is known for playing Asian characters in British television and films.[14][15][16][17]

He lives in Wimbledon, London, England.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "BBC One - In Sickness and in Health - Episode guide". BBC. May 2003 – via
  2. ^ "Indian actor hits back in soap row". BBC News. May 2003.
  3. ^ Graham (May 2003). "Only-Fools-and-Horses-by-Graham-McCann-review". Telegraph – via
  4. ^ Digitv Guide (2018). "TV roles played by Renu Setna". digiguide – via
  5. ^ BBC Drama (2018). "BBC Hustle role played by Renu Setna". BBC – via
  6. ^ Khahil Gibran (1985). "Khahil Gibran". Renu Setna – via
  7. ^ Warwick University (2018). "Renu Setna's Shakespeare roles". bbashakespaere – via
  8. ^ Archives Hub. "Renu Setna in Gandhi at the Tricycle Theatre". Tricycle Theatre. Retrieved 2 July 2018 – via
  9. ^ theatricalia. "Mother Courage and Her Children cast and crew retrieved from". Cast and crew of Mother Courage Internationalist Theatre – via
  10. ^ Graham (2018). "Mother Courage and Her Children archiv". Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv Aufführungsmaterial – via
  11. ^ Peter Hepple (13 May 1982). "Art of Keeping alive". The Stage – via Internet Archive.
  12. ^ Peter Hepple (13 May 1982). "Screenshot of British Newspaper Archive The Stage review of Mother Courage Art of Keeping alive no 8". The Stage – via
  13. ^ IMDB (13 May 1982). "Renu Setna IMDB publicity". IMDB – via
  14. ^ Alternatives Within the Mainstream: British Black and Asian Theatres.
  15. ^ Paving the Empire Road: BBC Television and West Indian Immigration.
  16. ^ D. McKiernan. Cinema and Community. p. 132.
  17. ^ "Why are BBC bosses so nervous about making It Ain't Half Hot Mum available again". The Daily Express.

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