Sofia Hayat is to appear in BBC’s Bollywood Carmen

A live theatre/film to be performed lin Bradford City, and shown live on the BBC at the same time.

Sofia will play Bollywood Diva, Sophia, loosely based on her own character. She will be performing with the famous Abhay Deol of the acting family dynasty of the same name.

Sofia says,”it is nice to back in the uk and working for the Bbc. I did not think I would be back here to represent Bollywood, as I went to India as a new British Asian actor. India has given me so much, and it’s nice to bring a bit of Bollywood to Bradford. The script is full of your usual Bollywood spice, with amazing song and dance and a gripping story line.

I am working with an amazing cast, including Preeya khalidas from Bombay Dreams (Andrew Lloyd webber) and eastenders.

 Rehearsals start next week and we go live on the 9th June.


Sofia Hayat is a British Asian actress, and singer. She has worked on both British and Indian projects.

 Hayat first came to public attention on Satellite Channel, Zee TV, where she hosted her own TV show for 3 years starting in 2003. The show became a cult favourite amongst young British Asians. .She holds a BA (Hons) in Music and Performing Arts, and has studied acting for 7 years in total, including the Meisner Technique, which she is a huge fan of. She has been instructed under David Schwimmer, famously from the American TV show Friends.

Sofia plays the piano to grade 7. She can also play the recorder, is a keen sword fighter, and has practised the martial art, Krav Maga.

 In July 2012, Sofia was named the new “Curvy Icon” by VOGUE ITALIA


 By: Gaetano Adinolfi