DATE OF BIRTH : 29th March 1964
BORN : India. She came to the UK, aged 11.
HOW SHE LANDED THE CASUALTY ROLE : Mamta had recently won Best Actress Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Shalom Salaam and was immediately offered a film role, but when it fell through, she was able to take the offer on CASUALTY, three days before rehearsals started.
ON BEING SQUEAMISH : ‘When my sister had a nosebleed once, I was shaken up, I ended up in hospital. Even when I had to give injections in CASUALTY, if you look hard you could see my hands trembling!’
ON FILMING : When Mamta had to film a scene where a patient had to vomit blood over her, she made the mistake of telling the director she had brought a couple of blouses with her, ‘He made us do the scene three times, I was absolutely soaked in so-called blood!’
ON NIGEL LE VAILLANT : As she and Nigel both came from similar backgrounds, they used to reminisce on their growing up, ‘Nigel used to practice his Urdu on me and suggest we run away together!’
TELEVISION CREDITS : Casualty; Emmerdale; Angels; Shalom Salaam; Between the Line; Video Fantasies; The Pot Boiler; Hetty Wainthrop Investigates; Sleeping Life; Eastenders; Dangerfield; Mountbatton; Inspector Wexford Mystery; Crossroads; Animal Ark; River City; Last Rights
THEATRE CREDITS : Journey to the West; Usual Aunty Jees; Ma; Heer in London; Moti Roti
BOOKS : Appears in ‘CASUALTY : The Inside Story’ by Hilary Kingsley.
AGENT : Michele Milburn, Milburn Browning Associates,The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL.
DID YOU KNOW?
* As well as winning the ‘Fipa Gold’ award for Best Actress at the Cannes Festival, she has also won the Giles Cooper Award for her radio play ‘Song of the Forest’.