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Nina Wadia

Biography

British isles actress of Indian descent known for portraying Zainab Masood within the soap opera EastEnders. She went to Island College in Hong Kong. She performed a wedding visitor within the soccer film Flex It Like Beckham. She wedded music composer Raiomond Mirza. The few raised two kids. She was established to star within an version of Salman Rushdie’s book Midnight’s Children. Nevertheless, she opted out for personal factors.

Quick Facts


Full Name Nina Wadia
Date Of Birth December 18, 1968
Place Of Birth India
Height 1.58 m
Profession Soap Opera Actress
Education Notting Hill and Ealing High School
Nationality British, Indian
Spouse Raiomond Mirza
Children Tia Nina Mirza, Aidan Mirza
Siblings Nergish Wadia-Austin
Awards The British Soap Award for Best On-Screen Partnership, The British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance
Nominations The British Soap Award for Best Actress
Movies I Can’t Think Straight, Namastey London, Bend It Like Beckham, Code 46, Sixth Happiness, Keith Lemon: The Film, A Street Cat Named Bob, Amar Akbar & Tony, Finding Fatimah, Such a Long Journey, An Angel for May, We Know Where You Live. Live!, Puja Nights, Flight
TV Shows Goodness Gracious Me, Perfect World, Chambers, EastEnders, Holby City, Still Open All Hours, Champions, All About Me, Thin Ice
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1Ranked #50 in The 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Zainab Khan (2015).
2Attended Island School, Hong Kong.
3Early in her career she auditioned for the role of Gita Kapoor in EastEnders (1985), but her close friend Shobu Kapoor won the part instead.
4Returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her son Aidan to begin filming EastEnders (1985).
5Her EastEnders (1985) character Zainab Masood became the 20th woman on the soap opera to give birth. Zainab had a son Kamil (played by Arian Chikhlia), born on 23 February 2010.
6Renewed her wedding vows to Raiomond Mirza on a beach in Mauritius on their 10th wedding anniversary before their children and a small group of friends.
7Was involved in a car crash whilst 3 months pregnant with her first child.
8She and husband Raiomond Mirza did not go on honeymoon until 3 years after they married, going to the Maldives.
9Worked as a car valet whilst trying to make it in London as an actress.
10Lived with her family in a 1-bedroom flat in Mumbai from birth, before living in a 2-bedroom flat in Hong Kong from the age of 9 onwards.
11Wore a deep red sari with silver trimming at her wedding to Raiomond Mirza, then changed into an ivory sari with gold trimming for the reception.
12Married Raiomond Mirza in a traditional Parsi wedding after being together just 6 months, having met him in Canada.
13Her mother died of kidney disease in 1999, aged 62.
14Is a celebrity patron for the charity Save the Children.
15Attended Notting Hill and Ealing High School.
16Daughter Tia Nina born in November 2003 and son Aidan born in January 2007.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Finding Fatimah2017post-productionKhadija
Puja Nights2013Short completedMrs. Shah
Strangeways Here We Comepost-productionLucy
Still Open All Hours2013-2017TV SeriesMrs. Hussein
The Last Dragonslayer2016TV MovieMother Xenobia
A Street Cat Named Bob2016Bus Conductress
Kiva Can Do2016TV SeriesNanni
Hank Zipzer2016TV SeriesInspector
Square Roots2016TV MovieBina Desai
Holby City2000-2015TV SeriesAnnabelle Cooper / Rita Dennish
Amar Akbar & Tony2015Seema
Citizen Khan2014TV SeriesAunty Noor
Goodness Gracious Me1998-2014TV SeriesVarious / Various Roles
EastEnders1994-2013TV SeriesZainab Zainab Masood Zainab Khan ...
Keith Lemon: The Film2012Pat
Mongrels2011TV SeriesNita
EastEnders: E202010-2011TV SeriesZainab
Children in Need2010TV SeriesZainab
Doctor Who2010TV SeriesDr Ramsden
Vincent2009ShortCheryl
Munãfiq2008ShortAisha
I Can't Think Straight2008The Housekeeper
Skins2007-2008TV SeriesBibi Kharral
West 10 LDN2008TV MovieJob Centre Clerk
Namastey London2007Bebo M. Malhotra
The Lift2007TV MovieSunita
The Goodbye Girls2006ShortNadia
Thin Ice2006TV Mini-SeriesKaren
The Bill1998-2006TV SeriesDefence Counsel / Mina Kavia
Ethelbert the Tiger2005TV SeriesEthelbert (voice)
Waking the Dead2005TV SeriesRoshni Mehta
Casualty @ Holby City2005TV SeriesJean
New Tricks2005TV SeriesMughda Das
All About Me2003-2004TV SeriesRupinder
Doctors2004TV SeriesDS Coombs
Code 462003Hospital Receptionist
Murder in Mind2003TV SeriesMeena Patel
White Teeth2002TV Mini-SeriesNeena
An Angel for May2002TV MovieScience Teacher
Cup and Lip2002Short
Bend It Like Beckham2002Wedding Guest
Chambers2001TV SeriesAlex Kahn
Perfect World2000-2001TV SeriesMaggie
We Know Where You Live2001TV Movie
Single Voices2000TV SeriesSita Gita
Offending Angels2000Baggy's Ex 2
The Way It Is2000TV MovieVarious characters
The Strangerers2000TV SeriesWaitress
The Vicar of Dibley1999TV SeriesMiss Carr
Such a Long Journey1998
Kiss Me Kate1998TV SeriesApplicant
Casualty1997TV SeriesVeena
Sixth Happiness1997Dolly Kotwal
Flight1995TV MovieSumita
2point4 Children1991TV SeriesSharma

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goodness Gracious Me1998TV Series additional material - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Four2011/IIIexecutive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Christmas Kitchen2016TV SeriesHerself
We Love Sitcom2016TV MovieHerself
Loose Women2005-2016TV SeriesHerself - Presenter / Herself
It's Not Me, It's You2016TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
The TV That Made Me2016TV SeriesHerself
The Saturday Show2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Chase2015TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
Big Brother's Bit on the Side2013-2015TV SeriesHerself
20 Moments That Rocked Comedy2015TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actress, Goodness Gracious Me
Celebrity Squares2015TV SeriesHerself
The Wright Stuff2005-2015TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself - Guest Panelist
Pointless Celebrities2014TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
Sunday Morning Live2014TV SeriesHerself
Weekend2014TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip2013TV SeriesHerself
All Star Mr & Mrs2013TV SeriesHerself
The British Soap Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself
Daybreak2011-2013TV SeriesHerself
This Morning2009-2013TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Wedding Planner2013TV SeriesHerself
The British Soap Awards 20122012TV SpecialHerself
The One Show2008-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Would I Lie to You?2011TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2001-2011TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself
Epic Win2011TV SeriesHerself
The National Television Awards: Party 20112011TV SpecialHerself
The National Television Awards 20112011TV SpecialHerself
Barbara Windsor: A Comedy Roast2011TV MovieHerself
Coronation Street: The Big 502010TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2010TV SeriesHerself
An Audience with Michael Bublé2010TV MovieHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Angela and Friends2010TV SeriesHerself
The Big Questions2010TV SeriesHerself
EastEnders Live: The Aftermath2010TV MovieHerself
The British Soap Awards 20092009TV SpecialHerself
The British Soap Awards 2009: After Party2009TV SpecialHerself
Saturday Kitchen2009TV SeriesHerself
The British Soap Awards 20082008TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 100 Greatest Sex Symbols2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Children in Need2007TV SeriesHerself - Performer
Britain's First Suicide Bombers2006TV Movie documentaryParveen Sharif
Never Mind the Full Stops2006TV SeriesHerself
Star Spell2005TV SeriesHerself
Avenue of the Stars: 50 Years of ITV2005TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Comedy Connections2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments2004TV Special documentaryHerself
Call My Bluff2004TV SeriesHerself
Test the Nation: The National IQ Test 20042004TV MovieCelebrity Participant
The Joy of Christmas2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace2002TV Movie documentary
Test the Nation: The National IQ Test 20022002TV Special documentaryCelebrity Participant
The Annual BARFTA Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
Can We Carry On, Girls?2001TV Movie documentaryHerself / Various Characters
Liquid News2001TV SeriesHerself
There's Only One Madonna2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Big Breakfast2001TV SeriesHerself
The Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief: Naked Red Nose Ground Force in Practice2001TV SpecialHerself
I Love 1980's2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Goodness Gracious Me: Back Where They Came from2001TV SpecialVarious
The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story1999TV Special shortVanessa Robinson / Veena Rabindranath
Light Lunch1998TV SeriesHerself
What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny1994Short documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Loose Women2016TV SeriesHerself
Too Much TV2016TV SeriesHerself - Participant, Countryfile
Tonight with Trevor McDonald2011TV Series documentaryHerself
The Sketch Show Story2001TV Series documentary

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceEastEnders (1985)
2009British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest On-Screen PartnershipEastEnders (1985)· Nitin Ganatra

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest On-Screen PartnershipEastEnders (1985)· Nitin Ganatra
2013British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ActressEastEnders (1985)
2012British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ActressEastEnders (1985)
2010British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceEastEnders (1985)
2010British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ActressEastEnders (1985)
2010TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest Soap ActressEastEnders (1985)


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