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Shobu Kapoor is a British actress of Indian descent.

She is most notable for playing the role of Gita Kapoor, the long-suffering wife of market-trader Sanjay (Deepak Verma), in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 1993 to 1998.

Since leaving EastEnders, Kapoor appeared in the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham and the TV series The Bill (2004). She has also been in Chicken Tikka Masala (2005), Casualty (2005) and Doctors, where she appeared as five different characters between 2000 and 2016.

In 2006, she appeared in the BBC drama Banglatown Banquet and the Irish RTÉ soap Fair City (as Talayeh Kirmani). In 2007, she played the minor role of Umi in the Channel 4 drama Shameless. In 2008, she appeared in “Journey’s End”, the series four finale of Doctor Who, where her character perished at the hands of the Daleks.

Other film roles include Taj’s mother in Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (2006) and Mrs Khan in Mischief Night (2006). She portrayed the mother of Meredith Kercher in the TV film Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (2011).

Shobu played the roles of Shazia Malik in the BBC Asian Network radio soap Silver Street and Razia Khan in the BBC sitcom Citizen Khan. In 2015, she made a guest appearance in CBBC show Hank Zipzer.

In 2015, Shobu was announced as part of the cast of Anthony Horowitz’s play Dinner with Saddam on the West End.

Shobu Kapoor working with Reel Scene students
Shobu Kapoor working with Reel Scene students

Shobu teaches classes at The Reel Scene as part of The Screen Acting Year Course and The Event

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