BlogtorWho takes a look at one of this week’s Doctor Who guest stars Amita Suman, who plays Yaz’s grandmother Umbreen in ‘Demons of the Punjab‘.

Amita Suman is one of the youngest guest stars to appear in the latest series of Doctor Who so far. She graduated from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London earlier this year. Despite being such a recent graduate, Suman has already appeared in a number of well-known television series, and has been a part of several stage productions over the past few years.

Amita Suman on Screen

Amita Suman has appeared in several popular television series this year. In June, she appeared in long-running BBC One medical drama Casualty as Nina Biswas. Soon after, in July, she appeared as Sameera in the second series of acclaimed Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge, which follows the students and teachers at a multi-cultural school in a fictional Yorkshire town.

As for future projects, Suman is set to take on the lead role in Daughter, an upcoming short film by Christian Kinde which is currently in post-production. The film will be a modern day adaptation of the Parable of the Lost Son, and will be a coming of age story about a British-Pakistani Muslim girl called Lilah (portrayed by Amita Suman).

Amita Suman on Stage

Before attending ALRA, Amita Suman appeared as tragic heroine Lavinia in Sussex Downs College of Performing Arts’ production of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus at the Brighton Dome in 2015.

Since then, Suman has taken part in a number of stage productions with ALRA from 2016 to 2018. These included productions of The Man Will Kill Us All, A Winter’s TaleThere Is a War, and Summerfolk, to name just a few.

In addition, a few short ‘showreel scenes’ starring Amita Suman which were produced during her time at ALMA are also available online (warning – contains some strong language):

Demons of the Punjab

In this week’s episode of Doctor Who, Amita Suman takes on the episode’s starring role as Umbreen, Yaz’s grandmother. Suman will play a young Umbreen, who the Doctor and her friends have travelled back to 1940’s India to visit. This episode will see Yaz try to uncover her grandmother’s hidden history. Tune in on Sunday to find out what secrets Umbreen has been keeping from her family all these years…

Doctor Who continues this Sunday 11th November on BBC One and BBC America with ‘Demons of the Punjab‘.

“What’s the point of having a mate with a time machine, if you can’t nip back and see your gran when she was younger?” India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they and what do they want? Guest starring Shane Zaza, Amita Suman and Hamza Jeetooa. Written by Vinay Patel. Directed by Jamie Childs.


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