Born in Tanzania, she moved to England with her parents when she was 11, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Maths and Sociology at the end of her formal education. She gained an interest in acting after attending the performance of Tara Arts, a South Asian cultural entertainment group. In 1989 she co-founded the Tamasha Theatre Company for which she worked as a playwright, actor, and co-Artistic Director. She achieved the same when she founded Bhuchar Boulevard in 2015.
Other television roles include parts in Lovejoy, Boon, The Darling Buds of May, EastEnders, Dangerfield, The Bill, Silent Witness, Down to Earth, Bad Girls, Holby City, Blue Murder, Stella, Vera, Doctors and Casualty.
Film roles include Majdhar, Greenfingers, All in Good Time, The Magnificent Eleven, Mary Poppins Returns and Mogul Mowgli.
On stage she appeared in A Fine Balance, Women of the Dust and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and both wrote and/or acted in Untouchable, House of the Sun, A Tainted Dawn, Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral, Balti Kings, Ryman and the Sheikh, Strictly Dandia, The Trouble with Asian Men, A Fine Balance, Child of the Divide, The House of Bilquis Bibi and My Name is...
On radio she played Usha Franks in The Archers.