Nina Wadia OBE is an award winning actress renowned for her timeless sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, as well as her role as Zainab Masood in BBC One’s Eastenders for which she won ‘Best Comedy Performance’ and ‘Best Onscreen Partnership’ at the British Soap Awards.
Nina recently guest starred in Mark Evan’s Charles Dickens mash up Bleak Expectations, at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End. Nadia played the narrator, Sir Philip (“Pip”) Bin from 3-7 May 2023.
Nina began her career in theatre, and has starred in a variety of productions including the Tony award winning The Vagina Monologues, Macbeth alongside Mark Rylance & Michael Frayn’s Matchbox Theatre at Hampstead Theatre.
Recent television credits include Netflix series Sandman, based on the Neil Gaiman novels, as well as series 2 of The Hitmen and Stephen Merchant’s BBC One/Amazon Prime series, The Outlaws. Nina also starred in Too Close for ITV, Death In Paradise, Channel 4/Hulu series MAXXX, Still Open All Hours with David Jason for BBC One, YouTube Original series Origin, Newark Newark, Murder On The Blackpool Express and BBC’s Holby City.
She has hosted The One Show, The Wright Stuff, Remembrance Day Ceremonies alongside Sir Michael Palin and has been a regular presenter on BBC’s Sunday Morning Live.
Nina recently finished filming an upcoming series for ITV’s new streaming platform, ITVX.
On the big screen, Nina’s credits include Code 46 with Tim Robbins, Sixth Happiness, Bend It Like Beckham, I Can’t Think Straight, Bollywood hit Namaste London, Strangeways Here We Come and Four, currently on Netflix, which she also exec produced.
More recently Nina starred opposite Will Smith in Disney favourite Aladdin, A Streetcat Named Bob with Luke Treadaway, and the sequel to the movie, A Gift From Bob. She can also currently be seen in the movies, Repeat, The Stranger in our Bed and Followers.