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Preeya Kalidas

Preeya Kalidas

Preeya Kalidas


Preeya Kalidas (born 1980) is a British singer and actress. She is best known for her roles in the films East Is East and Bend It Like Beckham and the soap opera EastEnders, playing Amira Shah. Following her departure from EastEnders, she began a career in singing, with her debut single “Shimmy” being released in July 2010. Born in Isleworth, she was raised in Twickenham, south-west London. The daughter of an independent financial adviser father Read more on Last.fm
Preeya Kalidas (born 1980) is a British singer and actress. She is best known for her roles in the films East Is East and Bend It Like Beckham and the soap opera EastEnders, playing Amira Shah. Following her departure from EastEnders, she began a career in singing, with her debut single “Shimmy” being released in July 2010. Born in Isleworth, she was raised in Twickenham, south-west London. The daughter of an independent financial adviser father, and mother who works for British Airways, she started ballet classes at the age of three, and tap at five.

She keeps her personal life private, but has been linked by tabloids and community media to Hungarian aristocrat Count Miklós Cseszneky de Milvány and also to her onscreen partner, Marc Elliott. She has revealed she would be prepared to ask her parents to find her a husband, adding arranged marriages are a positive thing. She trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London. She trained at Songtime Theatre Arts, where her love of acting really began. Kalidas first appeared on screen in the drama Googleyes.

She then went on to play Usha in a short film called Jump Boy in 1998, directed by Menhaj Huda and written by Harsha Patel. After a number of parts in films and on television, including: East is East, Bollywood Queen, My Family and Casualty, in 2002 she appeared as Monica in Gurinder Chadha’s film Bend It Like Beckham. She then played the female lead Priya in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced Bollywood-style hit show Bombay Dreams, written by A.R. Rahman, Meera Syal and Don Black. She then appeared in the BBC Television series Bodies as Dr.

Maya Dutta. In 2007, Kalidas landed the female lead in a West End revival of Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Appearing as the narrator, she performed with Lee Mead, who won the title role of Joseph in BBC One’s Any Dream Will Do talent search series. In late 2007, Kalidas appeared in the multi-award-winning Channel 4 miniseries Britz. In 2009, Kalidas appeared in the second series of BBC One’s Mistresses, and joined EastEnders in April 2009 as Amira Shah, the girlfriend, and later wife of Syed Masood. She has also appeared in Hotel Babylon as Aisha Chaudhri, the daughter of a rich Indian hotel owner. She also appeared in the music video “Love Is Blind” by Ramzi featuring Ash King and “Lets Work it Out” by Raghav. In December 2009, Kalidas played the part of Leanne in ITV comedy drama Mister Eleven, alongside ex-EastEnders actors Michelle Ryan and Sean Maguire.

In January 2010, Kalidas decided to quit EastEnders to pursue a pop career. Her debut single, Shimmy featuring Mumzy Stranger, will be released on July 26 this year. The video for her single premiered on June 10 on the MSN website. She appeared in the 2010 Chris Morris feature film Four Lions playing Sofia, the wife of main protagonist Omar (played by Riz Ahmed). The film was released on 7 May.

She also appeared in a small role in Gurinder Chadha’s latest film It’s a Wonderful Afterlife. After leaving EastEnders, Kalidas pursued a career in music, and was signed to Universal Records. Her debut single, “Shimmy”, is scheduled for release on 26 July 2010. Kalidas stated that her album will consist of various genres. Digital Spy confirmed that the album will be called I’m Over It. Her debut single, "Shimmy", featuring Mumzy Stranger, was released on 26 July 2010.

She appeared on several shows including the National Lottery Show and Loose Women to perform the single. The single got mixed reception after BBC Newsround only gave the song three starts, and described the song negatively. Although, Ruth Harrison from FemaleFirst stated she 'liked the single' but she doesn't like that genre of music. Kalidas stated that her album will consist of various genres, and the album will be titled Constant Craving. While Kalidas was recording her debut album, she also collaborated with several artists.

She is featured on Bashy's single, "Fantasy". Kalidas also is featured on rapper, Skepta's come back single from his second studio album, Doin' It Again, "Cross My Heart" Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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