Shobna has become a household name for her role as Anita in Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies and as Sunita, in Coronation Street.
Other TV includes: Moving On, Hold The Sunset, Doctors, Casualty, In the Club, Eastenders, New Street Law, Magnolia (BBC1), River City (BBC Scotland), Paranoid (ITV1/Red/Netflix), You, Me and Them (UKTV Gold), The Slammer, Jackanory (Cbbc), Bedtime Stories (Cbeebies), The Circle (Channel 4), Where The Heart Is (ITV1). She currently voices Kari in Cbeebies Treasure Champs. TV Panelist on Call My Bluff, Have I got News for You, and Countdown and was a regular on ITV’s Loose Women until 2014. Was a semi- finalist in Celebrity Masterchef (BBC), Soapstar Superstar and Stars in their Eyes (ITV).
Documentaries include: Empires Children (Channel 4), Back In Time For Tea (BBC2), Disappearing and Discovering Britain, (More4).
Film includes: Shadowscan, directed by Tinge Krishnan, (BAFTA, winning 2001). Honey and Razerblades and Junkhearts for Tinge Krishnan (Disruptive Element Films) Ashes (Sonia Castang) and most recently in new independent brit flick, Finding Fatimah directed by Oz Arshad (British Muslim TV).
Theatre credits include: Daisy Pulls It Off (The Park), Anita & Me’ (Birmingham Rep and Touring Consortium), Grease (Leicester Curve Theatre) Mamma Mia International Tour 2015- 2016, Jon Godber’s April in Paris, (Derby Playhouse and National Tour).B!rth, Hunger for Trade, Come Closer, Pretend You Have Big Buildings, Cafe Vesuvio ( Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Jungle Book, (West Yorkshire Playhouse), dinnerladies, (National tour) Body Gossip (Edinburgh Fringe), Girl’s Night (National Tour) The Vagina Monologues (Mark Goucher Ltd) ,Dancing within Walls and Crazy Lady ( Drill Hall and Contact Theatre, Manchester), Romeo and Juliet (Leicester Haymarket), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tara Arts, National Tour) How High is Up (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Cinderella (Birmingham Hippodrome and Regent Theatre, Stoke) Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Wakefield) Dick Whittington (Wolverhampton Grand) Moti Roti Puttli Chunni, D’yer Eat with Your Fingers (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) The Mahabharata ( Year of Opera) The Sacred Thread (Royal Festival Hall), You’re Thinking of Doughnuts (Nottingham Playhouse) The Mikado (New Vic Stoke on Trent, Stephen Joseph, Scarborough) The Secret Policeman’s Ball (The Royal Albert Hall).
She also wrote and directed a one-minute short, AKSHAY, which continues to show at festivals across the world and was shortlisted for The Satyajit Ray, short film award.
She has also written and directed the critically acclaimed comedy show for young women The Masala Girls.