Shobna Gulati is a Actor British born on 7 august 1966 at Oldham (United-kingdom)
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Shobna Gulati (born 1966) is a British actress, writer, and dancer. Gulati is a soap star best known for playing Anita in Victoria Wood's Dinnerladies and Sunita Alahan in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street from 2001 to 2006, a role to which she returned at the end of 2009 and departed again in 2013. From 13 March 2013 to 30 May 2014, Gulati appeared as a panellist on the lunchtime chatshow Loose Women.
Gulati is also one of very few actors to have appeared in both Coronation Street and its rival series EastEnders (in 2000).
Gulati is the daughter of Dr K.A. Gulati who arrived in Oldham from Bombay, India in 1960. She has a younger brother, Rajesh and older sisters Sushma and Hema.
Gulati married the architect Anshu Srivastava in a Hindu ceremony on 10 November 1990 but the couple divorced in May 1994. She lived separately from her husband and became pregnant with Akshay. From 1999 to 2003 she went out with ex-Emmerdale actor Gary Turner.
Gulati has a working knowledge of six languages and is a vocal supporter of Asian women's rights and various anti-racism campaigns. She works on female body image issues. She is a supporter and a season ticket holder of Manchester United.
Gulati was called in to join a murder hunt in December 2004 following the murder of Shafilea Ahmed. The actress worked with detectives hunting the killer they believe claimed the life of the Asian teenager who turned down her suitor for an arranged marriage. At a press conference appealing for more information about the teenager's death, Gulati read out some of the poems found in her bedroom by police during their investigations which "were a testimony to her sadness at being caught in a culture clash with other members of her family".
After the reading, which moved her to tears, Gulati said she believed they showed that Shafilea was trapped between two cultures. "It can be very difficult if you are born here but your parents were not and there can be a lot of cultural issues," she said. "It is a situation facing many young Asian women who are unable to express themselves properly within their families. I feel these words are the sort of style she would use when talking with her friends. If she is out there she should let people know she is safe because there are organisations and individuals who can help her."
Gulati went on to say that she sympathised with the teenager's difficulty in balancing her culture with her upbringing. "She has obviously been unable to express herself in terms of her family and she probably talks like this to her friends, or has written these songs in private."
On 7 September 2011, Cheshire Police announced that Shafilea's parents, Iftikhar Ahmed, 51, and Farzana Ahmed, 48, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, had been charged with her murder. Their trial ended in August 2012 with both parents being found guilty of murder, and sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison. The prosecution claim she was killed by her parents because she brought shame on the family by her desire to lead a westernised lifestyle.