RIP Sophiya Haque

British Asian actress, singer & former MTV Asia VJ Sophiya Haque died yesterday (the 16th in England) due to complications created by pneumonia and cancer. She was just 41.

Sophiya Haque was born in Portsmouth, United Kingdom to a Bangladeshi father and British mother. She was trained in dance as a child, and studied at the Arts Educational Schools, London. Sophiya Haque tasted success as a singer when her band, Akasa, signed a deal with Warner Bros in 1988. She moved to Mumbai in 1997 to try her luck in Bollywood. She achieved popularity in South Asia in the 1990s as one of the first generation of VJs on the region’s then-emerging cable television scene. She worked as a VJ for MTV and Channel V. She worked for seven years with MTV. She was the first VJ in India to achieve stardom. She worked on a Cadbury commercial which became very popular.

She moved back to London in 2002 to act in theater. She appeared as the barmaid Poppy Morales in Coronation Street from December 2008 until June 2009. She also appeared in BBC’s Fairy Tales series. Until she was diagnosed with cancer she was working in Michael Grandages’s Privates on Parade. She lived in London with her partner, music director David White. They were building a houseboat together when she fell ill. She was diagnosed with cancer around Christmas and developed a lung clot. Haque died of pneumonia and cancer on 16 January 2013.

Sophiya Haque (1971 – 16 January 2013)

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