Later this year, Anjli Mohindra will be seen on screen in the upcoming ITV series The Suspect, as well as another series The Lazarus Project. In last year’s release of Munich: The Edge of War, Anjli played Joan Menzies, and in the same year, she appeared in all six episodes of BBC drama Vigil as Tiffany ‘Doc Doc’ Docherty. Amongst her many screen roles, Anjli was in the cast of The Sarah Jane Adventures for a number of years and reprised her role of Rani Chandra in the 2020 reunion special Farewell, Sarah Jane. Anjli is in the process of adapting Anita Anand’s biography of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, and on stage, she performed at the Garrick Theatre in the West End in the 2019 production of Noises Off as Poppy Norton-Taylor. We spoke with Anjli about working on Munich: The Edge of War, playing Tiffany ‘Doc Doc’ Docherty in Vigil and performing at Garrick Theatre in Noises Off.
It’s been announced you’ll be adapting Anita Anand’s biography of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh for a series, is there anything you can tell us about the adaptation?
I can’t say much unfortunately as we’re in very early development. But I can say Sophia Duleep Singh was one extraordinary woman!
Is there anything you can say about the upcoming ITV series The Suspect and what was it like being part of the cast?
The Suspect follows psychiatrist Dr. Joseph O’Loughlin who finds himself at the heart of a murder investigation of a young woman named Catherine.
Who do you think the series will appeal to and what are you looking forward to for the release?
It’s a gripping thriller and I think anyone who loves a good twisty mystery will devour it!
We understand you’ve filmed for upcoming TV series The Lazarus Project, what can you tell us about it and what was it like to work on?
The Lazarus Project is a wry and gripping sci-fi thriller. It’s an epic ride with an incredible cast. And viewers will be breathless whilst asking some very important questions about intention and altruism.
Can you tell us about the Netflix release Munich: The Edge of War, in which you play Joan Menzies?
The film is set during an incredibly important moment in history, in the year before Britain declared war on Germany. We meet Neville Chamberlain as we never have before. It’s a heart racing ride, and an intriguing perspective into the decisions our former Prime Minister made in a very pivotal moment in time. I play Joan, a supersmart typist from Nottingham.
What was it like on set of BBC drama Vigil playing Tiffany ‘Doc Doc’ Docherty and can you say about the character?
We had a lot of fun filming Vigil. I got to work with an incredible cast from the likes of Game of Thrones, Sex Education and Outlander, to name but a few. I knew I wanted to be involved in the show from the first script I had read. I played the sub’s doctor – Tiffany Docherty i.e. “Doc Doc”. She is a fiercely loyal crewmate caught up in a scandal.
What was Farewell, Sarah Jane like to be involved with and what are some of your favourite memories from playing Rani Chandra in The Sarah Jane Adventures?
I remember receiving the email from Russell T Davies during the first lockdown. I’ve never known excitement like it. Farewell, Sarah Jane was filmed remotely, each of the cast was required to film their bit at home. And it was a complete honour to do. Such beautiful writing and such a fitting tribute to our Elisabeth Sladen.
In 2019, you were cast as Poppy Norton-Taylor in Noises Off at West End’s Garrick Theatre, what was the production like to be part of and how was it performing in the West End?
I’d loved the play as a viewer having seen it a few years ago. So I jumped at the chance to be involved. It’s the funniest play ever written in my opinion and a delight to watch. We had A LOT of fun!
Where does your love of acting come from and how did you start?
I’ve always been excited by the storytelling. Just being told stories and being an integral part of the telling of them. I knew I wanted to be in the performing arts from a young age. I’ve never been more certain of anything in my entire life. I started in local theatre groups and drama clubs and eventually joined the brilliant Television Workshop in Nottingham.
With the industry closing for a while due to the pandemic, how did it feel returning to set when productions could restart?
I didn’t know what to do with myself during the first lockdown and I don’t know what I would do with my life if I wasn’t an actor. When the call came that we were to resume filming on Vigil, I was absolutely ecstatic and massively relieved!
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