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Netflix hit Black Mirror: Scots actress Kiran Sonia Sawar talks about her biggest role to date

Kiran Sonia Sawar, an Asian Glaswegian, is best known for her role in the BBC3 drama Murdered By My Father, which won her an award at the National Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards.

Sawar will be playing her biggest role to date after walking out with the second lead role in the hit Netflix thriller, ‘Black Mirror.’

She said: “I was so excited to be a part of it. I went in, originally, for quite a small part and then walked out with the second lead and John Hill-coat was directing and it was probably one of the most amazing experiences of my career, so far. It was incredible.

She joked: “A part from a panto I did in Oxford, which was equally brilliant”. She played Aladdin at the Oxford Playhouse.

The 25 year-old was born and raised in Glasgow. She graduated from ‘The Oxford School of Drama’s’ one year Acting Course in 2012 and ever since has been on the rise.

On talking about the hit show’s episode ‘Crocodile’ directed by John Hillcoat and also stars Andrea Riseborough, she said: “I’m really excited to see what people think. It was a very human story, it’s kind of a crime thriller, yeah we’re really excited about it coming out, hopefully soon.

“It was really exciting to be a part of it but like John’s vision is like very specific and when you’re just like. I was in 50% Andrea Riseborough was the other lead actress in it and so we kind of travel separately and then it kind of comes together. For me it feels quite normal but then that also makes it extra creepy I guess.”

The rising star will be using her native accent in ‘Crocodile’ and explains why people are surprised about her being from Scotland.

Sawar said: “Oh shit, I’m from Glasgow. Yeah it’s always because I do accents but in Black mirror I’m Scottish. I was like please really let me and they were like no absolutely. Yeah, I love it.”

Kiran misses Scotland a lot as her dad is from the Gorbals but probably misses her mum’s curry more when she’s away.

She said: “My dad’s from the Gorbals like we were born and raised here, so yeah, I miss it a lot. When I’m away, I don’t miss that much. It’s probably my mum’s curry, she laughs, I miss the most that’s like a staple in Scotland anyway.

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About John Glover

John Glover is the features editor for Clyde Outside. He has written for numerous publications such as the Scottish Sun and Daily Record. Within the last two years he has interviewed some high profile talent such as Irvine Welsh and James Cosmo.

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