Aysha Kala's relationship with BAFTA started in 2015 when she was named as one of the Breakthrough Brits, our initiative aimed at helping emerging talent take their next step up the career ladder. She earned her place shortly after starring as the recurring character of Sooni in hit drama series Indian Summers (Channel 4), although she made her small screen debut in season eight of Paul Abbott’s Shameless (Channel 4) in 2011.
In 2013, she appeared in an episode of ITV sitcom Vicious, as well as the Amit Gupta film Jadoo, acting opposite Harish Patel, Kulvinder Ghir, Amara Karan, Adeel Akhtar and Ray Panthaki. The latter, a former Breakthrough Brit himself, then helped Aysha land a role in Convenience (2013), produced by the actor, again alongside Akhtar and Panthaki.
A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Aysha clearly has a love for the theatre as well as appearing onscreen. Her stage work includes Djinns of Eidgah at the Royal Court; Khadija is 18 at the Finborough Theatre, for which she was nominated for an Offie (The Off West End Theatre Awards); and Much Ado About Nothing for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which won her an Ian Charleson Award. She made her theatre directorial debut with Dismissed as part of The Upsetters short plays at London’s Bunker Theatre in 2019.