Manjinder Virk hails from Coventry, where she developed a taste for acting at the city’s Belgrade Youth Theatre before studying dance at De Montfort University in Leicester. Like many a British actor, she made her screen debut in British soaps, first in Holby City (BBC) and then The Bill (ITV) before landing roles in Fast Show spin-off, Swiss Toni (BBC), and hospital comedy Green Wing (Channel 4).
However, it was in 2007’s Britz (Channel 4), the BAFTA-winning two-part drama from Peter Kosminsky, starring opposite Riz Ahmed, that Manjinder truly broke through. That same year, she was named as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow. From there, she went on to star as the lead in Clio Barnard’s genre-defying film The Arbor (2010), which earned her nominations for Best Actress and Best Promising Newcomer at the 2010 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). Since then, she has had regular roles in Monroe (ITV), Ordinary Lies (BBC), Midsomer Murders (ITV) and Jack Dee’s Bad Move (ITV).
As well as having a clear talent for drama and comedy, Manjinder is also an award-winning writer and director. Her 2013 short film, Out of Darkness, starring Tom Hiddleston and Monica Dolan, won her the Best of Festival and Best Drama awards at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.