Life, the new gripping drama from the creators of Doctor Foster, has been a hit among viewers since it landed on BBC iPlayer last week, and one of the reasons is the absolutely stellar cast. While Alison Steadman and Victoria Hamilton’s performances have been just as incredible as we expected, it’s newcomer Saira Choudhry who has really wowed us in her role Saira Malik, a university student determined to get to know her lecturer David (Adrian Lester) better.
As the story unfolds, we learn that there is more to Saira than meets the eye, and her bubbly, spontaneous personality hides a deep secret. Choudhry manages to make playing a complex and multifaceted role like Saira look effortless — but would you expect anything less from this seasoned soap star? Keep reading for everything you need to know about Life’s breakout star.