City-born Sophiya dies after cancer battle

REMEMBERED Sophiya Haque
REMEMBERED Sophiya Haque

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AN ACTRESS who was born in Portsmouth has died at the age of 41.

Sophiya Haque, who had been performing in the West End production of Privates on Parade and appeared in Coronation Street, died in London.

She was diagnosed with cancer before Christmas.

She was suffering from pneumonia and is understood to have developed a clot on her lungs.

Sophiya became well known on television during a seven-year stint as a presenter of MTV Asia.

As a talented singer and dancer, she had moved to Mumbai in 1997 and starred in a number of films.

When she returned to the UK in 2002, she starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bollywood-inspired musical Bombay Dreams and also took a leading role in the musical adaptation of The Far Pavilions.

Michael Grandage, who directed Privates on Parade, said: ‘She was a true force of nature and her glorious performance as Sylvia in Privates on Parade is one that will be remembered with great joy.

‘A spirited lady, she lived life to the full, and her presence in the theatre will be sorely missed.

The company would like to dedicate the remaining performances to her memory.’

Sophiya dropped out of the production about two weeks ago.

Her death was confirmed yesterday by her agent Oliver Thomson.