New Patron of Sparkle Sheffield – Mina Anwar!

January 9, 2021
by Rachel

Sparkle Sheffield are delighted to welcome Mina Anwar as one of our Patrons, joining Adrian Lester MBE in supporting the work that we do.

We can’t wait for Mina to continue to be involved in our charity, supporting the work that we do with autistic children and their families. Find out more about Mina below…

Mina Anwar

Mina trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Acting and Musical Theatre.

A classically trained singer, Mina has been singing since she was four – ever since she sang her first solo ‘Away in a Manger’ at infant school in Church, Accrington, where she grew up. 

As well as having a varied career as a professional actor in theatre, television, film and radio, she also sings in bands. One of her career highlights was singing live with her favourite Manchester band,The Charlatans, on Later with Jools Holland. She sings big band jazz and swing and is a regular lead vocalist with The Suburban Swing Orchestra in Greater Manchester. Lesser known facts about her are that she loves to dance and, is a licensed Zumba instructor, loves science, and graduated with a BSc (hons) in Psychology from The Open University in her forties. A PGCE tutor in Performing Arts, she is a strong advocate for using creative arts for education  and mental health in the community. 

She is delighted to be a Patron for Sparkle Sheffield. Mina has a special relationship to the Yorkshire city of Sheffield having performed many great shows at The Crucible Theatre. 

Film includes: The Infidel (Slingshot) and Maybe Baby (Inconceivable Films). 

Television includes: The Worst Witch (BBC), Doctor Who (BBC), The A Word (Tiger Aspect), In The Club 1 & 2 (BBC), Upstart Crow (BBC), Cuffs (Tiger Aspect/BBC), Marley’s Ghosts (Gold), Scott and Bailey (BBC), Moving On (BBC), Remember Me (Mammoth/BBC), Happy Valley (Red Productions), House of Anubis Series 1 – 3 (Nickelodeon), A Passionate Woman (Rollem Productions), The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 2 – 5 (BBC), The Invisibles (Company Pictures), Shameless (Company Pictures), Love Soup (BBC), Mayo (BBC), A Midsummer Nights Dream (BBC), Best Friends (Yorkshire Television), Doctors and Nurses (BBC), Birthday Girl (Yorkshire Television), A&E (Granada Television), TV To Go (BBC), A Christmas Carol (Carlton Television), The Flint St. Nativity (Yorkshire Television), Flight (Hindi Pictures/BBC), The Thin Blue Line series 1 &2 (Tiger Aspect/BBC). 

Theatre includes: Ma / Orange Juice in Life of Pi (Sheffield Crucible and Wyndham Theatre West End from June 2020), She Devil! The Musical , Workshop Production

(RGM Productions) Ray in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Original Cast Sheffield Crucible and Apollo, West End), Maria in Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange Theatre), Wild Oats – development reading (RSC), Birth International Theatre Festival (Royal Exchange Festival), Saamiyah in The Infidel – The Musical (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Rachel in Hard Times (Library Theatre), Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (Nottingham Playhouse), Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nottingham Playhouse), The Vagina Monologues (West End /No.1 Tour), Julie in Victoria Wood’s Talent (No. 1 Tour), Cordelia in King Lear (Sheffield Crucible), Nayani in Skeleton (Soho Theatre), Debbie in Too Much Too Young (London Bubble), Pete Townsend’s The Iron Man (Young Vic Theatre), Jeannie/Chrissie in Hair (Broadway Musical Company New York, European Tour). 

Radio includes: 24 Hours of Peace (Royal Exchange / Resonance FM), Malcolm in Fags, Mags and Bags Series 5,6,7,8 and 9 (BBC Radio 4), Rage (BBC Radio 4), Sabina in Wheatish (Sparklab for Radio 4) Maya in Alone (Absolutely for Radio 4), Big Mam in Whose Baby (Sparklab for Radio 4), Sally in Quiz Nite (BBC Radio 4), Hubertine in Lovesick by Zola (BBC Radio 4), Zainab in Breaking The Silence Trilogy (Unity FM), Tasneem in Divided We Fall (Preston FM), Nisha in Artists Series 1 and 2 (Radio 4), Storyteller in Time and Tune (BBC Radio 3)

Director and Choreographer of “The Dolly Mixtures” a musical written by Tom Kelly and John Miles produced and performed at Customs House Theatre, South Shields.