Sofia performs at the Porsche Polo Cup with the polo players, singing songs from her album Dishonoured and the popular bollywood song Radha
Naachle London releasing March 2013 In India
Superdude Season 2 - Sofia judges and hosts India's favourite show to rave reviews. October 2012 to January 2013.
Sofia shoots campaign for PETA against cosmetic testing on animals, for her birthday. Sofia burst out of a birthday cake dressed as a cute bunny, to raise awareness of the torcher that animals and bunnies are subjected to.
"Bollywood gives a new beauty to the curvy universe." - Vogue Italia 2012
Sofia Hayat is a British Asian actress, and singer. She has worked on both British and Indian projects.
Hayat first came to public attention on Satellite Channel, Zee TV, where she hosted her own TV show for 3 years starting in 2003.
The show became a cult favourite amongst young British Asians. .She holds a BA (Hons) in Music and Performing Arts, and has studied acting for 7 years in total, including the Meisner Technique, which she is a huge fan of. She has been instructed under David Schwimmer, famously from the American TV show Friends.
Sofia plays the piano to grade 7. She can also play the recorder, is a keen sword fighter, and has practised the martial art, Krav Maga.
In July 2012, Sofia was named the new "Curvy Icon" by VOGUE ITALIA.
Sofia has appeared in numerous TV Advertising campaigns for big international brands like Walkers Crisps, McDonalds, and was the first model/actor who featured in the campaign for Timotei hair shampoo, a brand well known for hair products for blondes. This was the first time they shot with a brunette from Indian origin.
She started acting professionally at 16, where she landed her first role with the BBC on the hit show, "Absolute Power", where she starred alongside Stephen Fry. (V for Vendetta)
She then went on to star in the BAFTA award winning show Fur TV, where she played a Latino with a Brazilian accent. The show was an international success and has been translated in over 5 different languages.
Sofia is also a singer, and released her album Dishonoured, in 2011. She has also sang at the Royal Albert Hall, and has sung Jazz with India's legend, Louiz Banks, who has performed with Herbie Hancock.
For her first Bollywood film, Sofia had to learn Hindi, as she did not speak it, however she did understand some, and took on classes and watched films to perfect the language. It was initially decided that her voice would be dubbed in her first film, but after spending 3 months in India, the producer and Director agreed that Sofia should dub her own voice.
Sofia also hosted and judged India's most watched TV show on Disney UTV Bindass, called "Superdude."
She has achieved a number of awards in India for acting and singing, and currently splits her time between the UK and India.
Sofia Receives the Baba Ambedkar award for acting and singing, live performance video here
Feb 2015 - Sofia Hayat attends the Royal World Premiere for "The Second. Best Marigold Hotel"
Sofia Hayat attends the Asian Awards alongside other stars including Zain Malik from One Direction, Preeya Kalidasa and Idris Elba.
Sofia Hayat was chosen as a woman of inspiration alongside Gurinder Chadda, director and writer of "Bend it like Beckham"on a panel for the BBC for international women's day
Sofia Hayat wins Sports Relief challenge with her team mates.
Sofia was asked to ride a bike for 30 mins against Rishi Rich's wife. Sofia won the race with flying colours and raised lots of money for Sports Relief.
Sofia Hayat starred in India's Bigg Boss 7 which for the first time was aired world wide and watched by over 2 billion people. Sofia became a international hero due to her stance on the show when another actor hit her, Sofia had him arrested for violence against women and the whole country cheered.
Sofia starred opposite bollywood legend, Abhay Deol in May 2013, in the live BBC film "Bollywood Carmen". The show was live to an audience as well as on the BBC. Sofia loved working with Abhay, and the director, Indra Bhose, saying, "it was a challenging project, and I have never done anything like this before. I am greatful to have had the opportunity to do something so challenging and with such a talented cast and crew".
Sofia Hayat is honoured with the Womens achiever award 2013
Sofia Hayat bursts out of a cake on her Birthday for Petas new campaign
Sofia writes official song for Disney UTV show Superdude
SOFIA PERFORMS LIVE ON SWISS TV FOR THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST OCTOBER 2012
Sofia Hayat, Switzerlands entry for the Eurovision Song contest, with producer and writer Daniel Mackenzie, who has written for Joss Stones album. August 2012
Sofia starts shoot for UTV Bindaas Superdude July 2012
Sofia records song with Joss Stone Producer in Ibiza January 2012
Sofia is India to promote her debut Bollywood film, "Diary Of A Butterfly".
Sofia represents the Indian Polo team in Jaipur with Princess Diya Kumar and the CEO of Vodaphone. She lead the winning team on to the pitch.
Sofia performs for Gitanjali for Dirty Picture Promotion at Mahalakmi Race Course (Vidhya Balan present)
Sofia performs at college with Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Deepika Pudokone and Chitriganda Singh for Desi Boys promo tour at Juhu College.
Press announcement of Sofia's New Film "A GOODNIGHT". http://www.prokerala.com/videos/a-goodnite-launched-amidst-much-fanfare.html#.TociPFOTgz0.facebook
Sofia Hayat performs for Roberto Cavalli's A-list Gala Diner at Battersea Power Station. Guests include: Erin O Connor, Rosario Dawson, Eva Herzigova, Roberto Cavalli
Sofia flies to Bangkok to shoot new film
Sofia signs publishing deal in Portugal
Sofia finishes shooting lead role in bollywood film "Nachle London"
Sofia's New double single, "Blame it on the Cookie", and "Bollywood Star", Number 3 in the UK Dance Chart Breakers! Sofia has released her new double A single, "Blame it on the Cookie", and "Bollywood Star", this is already at number 3 in the Upfront Dance charts!
Sofia made Brand Ambassador in Mumbai for International Diamond Day: International Diamond day is beong celebrated for the first time in India and Sofia Hayat is one of the brand Ambassadors.
Images for the event are here http://blog.sofiahayat.com/2011/06/sofia-hayat-brand-ambassador-for.html
Sofia Attends the Big Television Awards at Yash Raj Studios. http://blog.sofiahayat.com/2011/06/sofia-hayat-at-big-television-awards-at.html
Sofia Performs a Live King with India's God Father of Jazz-Louiz Banks Sofia was asked to perform along side Louiz Banks and his band at India's best live venue, "The Blue Frog". To view the performance go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC28q__Tp6k&feature=player_embedded
Sofia receives All India Young achievers award in mumbai for performing arts
Sofia was awarded the much coveted award which has been running into its 16th year. She was honoured with other big names from Bollywood.
Sofia does an international Bikini Shoot in Mumbai!
Sofia created a storm when she gave a photoshoot to the Indian Press to promote her new film. She had returned to the UK and lost 7lbs and worked out at the gym to show off her new body. Dubbed "The Body of India", Sofia has just signed ger second Bollywood film. The film will be announced in 2 weeks.
Sofia is currently in Mumbai shooting her new film. Sofia is shooting for her new film in Mumbai and is set to return by th end of March. She has also been doing major promotion for the Cricket World cup in India. In March and April Sofia will appear on the covers of 3 major Indian Magazines.
Sofia will be flying out to India in November to shoot her first Lead Role in a Bollywood Film!
STOP PRESS: Sofia has been nominated for "Best Actress", at the Beffta awards 2010.
Sofia will be performing live at The Redbridge Carnival A Fashion Rocks show incorporporating Fashion and music with upcoming designer Joey Bevan from Pointed Brown Shoes!
Sofia will be Cosmopolitan's September issue, out in August 2010
Sofia's film "Cash and Curry", is out on the 19th July. Already a top ten film!
Sofia plays the lead in this feature film, a psychological tale of love and deceipt. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival to rave reviews. Released in India August 2009. Following releases in 2009, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia. www.theunforgettablethefilm.com
Cash & Curry
Cash & Curry won Best Film Award at the Portobello Film Festival 2009. Sofia plays a catsuit wearing, deadly assassin, who revels in murdering for her drug dealing husband. Film released 2010. www.cashandcurry.com
Diary Of A Butterfly
Sofia's first Bollywood film. She plays the second lead opposite Udita Goswami. The film was shot in Bhopal and Mumbai. It depicts the story of a young girl, desperate to make it in the corporate world, at any cost. "Working with such an established Bollywood actress like Udita Goswami was such a pleasure. We became best friends during the shoot, and even had a song in the movie about being friends."
2012-2013 Released in UK then India
This is the first ever Bolly Brit film, with its head in Hollywood, heart in Bollywood, but made in London. Sofia plays the lead role, as a young mum, in a performance described by the director Neville Raschid as "Award winning, and one that people will not forget for a long time."
This BAFTA Award winning show was aired worldwide and was a global hit. Sofia played sexy Latin bombshell Lucia who has a thing about puppets!