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Fiona Wade

Fiona Sarah Wade (born 20th March 1979 in Enfield, Greater London) is a English actress who portrayed Priya Sharma in Emmerdale from November 2011 to January 2023.

She has had an extensive career in British theatre and television, and is best known in the United States for her role as Anya Vicenze on the television show 24Seven from 2001 to 2002.

Among her theatrical credits include the role of Kim in Miss Saigon both in the UK and Sweden; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; Maria in West Side Story; Gujarati Preethi in Strictly Dandia and the title roles in adaptations of Cinderella and Aladdin.

In March 2005, she took on the role of Princess Anjuli in the West End musical adaptation of M. M. Kaye's The Far Pavilions. Her British television credits include the roles of Joanna Day in the long-running children's drama Grange Hill, Julianna McKenzie in Holby City and the recurring guest role of Decca in Doctors.

In 2006, Wade starred in the ITV Sunday night drama Where the Heart Is, as Rowan Clayton. Her roles also include the part of Sameen Azzizi in two episodes of the BBC drama Waterloo Road, the daughter of a family who came to the UK illegally, from Iran. In spite of the best efforts of Tom Clarkson and Danielle Harker to keep Sameen here, she accepted she had to go home back to her own country with her family and gave herself up to the immigration officials.

In 2008, she played Mamta in a play called Alaska by DC Moore at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. Her recent credits also include Anhil In Silent Witness and Nita in Casualty. More recently, Wade played the role of Amira in BBC drama Five Days and also starred in Tracy Beaker Returns playing the role of Helen, the young mother of Carmen Howle.

Wade also appeared in Coronation Street for a cameo appearance on the 23rd June 2011 as a potential client for Underworld called Sandeesh ran by Carla Connor and Frank Foster. The deal didn't go ahead as Carla thought the figures were not very good and the death of her mother influenced this on the same day.

Wade played Priya Sharma, the sister of Nikhil and Jai Sharma, in Emmerdale, in which she first appeared on 3rd November 2011. She made her last appearance on 27th January 2023.

She is currently dating actor Simon Cotton, who played Hugh Bryant in Emmerdale.

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