YAS in BBC's Indian Doctor

Three members of RWCMD's Young Actors Studio are appearing in The Indian Doctor, a new daytime drama for BBC One starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ayesha Dharker and Mark Williams.

YAS student, Naomi Everson, RWCMD 2009 BA Acting Graduate and 2008/09 YAS Student Mentor, Alexander Vlahos and YAS Leader, Erica Eirian are currently filming the new five-part drama series.

Erica Eirian and Naomi Everson in The Indian DoctorSet in a small, Welsh mining village in 1963, the plot revolves around Dr Prem Sharma (Sanjeev Bhaskar), a high-flying Delhi graduate, one of the thousands of doctors who moved from the Indian subcontinent to the UK to begin new lives, encouraged by former minister of health, Enoch Powell. The doctor’s arrival changes the lives of the South Wales mining community forever.

Naomi, who recently finished filming comedy pilot Shelf Stackers for BBC Switch, plays Gina, Dr Sharma’s receptionist. Alex, who has recently been in Crash (BBC Wales), Doctors and Pen Talar (Fiction Factory, written by Siôn Eirian, alumni and Fellow of Royal Welsh College,) plays Tom, Gina’s love interest.

"I can’t believe how far I’ve come since I auditioned for YAS in July 2008," says Naomi. "YAS really got the ball rolling in terms of castings, which led to an agent and then to Shelf Stackers and now The Indian Doctor. YAS gave me ample amounts of confidence in performance and an insight into the profession and prepared me for training and taught me some invaluable skills which I’m putting to good use in The Indian Doctor." Naomi starts her BA Acting Course at the College in September.

Erica, whose TV credits include episodes of Doctor Who and Coronation Street, plays Sian, Gina’s grandmother and runs the ‘little bit of everything’ village shop. "It’s brilliant that my role running YAS still allows me the time to continue with directing and acting and I was absolutely thrilled to be offered the role of Sian in The Indian Doctor, which has such good stories, great dialogue and strong, rounded characters."

The Indian Doctor airs on BBC1 in mid November.