Yesterday actress Zohra Sehgal, who appeared in two of William Hartnell’s (1st Doctor) serials, turned 100. This makes her the first actor involved in the Doctor Who franchise to break into triple digits and giving a skim over her biography she’s lead a fantastic life.
Aside from appearing in Doctor Who in 1964 and 65, she studied at a balet school in Germany before making her film debut in 1946’s Neecha Nagar, a film which saw Indian cinema’s first international recognition. She moved to London in 1962 acted in various in various BBC productions, films and plays until the mid 90’s when she returned to India and continued her career there.
She has won many highly prestigious awards in her native India, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour in India.
What an amazing woman, and what an amazing life. Here’s wishing you many more happy returns, Zohra!