Actress & Filmmaker
Screen International Star of Tomorrow Manjinder Virk is an accomplished actress, writer and director, having worked extensively in theatre, TV, film and radio. Her second foray into filmmaking, OUT OF DARKNESS, starring Tom Hiddleston, Riz Ahmed and Monica Dolan premiered at the 57th BFI London Film festival and won Best Film and Best Drama at Aesthetica Film festival and Best film and Best Experimental Film at Still/Moving Film Festival, Brixton. Mark Kermode called the film “Intriguing and thought provoking”.
As an actress, Manjinder won great critical acclaim for her role as Lorraine Dunbar in Clio Barnard’s award winning film, THE ARBOR, about the life of playwright Andrea Dunbar. She was nominated for Best Actress and Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards and Best Newcomer at the London Film Festival Awards. For her role, Peter Knegt, Indiewire’s senior editor, listed Manjinder as one of the ‘13 Underdog Actresses That Deserve Oscar’s Attention This Year’,adding that “Manjinder Virk gave one of the most stunning performances ever by an actress in a documentary”.
She is currently developing her first feature film THINGS WE NEVER SAID (Creative England) as writer/director.
In 2007, Manjinder starred in the challenging lead role of a British suicide bomber, Nasima in Peter Kosminsky?s BAFTA winning drama, BRITZ (Channel 4) alongside Riz Ahmed for which Guardian’s Nancy Banks-Smith wrote, “Virk’s sensitive performance as Nasima and the slow, almost mesmerising pace of her story absorbs and engrosses you… Speech is minimal. It is all down to Virk’s speaking face.”
She recently returned to the theatre in DANCE NATION at The Almeida Theatre directed by Bijan Shebani.