Harvey Virdi (born in Coventry, West Midlands) is an actress and writer from Indian descent, well known as a veteran of British-Asian theatre.
She trained at Academy Drama School in London.
Her theatre credits include The Borrowers (at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff), Tiger Country and Tales From The Harrow Road (Hampstead Theatre), When We are Married, Twelfth Night (in 1997 and 2004,), Romeo and Juliet (in 2000,), Square Circle and Playboy of the Asian World (all at the Leicester Haymarket), Airport 2000 (Riverside Studios, Hammersmith), and Jatinder Verma's production of Exodus (Tara Arts/BAC). In 2003, she was Mrs Peachum in a touring production of The Threepenny Opera for the Royal National Theatre. In 2004 she gave a critically acclaimed Maria in an Indian-themed production of Twelfth Night at the Albery Theatre. She also appeared as Nina Mandal, in Coronation Street. She is currently a supporting cast member in Class Dismissed.
Her film credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Anita and Me, Thunderbirds, Bride and Prejudice, The Mistress of Spices, Honour, Jadoo, and Brick Lane. Television credits include The Kumars at No. 42 (as the family’s interfering landlady, 'Hawney'), Boohbah, Doctors, Lucky Man (as 'Shefali Malhotra'), and Whose Baby?. She has also starred in various radio plays including in 2009, in "The Inheritance Of Loss By Kiran Desai".
As a writer, her credits include 'There’s Something About Simmy', 'The Deranged Marriage', 'Miss Meena & the Masala Queens' 2017 RIFCO Arts, 'Happy Birthday Sunita', 2014 RIFCO Arts and 'Meri Christmas' 2006 RIFCO Arts.
She is currently appearing in Citizen Khan as 'Mrs Malik'.
In May 2017 it was announced Virdi had joined the cast of Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks playing Dr. Misbah Maalik.