Mina Anwar was born on September 20, 1969 (age 43) in Church, near Accrington, Lancashire, England. She is a British actress. Mina was educated at Accrington Moorhead Sports College, and gained an A level in Theatre in Performance at the Accrington and Rossendale College in 1988 before training at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
Mina played Police Constable Maggie Habib in the sitcom The Thin Blue Line which was shown on BBC 2 from 1995 to 1997. Other roles include the recurring part of Dr. Sandra Malik in The Bill in 2003 (
a serious police drama), and she played Sister Zita Khan in Doctors and Nurses and Selena Sharp in Scoop.
She also performed as the storyteller in Razzledazzle on the CBeebieschannel. She also appeared as Shazza Karib in the Channel 4 drama Shameless, sister of Kash Karib, and new love of Norma Starkey.
Mina appeared in the second, third, and now fourth, series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, in which she played Gita Chandra, the mother of main character Rani Chandra. She is also in the BBC drama show The Invisibles. She also appeared in Coronation Street as the ex-wife of Dev Halahan the corner shop owner. She has also made an appearance in No Angels. She has also starred in The Infidel as the woman in the black burqa.