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Fiona Wade
Fiona Sarah Wade

(1979-03-20) 20 March 1979 (age 39)
Enfield, London, England
Years active1996–present
Known forGrange Hill

Fiona Sarah Wade (born 20 March 1979) is an English actress, best known for playing the role of Priya Sharma in Emmerdale since 2011.[1]


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Among her theatrical credits include the role of Kim in Miss Saigon both in the UK and Sweden; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; Maria in West Side Story; Gujarati Preethi in Strictly Dandia and the title roles in adaptations of Cinderella and Aladdin.

In the United States, she had a brief stint as Anya Vicenze in 24Seven. In March 2005, she took on the role of Princess Anjuli in the West End musical adaptation of M. M. Kaye's The Far Pavilions. Her British television credits include the roles of Joanna Day in the long-running children's drama Grange Hill, Julianna McKenzie in Holby City and the recurring guest role of Decca in Doctors.

In 2006, she starred a regular ITV Sunday night drama Where the Heart Is, as Rowan Clayton. Her roles also include the part of Sameen Azzizi in two episodes of the BBC drama Waterloo Road, the daughter of a family who came to the UK illegally, from Iran. In spite of the best efforts of Tom Clarkson and Danielle Harker to keep Sameen here, she accepted she had to go home back to her own country with her family and gave herself up to the immigration officials.

In 2008, she played Mamta in a play called Alaska by DC Moore at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.[2]

Her recent credits also include Anhil Edwards in Silent Witness and Nita in Casualty. More recently, Wade played the role of Amira in BBC TV Drama Five Days and also starred in Tracy Beaker Returns, playing the role of Helen, the young mother of Carmen Howle.

Since 2011, Wade has played the role of Priya Sharma in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Her first appearance was on 3 November 2011.

In January 2017, Wade took part in the primetime ITV entertainment series Dance Dance Dance.[3] Her dance partner was Ronnie Del Barrio. They were the first act to be eliminated from the series.

Personal life[edit]

Wade's mother is Filipina and her father is English.


Year Title Role Notes
1996–1998 Grange Hill Joanna Day 35 episodes
2001–2002 24Seven Anya Vicenze
2004, 2009 Doctors Decca Taylor/Shahnaz Malick 3 episodes
2006 Where the Heart Is Rowan Clayton 5 episodes
2006 Genie in the House Dooma 1 episode
2007 Holby City Julianna McKenzie 1 episode
2007 Wire in the Blood Ayesha 1 episode
2008 Waterloo Road Sameen Azizi 2 episodes
2008 Silent Witness Anhil Edwards 2 episodes
2009 Casualty Nita 1 episode
2010 Tracy Beaker Returns Helen Howle 1 episode
2010 Lewis Meera 1 episode
2010 Law & Order: UK Uniform officer 1 episode
2011 Coronation Street Sandeesh 2 episodes
2011– Emmerdale Priya Sharma Regular cast
2017 Dance Dance Dance Herself, contestant 3 episodes