British actress Afshan Azad is celebrated for her role as Padma
Patil in the Harry Potter film series. She stated, “I never in a
million years thought anyone from Manchester was going to get it (the
role of Padma Patil)! And I never thought I would get it!”
While on the set of “Harry Potter,” Azad develped
good friendship with co-stars like Scarlett Byrne, Bonnie Wrigh,
Katie Leung and Shefali Chowdury.
On June 2010, Azad's father and brother were arrested after being
accused for threatening to kill her. They displeased with her romance
with a Hindu man and attacked her. Her brother was also charged with
“assault occasioning actual bodily harm.” Her bother and
her brother were released on bail.
In December 2010, Azad did not appear in court when the prosecution
accepted her brother's guilty plea to assault occasioning actual bodily
harm. He eventually was jailed for 6 months in January the following
year. However, a judge ruled that her father and brother were not
guilty of threatening to kill her.
Childhood and Family:
Afshan Azad was born on February 12, 1988, in Manchester,
England, UK. She is of Bangladeshi lineage. Her father's name is Abdul
Azad. She has a brother named Ashraf Azad. Afshan was educated at
Whalley Range High School for Girls before leaving to do her AS and
A-Levels (her final two years of school) at Xaverian College in
Harry Potter Movie Series
Afshan Azad scored a big breakthrough when she won the role of Padma
Patil, a Ravenclaw student in Harry's year, and the twin sister of
Gryffindor student Parvati Patil, on “Harry Potter and the Goblet
of Fire,” the fourth installment in the “Harry
Potter” film series. Directed by Mike Newell and scripted by
Steve Kloves, the film was released on November 18, 2005 and enjoyed a
vastly successful run at the box office. With over $900 million
worldwide earnings, it became the highest grossing film of 2005 and the
eighth highest grossing film of all time at that time. The film went on
to become the sixth highest grossing film in the Harry Potter series.
“The first day we had to do a cast read-through where we go
through the whole script. I was a bit star struck. I was a big Harry
Potter fan before.” Afshan Azad (on filming “Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire”)
Azad made her next appearance as Padma Patil on the following sequel
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007), which
was helmed by David Yates and written by Michael Goldenberg. The film
was a commercial and critical success. It grossed about $939,885,929
worldwide against a budget of $150 million.
In 2009, Azad again reprised her role as Padma Patil on “Harry
Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which was directed
by David Yates and written by Steve Kloves. The film opened to
rave reviews along with immediate commercial success, breaking
the record for the biggest single day worldwide gross of all time. With
a total gross of over $934 million, it reached No. 8 on the highest
grossing movie of all time list and ranked second on the highest
grossing film of 2009.
Azad also played Padma Patil role on the last two series: “Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (2010) and “ Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (2011).