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Subject: The late UK-born Indian actress/singer Sophiya Haque was born 48 years ago today, and best known for playing the role of 'Poppy Morales' in TV's "Coronation Street". Sadly, she died 3 weeks after cancer diagnosis. ...
She is among the VERY few celebs to be buried at sea (full bodied).
...Haque was born Syeda Sophia Haque in Portsmouth, Hampshire to a Bangladeshi father and a British Jewish mother. She was the youngest of three daughters. She was brought up by her mother, Thelma, a divorced schoolteacher. She attended the Priory School, Orpington, and took dancing lessons from the age of two and a half at Mary Forrester's Rainbow School of Dance before moving at the age of 13 to London (where she lived with her father, Amirul Haque, a restaurateur, and his second wife), training full-time at the Arts Educational Schools, London.
Haque started as the lead vocalist in the band Akasa; they signed a deal with Warner Bros. in 1988.
Subsequently she worked as a video jockey for MTV Asia for seven years and Channel V. … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oORtlqRPNPI
Haque was employed as a presenter at STAR TV in Hong Kong in 1992. From 1994, she began appearing on TV in India and in 1997 she moved to Mumbai full-time to work on the Channel V India service. Her first Bollywood film was Khoobsurat, and she later made several more including Mangal Pandey: The Rising. …
...In 2002, Haque returned to the United Kingdom to star as Rani in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams. In 2005, she starred
as Janoo Rani in the West End theatre musical production of The Far Pavilions. In 2012, she starred as Soraya in Wah! Wah! Girls.
In 2008, she took a small supporting role in the film Wanted. …
...Between December 2008 and June 2009, she played Poppy Morales, the barmaid and assistant manager of the Rovers Return, in Coronation Street and by coincidence, shared her dressing room with Coronation Street's Auntie Pam played by actress Kate Anthony, who was also her first cousin.
In 2012, she appeared in BBC's Fairy Tales series and in 15 episodes of House of Anubis as Senkhara. She was diagnosed with cancer when she was working in the Michael Grandage production of Privates on Parade, playing the role of, Sylvia Morgan, a Welsh-Indian singer and dancer performing for the British troops in Malaya in 1948.
Personal life and death …
Haque lived in Knaphill, Surrey, with her partner, musical director David White, and the couple were in the process of building a houseboat when she fell ill. Around Christmas 2012, Haque was diagnosed with cancer...succumbing to the disease 3 weeks later. Sophiya Haque developed a lung clot and pneumonia, and in the early hours of January 17, 2013, she died in her sleep in a London hospital, while undergoing tests. She was only 41.
In accordance with her last wishes Sophiya Haque was committed to sea in a full sea-burial on Sat. Feb. 9, 2013, delivered into the waters about 5 miles offshore of the white cliffs of Beachy Head off the English Channel, witnessed by her immediate family. The marvellous crew of the Maritime Volunteer Service allowed for the vessel be decorated with garlands of flowers and Buddhist prayer flags. Her coffin was topped with Indian fabrics, burning incense and flowers, as mourners listened to recordings of her voice at 17 years old singing with her group Akasa. Private messages written by children within her family were placed in the adorned coffin with her, before they gently slid her peacefully into the water, followed by handfuls of petals and flowers. It was her wish and desire was to be buried at sea, neither cremated, nor buried in the ground. She wanted her spirit to be able to float freely in the oceans. …