A Coventry-born actress is set to make her ‘feature film debut’ after battling back from a debilitating neurological condition.
Bhella Candenti is starring in tongue-in-cheek comedy ‘Crossing Over’, directed by Mark Haldor, which she also helped to write.
Bhella, an British Indian actress, says it is her ‘first red carpet London premiere’ after training at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, and RADA.
The premier will be screened on August 6 at Cineworld, Canary Wharf.
Bhella, from Allesley, said: “It’s my first step back into acting after recovering from a neurological condition diagnosed last year.
“I am more determined than ever. When you think you were going to die 18 months ago and find yourself recovering, you certainly gain a ferocity for life. I will be relentless in the pursuit of my goals.
“Life-changing circumstances give you the opportunity to realise how important it is to pursue what drives you every day, and no-one and nothing should get in your way.”
She says her love of acting started at the age of 11 and she went on to work in theatre in the Midlands and London.
Bhella adds she enjoys playing roles which challenge her casting type, and in her last theatre performance she played the notorious Irish prostitute butchered by Jack the Ripper, Mary Kelly.
The movie also features EastEnders and Doctor Who star Louise Jameson (who played Leela to Tom Baker’s Doctor), and was inspired by the director meeting US actor/director Vin Diesel and being encouraged to write his own work.
The script features a frustrated UK agent (Louise Jameson), who submits eight London-based actors to audition for the next big Hollywood movie via Skype.
It presents potential career breaks for them and a large pay-day for her. But they have to fair against two unpredictable LA casting directors.