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IN THE dynamic world of showbusiness, there are talents that emerge like shooting stars, enthralling audiences with their sheer brilliance and leaving an indelible mark on their minds. One such shining star is Ambika Mod, whose screen presence and exceptional acting prowess in the new drama, One Day have garnered widespread acclaim and admiration. Not so long ago, Mod was a little-known ac tress playing supporting characters in TV shows, but this series has catapulted her into a different category altogether. Best remembered to most viewers for her role as the junior doctor, Shruti Acharya, in the BBC medical drama series This Is Going to Hurt (2022), which starred Ben Whishaw.

The young actress has hit gold now with Netflix’s romantic tale of love and longing in One Day. This is a 14-episode miniseries which premiered in the first week February in 2024, on Netflix. It charts the 20-year on and off romance between Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew. Ambika, 28, plays the female lead Emma while Dexter is essayed by The White Lotus star Leo Woodall. The series is based on Briton David Nicholl’s bestselling novel of the same name. Interestingly, Nicholls later wrote the screenplay for the 2011 film adaptation starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. For the new series, he served as an executive producer and he wrote the penultimate episode.

In one interview, Mod spoke about how she originally turned down the show because being a woman of colour she could not picture herself as Emma, a character previously played by a white woman. “I kept convincing myself that I was not the right person for the part, and to even go up for it would just be a waste of everyone’s time,” Mod, who is of Indian descent, told the publication. She added: “I think

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