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Detecting her first big break on telly.

Byline: By Jane Picken

From the small stage to TV stardom, up-and-coming Newcastle actress Vineeta Rishi is taking the screen by storm.

The Geordie actress, of Shields Road, Walkergate, has landed her first major TV role as a quick-thinking policewoman in the ITV crime drama The Last Detective.

In the role Vineeta works alongside former Dr Who, Peter Davison, and comedian Sean Hughes.

And it's a far cry from her stage parts at the People's Theatre and small appearances in shows such as The Bill and Doctors.

Vineeta said: "I play WPC Maya Kapoor and each week there is a different case for Peter to solve.

"This is my first big role and it's brilliant being on screen, especially working closely with people like Peter and Sean.

"I really want to keep doing what I love, whether it's on the TV or stage."

Vineeta, 30, was first hit by the acting bug at Walkergate Primary and Junior School and then at Benfield Comprehensive, where she took part in school plays.

Business management graduate Vineeta said: "I remember one of my first parts was as Marty, one of the Pink Ladies in Grease.

"I loved being on the stage and performing."

Although she started a career as a computer programmer for British Airways, in Newcastle Business Park, after graduating from Bradford University in 1998, Vineeta soon discovered her real passion.

She said: "I wanted to do something in my spare time and went to the People's Theatre where they were running workshops for aspiring actors.

"Eventually they cast my as the Genie in their panto Aladdin in 1998. It was such a fun part and I loved being on stage as the theatre was packed.

"As time went on, I started to get more parts and eventually an agent, who got me a part in The Bill."

After training in drama in London, Vineeta has been playing Jodi Howard in Asian radio drama, Silver Street.

Proud mum Krishna Sharma, 52, and brother Sam Rishi, 26, have been following Vineeta's on screen success. Krishna, who runs a newsagents on Shields Road, said: "I really enjoy watching her and I know she is chasing her dream."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2005
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