Shernaz Patel is an Indian theater and film actor born on January 1, 1970, in Mumbai. Burjor Patel and Ruby Patel are her parents. Her parents are veteran Gujarati stage artists, and thus, Patel grew up in a theater environment. She completed her schooling in Fort Convent School. She actively participated in plays during her school days. She was also the part of a play directed by Pearl Padmasree. She completed her studies at Elphinstone College, University of Mumbai. Later she got acting training from Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Patel mainly works in Hindi and English films. She rose to fame from the movie Black and appreciated for her role in Guzaarish. Patel portrayed the role of Rani Mukherjee’s Mother in Black.
She is also popular in English Language theater in Mumbai. Patel’s theater debut was with “The Diary of Anne Frank” in 1984. After her debut, she worked on several productions in Mumbai-based English theater. Later in 1993, she formed a theater group in Mumbai with actors Rahul Da Chuna and
called RAGE. Her debut TV film was Janam in 1986, directed by
. For the first time, she played the lead role in the English movie “Love Letters” in 1992 along with actor Rajit Kapoor, directed by Rahul Da chuna. Later in 2008, she came back to soap operas after working in several different movies for 23 years. She also acted as a screenwriter with Sooni Taraporevala’s directorial debut namely,
in 2009. Later in 2011, she acted in the movie Rockstar.
Her role in Reemo Kaghi’s Talaash which is a suspense drama was gave her good reviews. Patel was also the part of Times Noida Festival along with various actors in 2014. Shernaz has won the IIFA awards for the best-supporting actress, Guild award for best actress in supporting role. She also bagged the star screen award for best-supporting actress for Guzaarish in 2011.