Zenobia Shroff is an Indian-American actress who started acting under the mentorship of legendary Pearl Padamsee in Mumbai. She has been an actress for over thirty years and she had her breakout role as kumail nanjiani’s mother in ‘the big sick’ which was a resounding box office success and garnered her stellar reviews and a SAG nomination for the best ensemble cast.
Shroff who was born on May 27, 1965, is an Indian-American actress. She acquires a Middle Eastern American ethnicity from her parents, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in mid-July 2019.
Shroff studied acting at the Circle in the Square Theatre School based in New York and she holds a Master’s degree in Psychology. She has a sister by the name Amy Shroff who works as a volunteer veterinarian for Elephant Nature Park.
Zenobia Shroff Career
Shroff who has been an actress for over thirty years started her acting career under the mentorship of legendary Pearl Padamsee, an Indian theatre and stage actress, director, and producer, in Mumbai. With Padamsee’s encouragement, Shroff eventually went on to study acting at the Circle in the Square Theatre School based in New York.
Soon after, she started doing diverse roles in the most famous plays like Nora in Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” and German avant-gardist Heiner Muller. She also performed in Mario Frattis “Erotic adventures in Venice” at the famed La Mama and Milan Kunderas “Jacques and his master”.
Shroff has taught drama and movement extensively throughout New York City and Mumbai and it was primarily for inner-city and low-income children. She has also taught at ‘Arts Connection’, ‘Education in dance’ and is a proud founding teacher of ‘Youth onstage’, that city’s only fully gratis theatre school for inner-city children
A few years ago Shroff was cast in Sooni Taraporevalas “Little Zizou”, presented by Mira Nair. She was nominated as best actress at the New York Indian film festival for that role. She was also seen in ‘When Harry tries to Marry’, a Hollywood independent film. She followed that up with her first Bollywood blockbuster, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ playing opposite superstars Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan.
Shroff’s critically Acclaimed one-woman show ‘HOW TO SUCCEED AS AN ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS ACTOR’ has been performed at the Planet connection theatre festival, at which she was nominated for best actress. She also did a successful off-Broadway run at the Castillo Theatre.
In 2017, Shroff had her breakout role as kumail nanjiani’s mother in ‘The Big Sick’ which was a resounding box office success and garnered her stellar reviews and a SAG nomination for the best ensemble cast. She played a recurring role in season 4 of THE AFFAIR as Priya Ullah. She also recurred as himaya pravesh on THE RESIDENT, and on MADAM SECRETARY. She was featured in season 5 of THE AFFAIR (2018-2019).
Apart from being an actress, Shroff is an accomplished Bharat Natyam dancer and writes and performs sketch comedy. Her one-woman show ‘Exotic observations’ has been performed at the Guild Gallery, the Indo American arts council, and the famed UCB.
Shroff owns a beautiful acting credit in many Bollywood and Hollywood projects: although the notable ones include Percy (1989), Little Zizou (2008), The Big Sick (2017), and When Harry Tries To Marry (2011).
Zenobia Shroff Awards/Nominations
2017: The BAM Award (Nominee) for the Best Cast, The Big Sick (2017)
2018: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, The Big Sick (2017)
Zenobia Shroff Family
Shroff has a sister by the name Amy Shroff who is currently residing in Wayland, Massachusetts. Amy works as a volunteer veterinarian for Elephant Nature Park. She also got enrolled in her new job at Wellesley Animal Hospital.
Zenobia Shroff Husband
Shroff is still single and she rarely comments on her personal affairs. In an interview on the 30th of May 2018, she said that she promised herself that she would plan her life more and give more attention to her personal life.