Zohra Sehgal (1912–2014)

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Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan, better known as Zohra Sehgal, was born into a Sunni Muslim Rohilla Pathan family of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, on 27th April, 1912 in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India. However, unlike most other children of traditional households, Zohra Sehgal was a tomboy, who enjoyed climbing trees and playing games. Always ... See full bio »


(age 102) in New Delhi, India

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Known For

Kal Ho Naa Ho Actress
Uyire Grandmother
Veer Zaara Bebe


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 2007 My Love
Lilian Ji aka Lilipop
 2007 Less Sugar
Mrs. Gupta
 2005 The Mistress of Spices
First Mother (as Zohra Segal)
 2005 Chicken Tikka Masala
 2005 Kkavyanjali (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Bebe
 2004 Veer Zaara
 2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho
 2003 Saaya
Sister Martha
 2002 Chalo Ishq Ladaaye
Dadi (as Zohra Segal)
 2002 Anita & Me
 2002 Bend It Like Beckham
Biji (as Zohra Segal)
 2001 Landmark (Short)
 2001 The Mystic Masseur
Auntie (as Zohra Segal)
 2001 Zindagi Kitni Khoobsoorat Hai (TV Series)
 2000 Your Magical Spell Worked
Elderly Lady (in song "Agre Mein Hai Mashoor") (as Zhora Saigal)
 1999 Khwahish (TV Series)
 1999 Dillagi
Ranvir's Grand Mother
 1998 Uyire
Grandmother (as Zora Seghal)
 1998 Tamanna
Mrs. Chopra (as Zohra Saigal)
 1995 Amma and Family (TV Series)
 1992-1994 Firm Friends (TV Series)
Suvira Bhatia
- Episode #2.4 (1994) ... Suvira Bhatia (as Zohra Segal)
- Episode #2.3 (1994) ... Suvira Bhatia (as Zohra Segal)
- Episode #2.2 (1994) ... Suvira Bhatia (as Zohra Segal)
- Episode #2.1 (1994) ... Suvira Bhatia (as Zohra Segal)
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Suvira Bhatia (as Zohra Segal)
 1994 Little Napoleons (TV Mini-Series)
Jayaben Shah
- Sleeping with the Enemy (1994) ... Jayaben Shah (as Zohra Segal)
- The Godfathers of Education (1994) ... Jayaben Shah (as Zohra Segal)
- Path to Power (1994) ... Jayaben Shah (as Zohra Segal)
 1993 Bhaji on the Beach
 1991 Mullah Nasruddin (TV Mini-Series)
Old Woman / Story Teller (as Zohra Segal)
 1991 Masala
 1989 The Bill (TV Series)
Mrs. Gunn
- Mending Fences (1989) ... Mrs. Gunn
- It's Not Majorca (1989) ... Mrs. Gunn
 1989 Manika, une vie plus tard
Mère de Ranjit
 1987 Never Say Die (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Gajmukhi
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Gajmukhi
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Gajmukhi
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Gajmukhi
 1985-1987 Tandoori Nights (TV Series)
- Sage Struck (1987) ... Gran (as Zohra Segal)
- Alaudin's Gambol (1987) ... Gran (as Zohra Segal)
- The Captains and the Kings Depart (1987) ... Gran (as Zohra Segal)
- Holy Deadlock (1987) ... Gran (as Zohra Segal)
- Welcome Home Sweetie (1987) ... Gran (as Zohra Segal)
 1987 Bust (TV Series)
Patel's Mother
- Write Off (1987) ... Patel's Mother (as Zohra Segal)
 1987 Partition
 1986 Man-Eaters of India (TV Movie documentary)
 1986 Caravaggio
Jerusaleme's Grandmother
 1985 Harem
Affaf (as Zohra Segal)
 1984 The Jewel in the Crown (TV Mini-Series)
Lili Chatterjee
- The Bibighar Gardens (1984) ... Lili Chatterjee
- Crossing the River (1984) ... Lili Chatterjee (as Zohra Segal)
 1983 Beyond the Limit
Maria (as Zohra Segal)
 1983 Storyboard (TV Series)
- Inspector Ghote Moves In (1983) ... Ayah (as Zohra Segal)
 1978 Mind Your Language (TV Series)
Mrs. Singh
- Many Happy Returns (1978) ... Mrs. Singh (as Zohra Segal)
 1974 It Ain't Half Hot Mum (TV Series)
Rangi's Mother-in-Law
- The Road to Bannu (1974) ... Rangi's Mother-in-Law (as Zohra Segal)
 1973 Tales That Witness Madness
Malia (segment "Luau") (as Zohra Segal)
 1973 The Regiment (TV Series)
Nanni Ji
- Women (1973) ... Nanni Ji
 1970 The Doctors (TV Series)
Mrs. Patel's mother
- Episode #1.18 (1970) ... Mrs. Patel's mother (as Zohra Segal)
 1969 The Guru
Mastani (as Zohra Segal)
 1968 The Expert (TV Series)
Mrs. Singh
- Miss Daley (1968) ... Mrs. Singh (as Zohra Segal)
 1968 The Vengeance of She
Putri (as Zohra Segal)
 1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
- 55 Columns (1967) ... Amma (as Zohra Segal)
 1967 The Long Duel
Devi (as Zohra Segal)
 1964-1965 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Attendant on Ping-Cho / Sheyrah / Attendant to Ping-Cho
- The Knight of Jaffa (1965) ... Sheyrah
- Five Hundred Eyes (1964) ... Attendant on Ping-Cho (uncredited)
- The Singing Sands (1964) ... Attendant on Ping-Cho (uncredited)
- The Roof of the World (1964) ... Attendant to Ping-Cho (uncredited)
 1964 The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (TV Series)
Fareda / Ameera's mother / Ayah / ...
- A Wayside Comedy (1964) ... Fareda
- Without Benefit of Clergy (1964) ... Ameera's mother
- Consequences (1964) ... Ayah
- The Rescue of Pluffles (1964) ... Mrs. Hauksbee's Ayah
- A Germ Destroyer (1964) ... The Ayah
 1964 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Woman in market
- Big Fish Little Fish (1964) ... Woman in market (uncredited)
 1957 Paisa (as Zohra Segal)
 1956 Heer
Saida's Mother (as Zohra Saigal)
 1953 Faraib (as Zohra Segal)
 1953 Fareb
 1950 Afsar
 1950 Dharti Ke Lal
 1946 Neecha Nagar
Bhabi (as Zohra Segal)
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Other Works:

She performed in the ballet, "Ram Gopal and His Dancers and Musicians," at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Ram Gopal, Malika Devi, Manjulika Bhandari, Tazi Sheharazad, Surinder Sandhu, and Anura in the cast.

Alternate Names:

Zhora Saigal | Zohra Saigal | Zohra Segal | Zora Seghal

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She was the first actor to have appeared in Doctor Who (1963) to have lived to the age of 100, and at the time was the oldest living cast member of the show. Following her death on July 10, 2014, Olaf Pooley became the oldest living cast member and remained so until his death on July 14, 2015. Sehgal remained the longest-lived cast member until 2019, when she was surpassed by Earl Cameron. See more »

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