Actor Parminder Nagra, best known for Gurinder Chadha’s film ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and medical drama show ‘ER’, is set to star in a new crime drama series from ITV titled ‘DI Ray’.
Nagra will play the lead character of Rachita Ray, a police officer who takes on a case that forces her to confront a lifelong personal conflict between her British identity and her South Asian heritage, reported Deadline.
The Birmingham-set, four-part series comes from writer Maya Sondhi and producer Jed Mercurio, the pair behind ‘Line of Duty’.
‘DI Ray’ will track a murder investigation whilst exploring the emotive subject of racism in the workplace. It asks difficult questions about what it is like to be British but feel like the ‘other’, while taking viewers through the murky underworld of Birmingham.
Nagra, whose TV credits also include ‘The Blacklist’ and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, said she is looking forward to getting back to the UK after such a challenging time globally to be part of this exciting new project.
Alex Pillai, who has directed episodes of Bridgerton and Riverdale, will direct the series and Charlotte Surtees of Code 404 will produce.