Ambreen Razia's Upcoming Series "Wasted" Tackles Addiction and Motherhood in a British Desi Context

Ambreen Razia's Upcoming Series "Wasted" Tackles Addiction and Motherhood in a British Desi Context

Award-winning actress Ambreen Razia, currently best known for her portrayal of Shandy Fine in the third season of “Ted Lasso,” is developing a new project dealing with addiction and postpartum depression called “Wasted.” She is collaborating with Expectation Entertainment, a production company behind many series such as “In My Skin” on BBC Three and “Guilt” on BBC Two. 

The subject matter marks a maturation in Razia’s creative oeuvre. The South London-born artist is known for writing and starring in the BBC Three sitcom “Hounslow Diaries” about Muslim teens who live in the sticks but deserve a big night out in Central London.

“Wasted,” in contrast, is about drug addiction, and motherhood in a British Desi context, two topics that are seldom tackled in television; There are taboos around even discussing both in a South Asian context. The show is also advertised to have comedic elements. 
Razia told “Variety,” “The show lifts the lid on the Muslim women that society refuses to acknowledge and uncovers a very personal and specific experience that we have yet to see on screen. … As a British Pakistani girl growing up in London, my experience bears little resemblance to what I’ve seen depicted on British television.”

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