Shobna Gulati: ‘I’m really shy. Nobody can quite believe it’

The actor, 54, on dealing with her mother’s dementia, the power of love and appearing on Coronation Street

We were a lively family, the Indian version of the Von Trapps. Dad sang all the time. My sisters were in a pop band: a cross between Bollywood and Abba. We had a lot of freedom to express ourselves.

My earliest memory is having a cry on the sofa with my shawli, a comfort blanket, recovering from my petulance while everybody left me to it. Quiet time – like being on the naughty step. I was a handful. I still am.

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