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Coronation Street star Bhavna Limbachia once turned down for role for being 'too pale'

Coronation Street star Bhavna Limbachia once turned down for role for being 'too pale'

Entertainment
DREAMS: Bhavna said rejection made her more determined to achieve her ambitions (Pic: Mark Bruce/ ITV) The actress – who plays lesbian Muslim Rhana Habeeb in the ITV soap – told producers: "I'm full Asian!"She said the bizarre rejection for being "too pale" was a sign she would have to "work a little bit harder" than white actors to achieve success.Though she had found it a "difficult pill to swallow" Bhavna, 34, said pursuing a career as an actress was "still worth doing". Related Articles The star – whose mum is Indian and dad from Kenya – also played Alia in hit BBC comedy Citizen Khan.She told Manchester-based A-Magazine before turning to acting she used to work as a costume designer where her looks were unimportant."With costume it’s about how good yo...
Virginia Madsen lands role in DC Universe's 'Swamp Thing'

Virginia Madsen lands role in DC Universe's 'Swamp Thing'

Entertainment
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Sideways and Designated Survivor actress Virginia Madsen is to star in the new live-action series, Swamp Thing. "Virginia Madsen (@madlyv) joins #DCUSWAMPTHING as Maria Sunderland. Welcome to the #DCUNIVERSE," the DC Universe Twitter feed said Thursday. Gotham alum Crystal Reed was cast in September as Abby Arcane in the Louisiana-set, supernatural drama. Deadline.com said the show is slated to debut in 2019. No other casting has been announced yet. James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman and Michael Clear -- the team behind the horror hits The Conjuring, It and Annabelle -- are adapting the comic-book property for the new DC Universe digital subscription service, which is the home of Titans. Len Wiseman -- whose credits include Sleepy Hollow and the Underworld franchise...
Researchers find same hormone plays role in diabetes, hypertension

Researchers find same hormone plays role in diabetes, hypertension

Health
Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Increased levels of a hormone already linked to hypertension also might play a significant role in the development of type 2 diabetes, especially among certain racial groups, according to a study. Researchers at Ohio State University's College of Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center studied whether the hormone aldosterone, which is produced by the adrenal gland, isn't limited to hypertension. The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Hypertension is common among patients with diabetes and is a strong factor for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, heart failure and microvascular complications, according to the American Diabetes Association. "I looked into this as a promise to my father. He had high levels of aldosterone th...
Tesla shareholders reject bid to strip Musk of chairman role

Tesla shareholders reject bid to strip Musk of chairman role

Technology
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has rebuffed a shareholder attempt to overhaul the electric car maker's board and strip him of his role as chairman, despite worries about the company's shaky finances and inability to meet its production goals for its first mass-market sedan. All three directors seeking to remain on Tesla's nine-member board were re-elected during the company's annual meeting held Tuesday in Mountain View, California. Directors Antonio Gracias, James Murdoch and Elon's brother, Kimbal Musk, won by "a wide margin," according to Tesla. CtW Investment Group, an activist firm that represents labor union pension funds, had spearheaded a rebellion seeking to oust the trio from the board on the grounds that they didn't know about the auto industry at a critical time in Tesla's existence. Th...
Simpsons actor 'willing to step aside' from Apu role

Simpsons actor 'willing to step aside' from Apu role

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Hank Azaria says he is "willing to step aside" from his role voicing Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.It follows a documentary made by Indian-American comic Hari Kondabolu that argued the Indian character is based on racial stereotypes.Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor said his "eyes have been opened" by the debate and that he never intended to cause offence.He also distanced himself from the show's controversial response.Shopkeeper Apu has been part of the long-running animation series since 1990, with Azaria adopting an Indian accent to voice him.The character is one of several voiced on The Simpsons by Azaria - he is also the voice of Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy and bartender Moe Szyslak.There has been a focus on the portrayal of Apu since Kondabolu's 2...