Indian-American Actress Sheetal Sheth’s Biography

1 year ago / by Swarnendu Biswas
Sheetal Sheth
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Versatile and Cool

Sheetal Sheth is an acclaimed actress, producer, author, voice-over artist and also an activist. But if one were to ask what is the profession of Sheetal Sheth, it is more appropriate to term acting as her profession.

She has earned fame and popularity through a wide range of roles in films and television. She entered films with ABCD (1999) which she followed with American Chai (2001). Both the films garnered acclaim.

Shel began her journey in the entertainment industry when there were very few South Asian actors in the west. She unearthed her passion for acting during her high school days and later enrolled in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University from where she graduated with honors. She was also trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Over the years, Sheetal has emerged as a much coveted actress in the independent film circuit.

However, anyone thinking of writing an authentic biography of Sheetal Sheth cannot think of overlooking Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005) and the much talked about lesbian romance drama namedI Can’t Think Straight (2008) and the lesbian-themed historical drama The World Unseen (2007) from her repertoire of films.

About Sheetal Sheth

I Can’t Think Straight and The World Unseen are directed by the globally renowned British novelist and filmmaker Shamim Sarif. I Can’t Think Straight garnered more than ten Best Feature awards across film festivals and The World Unseen was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won four Best Feature awards internationally.

In Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, Sheetal Sheth starred opposite Albert Brooks (he was also the director of the film) and the film was shown at the Dubai International Film Festival. Sheetal won the role after an extensive scouting to portray the role of Maya, which Sheetal did in the film. With her performance in the film Sheetal Sheth won many hearts.

Sheetal has won the Best Actress award for Wings of Hope (2001) at the Cinevue Film Festival, and following that she won many other awards for her nuanced and often provocative portrayals. For The World Unseen she won five awards across the world, which includes Best Actress award at Gran Canaria Film Festival in Spain, in 2009 and Best Actress award at Festival del Mar in Ibiza, in 2009. She was voted as ‘Favorite Movie Actress’ in AfterEllen’s Visibility Awards in 2012.

As an author, her children’s book, Always Anjali garnered wide acclaim and went on to win the 2019 Purple Dragonfly Storybook Grand Prize (voted by teachers and librarians). She was also written op-eds on CNN and Thrive Global.

Sheetal was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2018, but has survived it till now. Showing remarkable grit and spirit, she went public about her diagnosis and even appeared bald on a magazine cover to show different versions of beauty.


What is Sheetal Sheth known for?

She is a versatile artist but is more known internationally as an actress.

What is Sheetal Sheth most famous for?

Sheetal Sheth is most famous for her acting performances in films like Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, I Can’t Think Straight, and The World Unseen.

What is Sheetal Sheth worth?

There is no authentic news on Sheetal Sheth about Sheetal Sheth’s net worth but according to a website named her net worth is 400000 USD.

Who is Sheetal Sheth’s husband?

Her husband’s name is Neil Mody. They were married in 2013.

How old is Sheetal Sheth?

The age of Sheetal Sheth is 45 years.

Where is Sheetal Sheth originally from?

She is a first generation Gujarati Indian-American. She was born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey in 24th June, 1976.