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Malala Yousafzai to Guest Star in British Sitcom ‘We Are Lady Parts’

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, a global icon for education and women’s rights, is set to make a special appearance in the upcoming season of the British comedy series ‘We Are Lady Parts’. The sitcom, which has garnered international acclaim for its unique portrayal of an all-women Muslim punk band, is all set to return for its second season on the streaming platform Peacock.

The series, created, written, and directed by Nida Manzoor, is inspired by her experiences and the rich and diverse cultural collectives and artists in London. It follows the journey of the band ‘Lady Parts’, featuring the geeky Ph.D. student and lead guitarist Amina Hussein (played by Anjana Vasan) and the fierce and enigmatic front-woman Saira (played by Sarah Kameela Impey). The band also includes other talented actors like Juliette Motamed, Faith Omole, Lucie Shorthouse, Aiysha Hart, Zaqi Ismail, and Shobu Kapoor.

The second season of ‘We Are Lady Parts’ is set to premiere on May 30, with all six new episodes available for binge-watching. This season, the series will feature guest appearances by Malala Yousafzai and Indian writer Meera Syal. However, the details of Yousafzai’s role in the series have not been disclosed.

In the upcoming season, ‘Lady Parts’ returns with a renewed artistic mission after the high of their first UK tour, only to find a rival band threatening their delicate status quo. As the reality of chasing success sets in, the band embarks on recording their first album, juggling personal ambitions and deciding whether ‘making it big’ is really what they wanted.

Manzoor, in a note to fans, mentioned that the second season is “bolder, sillier, darker, and deeper” and explores "the interior lives of each of the women in more depth". The season poses the question, "What is success?". Manzoor wanted to explore the uncomfortable tension between art and commerce and ask how much compromise is too much.

This unexpected cameo by Malala Yousafzai, who has been a strong advocate for girls’ education since surviving a Taliban attack in 2012, adds an exciting dimension to the series. It will be interesting to see how her role unfolds in the sitcom and what message it brings to the audience.

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