Misfits star Lauren Socha admits assault charge in court

Lauren Socha
Lauren Socha plays the part of Kelly in the Channel 4 series Misfits

Misfits star Lauren Socha has admitted racially aggravated assault at the start of her court case in Derby.

The Bafta-winning actress had originally denied the charge but changed her plea at the beginning of her trial.

The 21-year-old was accused of assaulting taxi driver Sakandar Iqbal last year.

She's been sentenced to a four-month jail term, suspended for one year and must do 80 hours of community service.

She'll also have to pay compensation to her victim and court costs.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said the assault took place in Derby city centre last October.

Socha, from Littleover in Derby, won the best supporting actress award at the Baftas in 2010 for her role as Kelly in Misfits.

It was the only prize for the Channel 4 comedy drama about superhero teen delinquents which had led the shortlist with four nominations.