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Waterloo Road
Waterloo Road: Shabana Bakhsh

Waterloo Road series three

Shabana Bakhsh plays Jasmine Koreshi

Describe Jasmine and her role at Waterloo Road


"Jasmine is a new English teacher, and has just graduated from college. She sometimes feels overwhelmed with the pupils, but can regain her confidence when pushed. She likes to have fun and doesn't like having to discipline the pupils, and sometimes feels she has little control over the class."


What three words would you use to describe Jasmine?


"Organised, confident inside, although she doesn't often show it, and compassionate."


What do you like about Jasmine?


"Jasmine likes to have fun and she can get down to the students' level, but she can get freaked out and upset too easily."


On the theme of inclusion this series, should pupils with different needs and abilities be educated within the mainstream system?


"Yes, as long as the appropriate staff are in place to help."


Which character at Waterloo Road does Jasmine most relate to?


"She likes to hang around with Tom Clarkson, but becomes friends with Davina."


How similar are you to Jasmine?


"We have football in common but, apart from that, we don't really have any similar interests."


What school did you go to?


"I went to Bellahouston Academy, in Glasgow. "


What is your favourite storyline coming up, and why?


"Jasmine gets into a bit of bother later on in the series, but I can't reveal the storyline so far in advance. It's brilliant, though, and worth tuning in for!"


What were your favourite subjects at school?


"I enjoyed drama, art and history, but my worst subject was maths."


Where were you born and brought up?


"In Glasgow, but I live in Manchester now."







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