Netflix’s One Day isn’t the first time star Ambika Mod has broken our hearts

Netflix’s One Day isn’t the first time star Ambika Mod has broken our hearts

Ambika plays Emma in the new TV adaptation of the best-selling novel (Picture: Netflix)

Ever since One Day dropped on Netflix, people around the world have been left in floods of tears.

Based on the 2009 novel of the same name, the show starring Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod comes more than a decade after a film adaptation was made with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

Leo, 27, and Ambika, 28, play Dexter and Emma respectively, whose relationship is depicted across a 20-year period, which viewers only get to see on one day of the year, July 15.

While TV fans might know Leo from his recent role in the second season of The White Lotus, Ambika’s previously best-known performance left people feeling absolutely broken hearted.

The actress and comedian appeared in This Is Going to Hurt in 2022, the TV adaptation of doctor Adam Kay’s best-selling memoir.

Who did Ambika Mod play in This is Going to Hurt?

Ambika played the role of Shruti in This Is Going To Hurt, a trainee doctor who works closely with Adam (Ben Whishaw).

Ambika received critical acclaim for her performance in This Is Going To Hurt (Picture: BBC/Sister/AMC/Anika Molnar)

Plenty of fans have already watched One Day from start to finish (Picture: Netflix/AP)

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The pair work in an obstetrics and gynaecology ward, which Shruti finds to be a very stressful environment.

This Is Going To Hurt was Ambika’s first acting role, having first embarked on her career in entertainment by focusing on comedy.

‘I’ve wanted to be an actor since I was a kid, but I found comedy and it swept me away,’ she told The Guardian at the time of the drama’s release.

She added: ‘Comedy was definitely my way into this role. Shruti is nowhere near the funniest character in the show but it was about finding moments where I could add levity.’

What happens to Shruti in This is Going To Hurt? (Spoilers ahead)

At the end of episode six of This Is Going To Hurt, it’s revealed that Shruti died by suicide.

Ben Whishaw’s Adam is shown in the BBC drama finding out what happened to Shruti (Picture: Sister/BBC)

Before it’s revealed to viewers what happened to her, Shruti turns to the camera, breaking the fourth wall as she says: ‘I’m sorry, I really did try.’

When Adam next goes to work, he walks into the hospital to find other members of the medical staff distraught.

‘What’s going on? What happnened?’ he asks, as his colleague Tracy (Michele Austin) says to him: ‘Adam… I don’t know what she was thinking.’

As Tracy hugs Adam, police officers are shown going to the home of Shruti’s parents, while the episode ends with Adam breaking down in tears while on his own.

One viewer stressed that Ambika deserved as much recognition for her performance in the series as Ben (Picture: BBC/Sister/AMC/Anika Molnar)

Reacting to This Is Going To Hurt and Shruti’s storyline when the show came out two years ago, Dr Sethina Watson wrote on X: ‘I’m sure I’ve done a shift with Shruti. I know her. I’ve been her.

‘Well I haven’t. But her acting is so brilliant I feel like I have. Ambika Mod deserves as much accolade as Ben Whishaw.’

‘This episode of #ThisIsGoingToHurt highlights the true reality of mental health problems in healthcare professionals. Sadly I know a Shruti, and I imagine many people working in the NHS do too. Look after each other in this job,’ added emergency medicine trainee Daryl.

One Day is available to watch on Netflix. This Is Going To Hurt is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Need support?

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

If you’re a young person, or concerned about a young person, you can also contact PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide UK. Their HOPELINK digital support platform is open 24/7, or you can call 0800 068 4141, text 07860039967 or email: pat@papyrus-uk.org between the hours of 9am and midnight.

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