Laila started her career in London as a model working for the likes of Channel and doing pop videos for artists like Terence Trent D’arby and Aswad to name but a few.
After doing a small stint in drama school she decided to pack her bags and head to India where she was immediately asked to be an in house Video Jockey for Asia’s leading music channel, Channel V. During her 5 year stay in Mumbai she worked for BBC World hosting the popular show Style with Rahul Bose and TNT’s Dinner and a Movie. It was during this time that she was spotted by up and coming Director Aditya Bhattacharya who asked her to play the female lead opposite Lothaire Bluteau in his second feature film Senso Unico. It was while she was making this film that she got the acting bug and went on to play the lead character Nandita in critically acclaimed film Split Wide Open and Amy in The Sandstorm. During a flying visit to London she met Hollywood Director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) who offered her a part in his film The Four Feathers. After she finished filming The Four Feathers in Morocco she decided to unpack her bags for the last time and stay in London.