Sayan has worked extensively as an actor in theatre. Recently she appeared in The Recreation Quartet, four plays as part of the Coventry Mysteries project and participated in Tiny Shows at So & So Arts Club.
She has also appeared in television and film. She played Carolyn Dyson, Cindy Beale’s lawyer in BBC’s EastEnders in a storyline where Cindy went to court and won the children back from Ian. She also played Gabrielle Smith, Mike Baldwin’s lawyer in Granada’s Coronation Street and got him out of a tricky situation as well. She has played other roles in Casualty, Doctors, the Bill and The Paradise Club. In The C4’s The Big Battalions she played Lamis, the girlfriend of the main character, Yousef, (played by Alexander Siddig) and she played the character of Sam in the whole of the first season of BBC’s Moveable Feasts.
She also played the Punk Rocker in Isaac Julien’s cult film, Young Soul Rebels.
Sayan played Joyce in the original production of Lin Coghlan’s A Feeling in My Bones at Theatre Centre, with John Dower, Roy Williams and Rosy Fordham, directed by Philip Osment.
At the Belgrade Theatre Sayan played Ginny in Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, with Matthew Cottle, Kim Hartman and Alan Rothwell; Beryl Stapleton in Hound of the Baskervilles; Constance in She Stoops to Conquer; Olivia in Twelfth Night; Marjorie in The Good Companions (also musical director); Aladdin in Aladdin and Alice in Dick Whittington.
She was in A Hard Rain at The Royal Theatre, Northampton, community tour.
At the Mercury Theatre, Colchester she played Jill Rillington in Ayckbourn’s Man of the Moment, directed by John Adams; Constance in She stoops to Conquer; Eustacia Vye in Andrew Rattenbury’s adaptation of Return of the Native, directed by Pat Trueman; Janet Ormund in J.B.Priestly’s I Have Been Here Before, directed by Bob Eaton.
At the Swan Theatre, Worcester she played Maria Kemble in Claire Luckham’s Dramatic Attitudes of Miss Fanny Kemble and Lola in Bob Eaton’s musical, Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb.
At the New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme, Sayan played Lydia Lubey in All My Sons, directed by Mike Kay; Ameera in Soldiers Three, with music by renowned folk singer Peter Bellamy and musical director John Kirkpatrick; She was also in one of Peter Cheeseman’s legendary musical documentaries, The Dirty Hill and played Brigit in Bob Eaton’s Good Golly Miss Molly.
In 1991 Sayan performed in Kali Theatre Company’s inaugural production as Kamla in Rukhsana Ahmad’s Song for a Sanctuary, directed by Rita Wolf.
She played Moon in Lorca’s Blood Wedding for the Asian Co-op Theatre, Half Moon Theatre and national tour, in a cast that included Meera Syal, Janet Steel and Mona Hammond.
In 1989 Sayan dragged up as a man and played Victor the piano player in Martin Sherman’s Bent, a benefit production for Stonewall at the Adelphi Theatre. It was directed by Sean Mathias and the cast included Michael Cashman, Ian McKellen, Ian Charleson, Alex Jennings, Ralph Fiennes, Richard E. Grant.
Sayan was in Factory Follies at Croydon Warehouse; At the Oval House Theatre she played the Narrator in 72 Days; She played the Mother in Bloody Elektra, which later transferred to The Albany and she played Ria in Hot Doris The Musical, by Brendan Murray and The Hot Doris Band.
She studied Micetro Improvisation with Keith Johnstone.