'Christmas On Wheels': Meet Tiya Sircar and Michael Xavier, the cast of Lifetime's holiday movie

The film explores the theme of kindness and service to society with the template of celebration


                            'Christmas On Wheels': Meet Tiya Sircar and Michael Xavier, the cast of Lifetime's holiday movie
Michael Xavier and Tiya Sircar ( A+E Network)

All of us are eagerly awaiting the Christmas season. For film enthusiasts, Lifetime has come with a delightful plan to have a gala time with their family. The channel has announced its largest holiday movie slate ever for the network's annual ‘It’s a Wonderful Lifetime’ programming event. The movies will run from October 23 and continue to air till December 25 under the network's plan.

Of the festivity collection of 30 movies is one film ‘Christmas On Wheels’. Created on the template of celebration, the film explores the theme of kindness and service to society. The movie is a reverence to human bonds and relationships. So if you have not yet checked this film for your Christmas movie list, then have a look. Here we introduce the cast of this feel-good family-oriented ecstasy. 

Cast

Tiya Sircar

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Born in 1982 in Texas, Tiya Sircar is an actress with Indian roots. She is most prominently known for her roles in ‘The Good Place’, ‘Star Wars Rebels’, ‘The Internship’, ‘Miss India America’ and ‘17 Again’. Her parents who are both college professors invoked a love for the arts in her at a tender age. Sircar started taking part in performing arts like dancing at age three and went on to learn Indian classical and folk dance, ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern.

Sircar went to the University of Texas at Austin and got two bachelor's degrees: the first in business/marketing, and another in theater & dance. It was at this period that she realized that arts was her true calling. "I should've studied something like art history that I was really interested in," she reportedly said in an interview. "Because it turns out I didn't really enjoy my business degree. I had two separate lives in college. I had this very creative group of friends in my dance and theater program. And then there was this whole other side. I was actually in a business fraternity because all my friends joined it."

After her graduation, Sircar moved to Los Angeles to embark on a professional career. She recalled how there were not many South Asian actresses when she joined Hollywood back in the 2000s. "At the time, there weren't a lot of South Asian actresses at all, especially in my age range. I thought, maybe I'll just show up, and someone will be like, 'You! I need you in my next movie.' I really felt very good that there was a chance of that happening."

Tiya Sircar got a lead role in the ABC series ‘Alex, Inc.’ which was released in 2018. The series portrays Sircar as the wife to Zach Braff's character Alex Schuman who essays a mind-blowing radio host. Sircar also appeared on the NBC hit comedy ‘The Good Place’. In that series, she plays many shifting characters, from an altruistic human rights lawyer to a power-hungry demon. However, Sircar’s breakthrough point in career came with Disney/Lucas Film animated series ‘Star Wars Rebels’ and short-form interstitial series ‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ where she voiced the character of Sabine Wren.

Sircar has also featured in guest roles in Netflix's ‘Master of None’ and Fox's ‘The Mindy Project’. She has also employed her dramatic and comedic chops on ‘The Witches of East End’, ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘The Crazy Ones’, ‘Hannah Montana’ and ‘The Suite Life on Deck’. 

Michael Xavier

Michael Xavier and Tiya Sircar ( A+E Network)

Born in 1985 in Ontario, Canada, Xavier is an actor who has achieved success in the world of television shows. After graduating, Michael enrolled at Humber college to start with a career in acting. “With his acting versatility and instinctual prowess to get a rise out of an audience, he had no difficulty finding work in numerous film and TV productions after school”, CBC reported.

Michael has starred on Space Channel's series ‘Bitten’. He played the lead in the film ‘Deadly Inferno’ and was part of the ensemble cast of the 2017 romantic comedy film ‘A Swingers Weekend’ and CBC/Netflix drama series 'Northern Rescue’. His other credits include guest appearances on ‘Taken’, ‘The Bold Type’, ‘Kim’s Convenience’, ‘Rookie Blue’ and ‘Covert Affairs'. 

‘Christmas On Wheels’ will be released on November 14 at 8 pm ET on Lifetime.

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