Later, however, she decided she did not want any action to be taken against her family and failed to turn up as a witness in court on Monday.
According to some reports this is because she feared that pursuing the case would put her in ‘genuine danger’.
"She expresses forgiveness towards her brother," the judge said, reading from the letter. He had been drinking." In the Harry Potter films Miss Azad played a witch who was in the same year as the teenage wizard, played by Daniel Radcliffe, at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry.
"She expresses good feelings about her family in general and brother in particular. She expresses concern about being estranged from her family." Peter Clarke, mitigating, said the family were "extremely proud" of her film career and blamed the defendant's drinking before the attack for the incident. She first appeared as her character, the identical twin sister of Parvati Patil, in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire and also starred in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, the final film in the saga.
But Judge Roger Thomas QC sent him to prison for six months after he pleaded guilty to the assault.
"This persistent attack was accompanied by serious and very hurtful abuse and threats," he told the defendant.
The court heard that she had been so terrified by the violent confrontation that Afshan fled through her bedroom window after her father, Abul Azad (53) and brother Ashraf (28) called her a prostitute, assaulted and threatened to kill her.
"He grabbed her by the hair and pulled her up from the floor, dragging her downstairs to her father's bedroom." She was pushed on to her father's bed, with her brother shouting: "Sort your daughter out! The defendant then grabbed her by the neck and began to throttle her, the court heard.
"She was genuinely fearing for her life." The assault left Miss Azad with swelling, grazes and bruises around her eyes, face, left ear, forehead and forearms.
Both her father and brother were originally charged with making threats to kill her and her brother was also charged with assault.
"He then grabbed her hair and threw her across the room," the prosecutor said.
"He pulled her by the hair and threw her on the floor. The defendant began punching her with clenched fists to her back and head area." As the actress cowered in a ball on the floor, her brother's wife, Sonia, who also lived at the address, came into the room and tried to push him away.