Chris Bisson

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Chris Bisson
Born Christopher Paul Bisson
(1975-07-21) 21 July 1975 (age 39)
Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Partner(s) Rowena Finn (2006–present)
Children Harry (b. 2013)

Christopher Paul Bisson (born 21 July 1975 in Wythenshawe, Manchester) is an English actor, best known for playing Jai Sharma in the ITV soap-opera Emmerdale since 2009.


Bisson first appeared on television as J.J. in Children's Ward in 1990.

Bisson went on to appear in Prime Suspect and Holby City, Vikram Desai in Coronation Street, Kash Karib in Shameless and Jai Sharma in Emmerdale.

Bisson appeared in Perfect Day: The Wedding (2005), Perfect Day: The Funeral (2006; Channel 5) and the feature film Stepdad (filmed in February 2007). He participated in the Channel 4 documentary Empire's Children (2007).

He has appeared on the Valentine's Day 2009 episode of Casualty, and on the latest series of Hotel Babylon.[citation needed] He returned to make a one-off appearance in Shameless in April 2009.

In September 2009, Bisson joined the cast of Emmerdale as part of the newly cast Sharma family, playing Jai Sharma.[1] Bisson temporarily departed Emmerdale on 24 January 2013, due to the birth of his child. He later returned at the end of March 2013.


Bisson played Saleem Khan in the film East is East.

Guest appearances[edit]

Bisson also appeared in the second series of the ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!.

Bisson and his family appeared on All Star Family Fortunes in October 2011.

In 2012, he appeared in the CBBC series 12 Again where he revealed he once failed to show up for a date at the cinema with Anna Friel at the time.

On 15 December 2013, Bisson took part in The Chase: Celebrity Special to win money for charity.

On 18 June 2014, he took part in All Star Mr & Mrs with his partner.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is West Indian as both his parents are from Trinidad. Bisson is Catholic.[3] He has been with his partner, Rowena Finn, since 2006 and she gave birth to their son, Harry, in 2013.[4]


  1. ^ "Chris Bisson to star in Emmerdale"
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  3. ^ Blake, Veronica (2010-08-24). "Chicken Tikka Masala - Chris Bisson interview". Retrieved 20120-04-26. "No, I’m Catholic." 
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