|Born||1968 (age 45–46)
San Francisco, California
|Other names||Hari Dhillon
Hari Jamil Dillon
Hari Dillon (Punjabi: ਹਰੀ ਢਿੱਲੋਂ (Gurmukhi), ہری ڈھلوں (Shahmukhi), हरी ढिल्लों (Devanagari)), also rendered Hari Dhillon or Harry Dillon, is an American television, film and stage actor, best known for playing Mr Michael Spence in over 100 episodes of the British television medical drama series Holby City. On 20 December 2011, Dillon's character appeared to leave the show, although there had been no publicity to say that Dhillon was leaving, and he returned on the 27th December 2011, deciding to return after saving a young boy's life in Ukraine.
Early life and education
Dillon was born and raised in San Francisco. He spent nine months of his childhood in India. He took one acting class at UC Berkeley in his senior year at San Francisco State University. After graduation, he worked as a prison AIDS educator in California and Hawaii before setting up a theatre company in San Francisco with friends. In 1994, he attended drama school in the United Kingdom.
Dillon originally appeared in Holby City in 2001 as recurring minor character Dr. Sunil Gupta, before returning in November 2007 as consultant Michael Spence. His appearances in US TV shows include Medium, Charmed, Without a Trace and The Loop. He also had minor, unnamed roles in the films Cradle 2 the Grave, Wit and Entrapment.
Dhillon's theatre roles include the premiere production of Charles L. Mee's A Perfect Wedding, which was the inaugural production of the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, and the original production of Stephen Belber's Drifting Elegant at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, which was later developed into a feature film. In London, he appeared in the original production of Helen Edmundson's Mother Teresa Is Dead at the Royal Court Theatre.
- Dream Team (1997)
- Arabian Nights (2000)
- Trial & Retribution (1 episode, 2000)
- Lawless Heart (2001)
- The Agency (1 episode, 2002)
- She Spies (1 episode, 2003)
- Charmed (2 episodes, 2005)
- Medium (1 episode, 2005)
- Mr. Nice Guy (2006)
- Without a Trace (1 episode, 2007)
- The Loop (5 episodes, 2007)
- Holby City (109 episodes, 2001–2003, 2007-2013)
Dhillon has had positive reviews for many of the stage plays in which he performed. These include Mother Teresa Is Dead (2002), Royal Court Theatre, London, Drifting Elegant (2004), Magic Theatre, San Francisco, A Perfect Wedding (2004), Kirk Douglas Theatre, Los Angeles, and Morbidity and Mortality (2006), Magic Theatre, San Francisco.
Of Dhillon's performance as Dr. Anil Petal in the stage play Morbidity and Mortality, reviewer Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote "Dhillon is terrific as a modest misanthrope cured by ultra-awkward amour"' while theater critic Robert Hurwitt of San Francisco Chronicle wrote his performance was "engagingly candid".
Awards and nominations
- "Holby City character Michael Spence". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- "Star's girlfriend is worried about his new love: 5 minutes with Hari Dhillon". Glasgow Evening Times. 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- Zeenat Moosa (2009-11-23). "Hari Dhillon - Holby City and the National Television Awards (interview)". The Asian Today. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- "Hari Dhillon Interview". holby.tv (fansite). 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2010-01-12.[dead link]
- "Familiar face at Holby". Metro. 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "Hari Dhillon partial filmography". New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- Terry Morgan (2004-11-11). "Douglas Theatre Opens for Mee". Back Stage West. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- Dennis Harvey (2006-10-17). "Drifting Elegant". Variety. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- Paul Taylor (2002-07-02). "Mother Teresa Is Dead, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- Robert Hurwitt (2004-05-05). "Rape metaphor pervasive in fuzzy "Drifting Elegant"". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- Terry Morgan (2004-11-11). "A Perfect Wedding (review)". Back Stage West. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- Harvey, Dennis (9 March 2006). "theater review: Morbidity and Mortality". Variety. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- Robert Hurwitt (2006-03-06). "Smart and affecting, "Morbidity" deals with infant death". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-01-13.