12 September 1990 |
Jassa Ahluwalia (born September 12, 1990) is an English actor and presenter, most famous for his work on the BBC television series Some Girls, the film The Whale and presenting the Disney Junior TV show Art Attack.
Ahluwalia was born in Coventry, England. He is of English and Indian descent, and speaks fluent Punjabi. He has one sibling, Ramanique, who is an aspiring actress currently training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Ahluwalia grew up in Oadby, Leicester, where he attended first Launde Primary School, and later Beauchamp College, where he achieved 10 A* grades at GCSE and straight As at A Level. While at school, he had a number of small roles, including a speaking role in the film My Angel. Aged 19, he attained a place on the Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme, spending six weeks in China. He later attended University College London for one year, studying Spanish and Russian, before dropping out to pursue a television career.
In 2010, Ahluwalia got his big break when he successfully auditioned for the role of host in the children's television series Art Attack. He presented the show for one series in 2011, filming in Argentina, before being replaced by Lloyd Warbey.
In 2011, Ahluwalia begun work on his first, and as yet only album, entitled All Your Letters.
Ahluwalia's next big break was securing the recurring part of lovable badboy Rocky in BBC Three's Some Girls. He plays the love interest of the main character Viva, who is played by Adelayo Adedayo. The first season aired in 2012, with the second season arriving in 2013. He has to date featured in eight episodes.
A role in BBC One's Casualty was next, as he performed in an episode entitled "Seeing in the Dark", which aired on 27 October 2012. Ahluwalia had a small part in The Bible, where he played young David, slayer of Goliath. Filmed in Morocco, this miniseries screened on the History Channel in 2013.
Perhaps his best received performance to date was an appearance in the BBC drama Ripper Street, where he played Vincent Featherwell, a gay prostitute posing as a telegraph boy, in the episode "Threads of Silk and Gold", which was the fifth episode of the second series.
Ahluwalia featured again on BBC One in December 2013, in the film The Whale which tells the true story of the sinking of the whaleship Essex. He plays Owen Coffin, one of the sailors and a cousin of the ship's captain George Pollard, Jr.
In 2013, he produced a short film entitled Modern Man with director Sebastien Solberg. The film tells the story of an accidental time-traveling Cavewoman and her chance encounter with Rupert on the day he plans to propose to his girlfriend.
He has also filmed an as-yet unreleased film for NBC Universal.
- The Whale (2013) as Owen Coffin
- Ripper Street (2013) as Vincent Featherwell
- Some Girls (2012–13) as Rocky (8 episodes)
- The Bible (2013) as Young David
- El amor y otras desgracias (2013) as Mark
- Casualty (2012) as Bart Nowak
- Resistance (2011) as Russian Partisan (voice)
- My Angel (2011) as Phil
- Jassa's joy at his biggest role yet. Retrieved 21 December 2013
- Rise and rise of Jassa the giant killer. Retrieved 21 December 2013
- Exclusive Interview with Jassa Ahluwalia previewing tonight's RIPPER STREET. Retrieved 21 December 2013
- Some Girls – Exclusive interview with 'Rocky' Jassa Ahluwalia. Retrieved 21 December 2013
- Ripper Street Series 2 – Interview with Jassa Ahluwalia. Retrieved 21 December 2013
- Screen Terrier - The Whale. Retrieved 21 December 2013
- Jassa Ahluwalia talks Modern Man: A comedy 102,014 years in the making.... Retrieved 21 December 2013