Jimi Mistry

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Jimi Mistry
Born (1973-01-01) 1 January 1973 (age 41)
Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, DJ
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Meg Leonard (2001–10) (divorced)
Flavia Cacace (2013—)

Jimi Mistry (born 1 January 1973) is a British actor. He is known for his roles in EastEnders and East is East. He has appeared in numerous films such as Blood Diamond, The Guru, Exam, West Is West, Ella Enchanted and The Truth About Love. He has appeared in TV series such as Nearly Famous and series two of The Syndicate.

Mistry currently plays personal trainer and gym owner Kal Nazir in Coronation Street.

Early life and education[edit]

Mistry was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to an Indian Hindu father and an Irish Roman Catholic mother.[1][2] He was brought up in his mother's Catholic faith[3] and attended St. James' Catholic High School in Cheadle Hulme (1985–88) before his family moved to Cardiff where he attended Radyr Comprehensive School. He trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.[2]


Mistry first gained exposure playing Dr Fred Fonseca on BBC TV's EastEnders, and has since worked on film and stage. His work includes starring roles in East is East, The Guru with Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei, Blood Diamond alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla and Partition alongside Kristin Kreuk. He can be seen in the Warner Bros. film 2012 from director Roland Emmerich alongside John Cusack, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet and Thandie Newton, and the BAFTA-nominated movie Exam. In 2010 he appeared in Gurinder Chadha's new film It's a Wonderful Afterlife which premiered at the 2010 Sundance film festival; Basement, a horror film with Danny Dyer; and West is West, the sequel to East is East.[4] Mistry has also produced/written and starred in a music documentary about Ibiza entitled And The Beat Goes On, exploring the history of the island, the birth of House Music and the art of the DJ. DJs involved in the film include Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Nicky Holloway, David Guetta, Brandon Block, Alfredo, Pete Tong and Danny Tenaglia. He regularly DJs in clubs across UK and Europe.

He joined the soap Coronation Street in November 2013 as Khalid Nazir, a fitness coach and former soldier.

Mistry competed in the 2010 series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, partnered by Flavia Cacace and was eliminated on week 7.[5]

Strictly Come Dancing performances[edit]

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) 6 7 6 7 26 N/A
2 Foxtrot / Fever 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
3 Rumba / Ain't No Sunshine 6 7 6 6 25 Safe
4 Charleston / Do Your Thing 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
5 Paso Doble / Thriller 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
6 Quickstep / Mr Pinstripe Suit 7 8 8 9 32 Eliminated

Personal life[edit]

Mistry lived with Meg Leonard from 1993; they married in 2001 and divorced in March 2010. They have one daughter, Elin Leonard Mistry, born 13 May 2001. He currently resides in Crouch End, London with his wife, dancer Flavia Cacace, who was his professional dance partner on Strictly Come Dancing in October-November 2010.[3][6][7] They married in December 2013.[8]




  1. ^ "''Jimi Mistry Talks About "The Guru"''". Movies.about.com. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Warren, T.S. "Divided we stand". Ottawa Xpress Film. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Celebrities - Jimi Mistry". BBC. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  4. ^ ‘West is West’ , Macleans magazine, Toronto, Canada, 11 September 2010.Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Jimi Mistry well backed to win Strictly Come Dancing". 
  6. ^ Interview, "This is Lancashire"[dead link]
  7. ^ "Jimi Mistry Biography". Movies.yahoo.com. 13 May 2001. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Perry, Keith (30 December 2013). "Jimi Mistry marries Strictly Come Dancing star Flavia Cacace". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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