Nitin Ganatra

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Nitin Ganatra
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Ganatra at the 2011 British Soap Awards.
Born (1968-02-21)21 February 1968
Occupation Actor
Known for EastEnders, Mumbai Calling
Spouse(s) Meera (17 July 2004–present)

Nitin Chandra Ganatra (born 21st February 1968) is a Kenyan-born British actor.

Early and personal life[edit]

Both sides of his family have origins in Gujarat which were explored on-screen in the 2013 series of Who Do You Think You Are?.[1] His great grandfather arrived in Kenya in the late 1890s as one of 32,000 contracted labourers to build the Uganda Railway.[2] One of under 10,000 to stay in the country after the railways completion, his grandfather and later his father joined the families general trading business.[2]

After Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom and forced the native Indian population to choose between Kenya and their British passports, in 1971 aged 3 he moved with his family to Coventry, where the family still own a corner shop.[2][3][4]

He was educated at Coundon Court School and Community College on Northbrook Road, and then studied Drama, Film and TV at the University of Bristol. He went on to train under the tutelage of the late Master theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski.

Nitin married Meera on 17 July 2004. The couple have two children, and the family currently live in North London.


He is known internationally as Prince Pondicherry in the Tim Burton film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He also appears in the Gurinder Chada film Bride and Prejudice as Kholi Saab and The Mistress of Spices as Haroun, and Dev Raja in Mumbai Calling. He also appeared in the first ever iPod commercial. Ganatra also appeared in an episode of The Catherine Tate Show, as Joanie Taylor's daughter's partner.

Other appearances include the TV show Jane Hall, the CBBC television show Gina's Laughing Gear, a character in Meet the Magoons playing himself, a semi lead role as Rez, brother of main character Shifty, in the 2008 British cult film Shifty about a Muslim crack-cocaine dealer, and Martin Soper in Twenty Twelve. He also appeared in Being April with Pauline Quirke playing Sinil.


Since 16 October 2007, Nitin has played regular character Masood Ahmed in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He won 'Best Onscreen Partnership' alongside Nina Wadia at the 2009 British Soap Awards. He also appears in the 2010 spin-off series EastEnders: E20. He was also nominated for "Best Actor" at the British Soap Awards 2010.


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