Raza Jaffrey

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Raza Jaffrey
Zafar Younis (Spooks).JPG
Born 1974/1975 (age 39–40)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Occupation Actor, singer
Spouse(s) Miranda Raison
(2007–2009; divorced)
Partner(s) Lara Pulver
(2013–present)

Raza Jaffrey (born 1974/1975)[1] is a British Indian actor and singer, best known for playing Zafar Younis on the BBC One spy drama series Spooks. In 2014, he played Pakistani Lieutenant Colonel Aasar Khan in season 4 of the Showtime series Homeland.

Early life[edit]

Jaffrey was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, the son of an Indian sea captain from Agra and an English mother from Liverpool. He grew up in London and was educated at Dulwich College (1986–1991), alongside fellow Spooks actor Rupert Penry-Jones.[2] He studied English and Drama at Manchester University, and studied acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He intended to join the Royal Air Force as a pilot after leaving Manchester University.[3]

While at university, he appeared in a number of plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including The London Vertigo by Brian Friel, and at the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival, including Henry VIII and A Comedy of Errors. In his final year at Manchester, he worked with Royal Shakespeare Company chief associate director Gregory Doran, which he has cited as one of the things that led him to apply for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and eventually go on to become a professional actor. Throughout his time at Manchester, he was also the lead singer of a jazz funk band.

Career[edit]

Jaffrey has worked extensively on stage, appearing in Romeo and Juliet (Haymarket Theatre), Cyrano De Bergerac (Theatre Royal), East Is East (Oldham Coliseum), and 14 Songs 2 Weddings and A Funeral (Lyric Hammersmith, Birmingham Repertory Theatre). His break came in 2001 when he was cast as Sky in Mamma Mia! at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. From this, he went on to land the leading role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of A. R. Rahman's Bombay Dreams at the Apollo Theatre, London, directed by Steven Pimlott.[4] He won rave reviews for his performance, with the BBC hailing him as "the most exciting new leading man to emerge in a London musical since Hugh Jackman became an overnight star in the National Theatre production of Oklahoma".[5]

After leaving Bombay Dreams he appeared in ITV1's M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team, the HBO/BBC co-production Dirty War, and the three part BBC drama Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee. In 2005, he began work on the BBC One spy drama series Spooks as agent Zafar Younis. During this time, he returned to the stage, playing Orsino in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Albery Theatre, London, and was cast in the David Cronenberg film Eastern Promises.

Jaffrey left Spooks to join the BBC One drama series Mistresses and went on to star in Sharpe's Peril and the films Infinite Justice, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Kara Film Festival,[6] The Crew, and Harry Brown. In 2010, he appeared in Sex and the City 2 as Gaurav. He then went on to star as cheating boyfriend Mike in the BBC1 comedy Accidental Farmer.

In 2011, he appeared as the French supervillain Cain on the NBC superhero drama The Cape before working for NBC again on the Steven Spielberg produced drama Smash, airing in early 2012. In Smash, he played Dev, the English boyfriend of a rising Broadway star,[7] working as a press officer in the New York Mayor's office.[8] He did not return to the show for its second season.[9][10]

Jaffrey still continues to sing and has performed in a number of concert productions, including singing at the London Palladium with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,[11] and with the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Radio 2. He was also the creator and co-producer of the dance show RED, a celebration of dozens of styles of movement and dance, brought together by their influences on and from India. He took the show to Johannesburg's Nelson Mandela Theatre.[12] He played the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago at the Garrick Theatre in London.

Personal life[edit]

Jaffrey married fellow Spooks actress Miranda Raison in September 2007, shortly after he left the show. They divorced in November 2009.[1][13] As of September 2013, he is dating actress Lara Pulver.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Dirty War Rashid Dhar
2006 Infinite Justice Kamal Khan
2007 Eastern Promises Doctor Aziz
2008 The Crew Keith Thompson
2009 Harry Brown Father Bracken
2010 Sex and the City 2 Butler Gaurav

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 EastEnders Mr. Datani
2002 Casualty Hakkan Tahsin
2004–2007 Spooks Zafar Younis 23 episodes
2005 Murder Investigation Team Kareem Dobar Episode: "Phone Tag"
2005 Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee Krishan
2008 Sharpe's Peril Lance Naik Singh
2008–2009 Mistresses Hari 12 episodes
2011 The Cape Cain / Raimonde LeFleur Episode: "Tarot"
2012 Smash Dev Sundaram Season 1
2014 Death in Paradise Adam Frost
2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Taj 3 episodes
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Defense Lawyer 1 episode
2014 Elementary Andrew Mittal 2 episodes
2014 Homeland Aasar Khan 6 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kay, Nathan (15 November 2009). "'Spooks dating agency' couple spied leading separate lives". London: Daily Mail. 34-year-old 
  2. ^ "Eminent OAs, Drama: Penry-Jones, Rupert". Dulwich College. 
  3. ^ Paton, Maureen (1 November 2008). "In a taxi with... Raza Jaffrey". Daily Mail (London). 
  4. ^ Apollo Victoria Theatre
  5. ^ "Drama Faces: Raza Jaffrey". BBC. August 2005. 
  6. ^ Dehlavi Films
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (25 February 2011). "NBC’s ‘Grimm’ And ‘Smash’ Add To Casts". Deadline Hollywood. 
  8. ^ Eng, Joyce (5 March 2011). "Anjelica Huston Joins NBC's Smash". TV Guide. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 2012). "'Smash' Shakeup: Four Stars Axed From Second Season". Hollywood Reoprter. 
  10. ^ "UPDATED: Brian d'Arcy James, Will Chase, Jaime Cepero and Raza Jaffrey Not Returning as Regulars on SMASH". Broadway World. May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lyrics by Don Black - BBC Radio 2 concert". 17 July 2008. 
  12. ^ RED: The Indian Dance Spectacular
  13. ^ Boffey, Daniel (2 May 2010). "Hand in hand, Miranda the Spook and her 'Married, Single Other' co-star". London: Daily Mail. Jaffrey, 35 
  14. ^ Jones, Alice (30 April 2013). "The naked truth about Lara Pulver". The Independent (London). 

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