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18 January 1982
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Makarem is currently known for playing cast regular Nikhil Sharma in Emmerdale. He has also starred in BBC's Torchwood- Children of Earth alongside John Barrowman and has featured in ITV period drama Foyle's War as well as period feature film "Anton Chekhov's The Duel". Other acting credits include Consent for Channel 4 and ITV comedy "FM".
He is a classically-trained actor, graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and won a Laurence Olivier Bursary in 2004 in association with the Society of London Theatre.
Alongside his acting career, he is an established song writer and is currently working on/arranging material for himself and other well-known performance artists.
In August 2011, he completed an Extreme Cycle Challenge for charity with Team Emmerdale, cycling 224 miles in less than 24 hours, from Emmerdale to EastEnders, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.
On 16 May 2013, it was announced that Rik was leaving his role in Emmerdale. His final appearance was in the episode broadcast on Tuesday 20 August 2013 when his character, Nikhil Sharma, departed the Dales for a new life in Toronto with his daughter, Molly, following the murder of his wife, Genesis Walker.
In October 2013, it was announced that Rik would be appearing as "Toby" in Passing By at the Tristan Bates theatre in Covent Garden. The play, which also starred James Cartwright as "Simon", ran from 5 November to 30 November 2013 and was highly acclaimed by both critics and theatregoers.
In January 2014; Rik announced that he would be appearing as Emmett in Morris Panych's, The Dishwashers. The play which is being directed by Nikolai Foster also stars David Essex as Dressler, Andrew Jarvis as Moss and Jared Garfield as Burroughs. The play, which has received some great reviews, opened at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 31st January (until 15th February) before starting a tour on 17th February at Newcastle Upon Tyne moving on to Richmond, Bromley, Malvern, Brighton, Nottingham, ending its run on 12th April in Cambridge.
|2006||Without Walls||Witness (Lead)||Short film|
|2010||Anton Chekhov's The Duel||Atchmianov||Feature Film|
|2004||C-JAQ||Jake||10 part series|
|2009||FM||James||1 episode: Video Killed the Radio Star|
|Torchwood||Dr. Rupesh Patanjali||Series 3 Children of Earth: Day One|
|2009 — 2013||Emmerdale||Nikhil Sharma||Series regular|
|2010||Foyle's War||Simon Rothstein||1 episode: The Hide|
- "Macmillan.org". Retrieved 24 February 2012.
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