8 January 1929 |
Malerkotla, Punjab, British India
Saeed Jaffrey OBE (Punjabi: ਸਈਦ ਜਾਫ਼ਰੀ, سعید جعفری; Hindi: सईद जाफ़री) (born 8 January 1929) is an Indian-born British actor, who has appeared in numerous British movies. He was born in Malerkotla, Punjab. His film credits include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Shatranj Ke Khiladi (The Chess Players) (1977), Gandhi (1982), A Passage to India (1965 BBC version and 1984 film), The Far Pavilions (1984), and My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). He has also appeared in many Bollywood films in the 1980s and 1990s. For television he has starred in Gangsters (1975–1978), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985–1987) and Little Napoleons (1994). He also appeared as Ravi Desai on Coronation Street as the father of Vikram Desai, the cousin of Dev Alahan and in Minder as Mr Mukerjee in Series 1 episode The Bengal Tiger.
Jaffrey attended Minto Circle, S.T High School, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, before going on to Wynberg Allen School, St. George's College, Mussoorie,and Allahabad University. He started his career by setting up a theatre company called Unity Theatre, at New Delhi. His early theatrical work included roles in productions of Tennessee Williams, Christopher Fry, Wilde, and Shakespeare. He did his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and went to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, where he took a second post-graduate degree in drama from The Catholic University of America. He also worked with actors including Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan. He starred in popular cinema directed by Satyajit Ray, James Ivory and Richard Attenborough. He is the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour to the United States.
He is also the first Asian to receive British and Canadian Academy Awards nominations, and also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama. He has also served as the Radio Director (1951–1956) for All India Radio and Director of Publicity and Advertising at the Government of India Tourist Office, U.S (1958–1960).
- 1978: Won: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Shatranj Ke Khiladi
- 1986: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-Ram Teri Ganga Maili
- 1992: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-Henna
- 1991: Best Actor: 12th annual Genie Awards, Masala
- 1988-89: TV series on Doordarshan: "Tandoori Nights."
- He was the first Indian actor to tour Shakespeare, taking his company across the United States.
- He was married to Madhur Jaffrey (divorced 1965). They have three daughters Meera, Zia, and Sakina Jaffrey, who is also an actress.
- He also appeared in the long-running British Soap Coronation Street for a short while.
- Hard Talk Interview of Saeed Jaffrey BBC NEWS Thursday, May 6, 1999 Published at 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
- BBC UK Desert Island Discs review of Saeed Jaffrey
- Screen Online credits
- Saeed Jaffrey at the Internet Movie Database
- Saeed Jaffrey at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Saeed Jaffrey at the Internet Broadway Database