He made his television debut in King of the Ghetto in 1986 and played the serious minded shop keeper, Ashraf Karim, in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders (1987–1990). Since leaving EastEnders he has appeared in the BBC comedy Waiting for God (1993), Brothers in Trouble (1995), Call Red (1996), Out of Sight (1996–1998), The Bill (1999), Hope & Glory (2000), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) and Second Generation (2003) among others. On stage, Sachak's has appeared in Ayub Khan-Din's production of East Is East at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, in 2005.
Whilst appearing in EastEnders, Sachak was declared bankrupt after incurring gambling debts, which led to him being evicted from his home. Sachak has commented: "I felt like I was stuck in hell, I even thought about suicide."
Sachack, defendant # T20111217-1, was committed for trial for fraud and other offences on 22 September 2011 at Ealing Magistrates Court and the case was finally determined on 24 August 2012. A confiscation and forfeiture order under the Proceeds of Crime Acct 2002 was made against Sachak together with a custodial sentence for 3 years imprisonment. He was convicted for two crimes between 15 January 2007 and 31 December 2009 committed whilst on bail for another offence.
- Aftab Sachak at the Internet Movie Database
- Court file = http://dl.dropbox.com/u/55096653/aftab%20sachak.pdf
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