Chris Bisson

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Chris Bisson
Christopher Paul Bisson

(1975-07-21) 21 July 1975 (age 43)
Years active1989–present
Partner(s)Rowena Finn (2006–present)

Christopher Paul Bisson (born 21 July 1975) is a British actor of Trinidadian descent best known for portraying the roles of Vikram Desai in Coronation Street (1999–2002), Kash Karib in Shameless (2004–07, 2009), and for his current role as Jai Sharma in Emmerdale (since 2009).


Bisson first appeared on television as J.J. in Children's Ward in 1990. He went on to appear in Prime Suspect and Holby City, Vikram Desai in Coronation Street, Saleem Khan in East Is East[citation needed], Kash Karib in Shameless and Jai Sharma in Emmerdale. He appeared in Perfect Day: The Wedding (2005), Perfect Day: The Funeral (2006; Channel 5) and the feature film Stepdad (filmed in February 2007). He participated in the Channel 4 documentary Empire's Children (2007).

Bisson appeared in the Valentine's Day 2009 episode of Casualty, and on the latest series of Hotel Babylon.[citation needed] He returned to make a one-off appearance in Shameless in April 2009, where his character was killed off.

In September 2009, Bisson joined the cast of Emmerdale as part of the newly cast Sharma family, playing Jai Sharma.[1] Bisson temporarily departed Emmerdale on 24 January 2013, due to the birth of his child. He later returned at the end of March 2013.

Bisson appeared in the second series of the ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!.[citation needed] He and his family appeared on All Star Family Fortunes in October 2011.

In 2012, he appeared in the CBBC series 12 Again where he revealed he once failed to show up for a date at the cinema with Anna Friel at the time.

On 15 December 2013, Bisson took part in The Chase: Celebrity Special to raise money for his selected charity.

On 18 June 2014, he took part in All Star Mr & Mrs with his partner.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Bisson was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester. His father is from Trinidad. Bisson is Catholic.[3]


  1. ^ "Chris Bisson to star in Emmerdale" Archived August 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ "All Star Mr & Mrs Episode 2". 18 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. ^ Blake, Veronica (24 August 2010). "Chicken Tikka Masala - Chris Bisson interview". Retrieved 5 May 2015. No, I'm Catholic.

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