Chris Bisson

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Chris Bisson
Christopher Paul Bisson

(1975-07-21) 21 July 1975 (age 44)
Years active1989–present
Partner(s)Rowena Finn (2006–present)

Christopher Paul Bisson (born 21 July 1975) is a British actor of Indian Trinidadian and British 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, Holby City and Vikram Desai in Coronation Street. Then as 'Saleem Khan' in the 1999 film East Is East.[1] 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).[2]

Bisson appeared in the Valentine's Day 2009 episode of Casualty,[3] and on the last series of Hotel Babylon. He returned to make a one-off appearance in Shameless in April 2009, where his character was killed off.[3]

In September 2009, Bisson joined the cast of Emmerdale,[1] as part of the newly cast Sharma family, playing Jai Sharma.[4] 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!.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Bisson was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester. His father is from Trinidad. Bisson is Catholic.[7]



Year Title Role
1999 East Is East Saleem Khan
2001 Understanding Jane Off Licence Storekeeper
2005 Chicken Tikka Masala Jimi
Izzat male in the telephone booth
Four Brothers and a Funeral (Short) Ram
2007 Death of a Socialist (Short) Charlie


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Children's Ward J. J. TV Series, 13 episodes
1996 Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement Nazir TV Mini-Series, 2 episodes
1998 The Cops Omar Assi TV Series, 1 episode
1998-2005 Where the Heart Is Kahil (1998) / Jimmy (2005) TV Series, 2 episodes
1999 Coronation Street: After Hours Vikram Desai TV Series, 6 episodes
1999-2002 Coronation Street Vikram Desai TV Series, 70 episodes
2003 Indian Dream Surender (listed as Christopher Bisson) (TV Movie)
Spoilt Johnny (TV Movie)
2004 Holby City Mark Watkins (listed as Christopher Bisson) TV Series, 1 episode
The Afternoon Play Digger TV Series, 1 episode
2004-2009 Shameless Kash / Kash Karib TV Series, 19 episodes
2005 Perfect Day Billy (listed as Christopher Bisson) (TV Movie)
10:96: Training Night PC David Sands (TV Movie)
2006 Perfect Day: The Funeral Billy (listed as Christopher Bisson) (TV Mini-Series), 1 episode
Magnolia Dino (listed as Christopher Bisson) (TV Movie)
New Street Law Sammi Kaswa TV Series, 1 episode
Manchester Passion Barabbas (listed as Christopher Bisson) (TV Movie)
2006-2009 Doctors Des Lawrenson (2006) / James Guple (2009) TV Series, 2 episodes
2008 Stepdad Doctor (TV Movie)
Echo Beach Amit Gurai (listed as Christopher Bisson) TV Series, 1 episode
2009 Casualty Carl (listed as Christopher Bisson) TV Series, 1 episode
Hotel Babylon Omar (listed as Christopher Bisson) TV Series, 1 episode
2009-2019 Emmerdale Jai Sharma (listed as Christopher Bisson) TV Series, 1,095 episodes


  1. ^ a b Shields, Danielle (6 January 2017). "East Is East: where are they now?". OK! Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Empire's Children". Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Shameless: Chris Bisson". Manchester Evening News. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Chris Bisson to star in Emmerdale" Archived August 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 5 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Street star in Celebrity fall". 29 April 2003. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  6. ^ "All Star Mr & Mrs Episode 2". 18 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  7. ^ Blake, Veronica (24 August 2010). "Chicken Tikka Masala - Chris Bisson interview". Retrieved 5 May 2015. No, I'm Catholic.

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