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Hari Dhillon

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Hari Dhillon
Born 1968 (age 48–49)
San Francisco, California
Other names Hari Dillon
Harry Dillon
Hari Jamil Dillon
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990s-present
Television Holby City

Hari Dhillon (Punjabi: ਹਰੀ ਢਿੱਲੋਂ (Gurmukhi)), also rendered Hari Dillon or Harry Dillon, is an American television, film and stage actor, best known for playing Michael Spence in British television medical drama series Holby City.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Dillon was born[2] and raised in San Francisco, California. He spent nine months of his childhood in India.[3] He took one acting class at UC Berkeley in his senior year at San Francisco State University. After graduation, he worked as a prison AIDS educator in California and Hawaii before setting up a theatre company in San Francisco with friends. In 1994, he attended drama school in the United Kingdom.[3]


Dillon originally appeared in Holby City in 2001 as recurring minor character Dr. Sunil Gupta, before returning in November 2007 as consultant Michael Spence.[4] Dhillon took a 'extended break' from Holby City on December 17, 2013, after Michael was forced to leave his post by new CEO, Guy Self (John Michie).[5] On 19 June 2014, it was announced Dhillon would be returning to Holby City as Michael for a short stint in late 2014.[6] During this time, Dhillon also starred alongside Amanda Mealing on Casualty.

His appearances in US TV shows include Medium, Charmed, Without a Trace, The Loop,[7] and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[8]

He had minor, unnamed roles in the films Cradle 2 the Grave, Wit and Entrapment.

Dhillon also starred in the Broadway debut of the Ayad Akhtar play Disgraced.[9]


Year(s) Title Role Notes
1997 Dream Team
2000 Arabian Nights
2000 Trial & Retribution 1 episode
2001 Lawless Heart
2001 Holby City Dr Sunil Gupta Recurring role
2002 The Agency 1 episode
2003 She Spies 1 episode
2005 Charmed 2 episodes
2005 Medium 1 episode
2006 Mr. Nice Guy
2007 Without a Trace 1 episode
2007 The Loop 5 episodes
2007–14 Holby City Michael Spence Regular role
2014 Casualty Episode: "Entrenched"
2014 The Mentalist 1 episode
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Attorney Varma Episode: Granting Immunity
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Agent Deepak Singh Episode: Harvested
2016 Midsomer Murders Reece Dexter Episode: Breaking the Chain
2016 Madam Secretary Foreign Minister/Prime Minister Episodes: Connection Lost/ Render Safe



Awards and nominations[edit]

Dhillon was nominated to the long-list of the 2010 National Television Awards in the category for "Best Drama Performance".[3]


  1. ^ "Holby City character Michael Spence". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Star's girlfriend is worried about his new love: 5 minutes with Hari Dhillon". Glasgow Evening Times. 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  3. ^ a b c Zeenat Moosa (2009-11-23). "Hari Dhillon - Holby City and the National Television Awards (interview)". The Asian Today. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Familiar face at Holby". Metro. 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Dhillon to reprise role as Michael Spence",; accessed October 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "Hari Dhillon partial filmography". New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Scoop: Law & Order: SVU on NBC – Today, April 8, 2015". April 8, 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Isherwood, Charles (23 October 2014). "When the Soul Must Be Heard". 
  10. ^ Paul Taylor (2002-07-02). "Mother Teresa Is Dead, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  11. ^ Robert Hurwitt (2004-05-05). "Rape metaphor pervasive in fuzzy "Drifting Elegant"". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  12. ^ Terry Morgan (2004-11-11). "A Perfect Wedding (review)". Backstage West. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  13. ^ Harvey, Dennis (March 9, 2006). "theater review: Morbidity and Mortality". Variety. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  14. ^ Terry Morgan (2004-11-11). "Douglas Theatre Opens for Mee". Backstage West. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  15. ^ Dennis Harvey (2006-10-17). "Drifting Elegant". Variety. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 

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