Jan Uddin

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Jan Uddin
Born Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Alma mater Academy Drama School
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006-present
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)

Jan Uddin (born 1985) is an English actor of Bangladeshi descent. He is best known for his roles in the BBC soap opera EastEnders playing Jalil Iqbal, the role of Sweet Boy in the 2010 film Shank, or in the film Boogie Woogie.

Early and personal life[edit]

Uddin was born in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England. He moved to London at the age of 19 and then trained to become an actor at the Academy Drama School.[1] In July 2010, Uddin revealed that his father used to beat him viciously, refused to let him watch TV or read books, and one night dragged his family back to Bangladesh. Of this Uddin said, “he just shoved us in a van, and next thing we knew we were no longer living in Birmingham but in Bangladesh. For a whole year, we all had a horrible time because he told us we were never coming back to England.”[2] Uddin further revealed that he had been involved with gangs, and that his mother is battling cancer for the fifth time.[3]


In 2007, Uddin was twice credited as Jan Dean when appearing in acting roles, for Casualty and in the film Famous Last Words.[1][2] In 2008, Uddin appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders as Jalil Iqbal, a love interest for Shabnam Masood (Zahra Ahmadi). His character first appears on 17 March[4] and departs on 28 March.[5] Uddin states: “I used to come to work and have crumpets with Barbara Windsor every morning which was brilliant as I used to have a crush on her too, I was all coy and pretended to be all harmless and she would pinch my cheeks and I would think ‘yeah, go on!’[6]

In 2009, Uddin appeared in a film called Boogie Woogie alongside Gillian Anderson, Heather Graham and Amanda Seyfried. Of his experience of working with Anderson, he said, “That was amazing. I used to fancy Gillian Anderson when I was a little boy and then I found myself stark naked next to her!” He also recounted, “Heather [Graham]’s trailer was next to mine so we used to have breakfast together everyday.”[6] Uddin also appeared in the 2010 film Shank, in which he plays Sweet Boy. The film is about how there is a food shortage in the future, and how everyone tries to survive.[6] He appears alongside Kaya Scodelario, and said about working with her, “She’s easy on the eye! When I think of Shank I think of hanging out with the boys as we were together more. So when Kaya and the girls came on set for their scenes it was always a treat…it was like throwing scraps of food to some wild animals!”[6] In 2011, he starred in the French film Black Gold, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas and Mark Strong.[1] Other roles have included Casualty, Injustice and The Bill.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Casualty Parvez Gaur 1 episode (as Jan Dean)
2008 EastEnders Jalil Iqbal 6 episodes
The Bill Matthew Firouzeh 1 episode
2011 Injustice Tariq Hal-Hamdani 2 episodes
Year Title Role
2007 Famous Last Words Main role (as Jan Dean)
2009 Boogie Woogie Art's Partner
2010 Shank Sweet Boy
2011 Black Gold Ibn Idriss

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Jan Uddin- represented by Kat Gosling". Troika Talent. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Boy of Bengal". Asiana. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Laws, Roz (26 July 2010). "Former Eastenders actor Jan Uddin on overcoming his brutal childhood". Sunday Mercury. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Green, Kris (3 March 2008). "Tanya finds the transfer documents ripped". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Green, Kris (16 March 2008). "Jack continues to charm Ronnie". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d Radnor, Abigail (25 March 2010). "Corks Gorgeous man alert: Jan Uddin". In Style. Time Inc. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 

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