Jimi Mistry

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Jimi Mistry
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Mistry in 2010
Born (1973-01-01) 1 January 1973 (age 46)
ResidenceJacobs Well, Surrey, England
  • Actor
  • disc jockey
Years active1996–present
Meg Leonard
(m. 2001; div. 2010)

Flavia Cacace (m. 2013)

Jimi Mistry (born 1 January 1973) is a British actor, known for appearing in numerous films such as East Is East, Blood Diamond, The Guru, 2012, West is West, Ella Enchanted and The Truth About Love. He is also best known for his roles, as Dr Fonseca in BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, Maj. Jamal Ashkani in HBO series Strike Back, Kal Nazir in long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street, and as Tom Bedford in Kay Mellor drama The Syndicate.

Early life and education[edit]

Mistry was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to a father of Indian descent and an Irish mother. He attended St James' Catholic High School in Cheadle Hulme (1985–88) before his family moved to Cardiff where he attended Radyr Comprehensive School. Mistry trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.[1]


Mistry first gained exposure playing Dr Fred Fonseca on BBC TV's EastEnders, and has since worked on film and stage. His work includes starring roles in East Is East, The Guru with Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei, Blood Diamond opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla and Partition with Kristin Kreuk. He can be seen in the film 2012 from director Roland Emmerich opposite John Cusack, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet and Thandie Newton, and the BAFTA-nominated movie Exam.

In 2010, Mistry appeared in Gurinder Chadha's new film It's a Wonderful Afterlife which premiered at the 2010 Sundance film festival; Basement, a horror film with Danny Dyer; and West is West, the sequel to East is East.[2] Mistry has also produced, written and starred in a music documentary about Ibiza entitled And The Beat Goes On, exploring the history of the island, the birth of House Music and the art of the DJ. DJs involved in the film include Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Nicky Holloway, David Guetta, Brandon Block, Alfredo, Pete Tong and Danny Tenaglia. Mistry, himself, regularly DJs in clubs across UK and Europe. He also runs and DJ"s London"s hippest "mystery" location party scene called Tabula Rasa, as well as having his own record label and studio. Mistry has also appeared in television series such as Nearly Famous and the second series of The Syndicate.

Mistry joined the soap Coronation Street in November 2013 as Khalid Nazir, a fitness coach and former soldier.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In 2010, Mistry competed in the eighth series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Flavia Cacace. The couple were eliminated after week 6.[3]

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) 6 7 6 7 26 N/A
2 Foxtrot / Fever 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
3 Rumba / Ain't No Sunshine 6 7 6 6 25 Safe
4 Charleston / Do Your Thing 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
5 Paso Doble / Thriller 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
6 Quickstep / Mr Pinstripe Suit 7 8 8 9 32 Eliminated

Personal life[edit]

Mistry lived with Meg Leonard from 1993; they married in 2001 and divorced in March 2010. They have one daughter, Elin Leonard Mistry, born 13 May 2001. He resides in Jacobs Well, Surrey with his wife, dancer Flavia Cacace, his professional dance partner on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.[4][5][6] The couple married in December 2013.[7]




  1. ^ Warren, T.S. "Divided we stand". Ottawa Xpress Film. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  2. ^ "'West is West'". Maclean's. Toronto, Canada. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Jimi Mistry well backed to win Strictly Come Dancing".
  4. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing 2010 – Celebrities – Jimi Mistry". BBC. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  5. ^ Interview, "This is Lancashire"[dead link]
  6. ^ "Jimi Mistry Biography". Movies.yahoo.com. 13 May 2001. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  7. ^ Perry, Keith (30 December 2013). "Jimi Mistry marries Strictly Come Dancing star Flavia Cacace". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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