Kulvinder Ghir

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Kulvinder Ghir (born 10 August 1965) is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is best known as one of the cast members in the BBC sketch show Goodness Gracious Me. He is also known for playing Aslam in the 1987 Yorkshire-based film Rita, Sue and Bob Too!, alongside Michelle Holmes, Siobhan Finneran and George Costigan.

Early life[edit]

Born in Nairobi, Kenya to Indian-born parents.[1] Ghir grew up in the Chapeltown suburb of Leeds, England.[2] He is of Sikh origin. Ghir first began performing on stage aged 13, going on to play comedy clubs between 15 and 17,[3] thereafter enrolling in a London drama school.[4]


Ghir made his first television appearance in 1985, in the recurring role of Davy Malik in the BBC drama Howards' Way.[5] His breakthrough role[2] came in 1987, in the controversial British film Rita, Sue and Bob Too!. Since then, he has worked extensively in film, television and theatre.

He is best known as being one of four regular cast members in the BBC sketch comedy Goodness Gracious Me, in both its radio and TV incarnation. Amongst the many characters Ghir played were "Chunky Lafunga", a sexy Bollywood "hero", the superhero Bhangra Man, and as one half of the "Bhangramuffins" duo (alongside series co-writer Sanjeev Bhaskar).

He is also known for providing the voice of Ajay Bains in Postman Pat.

His play Dusky Warriors premiered at the Theatre Royal, Stratford, London in 1995.

He also lent his voice to a few animated series aside from Postman Pat including Chop Socky Chooks and the 2015 reboot of Bob the Builder.

From September 2009 to May 2011, Ghir was part of the cast of BBC Three comedy series Lunch Monkeys, playing Mohammed Khan, father of Abdullah Afzal's character.[6] The show lasted two series.

In 2013 he appeared as one of the feuding brothers in the UK film, Jadoo.[7]

In 2013, he also appeared in the final episode of British sitcom Big School, as Mr Rupesh the school bus driver.[8]

Since 2013, he has played Cyril in Still Open All Hours. He was also in the film 31 North 62 East as Tariq.

In 2019, he played the protagonist’s father in Blinded by the Light.

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  1. ^ Emb Hashmi (11 December 2012). "Kulvinder Ghir on drug abuse, life and films". Asian World. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Kulvinder Ghir: From Rita, Sue to the rivalry of Jadoo". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Beds, Herts and Bucks Theatre - Midnight's Children - Interview with Kulvinder Ghir". BBC. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Kulvinder Ghir: from Goodness Gracious... to Shakespeare..." What's On. August 2012. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Ghir, Kulvinder Biography". Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Press Office - Lunch Monkeys starts shooting second series". BBC. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Jadoo, review". The Telegraph. London. 5 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Episode 6, Series 1, Big School - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 19 February 2017.

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