Kulvinder Ghir

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Kulvinder Ghir (born 10 August 1965 in Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya[1]) is a Kenyan-born British actor, comedian and writer. He is best known as one of the cast members in BBC sketch show Goodness Gracious Me.

Early life[edit]

Born in Nairobi, Kenya to Indian-born parents,[2] Ghir grew up in the Chapeltown suburb of Leeds, England.[3] He first began performing on stage aged 13, going on to play comedy clubs between 15 and 17,[4] thereafter enrolling in a London drama school.[5]


Ghir made his first television appearance in 1985, in the recurring role of Davy Malik in BBC drama Howards' Way.[1] His breakthrough role[3] came in 1987, in the controversial British film Rita, Sue and Bob Too!. Since, 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.

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 film 31 north 62 east as tariq


  1. ^ a b "BFI Screenonline: Ghir, Kulvinder Biography". Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.theasianworld.co.uk/index.php/kulvinder-ghir-on-drug-abuse-life-and-films-2/
  3. ^ a b "Kulvinder Ghir: From Rita, Sue to the rivalry of Jadoo". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Beds, Herts and Bucks Theatre - Midnight's Children - Interview with Kulvinder Ghir". BBC. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  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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