He was born in Calcutta, where his father K. S. Sitaram Iyer had lived for 35 years. He is the uncle of travel writer Pico Iyer. He studied at the Scottish Church College in Calcutta, India and later, at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in Bloomsbury, London.
He played the role of Patel, a lunar penal colony prisoner in the third episode of the 1973 Doctor Who story Frontier in Space.
He played Siddique in the 2002 theatrical production Calcutta Kosher.
- [s.n.] (18 October 2014). Actor Madhav Sharma among recipients of inaugural Dadabhai Naoroji award. NetIndian News Network. Accessed October 2015.
- A tale of two cities
- After Years of Fighting Her Own Demons, Jenny Seagrove Strikes Terror as the Guardian's Evil Nanny web, People Magazine (Vol. 33 No. 20), May 21, 1990
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