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|Native name||रौल भनेजा (Hindi)|
6 June 1974 |
Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
|Education||Canterbury High School|
|Occupation||Actor and musician|
Early life and studies
A graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada and Canterbury High School's Arts Canterbury programme for drama.
He has appeared in over eighty five different film and television projects along with a long list of theatre productions.
His first job in television was in the first season of the 1996 cutting edge comedy The Newsroom, directed by Ken Finkleman for CBC. He was one of the stars of the television series Train 48, which produced over 300 episodes in two years and was broadcast on Global.
His first starring role in a feature film, Extraordinary Visitor in 1998 directed by John Doyle opposite Andy Jones and Mary Walsh debuted at The Toronto International Film Festival. Other features include Atom Egoyan's Ararat, The Sentinel opposite Michael Douglas, Touch of Pink with Jimi Mistry and Kyle MacLachlan, Weirdsville with Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley, the romantic comedy The Right Kind of Wrong and in 2016 "Miss Sloane" opposite Jessica Chastain.
Television regular and recurring roles include The Dresden Files (SyFy), At The Hotel (CBC) with guest star appearances on Rookie Blue (Global & ABC), Motive (CTV), Nikita (The CW), Alphas (Syfy), Warehouse 13 (Syfy), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Saving Hope (CTV), The Listener (CTV), Flashpoint (CTV) and many more.
In January 2006 Bhaneja debuted in Hamlet (solo), a one-man version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet directed by Robert Ross Parker, which has been performed across Canada including an engagement at The National Arts Centre in the fall of 2013, in the United Kingdom at The Assembly Rooms as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well as in New York City on a number of occasions, including Off Broadway. The production is the subject of a documentary, directed by Jeff Stephenson, that was later nominated for the 2008 Gemini Award.
He is also the front man of the Maple Blues Award-winning blues band Raoul and The Big Time, formed in 1998. They have released Big Time Blues (2000), Cold Outside (2004), You My People (2009), Blue Midnight: A Live Tribute Little Walter (2010) through Big Time Records and Maple Blues Award nominated Hollywood Blvd (2014) recorded with members of Canned Heat and The Mavis Staples Band among others. Bhaneja is also a member of the band The Legendary Miles Johnson with Edmonton-based musician Graham Guest and has appeared as a guest artist on a number of recordings.
- Twitch City (1998; TV series) as Fred
- Braceface (2001; TV series; voice)
- Medabots (2001; TV series; voice)
- Ararat (2002)
- Beyblade (2002–05; TV series; voice)
- Cold Creek Manor (2003)
- Train 48 (2003–05; TV series)
- Weirdsville (2006)
- The Sentinel (2006)
- The Dresden Files (2007)
- The Right Kind of Wrong (2013)
- The Best Laid Plans (2014)
- Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2015)
- "Raoul Bhaneja". Raoulbhaneja.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014.