Rik Makarem

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Rik Makarem
Born Rik Makarem
(1982-01-18) 18 January 1982 (age 35)
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, songwriter
Years active 2004–present

Rik Makarem was born on 18 January 1982 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. He is an English actor, best known for playing Nikhil Sharma in Emmerdale.

Classically trained he is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. He is proud to have won a Laurence Olivier Bursary in 2004 in association with the Society of London Theatre.[citation needed]


Makarem is best known for playing Nikhil Sharma in Emmerdale. His first appearance was on 11 September 2009. In May 2013, Makarem announced he was leaving the programme, his final episode was on 20 August 2013 when Nikhil and his daughter, Molly, left the village for a new life in Toronto shortly after his wife, Genesis Walker was murdered by Cameron Murray. In September 2015, Makarem confirmed that he was reprising his role as Nikhil in a "powerful" storyline for his character. Nikhil returned on 29 October 2015 and departed on 19 February 2016.

On 1 September 2016, Makarem confirmed that he is joining BBC1's Casualty (TV series) as Dr Sebastian Grayling.

Makarem has also appeared in BBC's Torchwood- Children of Earth alongside John Barrowman, he also featured in an episode of ITV's period drama Foyle's War. Other television acting credits include Consent for Channel 4 and ITV comedy "FM".

He has also appeared with his family in an episode of All Star Family Fortunes which was first aired in March 2012.


Makarem also appeared in period feature film "The Duel".


In November 2013, he co-starred with James Cartwright in Martin Sherman's "Passing By".

From January to April 2014 Makarem co-starred with David Essex, Andrew Jarvis and Jared Garfield in a touring production of Morris Panych's, "The Dishwashers".

From January to July 2015 Makarem co-starred with Tina Hobley, Jamie Lomas, Michael McKell and Gray O'Brien in a nationwide theatre tour of Peter James's "Dead Simple".


Alongside his acting career, he is an established songwriter and is currently working on/arranging material for himself and other well-known performance artists.


He was part of Team Emmerdale who in August 2011 completed an Extreme Cycle Challenge, cycling 224 miles in less than 24 hours, from Emmerdale to EastEnders, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.[1]

He has also taken part in the Great Manchester Cycle and Ride London as part of the LLRunstoppable team which supports Bloodwise.



Year Film Role Notes
2006 Without Walls Witness (Lead) Short film
2010 The Duel Atchmianov Feature Film


Year Show Role Notes
2004 C-JAQ Jake 10 part series
2007 Consent Shiv Drama
2009 FM James 1 episode: Video Killed the Radio Star
Torchwood Dr. Rupesh Patanjali Series 3 Children of Earth: Day One
2009–2013, 2015–2016 Emmerdale Nikhil Sharma Series regular
2010 Foyle's War Simon Rothstein 1 episode: The Hide
2016–2017 Casualty Sebastian Grayling (F1 Doctor) Series regular


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