Rudi Dharmalingam

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Rudi Dharmalingam
Born (1981-05-11) May 11, 1981 (age 37)
Alma materUniversity of Salford
Years active2002 - Present
Known forOur Girl
ChildrenTwo Sons

Rudi Dharmalingam (born 11 May 1981) is a British actor mostly known for being in theatre. Last year he played the character of Milan in Our Girl alongside Michelle Keegan.


Rudi Dharmalingam is from Maidstone, Kent and went to six form at Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone. He is the son of Deoranee, a district nurse, and Indra, a radiographer. He trained at Salford University, graduating in 2002 and is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Rudi Dharmalingam is an Arsenal supporter and a former county table tennis player.


Rudi Dharmalingam made his TV debut in 2002, in the BAFTA Award-nominated drama series Cutting It.[1] He acted on the series until 2004. Later in 2004 he understudied the role of Dakin in the original London stage production of The History Boys at the Royal National Theatre. In 2006 he made his Broadway debut in the transfer of The History Boys, this time playing the role of Crowther. In 2005, Rudi Dharmalingam played the titular role in Tom's Midnight Garden, the opening production of the Unicorn Theatre, the UK's first custom built venue for children, the ,[2] in 2005.

Rudi Dharmalingam continued to perform at the Royal National Theatre, playing Faz in Playing with Fire(2005) by David Edgar, directed by Michael Attenborough, then playing 'Jai Dutt' in Rafta, Rafta by Ayub Khan-Din, directed by Nicholas Hytner. The latter won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2008.[3] In 2008 he played Nick in The English Game for the Headlong Theatre Company. In 2009 he played the dual roles of Benny and Naz in Nicholas Hytner's Royal National Theatre production of Richard Bean's England People Very Nice[4]

In 2013, Rudi Dharmalingam performed in David Greig 's two hander "The Events" which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Carol Tambor Award for Best Play and the Guardian's Best Theatre of 2013. In the same year he played Scott in Chris Chibnall's "Worst Wedding Ever" for Salisbury Playhouse, and played Medvedenko in Blanche McIntyre's production of The Seagull for Headlong. The production came ninth in the Guardian's Best Theatre of 2013. In 2016 he created the role of Cole in X at the Royal Court Theatre.

2018 Mortimer, Mary Stuart, West End

2016 Mortimer, Mary Stuart, The Almeida Theatre

2016 Charrington, 1984, The Playhouse Theatre

2016 Cole, X, Royal Court

2015 Guildenstern, Hamlet, The Barbican

2015 Calchas, The Oresteia, The Almeida Theatre

2015 Murad, Dara, National Theatre

2014/2015 Sarwan, Hope, Royal Court Theatre

2014 Scott, The Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse

2013 The Boy, The Events, Actors Touring Company (Edinburgh Fringe First Winner & Carol Tambor Award Winner)

2013 Medvendenko, The Seagull, Headlong Theatre Company

2012 George Seacole, Much Ado About Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company (WOS Best Shakespearean Production Nominee)

2009 Benny and Naz, England People Very Nice, National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner (Laurence Olivier Best Comedy Nominee)

2008 Nick, The English Game, Headlong Theatre, Sean Holmes

2007 Jai Dutt, Rafta Rafta, National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner (Laurence Oliver award for Best Comedy)

2006 Crowther, History Boys on Broadway, 101 Productions, Nicholas Hytner (Tony award for Best Play)

2006 The History Boys International Tour, The National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner

2005 Faz, Playing With Fire, The National Theatre, Michael Attenborough

2005 Tom, Tom's Midnight Garden, The Unicorn Theatre, Tony Graham

2004 The History Boys, The National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner (Laurence Olivier award for Best Play)


2018 Dominic, Dark Money, BBC (Series Regular)

2018 Gopan, Strike Back, Sky, Cinemax, HBO (Lead)

2017 James, The Split by Abi Morgan, BBC and Sundance TV (Series Regular )

2017 Milan, Our Girl, BBC (Series regular)

2017 Alex, Rellik, BBC

2017 Bob Paine, Electric Dreams (The Commuter,) Amazon/C4

2014 Casualty, BBC Television

2012 Doctor Who, BBC Television

2011 Coronation Street, ITV

2010 Guest Lead, Hollyoaks, Channel 4

2010 Guest Lead, Casualty, BBC Television

2010 Guest Lead, New Tricks, BBC Television

2007 Guest Lead, The Bill, Talkback Thames, Richard Signy

2004 Barman, Cutting It III, BBC Television

2003 Barman, Cutting It II, BBC Television, Roger Goldby


2018, Naveen, In The Shadow Of The Moon, Netflix Original

2006 Film, Jamal, Britz, Mentorn Productions, Peter Kosminski