Sachin Joab

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Sachin Joab
Born 1978 (age 38–39)[1]
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

Sachin Joab (born 1978) is an Australian actor. He took an interest in acting during primary school and attended various acting schools and workshops. Since graduating from the National Theatre, Joab has appeared in several films and television, including City Homicide, Rush, My Year Without Sex, 10 Terrorists, and Conspiracy 365. In 2011, Joab successfully auditioned for the recurring role of Ajay Kapoor in the soap opera Neighbours. He was later promoted to the main cast. Joab left the show in May 2013. The actor has since appeared in SBS miniseries Better Man and feature film Lion.

Early life[edit]

Joab's parents immigrated from India to Australia in 1977 and Joab was born the following year in Melbourne, Victoria.[2][3][1] His parents divorced when he was five years old.[3] Joab became interested in acting during primary school when he was around seven or eight.[3] He told Tanu Kallivayalil from the Indus Age, "My parents like a lot of Indian parents wanted me to do something credible. But I did not want to become a lawyer or doctor or something like that. I wanted to do something that I was passionate about. In fact, I just finished high school because I did not want to make my mum sad."[3]

Joab then attended various acting schools and workshops, before he moved to New York to study at the Actors Studio.[3][1] Joab, who spent his childhood imitating the voices of characters he watched on television, did not need to undergo accent training.[3] On his return to Australia, Joab joined the National Theatre, graduating three years later.[1] He then began appearing in films and theatre productions, before being signed to an agent.[3]


In 2008, Joab made a guest appearance as Raj in the City Homicide episode "Examination Day".[3] Joab had to put on an Indian accent for the part.[3] The following year, he appeared in an episode of Rush and in the film My Year Without Sex.[1][4] 2011 saw Joab cast in Big Mamma's Boy and Winston Furlong's Taj, alongside his future Neighbours co-star Coco Cherian.[1][5] Joab was also cast as Judge Miki Miraj in Dee McLachlan's black comedy 10 Terrorists.[4][6]

Joab joined the cast of Neighbours as Ajay Kapoor in 2011 following a successful audition.[7][8] On 7 December 2011, it was announced that Joab had been promoted to the regular cast and his on-screen family were being introduced.[9] Following the announcement, several racist posts left on the Neighbours website had to be removed.[10] Speaking to Paul Tatnell from the Herald Sun, Joab blamed the racism on a "lack of education".[11] He elaborated "There is various pockets that will say it is un-Australian to have an Indian or an Indian family on Ramsay St. Those Aussies who are saying it is un-Australian will be the same ones who pretty much supported the White Australia policy back in the day, you are never going to get away from that kind of stuff."[11] Joab left Neighbours at the end of his contract in May 2013 to pursue acting work in Los Angeles.[12]

Joab starred in the twelve-part series Conspiracy 365 as Bruno in 2012.[3] He also appeared as Inspector Ramesh in the SBS four-part miniseries Better Man, which began airing from 25 July 2013.[7][13] That same year, he filmed a role in the 2014 film The Legend Maker.[3] Joab made a guest appearance in Childhood's Endin 2015.[14] He was also cast in the drama film Lion, alongside Rooney Mara and Dev Patel.[15] In April 2016, Joab spoke out about having to put on an Indian accent when he attends auditions in Australia.[15] That same year, Joab played the lead role of Amir Kapoor in the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) production of Disgraced. He was invited to audition for the part after the STC director of programming saw him on Neighbours.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 City Homicide Raj Episode: "Examination Day"
2009 My Year Without Sex Rohit
2009 Rush Kaushal Episode: "2.11"
2011 Big Mamma's Boy Bolly
2011 Taj Harish
2011–13 Neighbours Ajay Kapoor Series regular
2012 10 Terrorists Judge Miki Miraj
2012 Conspiracy 365 Bruno
2013 Better Man Inspector Ramesh
2014 The Legend Maker Ranjit
2014 Fat Tony & Co. Jesse Franco
2015 Childhood's End NBC Reporter Episode: "The Overlords"
2016 You Deserve Everything Doctor Edwards Short film
2016 Lion Bharat


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Characters – Ajay Kapoor". Neighbours. FremantleMedia Australia. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Trzcinski, Joanne (4 May 2012). "Inside story with Sachin Joab". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kallivayalil, Tanu (2013). "Sachin Joab: Agent of Change". Indus Age. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Northover, Kylie (22 March 2012). "The most unwanted terrorists". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Taj – Cast". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "10 Terrorists!". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (2 May 2013). "'Neighbours' stars say goodbye to Sachin Joab – picture". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Nihal's interview with Ajay Kapoor of Neighbours". BBC Asian Network. BBC. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (7 December 2011). "'Neighbours' announces new Erinsborough family". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Thorne, Frank (9 December 2011). "Neighbours racist row erupts as Indian family moves into all white Ramsay Street – and viewers complain". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Tatnell, Paul (8 December 2011). "Race hate at Neighbours family". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Cronin, Seanna (12 March 2013). "New Ramsay Street backyards to make a splash on TV in May". The Toowoomba Chronicle. APN News & Media. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Better Man". Special Broadcasting Service. Archived from the original on 13 February 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  14. ^ Knox, David (26 May 2015). "Childhood's End: trailer". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "'I have to put on an Indian accent to do auditions in Australia:' Lion star Sachin Joab". The Daily Telegraph. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  16. ^ Veerhuis, Jennifer (3 June 2016). "At home with actor Sachin Joab, starring in Sydney Theatre Company’s Disgraced". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 

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