Saeed Jaffrey

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Saeed Jaffrey
Born (1929-01-08) 8 January 1929 (age 86)
Malerkotla, Punjab, British India
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961-2014
Spouse(s) Madhur Jaffrey (?-1965) (3 children)
Jennifer Jaffrey (1980-present)

Saeed Jaffrey OBE (Punjabi: ਸਈਦ ਜਾਫ਼ਰੀ, سعید جعفری; Hindi: सईद जाफ़री) (born 8 January 1929) is an Indian actor based in the United Kingdom, who has appeared in numerous British and Indian movies. He was born in Malerkotla, Punjab. His film credits include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Shatranj Ke Khiladi (The Chess Players) (1977), Gandhi (1982), A Passage to India (1965 BBC version and 1984 film), The Far Pavilions (1984), and My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). He has also appeared in many Bollywood films in the 1980s and 1990s. For television he has starred in Gangsters (1975–1978), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985–1987) and Little Napoleons (1994). He also appeared as Ravi Desai on Coronation Street as the father of Vikram Desai, the cousin of Dev Alahan and in Minder as Mr Mukerjee in Series 1 episode The Bengal Tiger.[1]

Early career[edit]

Jaffrey attended Minto Circle, S.T High School, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, before going on to Wynberg Allen School, St. George's College, Mussoorie,and Allahabad University.[citation needed] He started his career by setting up a theatre company called Unity Theatre, at New Delhi. His early theatrical work included roles in productions of Tennessee Williams, Christopher Fry, Wilde, and Shakespeare. He did his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and went to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, where he took a second post-graduate degree in drama from The Catholic University of America.[citation needed] He also worked with actors including Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan. He starred in popular cinema directed by Satyajit Ray, James Ivory and Richard Attenborough.[citation needed] He is the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour to the United States.[2]

He is also the first Asian to receive British and Canadian Academy Awards nominations, and also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama. He has also served as the Radio Director (1951–1956) for All India Radio and Director of Publicity and Advertising at the Government of India Tourist Office, U.S (1958–1960).[3]





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