Selva Rasalingam

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Selva Rasalingam
Born1968 (age 49–50) [1]
Alma materGuildhall School of Music and Drama
Years active1991–present

Selva Rasalingam (born 1968) is a British actor. He has appeared on stage in the West End theatre and for the Royal Shakespeare Company and has made appearances in many UK television series including Doctor Who, Luther and Hustle, and on film including Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Skyfall. He played Jesus in the 2014 version of The Gospel of John.[2][3][4]


Selva Rasalingam was born in Tottenham of North London to Tamil Sri lankan father and English mother.[5] He had his training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.[6]


Selva Rasalingam portrayed as Jesus in The Gospel of John and the other three Gospels produced by the Lumo Project[7] is well-received as dramatisation and academically for its Biblically-accurate depiction. Rasalingam studied diverse historical and academic sources in preparation for the role, and filming spanned over five years.

Rasalingam's stage appearances include Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom in the West End, and the award-winning The Riots at the Tricycle Theatre, Amir in Pulitzer-Prize winning play Disgraced (The English Theatre Frankfurt).




  • Versailles (2018 BBC Television / Canal+), as Barek
  • Eastenders (2018 BBC Television), as Umar Kazemi
  • Strike Back (2018 Left Bank Pictures / Cinemax / Sky), as General Farid
  • Silent Witness - series 21 (2018 BBC Television), as Asst. Commissioner Khan
  • The Missing - series II (2016 BBC Television), as Azad
  • Luther - series III (2013 BBC Television), as Craig Lane
  • Run (2012 Acme Films for Channel 4), as Rakesh
  • Doctor Who (2012 BBC Television), as Ranjit
  • Hustle (TV series) VII, final episode (2012 BBC Television), as Barir
  • The Borgias (2011 TV series), (Showtime / Sky Atlantic), as Tommaso Carracci
  • Londyńczycy TV drama 2008, as Zayed Rampal
  • Waking the Dead (TV series), (2008 BBC Television), as Rashid
  • Spooks (TV series), (2007 BBC Television), as Ranjit


  • An Adventure, Bush Theatre, 2018, as Older Rasik
  • The Captive Queen, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse / Shakespeare's Globe, 2018, as Soleyman
  • Disgraced, The English Theatre Frankfurt, 2016, as Amir
  • The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, Arcola Theatre, 2014, as Kevin/Khaled
  • The Riots, Tricycle Theatre, 2012, as Mohammed Hammoudan
  • On the Record, Arcola Theatre, 2011, as Lasantha Wickremetunga
  • Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, New Ambassadors Theatre, 2004, as Moazzam
  • Midnight's Children, Royal Shakespeare Company, 2003, as Shiva


  • Tommies: 11 November 1917 (S8E2), BBC Radio 4 Drama, 2017, as Ibrahim Habachi
  • Tommies: 10 November 1917 (S8E1), BBC Radio 4 Drama, 2017, as Ibrahim Habachi
  • Midnight's Children, BBC Radio 4 Drama, 2017, as Zagallo / Brigadier Iskander
  • Tommies: 2 December 1916 (S5E4), BBC Radio 4 Drama, 2016, as Hassan Chaoush


  1. ^ Rasalingam at
  2. ^ Peter T, Chattaway (26 November 2014). "New film based on John's gospel comes to Netflix next week". Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Jesus in words and pictures". King's College London. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  4. ^ Edward N. McNulty Jesus Christ, Movie Star 2015 "Gospel of John (2014). With little fanfare, the Lumo Project released this second version of the fourth Gospel late in 2014 (to be followed by films of the other three Gospels in 2015). The director of the newest Jesus film is the noted TV producer David Batty. The text of John is read as the actors act out the story ... The cast looks more ethnic than in other Jesus films, with the portrayal of Christ by Shakespearan actor Selva Rasalingam."
  5. ^ "Selva Rasalingam". University of Warwick. British Black and Asian Shakespeare Performance Database. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ Francis, Martin (12 December 2014). "Gospel films stick strictly to the text". Church Times. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  7. ^ Jesse, Carey (26 January 2015). "Hollywood Jesuses: The Definitive Ranking". Relevant. Retrieved 13 June 2017.

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