Talat Hussain (actor)

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Talat Hussain اردو: طلعت حسین
Talat Hussain Warsi

Delhi, India
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s)Dr. Rakshanda Talat

Talat Hussain, is a Pakistani actor. He was born in India. His complete name is Talat Hussain Warsi. He is the son of Altaf Hussain Warsi and Shaista Begum who was one of the pioneering voices of Radio Pakistan. He is the eldest of three brothers. His family migrated to Pakistan in 1947.


Talat Hussain started his performing arts career on Radio Pakistan in 1964. Hussain first appeared on television in 1966. Notable performances on TV include Parchaiyaan, Bandish, Hawain (1997) Kashkol (1995), Des Pardes, Castle, Riyasat (2006). His first television play from Karachi was Arjumand.

Hussain has also performed in many stage productions in Pakistan including, Andhera Ujala (produced by Nautanki Tola) Raz o Niaz (produced by Rafi Peer Theatre) and Sufaid Khoon (produced by NAPA) among others.

In 1972, he moved to England and joined the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Hussain's early roles on television in the UK were in Jimmy Perry and David Croft's It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Cabaret Time, Don't Take the Mickey, Fight to Jovani alongside Jeffrey Holland and Robin Parkinson. He also worked for BBC Radio in the play Crown Coat. He also worked on stage in the UK, in Comedian which was performed at Nottingham Play House and West End.

Hussain has worked in several foreign films, television drama serials and long plays, including Channel Four's television serial Traffik and Family Pride. In 2006, Hussain won the Amanda Award for the Best Supporting Role in Norwegian film Import-export. He also worked in the Indian film Sautan Ki Beti and made a guest appearance in Jinnah.

In the early 1980s, Hussain narrated the translation of the Qur'an in the Urdu language, which was then commercially produced on audiotape (and later on CD as well) by the Shalimar Recording Company. Hussain has also lent his voice to the character of Jesus in the Urdu dubbed version of the film Jesus.

Hussain's career has been recorded by Dr. Huma Mir in the book Yeh Hain Talat Hussain published by the Arts Council of Pakistan and Ishahrat Publishers. [1]

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Hussain is married to Dr. Rakhshanda Hussain, a professor of psychology at the University of Karachi. They have three children--two daughters and one son.

He is currently a faculty member at the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi and serves as a member of the governing body at the Karachi Arts Council and an ambassador of I Am Karachi. He has also been affiliated with PEMRA (member) and the National Book Foundation of Pakistan (ambassador).




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