Vincent Ebrahim

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Vincent Ibrahim
Vincent Ibrahim

1951 (age 67–68)
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
Years active1976-present
FamilyVinette Ebrahim (sister)

Vincent Ebrahim (born 1951) is a South African actor and comedian of mixed ethnicity.

Early life[edit]

Ebrahim was born in South Africa in 1951 and studied drama at the University of Cape Town. He immigrated to England in 1976 and began an acting career.



Ebrahim spent a decade with community theatre companies performing in plays such as Away From It by the Common Stock Theatre Company, Borderline by Hanif Kureishi and the Joint Stock Theatre Company and infamous stage play Tartuffe.[1]

Since 1990, he has worked with Tara Arts, performing in such plays as Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Tartuffe, Oedipus Rex, Troilus and Cressida, and Antigone. He has also performed in many radio plays for BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 in the UK.[2] He also appeared on stage at the Tricycle Theatre in the critically praised[3] play The Great Game.[4]


Ebrahim is probably best known for playing Ashwin Kumar, the finance-obsessed father on The Kumars at No. 42.[5] In March 2013 he won the Safta for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film for his work in Material, which won the best film award.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is the brother of South African actress Vinette Ebrahim, who is best known for playing the role of Charmaine Meintjies in the Afrikaans soap opera Sewende Laan.

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bedtime[7] Mohammad
2002-2003 The Kumars at No. 42[8][circular reference] Ashwin Kumar
2005 Meet the Magoons[9][10]
2006 Ideal[11] Mr Rupani
2008-2009 After You've Gone|[12] Bobby 25 episodes
2008 Compulsion[13] Satvik
2010 The Old Guys[14] Rajan
2014 Hollyoaks[15] Big Bob


  1. ^, Feast Creative |. "Tartuffe (1990) | Projects | Tara Arts". Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  2. ^ BBC. "This Sceptred Isle". Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  3. ^ The Guardian (2009-04-25). "The Great Game: Afghanistan". London. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  4. ^ The Daily Telegraph (2009-04-27). "The Great Game, Tricycle Theatre". London. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  5. ^ BBC. "The Kumars at No. 42". Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  6. ^ Press, City. "Hollywood glam at the Saftas". Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  7. ^ Crossley, Neil (2003-12-15). "TV pick of the day". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  8. ^ The Kumars at No. 42
  9. ^ "The Kumars star Vincent Ebrahim to play a villain in Hollyoaks | News | Hollyoaks | What's on TV". 2014-07-04. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  10. ^ "British Comedy Guide - Meet the Magoons". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  11. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Ideal: Cast credits". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  12. ^ BBC. "After You've Gone". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  13. ^ "ITV Error 404". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  14. ^ "Amber's Engaged, Engagement, Series 2, The Old Guys - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  15. ^ "The Kumars actor joins Hollyoaks". 2014-07-04. Retrieved 2016-07-20.