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Saeed Jaffrey Biography

Birth Place:
Malerkotla, Punjab, British India

Fast Facts

  • Started his career with All-India Radio (AIR) Delhi in the mid-50s
  • That is where he met famous personalities from Bollywood and also his first wife
  • Served as AIR's radio director from 1951 to 1956
  • Became the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire in 1995 for his contributions to drama
  • Lent his voice to all 86 characters in the 1997 World Service series A Suitable Boy
  • In 1998, gained great acclaim for playing the role of Ravi Desai in the ITV soap Coronation Street
  • Is the first Indian to tour the United States as a Shakespearean plays' participant
  • Is the first Asian ever to receive British and Canadian Academy Awards nominations


  • 1991Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1986BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated