Top British Asian Actors

by user-208-735190 | created - 09 Jan 2015 | updated - 11 Jan 2015 | Public

1. Ben Kingsley

Actor | Gandhi

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...

2. Naveen Andrews

Actor | Planet Terror

Born Naveen William Sidney Andrews in London on January 17, 1969. His parents were both Indian immigrants from Kerala, India. In high school, he auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Two of his classmates were Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis ....

3. Dev Patel

Actor | Slumdog Millionaire

Dev Patel was born in Harrow, London, to Anita, a caregiver, and Raj Patel, who works in IT. His parents, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, are both of Gujarati Indian descent. His first role was in the UK TV series Skins (2007). His breakout role was in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire (...

Dev Patel is a British actor, best known for playing Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he won a number of awards, including a Critics' Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

4. Parminder Nagra

Actress | Bend It Like Beckham

Parminder Nagra was born on October 5, 1975 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Parminder Kaur Nagra. She is an actress, known for Bend It Like Beckham (2002), ER (1994) and The Blacklist (2013). She was previously married to James Stenson.

Parminder Nagra was born on October 5, 1975 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Parminder Kaur Nagra. She is an actress, known for Bend It Like Beckham (2002), ER (1994) and Ella Enchanted (2004). She was previously married to James Stenson.

5. Sanjeev Bhaskar

Actor | Absolutely Anything

Sanjeev Bhaskar was born on October 31, 1963 in Ealing, London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Absolutely Anything (2015), The Kumars at No. 42 (2001) and London Boulevard (2010). He has been married to Meera Syal since January 21, 2005. They have one child.

Sanjeev Bhaskar was born in 1963 in the UK. He is an actor and writer, known for Notting Hill (1999), London Boulevard (2010) and Arthur Christmas (2011). He has been married to Meera Syal since January 21, 2005. They have one child.

6. Nitin Ganatra

Actor | Bride & Prejudice

Nitin Ganatra was born on February 21, 1968 in Kenya as Nitin Chandra Ganatra. He is an actor and writer, known for Bride & Prejudice (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and EastEnders (1985). He has been married to Meera Thakrar since July 17, 2004. They have two children.

Nitin Ganatra was born in 1967 in Kenya as Nitin Chandra Ganatra. He is an actor and writer, known for EastEnders (1985), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Secrets & Lies (1996). He has been married to Meera Thakrar since July 17, 2004. They have two children.

7. Roshan Seth

Actor | Gandhi

A native of New Delhi, India, British character actor of theater and film Roshan Seth honed the skills he learned at London's Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in British repertory theater. His first break came in Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which toured in 1972. Seth ...

8. Kulvinder Ghir

Actor | Bend It Like Beckham

Kulvinder Ghir's diversity in the entertainment industry has seen him perform on TV, film and theatre. His transition into comedy wasn't easy. As a young man, worried how his parents would react to his passion, he would secretly go off to comedy clubs to perform. Conquering tough audiences gave him...

9. Jimi Mistry

Actor | RocknRolla

Jimi Mistry was born in 1973 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for RocknRolla (2008), 2012 (2009) and Ella Enchanted (2004). He has been married to Flavia Cacace since December 28, 2013. He was previously married to Meg Leonard.

Jimi Mistry was born in 1973 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Blood Diamond (2006), RocknRolla (2008) and Coronation Street (1960). He has been married to Flavia Cacace since December 28, 2013. He was previously married to Meg Leonard.

10. Nina Wadia

Actress | EastEnders

Nina Wadia was born on December 18, 1968 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. She is known for her work on EastEnders (1985), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and All About Me (2002). She has been married to Raiomond Mirza since July 4, 1998. They have two children.

Nina Wadia was born on December 18, 1968 in Bombay, India. She is an actress and writer, known for EastEnders (1985), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and I Can't Think Straight (2008). She has been married to Raiomond Mirza since July 4, 1998. They have two children.

11. Benedict Wong

Actor | Doctor Strange

Benedict Wong was born in 1970 in Manchester, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and The Martian (2015).

Benedict Wong was born in 1970 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Prometheus (2012), Moon (2009) and Sunshine (2007).

12. Meera Syal

Actress | Beautiful Thing

Meera Syal was born on June 27, 1961 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England as Feroza Syal. She is an actress and writer, known for Beautiful Thing (1996), Absolutely Anything (2015) and The Kumars at No. 42 (2001). She has been married to Sanjeev Bhaskar since January 21, 2005. They have one ...

Meera Syal was born on June 27, 1961 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England as Feroza Syal. She is an actress and writer, known for Beautiful Thing (1996), The Kumars at No. 42 (2001) and Scoop (2006). She has been married to Sanjeev Bhaskar since January 21, 2005. They have one child. She was previously married to Chandra Shekhar Bhatia.

13. Katie Leung

Actress | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Katie Leung began her career when she was cast as Cho Chang in the Warner Brothers feature film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a role she subsequently reprised for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts I & II). Alongside her acting career, ...

14. Saeed Jaffrey

Actor | The Man Who Would Be King

Saeed Jaffrey was born in Maler Kotla, Punjab, India. He was born on the 8th of January 1929. He attended University of Allahabad where he completed his post-graduate degree in history. He also attended the Staff Training Institute of All India Radio. He started his career in drama, as the founder ...

15. Burt Kwouk

Actor | You Only Live Twice

Burt Kwouk was a British actor, he was best known for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films, and for play Mr Ling in the third James Bond film Goldfinger.

Kwouk was born in Warrington, but was brought up in Shanghai. He made his film debut in the 1957 film Windom's Way. In Goldfinger (1964) he ...

Burt Kwouk was born on July 18, 1930 in Manchester, England. He is an actor, known for Goldfinger (1964), Kiss of the Dragon (2001) and Last of the Summer Wine (1973).

16. Art Malik

Actor | The Living Daylights

Art Malik was born on November 13, 1952 in Bahawalpur, Pakistan as Athar Ul-Haque Malik. He is an actor and producer, known for The Living Daylights (1987), True Lies (1994) and The Wolfman (2010). He has been married to Gina Rowe since 1980. They have two children.

Art Malik was born on November 13, 1952 in Bahawalpur, Pakistan as Athar Ul-Haque Malik. He is an actor and producer, known for True Lies (1994), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and The Living Daylights (1987). He has been married to Gina Rowe since 1980. They have two children.

17. Togo Igawa

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Togo Igawa is an actor/director living in England. In 1968 he joined the Theatre Centre 68 (precursor of the Black Tent Theatre), and went on to tour throughout Japan, performing in more than 120 cities. In 1983 he moved to England. In 1986, the opening season for the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon...

18. Raza Jaffrey

Actor | Homeland

Raza Jaffrey was born on May 28, 1975 in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. He is an actor, known for Homeland (2011), Code Black (2015) and Eastern Promises (2007). He has been married to Lara Pulver since December 27, 2014. He was previously married to Miranda Raison.

Raza Jaffrey was born in 1975 in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. He is an actor, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Harry Brown (2009) and Infinite Justice (2006).

19. Jessica Henwick

Actress | Baliko

Jessica Henwick is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Nymeria Sand in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011), and Colleen Wing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making her debut in the Netflix television series Iron Fist.

Her film debut was St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's ...

Jessica Henwick was born on August 30, 1992 in England. She is an actress and writer, known for Spirit Warriors (2009), Balsa Wood (2014) and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

20. Adil Ray

Actor | Citizen Khan

Adil Ray OBE is best known as the star and creator of the hit BBC1 sitcom Citizen Khan. After five series, the show has become one of Britain's much-loved sitcoms. In 2016 the show hit the road with a Citizen Khan tour and the publication of a book - Citizen Khan's Guide to Britain. Adil is ...

21. Ajay Chhabra

Actor | Stan Lee's Lucky Man

Ajay Chhabra is an actor, known for Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016), Planet Ajay (2009) and Second Generation (2000).

Ajay Chabra is an actor, known for The Basil Brush Show (2002), Anita and Me (2002) and Second Generation (2000).

22. Shelley Conn

Actress | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Shelley Conn was born on September 21, 1976 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006) and How Do You Know (2010).

Shelley Conn was born in 1976 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), How Do You Know (2010) and Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006).

23. Adeel Akhtar

Actor | Four Lions

Adeel was born in London on 18th September 1980 to a Pakistani father and a Kenyan mother and attended Cheltenham College throughout the 1990s. His father was keen for him to become a lawyer and he obtained a law degree but was more interested in acting and studied at the Actors' Studio in New York...

Adeel Akhtar is an actor, known for The Dictator (2012), Four Lions (2010) and Traitor (2008).

24. David Yip

Actor | Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Born in Liverpool, one of eight children. David's father was a Chinese seaman from the Canton area of southern China, and his mother was from Liverpool. He trained at E15 Acting School, London in 1973 and since then worked in Film, Television, Theatre, Radio and other voice work both in the UK and ...

25. Pik Sen Lim

Actress | Mind Your Language

Pik-Sen Lim was born to Chinese parents in Penang, Malaysia. She came to London at the age of sixteen to learn drama. Her big break came in 1964 when she appeared in the long-running hospital drama series Emergency-Ward 10 (1957) where she was cast as the first Chinese nurse on British television. ...

26. Tom Wu

Actor | Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes

Tom Wu is known for his work on Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes (2015), Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and Ra.One (2011).

Tom Wu is an actor and martial artist, known for his work on Batman Begins (2005), Skyfall (2012) and RED 2 (2013). He was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Chinatown, London and is is one of the founding members of the British theatre company Yellow Earth Theatre

27. Harish Patel

Actor | Run Fatboy Run

Harish Patel is an actor, known for Run, Fatboy, Run (2007), Andaz Apna Apna (1994) and Qatil (1988).

Harish Patel is an actor and cinematographer, known for Run, Fatboy, Run (2007), Andaz Apna Apna (1994) and The Buddha of Suburbia (1993). He is also known for appearing in all three television adaptations of David Walliam's novels (Mr. Stink, Gangsta Granny & The Boy in the Dress) as Raj the shopkeeper.



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