Saeed Jaffrey

Born: 01/08/1929 in Maler Kotla, Punjab, IN


Actor (35)

Aandhiyan 2014 (Movie)

Shakuntala's father (Actor)

Chicken Tikka Masala 2005 (Movie)

Mr C P Chopra (Actor)

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2003 (Tv Show)


Mr. In-Between 2001 (Movie)


Second Generation 2000 (Movie)

Saeed Mian (Actor)

Guru in Seven 1998 (Movie)

Mr Walia (Actor)

Mahaanta 1997 (Movie)

Inspector General of Police (Actor)

The Journey 1996 (Movie)

Ashok (Actor)

Aaina 1993 (Movie)

Mr. Mathur (Actor)

Bollywood 1993 (Movie)


Masala 1993 (Movie)

Lallu Bhai Solanki/Mr Tikkoo/Lord Krishna (Actor)

Aashiq Awara 1992 (Movie)

Kedarnath (Actor)

Henna 1991 (Movie)

Henna's Uncle (Actor)

Diamond's Edge 1990 (Movie)

Mr Patel (Actor)

Manika 1989 (Movie)


The Deceivers 1988 (Movie)

Hussein (Actor)

Partition 1987 (Movie)

Saeed (Actor)

Courtesans of Bombay 1986 (Movie)

Actor (Actor)

My Beautiful Laundrette 1986 (Movie)

Nasser (Actor)

Tamas 1986 (Movie)


A Passage to India 1984 (Movie)

Hamidullah (Actor)

Mandi 1984 (Movie)


The Razor's Edge 1984 (Movie)

Raaz (Actor)

Gandhi 1982 (Movie)

Sardar Patel (Actor)

Pandit Nehru 1981 (Movie)

Narration(English) (Narrator)

Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

Selim (Actor)

Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures 1978 (Movie)

Sri Narain (Actor)

Shatranj ke Khilari 1976 (Movie)

Meer Roshan Ali (Actor)

The Man Who Would Be King 1975 (Movie)

Billy Fish--NCO (Actor)

The Wilby Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

Dr Mukerjee (Actor)

The Horsemen 1970 (Movie)

District Chief (Actor)

The Guru 1969 (Movie)

Murad (Actor)

Staying On (TV Show)


The Far Pavilions (TV Show)


The Last Giraffe (TV Show)




Made final screen appearance in "Everywhere and Nowhere"


Became series regular on "Coronation Street"


Cast as Uncle Nasser in "My Beautiful Launderette"


Landed supporting role as the Nawab of Mirat on "The Jewel in the Crown"


Played Patel in Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi"


Made first appearance in an Indian film in Satyajit Ray's "The Chess Players"


Landed breakout role as Billy Fish in John Huston's "The Man Who Would Be King"


Made international feature film debut in Merchant/Ivory's "The Guru"


Landed first television role on "Amstrong Circle Theater"


Made Broadway debut in "A Passage to India"

Bonus Trivia


Credited, along with his first wife, with bringing Ismail Merchant and James Ivory together. Jaffrey had narrated two films for Ivory, including the Oscar-nominated "The Creation of Woman" (1960) and "The Sword and the Flute" (1961). The Jaffreys invited Merchant, who had arrived in New York to study at the New York University School of Business, to a screening of "Sword and the Flute," and the two men struck up a friendship through regular dinners at the couple's apartment.


Narrated a spoken-word LP of "The Kama Sutra" that was credited as one of the "five best spoken word records ever made" by "Time" magazine.


Toured with the National Players, a touring company that performed classical plays throughout the United States. Through them, he became the first Indian actor to perform Shakespeare in an American touring production.


Worked in the public relations department for the Government of India Tourism Office in 1958.


He developed his gift for dialect by visiting street vendors in Old Dehli to study their language.