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Raza Jaffrey
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General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: May 28, 1975
Age: 44
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Nationality: Indian

British

Social Networks: Instagram
Twitter
Other Information
Height: 6'
Occupation(s): Actor

Singer

Education: Manchester University

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Dulwich College

Talents: Acting

Singing

Family & Friends
Family: Adam Jaffrey (nephew)
Ozias Jaffrey (son)
Relationships: Miranda Raison (ex-wife)

Lara Pulver (wife)

Series Information
Character: Taj
First appearance: Dirty Little Secrets
Last appearance: And They Lived...

Raza Jaffrey is an English actor and singer, who starred as Dr. Neal Hudson on the CBS TV medical drama Code Black. He is best known for playing Zafar Younis on the BBC One spy drama series Spooks. In 2014, he played Pakistani Lieutenant Colonel Aasar Khan in season 4 of the Showtime series Homeland.

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Early life

Jaffrey was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, the son of an Indian sea captain from Agra and an English mother from Liverpool. He grew up in London and was educated at Dulwich College (1986–1991), alongside fellow Spooks actor Rupert Penry-Jones. He studied English and Drama at Manchester University, and studied acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He intended to join the Royal Air Force as a pilot after leaving Manchester University.

While at university, he appeared in a number of plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including The London Vertigo by Brian Friel, and at the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival, including Henry VIII and A Comedy of Errors. In his final year at Manchester, he worked with Royal Shakespeare Company chief associate director Gregory Doran, which he has cited as one of the things that led him to apply for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and eventually go on to become a professional actor. Throughout his time at Manchester, he was also the lead singer of a jazz funk band. He also participated on America's Next Top Model.

Career

Jaffrey has worked extensively on stage, appearing in Romeo and Juliet (Haymarket Theatre), Cyrano De Bergerac (Theatre Royal), East Is East (Oldham Coliseum), and 14 Songs 2 Weddings and A Funeral (Lyric Hammersmith, Birmingham Repertory Theatre). His break came in 2001 when he was cast as Sky in Mamma Mia! at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. From this, he went on to land the leading role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of A. R. Rahman's Bombay Dreams at the Apollo Theatre, London, directed by Steven Pimlott. He won rave reviews for his performance, with the BBC hailing him as "the most exciting new leading man to emerge in a London musical since Hugh Jackman became an overnight star in the National Theatre production of Oklahoma".

After leaving Bombay Dreams he appeared in ITV1's M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team, the HBO/BBC co-production Dirty War, and the three part BBC drama Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee. In 2005, he began work on the BBC One spy drama series Spooks as agent Zafar Younis. During this time, he returned to the stage, playing Orsino in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Albery Theatre, London, and was cast in the David Cronenberg film Eastern Promises.

Jaffrey left Spooks to join the BBC One drama series Mistresses and went on to star in Sharpe's Peril and the films Infinite Justice, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Kara Film Festival, The Crew, and Harry Brown. In 2010, he appeared in Sex and the City 2 as Gaurav. He then went on to star as cheating boyfriend Mike in the BBC1 comedy Accidental Farmer.

In 2011, he appeared as the French supervillain Cain on the NBC superhero drama The Cape before working for NBC again on the Steven Spielberg produced drama Smash, airing in early 2012. In Smash, he played Dev, the English boyfriend of a rising Broadway star, working as a press officer in the New York Mayor's office. He did not return to the show for its second season.

Jaffrey still continues to sing and has performed in a number of concert productions, including singing at the London Palladium with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Radio 2. He was also the creator and co-producer of the dance show RED, a celebration of dozens of styles of movement and dance, brought together by their influences on and from India. He took the show to Johannesburg's Nelson Mandela Theatre. He played the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago at the Garrick Theatre in London.

Personal life

Jaffrey married fellow Spooks actress Miranda Raison in September 2007, shortly after he left the show. They divorced in November 2009.

In late 2011, Jaffrey began dating another Spooks actress, Lara Pulver, and the two were married on 27 December 2014. The couple had a son in February 2017.

Filmography

Year Title Type Role
1998 Picking up the Pieces TV Series Frank
1999 EastEnders TV Series Mr. Dattani
2002 Casualty TV Series Hakkan Tahsin
2002 Bombay Dreams Akaash
2004 Dirty War TV Movie Rashid Dhar
2004 - 2007 Spooks TV Series Zafar Younis
2005 M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team TV Series Kareem Dobar
2005 Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee TV Series Krishan
2006 Infinite Justice Kamal Khan
2007 Sex, the City and Me TV Movie Shafi Amid
2007 Eastern Promises Doctor Aziz
2008 The Crew Keith Thompson
2008 Sharpe's Peril TV Movie Lance Naik Singh
2008 Daily Politics TV Series Guest Presenter
2008 - 2009 Mistresses TV Series Hari / Hari Dhillon
2009 Theatre Live! TV Series Dr. Mahmud
2009 Harry Brown Father Bracken
2010 The Bounty Hunter Kamal
2010 Sex and the City 2 Butler Gaurau
2010 Accidental Farmer TV Movie Mike
2011 The Cape TV Series Cain / Raimonde LeFleur
2012 Smash TV Series Dev Sundaram
2013 Gothica TV Movie John Harker
2014 Death in Paradise TV Series Adam Frost
2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland TV Series Taj
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Series A.D.A.
2014 Homeland TV Series Aasar Khan
2014 - 2015 Elementary TV Series Andrew Paek
2015 - 2016 Code Black TV Series Dr. Neal Hudson
2016 The Rendezvous Jake Al-Shadi
2016 Ping (completed) Short Good-Looking Dad
2017 Adventure Time TV Series Danny
2018 - 2019 Lost in Space TV Series Victor Dhar
2019 Cliffs of Freedom Sunal Demir
2019 One Red Nose And A Wedding TV Short Anthony
2019 The Enemy Within TV Series Daniel Zain
2020 The Rhythm Section Keith Proctor
2021 Sweet Girl (post-production) Shah

Radio

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Double Science Danny Woods, Anish

Trivia

  • Creator of the dance-show spectacular, "RED." The show is a celebration of dozens of styles of movement and dance featuring flamenco, salsa, capoeira and hip-hop. There is also belly dance and kathkali, break dance and ballet. All these styles are brought together by their influences on and from India.
  • Holds a pilots license and flies regularly out of Van Nuys Airport, California.
  • Alumnus of Dulwich College alongside actors Rupert Penry Jones and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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