Roshan Seth Biography (1942-)

Born 1942 in New Delhi (some sources cite Patna), India; father, a professorof biochemistry. Addresses: Agent: Aude Powell, Brunskill Management Ltd., 169 Queensgate, Suite 8a, London SW7 5HE, England.

Actor, director
Birth Details
New Delhi, India

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Azad, Juggernaut, United Artists, 1974
  • Pandit Nehru, Gandhi, Columbia, 1982
  • Chattar Lal, Prime Minister to Maharaja, Indiana Jones and the Templeof Doom, Paramount, 1984
  • Amritrao, A Passage to India, Columbia, 1984
  • Papa, My Beautiful Laundrette, 1985 Orion Classics, 1986
  • Mr. Pancks, Little Dorrit (also known as Little Dorrit's Story and Nobody's Fault), Cannon, 1988
  • Manika, 1988
  • Yamdoot, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, c. 1989.
  • George, Slipstream, Entertainment Film, 1989
  • Ben Amir, Mountains of the Moon, TriStar, 1990
  • Lord Grafton, 1871, Film Four International, 1990
  • Houssein, Not without My Daughter, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1991
  • Jay, Mississippi Masala, 1991 Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1992
  • Dr. Bubba, London Kills Me, 1991 Fine Line Features, 1992
  • Dhalsim, Street Fighter (also known as Street Fighter: The Battle for Shadaloo, Street Fighter: The Movie, and Street Fighter:The Ultimate Battle), Columbia TriStar, 1994
  • Sandip Tamar, Solitaire for 2, New Circle Entertainment, 1995
  • Kishan Singh, The Journey, New Ray Films, 1997
  • Gustad Noble, Such a Long Journey, 1998 Shooting Gallery, 2000
  • Persi Shroff, Bombay Boys, Kismet Talkies, 1998
  • Secret of the Andes, 1998
  • Sheikh Kamal, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence, 1999
  • Colonel Amir Salim, Vertical Limit, Columbia, 2000
  • Mohan Rai, Monsoon Wedding, Delhi Dot Com/Mirabai Films, 2001
  • Also appeared in the film Clashpoint.
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Haroon Amir, The Buddha of Suburbia, BBC, 1993
  • Movies
  • Roshan, Partition, Channel 4 (England), 1987
  • Defense solicitor, The Happy Valley, BBC (England), 1987
  • Deadline, BBC, 1988
  • Berea, Stalin, HBO, 1992
  • Ranveer, Electric Moon, Channel 4, 1992
  • Ajoy, Bideshi, BBC, 1996
  • Episodic
  • "Rates of Exchange," Casualty, 1992
  • Aslam Choudhury, "Treasure," Dangerfield, 1996
  • Kushara Bandara, "Tip of the Iceberg," Holby City, 2001
  • Appeared as Dr. Narasjee in an episode of General Hospital, ABC; also appeared in The Bill.
  • Other
  • Mr. Humphry, Running Late, BBC, 1992
  • Baba, Flight, BBC2, 1995
  • Ulla Khasi, Iqbal, 1998
  • Mr. Kumar, NY Spice, 2001
  • Appeared as Anil Roy, Apply, Apply, No Reply, BBC; as Saklatvala,Comrad Sak, Tartan/Channel 4; as Nehru, India--A Discovery (series); in the title role, Inspector Shaikh, BBC; and as Dr. Milma, "ThePedlar," Play of the Month, BBC; also appeared in Emmerdale Farm, Yorkshire (England); First Born, BBC; "Bandit Queen" (documentary), First Take, Channel 4; Pravina's Wedding; and Six Days ofJustice, Thames (England).
  • Stage Appearances
  • Victor Mehta, A Map of the World, Adelaide Theatre Festival, Adelaide, Australia, and Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, 1982 then NationalTheatre, London, 1983-1984 later Public Theatre, New York City.
  • The fool, King Lear, National Theatre, 1986-1987
  • Salieri, Amadeus, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2001
  • Appeared as the doctor, The Millionairess.
  • Major Tours
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, U.S. cities,1972
  • Stage Work
  • Director of Twelfth Night (in Hindi), National School of Drama, New Delhi, India; assistant director of Cymbeline and The Marquis ofKeith, both Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Appeared as narrator of Hayavdana, Raag Darbani, and Upat Oxford, all BBC; as Uncle Icky, My Beautiful Laundrette, BBC4;and as Mowgli, Whatever Happened To ... ?, BBC4.

Further Reference


    • Guardian Unlimited, October 15, 1999

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