|Born||28 November 1970|
Greenwich, London, England, UK
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, producer, theatre director|
Ajay Chhabra (born 28 November 1970) is a British television and theatre actor, director, producer and comedian of Indo-Fijian heritage, who is best known for playing Anil in The Basil Brush Show, The Vicar, Suresh Mattai in the BBC Radio series The Archers and the Defense Barrister George Karnad in Holby City. Ajay is Artistic Director of Nutkhut, and founder of the London Mela (Europe's largest South Asian festival).
Early life[edit | edit source]
Before turning professional he worked in the Hotel and Events sector. He studied Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Hospitality Management at Westminster Hotel School and the University of North London. He trained at Grosvenor House Hotel and Beck Hotels in Austria, completing his training at the University of Innsbruck.
Career[edit | edit source]
He created and played Stanley in Kafka's Dick by Alan Bennett and developed his own series Planet Ajay for the BBC, creating and playing four characters – himself, his evil twin brother, Badjay, a space serpent: Jaleel the Eel and his maternal grandmother, Naniji, using green screen technology.
In 1995 he made his West End debut in Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard alongside Felicity Kendal, Art Malik and the late Margaret Tyzack. He has worked for BBC Radio Drama reading works exclusively for V S Naipaul and Salman Rushdie.
He has directed and performed for Diesel Clothing Company in Italy, Greece, Holland, Germany and Denmark, bringing together fashion and theatre in creating a theatrical presentation of Spring/Summer collections with catwalk models, classical dancers and actors.
In 2011 he created and performed a virtual customer of the future for the Senior Executive board of HSBC bank in Canary Wharf, London and at its headquarters in Hong Kong, enabling senior directors to execute future customer account profiles.
As part of the centenary commemorations of the First World War, created by Chhabra, over 50,000 people experienced Dr Blighty at Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens. The projections spread far and wide on social media and were seen by over a million people online.
Dr Blighty threw a spotlight on the Indians who travelled across the world to fight for the Allies during the First World War. More than one million men travelled from India to fight in the Great War, and the collective experiences of these volunteer forces constitute one of the great untold stories in military history. The event successfully brought to life the experiences of the injured Indian soldiers sent to recuperate in Brighton and the locals who came to know and care for them.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
Film[edit | edit source]
|2002||Bend It Like Beckham||Party Guest|
|2002||Anita and Me||Mr. Bhatra|
|2003||The Audition||Sargent||Short film|
|2021||Tom and Jerry||Mr. Mehta|
Television[edit | edit source]
|1998, 2007||Casualty||Ravi Sangera
|Episodes: "Internal Inferno: Part 1"|
|1998||The Bill||Mr. Wadia||Episode: "Christmas Star"|
|2002–2007||The Basil Brush Show||Anil|
|2003||Holby City||George Karnad||Episodes: "The One You Love: Part 1"|
"The One You Love: Part 2"
|2005||Dream Team||Doctor||Episode: "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"|
|2012||Hunted||Pakistani Driver||Episode: "Khyber"|
|2016||Marcella||Shop Owner||Episode #1.1|
|2017||Hetty Feather||Deerheart||Episode: "Plans"|
|2017||Carters Get Rich||Waiter||Episode #1.2|
|2018||BBC3 Quickies (TV Mini-Series)||Dad||When You Disappoint Your Parents|
|2018||The Jewish Enquirer (TV Series)||Mike Geddis MP||Feathers & Foreskins|
|2019||Four Weddings and a Funeral (TV Series)||Rafik||Lights, Camera, Wedding|
|2020||Vera (TV Series)||Nasir Ali||Blood Will Tell|
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