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Ahsen Rafiq Bhatti (born 13 September 1969), known professionally as Ahsen Bhatti until 2008 and as Ace Bhatti thereafter, is a British actor who trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has starred in numerous television series, including New Street Law, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, The Sarah Jane Adventures as Haresh Chandra and in EastEnders playing villain Yusef Khan (2010–11).

Ace Bhatti
Born Ahsen Rafiq Bhatti
(1969-09-13) 13 September 1969 (age 48)
Nottingham, England
Years active 1984-present

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CareerEdit

Bhatti began acting at age fourteen starring in the children series Dramarama, however it wasn't until the nineties until he furthered his career, for which he appeared in the British soap opera Family Pride, Band of Gold, Holding On, and most notably as Dr Rajesh Rajah in Cardiac Arrest, among many other television roles during this time. In 2002 Bhatti made a brief appearance in Bend It Like Beckham, played the central character Dave in BBC Three's dark comedy Grease Monkeys (2003), and played flashy Ash Aslan in 2006's New Street Law. In 2007 he took on a minor role for two episodes in the first series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl as Ashok, a regular client of the main character, Belle. He reappeared in 2010 in the same role. In 2008 Bhatti appeared as a supporting character in the second series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and reprised his role for the third series in 2009, the fourth series in 2010 and in the fifth series in 2011. Although credited in his early career by his birth name Ahsen Bhatti, Bhatti changed his professional name to Ace Bhatti (Ace is a childhood nickname). In 2011 he played Commander Khokar in the BBC2 series The Shadow Line.

In April 2013, Ace Bhatti became a patron of Theatre Royal Wakefield.

In 2018, it was announced that Bhatti will play Freddie Mercury's father Bomi Bulsara in the upcoming biopic called Bohemian Rhapsody, to be released on November 2, 2018.

EastEndersEdit

In 2010, Bhatti was cast as Yusef Khan, the father of already established character Afia Masood (Meryl Fernandes). Bhatti was already known to EastEnders executive producer Bryan Kirkwood when he auditioned for the part, as Kirkwood and Bhatti worked on Coronation Street at the same time. Bhatti was the only actor who auditioned for the part of Yusef.[1] In fact, Wadia recommended Bhatti to Kirkwood to play Yusef, as she "thought that he definitely had the quality that Yusef would need—which is a very ambiguous but charming quality!"[2] Bhatti explained to Digital Spy that the EastEnders cast are very welcoming. He explained: "They're so welcoming. There's a lot of joking about. I'm having a great time at EastEnders - it's a real privilege to be here. I've known Nitin and Nina Wadia, who plays Zainab, for a very long time and we've always got on very well. Nitin and I play tense scenes together so it's nice that we can have a laugh afterwards."[3] He featured in a Domestic violence storyline in late 2011 with co-star Nina Wadia who plays Yusef's wife Zainab. Yusef starts to abuse Zainab both physically and mentally. He forbids Zainab to leave the house and later starts using her son, Kamil, to control her. Wadia explains that she wants the storyline to have a positive impact against real-life violence. She told BBC News :"I think the idea behind showing a strong woman like Zainab changing like this is to show that it can happen to even the strongest of women. They can change and they can be manipulated - especially if they're isolated from their friends and family. The manipulator can take advantage, so it's to prove that it can even happen to people like her. To be honest, if even one woman rings that Action Line at the end of the show and there's some difference made to her life, I'll feel like we've done our job," she continued. "It is a serious issue and I'm glad it's being highlighted. I hope that it wakes anyone up - not just women, I know that there are abused men out there as well. So if it gives anyone the strength to leave a relationship like that, we'll have done our job."[4] The scenes where Yusef refused to let Zainab see Kamil pulled in 8.69m viewers at 7.30pm. BBC Three's repeat of the episode later secured 994k viewers at 10pm.[5]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Dramarama Eddie
1995 Treasure of the Peacock's Eye Indian Lieutenant
1995 Brothers in Trouble Irshad
Ghostbusters of East Finchley DI Cunliffe
1997 Sixth Happiness Cyrus
1998 Verdict Sanjay Mehta Q.C.
1999 Cleopatra Sceptical Citizen
Grafters Tom
Last Christmas Doctor
2000 Peak Practice Specialist
Harbour Lights Ramesh
Silent Witness DCI Ranjeet Naval
2001 Love or Money Ali
2002 Bend It Like Beckham Nairobi Grandson
2003 Emmerdale Bobby Khan
2004 The Deputy Nickhall Gangwani
The Secret of Year Six Abdul
2005 Ultimate Force Handsome
Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee Deepak
2006 Bradford Riots Faisal
Goldplated Haq
2007 Frankenstein Dr. Dhillon
2009 New Tricks Geeten Mistry
Coming Up Shahid
Wish 143 Consultant
2010 My Lad Aziz
It's a Wonderful Afterlife Tej
Break Clause Kadir
2013 The Last Witch Doctor
2014 Amar Akbar & Tony Doc
2018 Bohemian Rhapsody Bomi Bulsara Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Family Pride Suresh
1994–95 Cardiac Arrest Dr. Rajesh Rajah
1995–96 Band of Gold Dez 4 episodes
1997–08 The Bill Sunil Davdra 4 episodes
1997 Holding On Zahid
2000 Urban Gothic Jim Takeshi
2001 NCS: Manhunt DC Johnny Khan
Dalziel and Pascoe Ravi Ghataura
2002 NCS: Manhunt DC Johnny Khan
2002–05 Holby City Andy Fishman
2003 The Second Coming Peter Gupta
2003–04 Grease Monkeys Dave Dhillon 20 episodes
2004 Bodies Rajesh Rajah
2005 Cold Blood Ajay Roychowdury
2005–06 Coronation Street Jayesh Parekh
2006 Blue Murder Saadiq Aziz
2006–07 Cold Blood 2 Ajay Roychowdury
2006–07 New Street Law Ash Aslan 10 episodes
2007 Casualty Andy Fishman
2007–08 Cold Blood DC Ajay Roychowdury
2007–08 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Ashok 3 episodes
2008 Kiss of Death Miles Trueman
2008–11 The Sarah Jane Adventures Haresh Chandra 24 episodes
2009 Casualty Rafiq
The Fixer Supari
Spooks Amish Mani
2010–11 EastEnders Yusef Khan 94 episodes
2011 The Shadow Line Commander Khokar 4 episodes
2012 Midsomer Murders Harry Dutta 1 episode
2014 Silent Witness Mousa Rashid 2 episodes
Silk Dani Kakwani 2 episodes
From There to Here DI Graves 2 episodes
In the Club Vinay 1 episode
Lewis Rizwan Nooran Episode: "Entry Wounds"
2015 Father Brown Syrus Episode: "The Lair of the Libertines"
Jekyll and Hyde Dr. Vishal Najaran 3 episodes
2016 Shetland Calvin Sarwar 3 episodes
Beowulf Harken 4 episodes
DCI Banks Malik Nadir 4 episodes
2017 Three Girls Nazir Afzal 2 episodes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Meet Whitby's soap star doctor". Whitby Gazette. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "More 'EastEnders' chat from Nina Wadia". Digital Spy. London: Hachette Filipacchi UK. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Rainey, Naomi. "Ace Bhatti: 'Enders cast are so welcoming'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel. "'EastEnders' Yusef plot should have positive impact, says Nina Wadia". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel. "'EastEnders' Yusef drama pulls in 8.7m". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 

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