Athar ul-Haque Malik (born 13 November 1952), known professionally as Art Malik, is a Pakistani born English actor who achieved international fame in the 1980s through his starring and subsidiary roles in assorted British and Merchant Ivory television serials and films. He is especially remembered for his portrayal of the out-of-place Hari Kumar in The Jewel in the Crown at the outset of his career. He also portrayed Islamic extremist Salim Abu Aziz in True Lies.
Athar ul-Haque Malik
13 November 1952
|Spouse(s)||Gina Rowe (1980–present)|
Malik was born Athar ul-Haque Malik in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, the son of Zaibunisa and Mazhar ul-Haque Malik, a doctor who worked an ophthalmic surgeon in Britain. When his father secured a job as a surgeon in Moorfields Eye Hospital, Malik was brought to London in 1956, aged three.
After an unsatisfactory stint of business studies and a term studying acting at the Questors Theatre, he won a scholarship to Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Before long, he was working with the Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare companies.
In 1987, he played Kamran Shah, an Afghan Mujahideen leader who allies with James Bond and leads a raid against Soviet invaders in the 007 film The Living Daylights.
In 1994, Malik played his first big screen villain, Salim Abu Aziz, a stereotypical Islamist, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies. Malik accepted the role, which he described as "a hoot", at a time when he had been 14 months without work and was being pursued by the Inland Revenue for £32,000.
Following his appearance in True Lies, Malik was offered several roles in other action movies, but turned them down, later explaining, "I didn't want to do action movies that weren't as good." He instead accepted a role in the British film Clockwork Mice. Malik also became closely associated with Tom Stoppard's 1995 play Indian Ink.
In 2001, he narrated the television documentary Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime for broadcast on BBC Two and in 2002 he narrated the three part television mini-series The British Empire in Colour for TWI/Carlton Television.
In 2017 he appeared in the first series of Bancroft. Malik appeared in the second episodes of both season 8 of the UK show Doc Martin in 2017 and series 11 of Doctor Who, "The Ghost Monument" in 2018.
By Malik's own account, the sudden success he enjoyed in 1984 resulted in his excessive drinking. "I was surrounded by people who admired me and I took all of that home with me," he said when interviewed in 2003. "I paid lots of attention to my ego, and not enough to my spirit. It was totally unhealthy, like an illness." The result was a strain on his marriage, leading to his wife walking out on him. He also ran up high bills on his credit card, and by 1993 he owed £55,000 to the bank and £32,000 to the Inland Revenue, and was on the verge of being declared bankrupt when he landed the lucrative part of Salim Abu Aziz, a terrorist, in James Cameron's True Lies. He and his wife reunited.
Malik took a major role in fundraising for relief work for victims of the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, and also appeared on the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal advertisement in 2010. He lives with his wife Gina Rowe, a fellow student at the Guildhall, whom he married in 1980. They have two daughters, Jessica and Keira. Although from a Muslim background, and having insisted that his character on Holby City should be a Muslim, Malik describes himself as "not a practising Muslim. I'm probably an apostate, and liable for any right-minded Muslim fundamentalist to put me on a list of people to stamp out."
|1980||Richard's Things||Dr. Mustag|
|1984||A Passage to India||Ali|
|1987||The Living Daylights||Kamran Shah|
|1992||City of Joy||Ashok Ghatak|
|1992||Year of the Comet||Nico|
|1995||A Kid in King Arthur's Court||Lord Belasco|
|1998||Side Streets||Bipin Raj|
|2002||Out Done||Inspector Harrison|
|2006||Nina's Heavenly Delights||Raj Khanna|
|2008||Dean Spanley||Swami Nala Prash|
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Shiekh Khalid|
|2011||Everywhere and Nowhere||Uncle Mirza|
|2012||John Carter||Zodangan General|
|2013||Bhaag Milkha Bhaag||Sampuran Singh|
|2016||The Infiltrator||Akbar Bilgrami|
|2017||Halal Daddy||Amir Aziz|
|1978||Mixed Blessings||Fred||Episode: "The Loneliness of the Long Term Unemployed"|
|1978||The Professionals||Doctor||2 episodes|
|1979||ITV Playhouse||Dave||Episode: "The Reaper"|
|1981||Crown Court||Aziz Ul Haque||Episode: "Freedom to Incite: Part 1"|
|1982||The Gentle Touch||Turk||Episode: "Be Lucky Uncle"|
|1983||Bergerac||Ravi||Episode: "A Miracle Every Week"|
|1983||Chessgame||Farouk||Episode: "Digging Up the Future"|
|1984||The Far Pavilions||Zarin||2 episodes|
|1984||The Jewel in the Crown||Hari Kumar||6 episodes|
|1984||Minder||Shamy||Episode: "What Makes Shamy Run?"|
|1985||The Black Tower||Julius Court||5 episodes|
|1986||Harem||Tarik Pasha||Television film|
|1986||West of Paradise||Sam McBride|
|1986||The Deadly Recruits||Farouk|
|1986||Death Is Part of the Process||Indres|
|1988||Hothouse||Dr. Ved Lahari||7 episodes|
|1989||After the War||Jerome LeBlanc||2 episodes|
|1989||Shadow of the Cobra||Charles Sobhraj|
|1990||Boon||Alex Cavendish||Episode: "The Tender Trap"|
|1991||The Storyteller: Greek Myths||Orpheus||Episode: "Orpheus & Eurydice"|
|1992||Covington Cross||Salim||Episode: "Revenge"|
|1993||Jackanory||Reader||Episode: "Haroun and the Sea of Stories"|
|1993||Age of Treason||Pertinax||Television film|
|1994||The Wimbledon Poisoner||Karim Jackson||2 episodes|
|1996||Kavanagh QC||Ashok Prasad QC||Episode: "Job Satisfaction"|
|1996||Peak Practice||Mr. Hussain||Episode: "Heart and Soul"|
|1997||Turning World||Shams||3 episodes|
|1997||Path to Paradise: The Untold Story||Ramzi Yousef||Television film|
|1998||Big Women||Jemal||Episode: "Well, I'm Sorry"|
|1998||Colour Blind||Hassan||2 episodes|
|1998, 2015||Goodness Gracious Me||Various|
|1998–1999||Unfinished Business||Tam||7 episodes|
|1999||Vicious Circle||Harrison||Television film|
|1999||The Seventh Scroll||Taita||3 episodes|
|1999||Life Support||Dr. Kamran Blake||6 episodes|
|2000||In the Beginning||Ramesses II|
|2000||Second Sight: Hide and Seek||Faiz Ahmed||Television film|
|2001||Messiah||D.C.S. Emerson||2 episodes|
|2001||The Real Shirley Bassey||Narrator||Television film|
|2002||Fun at the Funeral Parlour||Duke of Hypnotism||Episode: "A Pocket Full of Gravel"|
|2002||Murder in Mind||Paul Asher||Episode: "Flashback"|
|2003||Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine||D.C.S. Emerson||2 episodes|
|2003–2005||Holby City||Zubin Khan||94 episodes|
|2005||The English Harem||Saaman "Sam" Sahar||Television film|
|2006||The Gil Mayo Mysteries||Marcus Illingworth||Episode: "Late of This Parish"|
|2006||Dalziel and Pascoe||Aahil Khan||2 episodes|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||Colonel Raymond Malik|
|2008||10 Days to War||Abdul Aziz al-Hakim||Episode: "$100 Coffee"|
|2008||Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures||Abbot Absolute||Episode: "The Skull of Sobek"|
|2009||Inspector Lewis||Professor Hamid Jassim||Episode: "Allegory of Love"|
|2010||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Sir Bartholomew Strange||Episode: "Three Act Tragedy"|
|2010||Ben Hur||Sheikh Ilderim||2 episodes|
|2010||The Nativity||Nicolaus||4 episodes|
|2010–2012||Upstairs Downstairs||Mr. Amanjit Singh||9 episodes|
|2011–2014||Borgia||Francesc Gacet||32 episodes|
|2012||Masterpiece Mystery||Sir Bartholomew Strange||Episode: "Poirot XI: Three Act Tragedy"|
|2013||New Tricks||Jonathan Epstein||Episode: "The Little Brother"|
|2014–2020||Homeland||Bunny Latif||7 episodes|
|2015||Arthur & George||Rev Shapurji Edalji||3 episodes|
|2016||Indian Summers||Maharajah||2 episodes|
|2016||Cold Feet||Eddie Zubayr||7 episodes|
|2017||Sherlock||Prison Governor||Episode: "The Final Problem"|
|2017||Doc Martin||John Rahmanzai||Episode: "Sons and Lovers"|
|2017||Bancroft||Alan Taheeri||4 episodes|
|2018||The Woman in White||Erasmus Nash||5 episodes|
|2018||Doctor Who||Ilin||Episode: "The Ghost Monument"|
|2019||Silent Witness||Arthur Pujari||2 episodes|
|2019||The Feed||President Quan||3 episodes|
|2020||Man Like Mobeen||Khan||5 episodes|
|2020||Penance||Fr. Tom Hayes||3 episodes|
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- Judith Woods (3 June 2003). "I try to be a better person. Every day". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
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- Ray Richmond (20 May 1999). "Cleopatra". Variety. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
- "Hajj". Genome.BBC. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- The British Empire in Colour, imdb.com. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
- Documentary: The British Empire in Colour, britishempire.co.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
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- Jeffery, Morgan (18 September 2018). "Doctor Who reveals series 11, episode 2 title and guest stars". DigitalSpy.
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