Manoj Sood (born May 5, 1962) is a Canadian film and television actor.[1]

Manoj Sood
Born (1962-05-05) May 5, 1962 (age 61)
Years active1995–present
Agent(s)The Characters Talent Agency, Vancouver BC, Canada.
RelativesKama Sood (son)
Veena Sood (sister)
Ashwin Sood (cousin)

Life and career edit

Manoj Sood was born in Mombasa, Kenya, to Indian Hindu parents, Dr. B.K. Sood and Narindar Sood.[1]

He immigrated with his family to Canada in 1964, growing up in Calgary before studying film at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia.[1]

Sood began his career by appearing in the made-for-television film Survival On The Mountain,[1] produced by Billy Crystal and Francis Ford Coppola. Since then, Sood has been a regular performer in television and feature film productions.

Most notably, he portrayed the leading role of conservative Muslim father, Baber Siddiqui in the popular CBC/Amazon Prime sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie, which aired for six seasons.[2] Other television appearances include Da Vinci's Inquest, The Dead Zone, Romeo! and Dead Like Me.[3] Feature film appearances include Romeo Must Die, Rat Race, Meltdown, and Watchmen.[3]

In the 2010s, his credits included the Brad Bird film Tomorrowland and roles in the television series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Continuum and Supernatural.[4]

More recently he has appeared in the television series Snowpiercer, the Netflix hit, Wedding Season, and Bob Odenkirk's show Lucky Hank.

Personal life edit

Sood is the brother of actress Veena Sood and the cousin of musician Ashwin Sood (who was previously married to popular singer Sarah McLachlan).[5] He has a son, Kama L. Sood who is a filmmaker.

Sood is an avid fly fisherman.[6] He is also a passionate amateur astronomer.[7]

He has spoken out against the sexual exploitation of children at home and abroad for the advocacy group Beyond Borders.[8][9]

Filmography edit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Survival on the Mountain Boutros TV movie
Doomsday Rock Missile Commander TV movie, uncredited
Breaker High Guru Episode: "Don't Get Curried Away"
Viper P.M. Sintong Nameh Episode: "Cat and Mouse"
2000 Romeo Must Die Akbar
Da Vinci's Inquest Man in Office Building Episode: "That's the Way the Story Goes"
2001 Rat Race High Roller
2002 The Sausage Factory Doctor Episode: "Purity Test"
Monk Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Part 1", uncredited
The Dead Zone Apu, Convenice Store Clerk Episode: "Unreasonable Doubt"
2003 Firefight Raja
Da Vinci's Inquest Bernie Episode: "Twenty Five Dollar Conversation"
2004 Jake 2.0 Dr. Vikram Taleek Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
Romeo! Principal Gurjit Ramawad Episode: "Loose Lips"
Episode: "A Matter of Principal"
Human Cargo Mr. Sanjay Desai TV mini-series
Touching Evil Mr. Patel Episode: "Pilot"
Snakehead Terror Raj
Meltdown Syed Kahn TV movie
Dead Like Me Mr. Akhtar Episode: "Send in the Clown"
Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2005 The Dead Zone Cabbie Episode: "Double Vision"
Robson Arms Urologist Episode: "A Certain Vintage"
The 4400 Albert Episode: "The Hidden"
Fetching Cody Security Guard
Da Vinci's City Hall Santosh Kumar Episode: "One Man, Two Jobs"
Murder Unveiled Lawyer TV movie
A Little Thing Called Murder Syed Bial Ahmed
Godiva's Mr. Hadieri Episode: "Fast and Loose"
2006 Episode: "Floodgates"
Episode: "Out the Door"
The Evidence Medical Examiner Episode: "Borrowed Time"
A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story Actor TV movie
2007 White Noise: The Light Male Nurse
Partition The Wood Gatherer
2007–2012 Little Mosque on the Prairie Baber Siddiqui Series Lead (91 episodes)
2008–2009 Winnipeg Comedy Festival Baber Siddiqui
2009 Watchmen Karnak Scientist
2010 Repeaters Mr. Singh
2011 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Mr. Sadigh Episode: "The Dead Body"
Fathers & Sons Satish
Endgame Dr. Abel Gray Episode: "I Killed Her"
2011 Sisters & Brothers Nata
2011 The Debaters Babar Siddiqui Episode "Plastic Bags & Batman vs. Superman"
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Convenience Store Customer #2
2012 Profile For Murder Dr. Sharma
2013 Once Upon A Time In Wonderland The Diplomat Season 1 Episode 7 "Bad Blod"
2014 Continuum Benedict Season 3 Episode 5
2014 East Meets Ted Executive producer, writer, Satish Scharma In development
2014 Pants On Fire Mr. Kar
2015 Tomorrowland Economics Teacher
2015 Just In Time For Christmas Richard
2016 Grand Unified Field Theory Dr. Al Razi
2016 One Last Ride Inderjeet
2017 The Birthday Wish Optometrist
2017 Supernatural Dr. Sharma Season 12, Episode 16
2017 Violentia Walter Mansingh
2017 Darrow and Darrow Justice Armendariz
2017 Welcome To Surrey Sunil Series Lead
2017 Insomnia Mukesh Series Lead
2018 ICE Justice Herman Guest Star
2018 Salvation Dr. Chandra Recurring
2020-2022 Snowpiercer Rajiv Sharma Recurring
2020 Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Storey Dr. Samra
2021 Christmas in Crumbs Avi Varma
2021 Martha's Vineyard Mysteries Marty Cline Episode 4, Poisoned in Paradise
2022 Wedding Season DInesh
2022 Lucky Hank Ali Mehaidle
2023 Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Principal Episode 11

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d Williams, Paul (March 4, 2013). "Manoj Sood". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ Volmers, Eric (January 7, 2012). "Little Mosque that could". Calgary Herald.
  3. ^ a b "Manoj Sood".
  4. ^ Bement, Colleen (March 31, 2017). "Get to know 'Supernatural' guest actor Manoj Sood". Blasting News. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Sarah McLachlan splits from Indian husband". DNA India. 2008-09-12.
  6. ^ Willis, Dave (January 5, 2012). "Ladner actor saying farewell to popular CBC series". Delta Optimist. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Manoj Sood". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  8. ^ "Celebrities speak out against child sexual exploitation". CBC News. October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  9. ^ Bramham, Daphne (August 4, 2010). "Manoj Sood fights child exploitation". Vancouver Sun.

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