Sanjeev Bhaskar, OBE (born 31 October 1963) is a British comedian, actor and broadcaster, best known for his work in the BBC Two sketch comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and star of the sitcom The Kumars at No. 42. He also presented and starred in a documentary series called India with Sanjeev Bhaskar in which he travelled to India and visited his ancestral home in today's Pakistan. Bhaskar's more dramatic acting roles include the lead role of Dr Prem Sharma in The Indian Doctor and a main role as DI Sunny Khan in Unforgotten. Bhaskar is currently the Chancellor of the University of Sussex.
Bhaskar in 2015
|Born||31 October 1963|
|Education||University of Hertfordshire|
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, broadcaster|
|Home town||Hounslow, London, England|
Meera Syal (m. 2005)
Bhaskar soon realised that he preferred comedy to marketing and joined forces with an old college friend, Nitin Sawhney, to start a musical comedy double act called "The Secret Asians" which they first performed in 1996 at the now-defunct Tom Allen Arts Centre in East London. This performance was featured on a BBC magazine show called Reportage. They performed extensively also at the Watermans Arts Centre with numerous other acts at a regular Asian comedy night called "One Nation Under a Groove...Innit". Their real break came when they were performing a show at the Oval House venue in South London where, after a strong review in Time Out magazine by journalist and playwright Bonnie Greer, they were approached by Anil Gupta, the producer of what was to become the BBC sketch series Goodness Gracious Me.
Bhaskar, the Kumars and Gareth Gates collectively released the official single for Comic Relief in 2003, which spent three weeks at the top of the UK Singles chart and was the second highest selling single of the year.
In 2005 Bhaskar was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours List.
As part of the BBC’s series of programmes on the 60th anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan, he filmed a BBC documentary series India with Sanjeev Bhaskar with director Deep Sehgal which was broadcast to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence in August 2007. According to the BBC it included "an emotional journey" to his father’s ancestral home which is now in Pakistan.
On 23 February 2009 Sanjeev was appointed as the University of Sussex's new Chancellor. He was formally installed at the university's summer graduation ceremony on 22 July 2009. On 26 July 2019 Sanjeev was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in recognition of his 10 years in post as Chancellor.
He also featured in a Channel 4 documentary series called The House That Made Me. This show, produced by Nutopia in 2010, recreated his childhood home and introduced him to the characters of his youth.
On 31 October 2014 Bhaskar hosted Kermode and Mayo's Film Review, standing in for Simon Mayo on the BBC's flagship film show. He also played the lead character in the online animation Rajesh Finesse in 2014.
In January 2005, Bhaskar married comedian Meera Syal in a ceremony which took place in Lichfield, Staffordshire. They have a son, Shaan, who was born at the Portland Hospital on 2 December 2005.
|1998||The Dance of Shiva||Sergeant Bakshi||Short Film|
|1999||Notting Hill||Loud Man in Restaurant|
|2001||The Mystic Masseur||Beharry|
|2002||Anita and Me||Mr Kumar|
|The Guru||Rasphal the Cook|
|2006||Scoop||Poker Players||Credited as Sanjeev Bhasker|
|2007||Jhoom Barabar Jhoom||Shopkeeper|
|2010||It's a Wonderful Afterlife||Mr Bhatti the Curry Man|
|Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy||Mountie|
|Jackboots on Whitehall||Rupee/Old Gil/King||Voice Only|
|London Boulevard||Dr Sanji Raju|
|2011||The Itch of the Golden Nit||Ten Heart Hero (voice)||Short film|
|Arthur Christmas||Lead Elf||Voice Only|
|Lazy Uncle||Dad||Short film|
|2013||The Zero Theorem||Doctor 1|
|2016||Thunderbirds 1965||Himself||Short Film|
|2017||And The Winner Isn't||Himself||Documentary film|
|Paddington 2||Dr Jafri|
|2019||Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans||Mr. Felix|
|TBA||Dragon Rider||Voice role, In production|
|1991||The Real McCoy||Various Roles||Unknown episodes|
|1995||Porkpie||Sanjay||Episode: "And Lead us not into Temptation"|
|1996||Bollywood or Bust||Himself (Host)|
|1997||Captain Butler||Adeel||6 episodes|
|1997||We Know Where You Live||Various Characters||12 episodes|
|1998||Jonathan Creek||Doctor||Episode: "Black Canary"|
|1998||Light Lunch||Himself||Episode: "Goodness Gracious What a Great Show"|
|1998–2015||Goodness Gracious Me||Various||21 episodes|
|1998||Keeping Mum||Ahmed||Episodes: "The Card Game" and "The Morning After"|
|1999–2001||Small Potatoes||Rick Roy||13 episodes|
|2001||We Know Where You Live||Television movie|
|2001–2006||The Kumars at No. 42||Sanjeev Kumar||Lead role|
|2002||Dalziel and Pascoe||Graham Shah||Episode: "Mens Sana"|
|2005||Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee||Akaash||3 episodes|
|2005||Chopratown||Vik Chopra||Television movie|
|2005–2008||The New Paul O'Grady Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|2005||Angell's Hell||John Angell||Television movie|
|2006||The Children's Party at the Palace||Robin Hood||Television special|
|2007–2008||Mumbai Calling||Kenny Gupta||8 episodes|
|2009||Natural World||Narrator||Documentary series|
Episode: "Man-eating Tigers of the Sundarbans"
|2010||Grandpa In My Pocket||Rodger Splodger||Episode: "Great Aunt Loretta's Not-So-Great Plan"|
|2010–2013||The Indian Doctor||Dr Prem Sharma||15 episodes|
|2014||Midsomer Murders||Armand Stone||Episode: "The Killings of Copenhagen"|
|The Kumars||Sanjeev Kumar||6 episodes|
|Doctor Who||Colonel Ahmed||Episode: "Death in Heaven"|
|2015||Drunk History||Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell||Episode 1.8|
|Bollywood and Beyond: A Century of Indian Cinema||Himself (presenter)||Television movie|
|Horrible Histories||Various characters||Episode: "Naughty Napoleon Special"|
|2015–present||Unforgotten||DI Sunil "Sunny" Khan|
|2016||Thunderbirds Are Go||Ethan Sullivan (voice)||Episode: "City Under the Sea"|
|2017||Horrible Histories||Singing Greek God||Episode: "Monstrous Musicians"|
|2017–present||Porters||Mr. Pradeep||7 episodes|
|2018–present||Thomas & Friends||Shankar (voice)||UK & US versions|
|2019||Icons: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century||Category presenter ("Advocate")||2 episodes, activists category and live final|
|Red Nose Bodyguard||Interviewer||Red Nose Day 2019 special|
|Good Omens||Giles Baddicombe||Episode: "The Very Last Day of the Rest of Their Lives"|
|2020||Sandylands||Les Vegas||Television miniseries|
- The Way It Is (2000) as various characters
- Goodness Gracious Me: Back Where They Came From (2001) as various characters
- Comic Relief 2003 (2003) as Sanjeev Kumar
- Celebration's Advertisement (2004) – as himself
- L'Entente Cordiale (2006) as Commander Bashir
- India with Sanjeev Bhaskar (2007) as himself
- Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy – as himself
- Researcha[permanent dead link]
- "The A–Z of Laughter (Part One)". London: guardian.co.uk. 7 December 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- "Sanjeev Bhaskar: 'I have issues with inheritance tax. it's odd that you get taxed for dying'". Telegraph.co.uk. 14 May 2013.
- "'The Inventory: Sanjeev Bhaskar'". FT.com. 2 May 2014.
- "Desert Island Discs - Nitin Sawhney, musician, producer, composer - BBC Sounds". www.bbc.co.uk. 18:40 minutes in.
- "India & Pakistan 60th Anniversary of Independence". bbc.co.uk.
- "Unknown title". living.scotsman.com.
- "Totally Looped". totallylooped.co.uk.
- "Sanjeev Bhaskar is the new Chancellor of the University of Sussex". 23 February 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
- "Sanjeev Bhaskar fronts Wildseed pilot". broadcastnow.co.uk.
- Charlotte Wareing (17 April 2015). "Asian Awards 2015: All the winners from the star-studded bash". mirror.
- "Entertainment | Family wedding for Kumars stars". BBC News. 25 January 2005. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- "Secret wedding for The Kumars – Showbiz – London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. 25 January 2005. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- "Stand up for Iran's Baha'is - Voices from the arts call for the imprisoned Baha'i leaders in Iran to receive a fair trial". The Times. London. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- "General Election 2010: leading stars oppose Tory BBC plans". The Daily Telegraph. London. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.