Sanjeev Singh Kohli (born 30 November 1971) is a British comedian, writer and actor. He is most famous for his role as Navid in the Scottish sitcom Still Game. He also played Ramesh Majhu in the radio sitcom Fags, Mags and Bags and A.J. Jandhu in the BBC Scotland soap opera River City. Kohli has also played Norrie in BBC Four's Bob Servant Independent. He presents Sanjeev Kohli's Big Talk on the BBC Scotland channel.
Sanjeev Singh Kohli
|Born||30 November 1971|
|Occupation||Comedian, writer, actor|
|Known for||Still Game|
Meet the Magoons
Fags, Mags and Bags
Kohli was born in London to a social worker and a teacher, who had emigrated to the United Kingdom in the 1960s from India. When he was three years old they moved to Scotland. Kohli's parents could afford to move him, aged six, and his brothers to be educated by the Jesuits at St Aloysius' College, a Roman Catholic school in Central Glasgow. To pay for their children's education Kohli's parents ran a corner shop.
Kohli starred as Surjit Magoon in Meet the Magoons, co-written by his brother Hardeep, for Channel 4. and has appeared in several episodes of the BBC comedy series Look Around You as Synthesiser Patel. He is a former presenter of the BBC's Asian Network and has previously written for Goodness Gracious Me, The Big Breakfast and Chewin' the Fat, which was also written by future Still Game co-stars, Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill.
In December 2006 the Sunday Mail revealed that Kohli would be starring in a major ITV thriller, Losing Gemma. Starring alongside Alice Eve, he played "a member of the British High Commission, who helps a young English tourist jailed in Delhi, India". Kohli revealed in 2007 that he would be working on a radio comedy project for BBC Radio 4, entitled Fags, Mags and Bags. The series was broadcast in 2008 and was nominated for a Sony Award. The Daily Record also revealed Kohli would be writing for ITV children's show, My Life as a Popat. Kohli has also starred in BBC Three's Rush Hour as an intolerant taxicab driver, and on the same channel in Phoo Action as a television news presenter.
On 21 August 2007 he presented a show called 10 Things To Hate About The Edinburgh Festival. Kohli also sometimes appears as a pundit on BBC One Scotland's Saturday afternoon Sportscene football programme. Kohli made a brief cameo in a speaking role as himself in an episode of BBC's VideoGaiden, where he received a fish in the mail as a gift from the hosts in an attempt to recreate the Nintendo game Animal Crossing. One of the hosts was Robert Florence, a writer whom Kohli worked with on Chewin' the Fat.
In 2014 Kohli joined the rest of the cast of Still Game in the comeback live show at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. There were 21 performances of the sold-out show.
In October 2015 Kohli made his first appearance as A.J. Jandhu in the Scottish soap opera River City.
Since April 2019 he has hosted Sanjeev Kohli's Big Talk on the BBC Scotland channel.
|2002||Comedy Lab||Surjit||Meet The Magoons Special||E4|
|2002-2007, 2016-2019||Still Game||Navid Harrid||Series Regular||BBC One|
|2004||Look Around You||Synthesizer Patel||BBC Two|
|2005||Meet the Magoons||Surjit||Series Regular||Channel 4|
|2007||The Peter Serafinowicz Show||Various Characters||Series Regular||BBC Two|
|2009||Hope Springs||Mo Khan||Series Regular||BBC One|
|2010||Rab C Nesbitt||Mr Khan||Guest Role||BBC Two|
|2010||Angelos Epithemiou's Moving On||Gupta||Series Regular||BBC Three|
|2011||Gary Tank Commander||Director||Guest Role||BBC Two|
|2012||Fresh Meat||Dr Minaj||Recurring Role||Channel 4|
|2013||Bob Servant||Norrie||Guest Role||BBC Four|
|2014||Still Game: Live at the Hydro||Navid Harrid||Main Cast||BBC One|
|2015||Fried||Mike Fagins||BBC Three|
|2015||You Me and the Apocalypse||Doctor||Guest Role||Sky 1|
|2015–present||River City||Amandeep 'AJ' Jandhu||Series Regular||BBC One|
|2016||Cold Feet||Shopkeeper||one off||ITV|
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In 2005, Kohli was reprimanded by Glasgow City Council and had his licence to let a property in the city suspended for two years due to safety concerns. The Kohli family have a very successful business in property in Scotland.
He also caused controversy when he criticised the comedy output of Scottish radio, describing it as "pedestrian and monochromatic".
His appearance on BBC Alba in 2015 after having learned a bit of Scottish Gaelic also occasioned controversy in the Gaelic community, as he embodied what they saw as a skin-deep commitment to the language.[failed verification]
He has two elder brothers — Randeep Singh Kohli (b. 1966), a senior police officer with the Metropolitan Police in London, and Hardeep Singh Kohli (b. 1969), who is also a journalist and broadcaster and lives in Edinburgh.
- England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983
- McFerran, Ann (26 August 2007). "Relative Values: Hardeep Singh Kohli and his brother Sanjeev". London: The Times. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
- English, Paul (9 April 2007). "TILL GAME". Daily Record (Scotland). Retrieved 16 April 2007.
- "Maths graduation".
- "Meet the Magoons". British Sitcom Guide. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
- "Look Around You". BBC Press Office. 11 January 2005. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
- "Sunday Mail". NAVID'S GAME FOR NEW TV ROLE. Retrieved 18 December 2006.
- "Sony Radio Academy awards 2008 nomination". London: The Guardian. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- "Rush Hour". BBC Online. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
- "Still Game Sanjeev To Be TV Newsreader". Daily Record (Scotland). 27 September 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2007.[dead link]
- "YouTube". videoGaiden: Rab and Ryan Go Animal Crossing. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
- "Sanjeev Kohli's New Role As God". Daily Record. Retrieved 26 February 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- . "Navid the landlord falls foul of council". The Scotsman. 3 September 2005.
- "Daily Record". DON'T REVEL IN RACISM. Retrieved 9 February 2007.
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- Rhona NicDhùghaill. "Dubhlan Shanjeev BBC Alba". Dàna Magazine. Retrieved 27 January 2017.