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Sanjit De Silva (born 31 October 1976) is a Sri Lankan actor and director who is known for his roles in The Company Men and American Desi.[1]

Sanjit De Silva
Born (1976-10-31) October 31, 1976 (age 42)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
EducationNew York University (MFA)
OccupationActor, director
Years active2001–present
WebsiteOfficial site


Early lifeEdit

De Silva was born in Colombo and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[2]


De Silva appeared in his first television series, American Desi, in the role of Chandu. In 2005 he appeared as a doctor in Jonny Zero and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[3] De Silva has also appeared in several Law & Order franchises, where he appeared as Ali Mohammed in season 17, episode 15: "Melting Pot".[4] In 2013, he directed his first film Time After where he received funds from Kickstarter with over 200 backers for the film.[5]

In 2016, De Silva appeared in Thomas Kail's production of the world premiere of Dry Powder at The Public Theater in New York City opposite Hank Azaria, Claire Danes and John Krasinski.[6] In Summer of 2016, De Silva performed at New York's Shakespeare in the Park in Troilus and Cressida. He also appeared in TV commercials on behalf of Shakespeare in the Park.

He starred as Azeem Bhatti in the play An Ordinary Muslim, written by Hammaad Chaudry at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

De Silva is married to British actress Deepa Purohit and they have one child.[2][7]



Year Title Role
2007 Arranged Jamil
2008 August Jonathan
2008 After Hiroshima Mon Amour
2009 The Hungry Ghosts Mohammed
2010 The Company Men Tom
2013 Time After Vivek Pandya
2014 Saving Rohan Arun Mehta
2015 The Girl Is in Trouble Indran


Year Title Role
2001 American Desi Chandu
2005 Jonny Zero Doctor
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury A.D.A. Ed Kapoor
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Doctor
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent V.J
2006 Six Degrees Happy Man
2007 Law & Order Ali Mohammed
2007 I'm Paige Wilson Myles Mitchell
2009 The Unusuals Vikram Neel
2010 The Good Wife Amal Verma
2011 Blue Bloods Sammy Khan
2013 Homeland Anoush


  1. ^ "Sanjit De Silva – About This Person – Movies & TV". September 21, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Sanjit De Silva (September 1, 2009). "A Personal Reflection". The Journal. The Actors Center. 1 (1). Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Jonny Zero (TV Series 2005–) on IMDb
  4. ^ Law & Order "Melting Pot" (TV episode 2007) on IMDb
  5. ^ "Kickstarter – Time After by Sanjit De Silva". Kickstarter. September 23, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Verdict: What Do Critics Think of Dry Powder?" by Olivia Clement, Playbill, March 23, 2016
  7. ^ Daniel, Smriti (1 September 2013). "Kick-starting a change from within". SundayTimes. Retrieved 22 September 2015.

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