Tuesday, 17 November 2015


Saeed Jaffrey, among the most respected actors ever to have hailed from India, has died. The 86-year-old suffered a brain haemmorhage on Saturday the 14th of November 2015 at his home in London. Known worldwide for his roles in films and on TV, Jaffrey's career began on stage. Among the most notable achievements of many across his long career was becoming the first Indian actor to tour Shakespeare in the US, and also to play a starring role on Broadway. Later in life, he took to the screen, with memorable roles in films such as The Man Who Would Be King and A Passage to India for director David Lean, The Chess Players for Satyajit Ray, Gandhi for Richard Attenborough and My Beautiful Laundrette for Stephen Frears, for which he received a BAFTA nomination. He is survived by his three daughters Zia, Meera and Sakina, all from his seven-year marriage to fellow actor and cookbook writer Madhur Jaffrey, and by his widow, casting director Jennifer Jaffrey. His many contributions to drama, which saw him bestowed an OBE, will be enjoyed year after year by audiences across the globe.