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A British actor with Indian and Irish roots, Jimi Mistry has appeared in a wide variety of television and film productions. After attending drama school, Mistry was featured in a bit part in Kenneth Branagh's 1996 movie adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and had his big break a few years later as Dr. Fred Fonseca on the long-running English soap opera "EastEnders." Mistry's profile was further raised with his key role as Tariq Khan in the 1970s-set culture-clash feature comedy "East Is East," where he portrayed the restless son of a Pakistani immigrant, and he continued his film streak with a part in "The Mystic Masseur" and the lead in another comedy, "The Guru," also starring American actresses Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei. Following supporting roles in the fantasy movie "Ella Enchanted" and the thriller "Blood Diamond," Mistry appeared in Guy Ritchie's raucous crime film "RocknRolla," steadily working in both British and Hollywood productions. He turned up briefly in the end-of-the-world blockbuster "2012," featuring John Cusack and Amanda Peet, and reprised his "East Is East" character, Tariq, in the sequel "West Is West" before taking on a featured role in the hit action series...

A British actor with Indian and Irish roots, Jimi Mistry has appeared in a wide variety of television and film productions. After attending drama school, Mistry was featured in a bit part in Kenneth Branagh's 1996 movie adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and had his big break a few years later as Dr. Fred Fonseca on the long-running English soap opera "EastEnders." Mistry's profile was further raised with his key role as Tariq Khan in the 1970s-set culture-clash feature comedy "East Is East," where he portrayed the restless son of a Pakistani immigrant, and he continued his film streak with a part in "The Mystic Masseur" and the lead in another comedy, "The Guru," also starring American actresses Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei. Following supporting roles in the fantasy movie "Ella Enchanted" and the thriller "Blood Diamond," Mistry appeared in Guy Ritchie's raucous crime film "RocknRolla," steadily working in both British and Hollywood productions. He turned up briefly in the end-of-the-world blockbuster "2012," featuring John Cusack and Amanda Peet, and reprised his "East Is East" character, Tariq, in the sequel "West Is West" before taking on a featured role in the hit action series "Strike Back," yet another notable part for the busy performer.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Basement (2010)
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 West Is West (2010)
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 Arbor, The (2010)
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 Exam (2009)
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 2012 (2009)
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 Partition (2008)
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 RocknRolla (2008)
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 Blood Diamond (2006)
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1999:
Appeared regularly on the popular British serial "EastEnders"
1999:
Starred in "East Is East"
2000:
Played a con artist who falls for a grave tender in "Born Romantic"
2001:
Portrayed an acolyte of the titular "The Mystic Masseur"
2003:
Had the title role in the comedy "The Guru"
2004:
Starred in "Touch of Mink" as a gay Canadian, who has his perfectly crafted life upset when his devoutly Muslim mother comes to visit
2004:
Featured in "Ella Enchanted," which starred Anne Hathaway
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Notes

"My ambition is to, first and foremost, be respected as 'Jimi Mistry the actor.' Problem is when you're kind of breaking through, you're perceived by your appearance rather then your talent. Let's be honest. The first time I ever had a label put on me was when I got in the industry. Twenty-six years of my life I was Jimi Mistry the Michael Jackson wanna-be. When I became an actor, I was 'Jimi the Asian actor,' which basically meant that all the parts I would be reading for wouldn't be the interesting parts, they'd be invariably the small parts. Let's say you're doing a cop series. I would like to go for the main guy, but I'd be going for the guy that sits at a computer and has about three lines. He happens to be of mixed race origins. It seemed to be I had a battle on my hands. I was striving to do quality parts, which is a lot harder. I want people to employ me for me. I don't want my race, color, or creed, to be dominant in a story line just for the fact that it's there."---Mistry

"I didn't want to be an actor. That was the last thing I wanted to be. I wanted to be Michael Jackson, for many years, not now. I am a bit of a dreamer. I was kind of one of those people who just wanted to do something. But acting was never my idea of what I wanted to do until I was about 17 or 18."---Mistry

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companion:
Meg Leonard. Casting director. Together since c. 1993.

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daughter:
Elin Leonard Mistry. Born on May 13, 2001.

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