Raza Jaffrey is an English actor who portrayed the character of ‘Dr. Neal Hudson’ in the medical drama television series ‘Code Black’. He first gained fame after appearing in the drama series ‘Spooks’ as ‘Zafar Younis’ and has played several important roles on television since then. He studied drama in university and also attended classes at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He began appearing in theatre productions during his student days and also pursued a career as a singer for a while. He eventually ventured into the world of television by taking up small roles before bagging his breakthrough role in the series ‘Spooks.’ Apart from his successful career on television, Jaffrey has also appeared in a few films, mostly playing supporting roles. Some of his notable works on the silver screen include roles in films like ‘Eastern Promises’ and ‘Sex and the City 2’.
Raza Jaffrey was very active in the theatre industry during his university days at Manchester. He took part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then at the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival. Jaffrey has worked under big names like Gregory Doran, the chief associate director of Royal Shakespeare Company, which influenced him to join Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He appeared in plays like ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘East is East’, ‘Cyrano De Bergerac’, and ‘Mamma Mia!’. His performance in ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Prince Edward Theatre turned many heads as he surprised people with his impeccable acting. In the coming years, Jaffrey landed several top roles including one in A. R. Rahman’s ‘Bombay Dreams’ produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Following his successful theatre career, he began acting on the silver screen and in the television industry. He made his debut on television in 1999 in the show ’EastEnders’ but it took him almost five years to get a regular role. In 2004, Jaffrey was offered the role of ‘Zafar Younis’ in the BBC One drama series ‘Spooks’. He was part of the show from 2004 to 2007, appearing in 23 episodes in total. Jaffrey made his debut on the silver screen in 2004 with a role in the film ‘Dirty War.’ He portrayed the character of ‘Kamal Khan’ in the British thriller drama film ‘Infinite Justice’ in 2006.
Jaffrey’s next TV appearance in a notable role was in 2008 in the television show ‘Mistresses’. He portrayed the role of ‘Hari’ in the show which revolves around four female friends and their relationships. Jaffrey then appeared in the 2010 romantic comedy film ‘Sex and the City 2’ alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon Kim Cattrall, and Kristin Davis. In the musical drama television series ‘Smash’, Jaffrey appeared as ‘Dev Sundaram’. Steven Spielberg was one of the executive producers of the show which featured Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, and Debra Messing.
He appeared in the drama series ‘Elementary’, a contemporary look on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s series of Sherlock Holmes, as ‘Andrew Mittal’. In 2014, he was signed for the role of ‘Aasar Khan’ in the spy thriller television series ‘Homeland’. It was the fourth season of the show and Jaffrey appeared in seven episodes.
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Family & Personal Life
Raza Jaffrey was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, on May 28, 1973, to a British mother and an Indian father. He attended Dulwich College and grew up in London. He later studied English and drama at Manchester University.
Jaffrey married actress Miranda Raison in 2007 and divorced her two years later. On 27 December 2014, Jaffrey married actress Lara Pulver and had a son with her. Interestingly, both of Jaffrey’s wives have appeared in the show ‘Spooks’.