|Biographical detail : ||Engaging actor with a raffish charm
Saeed made a mark in international cinema, theatre, television and radio. The turning point in Jaffrey’s life came in The Man Who Would Be King (1975). He acted along with several well-known Hollywood’s film stars.
In his 180 film and television roles, Saeed emerged in the 1980s to become one of the world’s best-known Indian actors with film roles in Gandhi, A Passage to India and My Beautiful Laundrette including more than 100 appearances in Bollywood movies.
Saeed arrived in Britain in the late 1960s. He became the first Asian actor to be awarded an OBE, in 1995, in Britain.
He recounted his peccadilloes in his autobiography, Saeed: An Actor’s Journey, with rueful charm.
Son of a Medical officer, Saeed Jaffrey was born in Lucknow, India. After studying English at Allahabad University, Saeed moved to Delhi and eventually won, in 1956, a Fulbright scholarship to study drama in the US.