Amit Shah
Shah in 2019
Born
Amit Kaushik Shah

(1981-04-26) 26 April 1981 (age 43)
London, England
EducationStaffordshire University (BA)
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (BA)
OccupationActor
Years active2006–present

Amit Kaushik Shah (born 26 April 1981) is a British actor. He is known for his roles in the ITV series Honest (2008) and the Channel 4 comedy-drama Crashing (2016). His films include The Infidel (2010), Final Score (2018), and The Courier (2019).

Early life

Amit Shah was born in Enfield, England. Shah's parents were originally from Kenya, and his grandparents from Gujarat, India. His father is an accountant, and his mother is a health-food shop manager. Shah was cast as the lead in a school play at the age of 16. He read drama at Staffordshire University and then went on to train at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in West London. In 2003 he was given permission by the principal to graduate early so that he could begin rehearsals for Bombay Dreams, a West-End musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.[citation needed]

Acting career

In 2006, Shah was offered a part in The Royal Hunt of the Sun at the National Theatre; the same part that Derek Jacobi played in the original production in 1964. He stayed on at the National Theatre to perform three plays, including The Alchemist directed by Nicholas Hytner, for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award. He also portrayed a principal role in The Man of Mode, alongside Tom Hardy, Rory Kinnear and Hayley Atwell.

Shah has starred in a variety of television shows since 2006. His most notable roles include Sunny in BBC One's Hospital People, Fred in Channel 4's Crashing, and Torque in The Witcher for Netflix.

Shah's first major part in a feature film was in 2014 for The Hundred-Foot Journey in which he starred alongside Helen Mirren and Om Puri. He has since been cast in Johnny English Strikes Again, Ordinary Love, and Last Christmas.

Filmography

Film

Key
Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director Notes
2006 Like Minds Raj Mehta Gregory J. Read
2008 The Blue Tower Neran Smita Bhide
2009 13 Semester Aswin Frieder Wittich
2010 It's a Wonderful Afterlife Speed Dating Man 6 Gurinder Chadha
2010 The Infidel Rashid Nasir Josh Appignanesi
2011 Lost Paradise Javad Waleed Akhtar
2011 Looking For Neil Neil Georgi Banks-Davis
2012 The Facility Arif Ian Clark
2013 All Stars Teacher Ben Gregor
2014 Cut The Director Billy Mullaney
2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey Mansur Lasse Hallström
2014 The Listener Jeremy Michael Gilhooly
2015 Howl Matthew Paul Hyett
2016 The Break-up of Dave Dave Billy Mullaney
2017 Breathe Dr. Khan Andy Serkis
2017 To Wendy Who Kicked Me When I Said I Love You Sidd Dan Castella
2018 Final Score Faisal Scott Mann
2018 Johnny English Strikes Again Samir David Kerr
2018 The Orgy John Sam Baron
2019 Parasomniac Errol Oliver Hill
2019 Quiet Carriage Derek Ben S. Hyland
2019 Ordinary Love Steve Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
2019 End-O Dr.Mann Alice Seabright
2019 Last Christmas Andy Paul Feig
2019 The Courier Nick Murch Zackary Adler
2022 Klokkenluider Ewan Neil Maskell
TBA The Man In The Hat The Measurer John-Paul Davidson, Stephen Warbeck Post-production
TBA Chocolate Cake Frazer Jeremy Wooding Pre-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Afternoon Play Nigel 1 episode
2006 Life Begins Mobile Phone Salesman 1 episode
2007 Lead Balloon Adam 1 episode
2008 The Palace Kulvinder 'Vinny' Ganatra 5 episodes
2008 Honest Reza Chadhuri 6 episodes
2009 Benidorm Vikram 1 episode
2009 Casualty Jake Milns 1 episode
2009 Ingenious Genius TV movie
2010 Hustle Ashur Olmert 1 episode
2010 Whites Axel 6 episodes
2011 Black Mirror Jack Episode: "The National Anthem"
2012 White Van Man Simon 1 episode
2012 Fresh Meat Sauron 1 episode
2013 Jo Dr. Amir 1 episode
2013 Bluestone 42 Captain Parekh 1 episode
2013 Lilyhammer Viswanathan 3 episodes
2014 The Smoke Nick Chandhrakla 5 episodes
2015 Silent Witness Dr. Rhavi Dhillon Episode: "Protection" (2 parts)
2015 Asylum Oliver 1 episode
2015 W1A Sadiq Iqbal 1 episode
2015 Jekyll & Hyde Brannigan 8 episodes
2016 Crashing Fred 6 episodes
2016 Stag Mex 3 episodes
2017 Midsomer Murders Shray Varma 1 episode
2017 Hospital People Sunny 1 episode
2017 Count Arthur Strong Karl 1 episode
2017 The Other One Marcus 1 episode
2016–2017 The Rebel Jeremy 6 episodes
2018 History of Them Vikram Johar TV movie
2018 Bliss Rafiq 1 episode
2018 Doctor Who Rahul Episode: "The Woman Who Fell to Earth"
2018 The Midnight Gang Dr. Luppers TV movie
2019 His Dark Materials Dr. Rendal 1 episode
2019 The Witcher Torque 1 episode
2020 The Other One Marcus
2021 The Long Call Ed Raveley 4 episodes
2022 Happy Valley Faisal Bhatti 6 episodes
2023 Death in Paradise Sunil Singh Kirmani 1 episode
2023 The Windsors Rishi Sunak Episode: Coronation special
2024 Mr Bates vs The Post Office Jas Singh
2024 Vera Mr. Shah 1 episode

1301 ’Fast Love’

Theatre

Year Title Role Venue Director
2003 Bombay Dreams Cast Apollo Victoria Theatre Andrew Lloyd Webber
2006 The Royal Hunt of The Sun Cast Royal National Theatre Trevor Nunn
2007 The Alchemist Abel Drugger Royal National Theatre Nicholas Hytner
2011 King Lear Oswald Royal National Theatre Robin Lough
2012 The Comedy of Errors Angelo Royal National Theatre Dominic Cooke
2023 "Never Have I Ever" Kas Chichester Festival Theatre

References

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