Roshan Seth is an Indian-born British actor, who appears mainly in British and American films. He is known for his critically acclaimed performances in the films Gandhi, Mississippi Masala, Not Without My Daughter, My Beautiful Laundrette, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Such a Long Journey, and Street Fighter: The Movie. He is the brother of retired Indian diplomat Aftab Seth.
Seth was born in Patna, Bihar, British India to a Muslim Anglo-Indian mother and a Hindu father. His father was a biochemistry professor at Patna Medical College. He was educated at The Doon School, then furthered his education doing graduate studies in History at St Stephen's College. There, he honed his theatrical skills at the Shakespeare Society, before moving to England for further training.
He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in British repertory theatre.
Seth's first break came in Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which toured in 1972. Seth entered feature films in Richard Lester's Juggernaut (1974), but because subsequent filmmakers only wanted Seth for ethnic roles, his career abruptly stalled.
Discouraged, he abandoned acting and returned to India, where he worked as an editor and journalist until the early 1980s, when Richard Attenborough asked Seth to play Jawaharlal Nehru in Gandhi (1982). Seth was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the film. Seth also played Jawaharlal Nehru in Bharat Ek Khoj, a 53 episode series on Doordarshan in 1988.
Also in 1982, Seth played Indian author Victor Mehta in David Hare's biographical play, A Map of the World, which toured for several years in Australia, London, and New York. After the release of the multi-award-winning movie Gandhi (1982), Seth was much in demand, and when A Map of the World's Broadway run finished, his movie career took off. His work in 1984 included major roles in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and David Lean's A Passage to India. Following that he played a lead in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), and he played Pancks in Little Dorrit (1988).
Seth's film credits in the 1990s included roles in Not Without My Daughter (1991), Mississippi Masala (1991), Street Fighter (1994), and Harish Saluja's The Journey (1997). In 1993, he played the role of Haroon Amir in the television miniseries The Buddha of Suburbia, for which he was nominated a Royal Television Society award for "Best Actor – Male". In 1995, he played the role of Baba in Flight, for which he won the "Best Actor" award at the Sochi International Film Festival. In 1998, he played the leading role of Gustad Noble in the film Such a Long Journey, for which he won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
In 2001, Seth appeared in Monsoon Wedding, and he has continued working steadily in British and American films. In 2003 he played the lead in the American film Cosmopolitan, which was broadcast nationally on PBS. He also recently returned to mainstream Indian cinema with his role in the 2012 film, Ek Tha Tiger.
Seth was formerly in a relationship with actress Lynette Davies. He was later married to author Pepita Seth, but they separated in the late 80s and divorced in 2004.
|1982||Gandhi||Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru|
|1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||Chattar Lal|
|A Passage to India||Advocate Amrit Rao|
|1985||My Beautiful Laundrette||Papa Hussein|
|1988||Little Dorrit||Mr. Pancks|
|Bharat Ek Khoj||As anchor and author|
|1989||In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones||Y.D. Billimoria / Yamdoot|
|1990||Mountains of the Moon||Ben Amir|
|1991||Not Without My Daughter||Houssein|
|London Kills Me||Dr. Bubba|
|1993||The Buddha of Suburbia||Haroon Amir|
|Solitaire for 2||Sandip Tamar|
|1997||The Journey||Kishan Singh|
|1998||Such a Long Journey||Gustad Noble|
|Bombay Boys||Pesi Shroff|
|1999||The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence||Sheikh Kamal|
|Secret of the Andes||Don Benito|
|2000||Vertical Limit||Colonel Amir Salim|
|2001||Monsoon Wedding||Mohan Rai|
|Wings of Hope||Shekar Khanna|
|South West 9||Ravi|
|2004||Se sarà luce sarà bellissimo||Aldo Moro|
|2007||Broken Thread||Chief of Enquiry Commission|
|2008||The Cheetah Girls: One World||Uncle Kamal Bhatia|
|2010||The Truth About Tigers||Narrator|
|2012||Ek Tha Tiger||Professor Kidwai|
|2013||Brahmin Bulls||Ashok Sharma|
|2016||City of Tiny Lights||Farzad Akhtar|
|2003||Second Generation||Sharma (A Mentally Challenged bakery factory owner)||A British TV Serial||http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380693/fullcredits#cast|
|2015||Indian Summers||Darius Dalal||A British TV Serial||http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3706628/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm|