Saeed Jaffrey, veteran star of Bollywood and British cinema and television, has died at the age of 86.
News of the actor’s death was shared by his niece Shaheen Aggarwal on her Facebook page on Sunday.
In a career that spanned more than half a century, Jaffrey made almost 200 screen appearances, working with directors including John Huston, James Ivory, David Lean, Richard Attenborough and Stephen Frears.
He was probably best known to Western cinema audiences for his roles in Gandhi, The Man Who Would Be King and A Passage to India, but he also had a long and distinguished Bollywood career, notably in Satyajit Ray’s The Chess Players and Indra Kumar’s Dil.
Jaffrey appeared regularly on the British small screen, his credits including Gangsters, The Jewel in the Crown, Common as Muck, and in 1999, shop-keeper Ravi Desai on Coronation Street.
Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, was among the first to pay his condolences, praising Jaffrey’s “flair & versatility” as an actor.
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