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Rik MakaremBorn: Monday 18th January 1982 (age: 40)
Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Makarem is currently known for playing cast regular Nikhil Sharma in Emmerdale. He has also starred in BBC's Torchwood- Children of Earth alongside John Barrowman and has featured in ITV period drama Foyle's War. He is soon to be appearing in the upcoming period film Anton Chekhov's The Duel, a novella adaptation.
Alongside his acting career, he is an established song writer and is currently working on/arranging material for himself and other well-known performance artists for commercial release and musical theatre.
He is a classically-trained actor, graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and won a Laurence Olivier Bursary in 2004 in association with the Society of London Theatre.
In August 2011, he completed an Extreme Cycle Challenge for charity with Team Emmerdale, cycling 224 miles in less than 24 hours, from Emmerdale to Eastenders, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.