Raji James

Last updated 09 January 2020

Raji James
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Rajesh Kumar Jhanji

Born: Tuesday 24th February 1970 (age: 54)


 Raji James (born in PortsmouthEngland) is a British Indian actor, club night promotor and podcast co-host, best known for his role as Ash Ferreira in EastEnders, he also played Abdul Khan in the 1999 British Film East Is East. Between 2007-2008 he participated in The Ray Peacock Podcast. On the 13th September 2010 Raji joined Ed Gamble and Ray Peacock in a special 50th episode of The Ray Peacock Podcast which was released at the same time as the 50th Episode of The Peacock and Gamble Podcast.

He has featured as a regular character, DS Vik Singh, in ITV's The Bill (2000–02). He has also had parts in Crocodile ShoesWaking the Dead, and in the 2006 Doctor Who episodes "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday". He went on to appear as Prince Malik in the 2006 BBC adaptation of Robin Hood (episode 10 - Peace? Off!), and as Dr Joe Mangeshkar in Kick (2007).[3]

Additional guest leads in Waking The DeadMurder In MindCasualtyHolby City and Doctors, have all added to Rajis’ extensive range. Other television credits have included CouplingThe KnockDoomwatchCoronation Street, and Heaven on Earth as well as another series lead role in HTV’s Nuts and Bolts (2002).

In film, Raji played Abdul Khan in the hugely successful East is East (1999). He also appeared as Anil in Provoked – a true story (2006) and Sanjay Khanna in Nina’s Heavenly Delights (2006). 

Raji’s theatre work began with the lead role of Frank in the Glasgow Citizens studio production of The Wasp Factory and in their main house as Mowgli in The Jungle Book. His Shakespeare roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sherman Theatre, 1992) Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Bedford Open Air, 1994) and Paris in Romeo and Juliet (Colchester Mercury, 1995). In 1993, Raji was the male lead, Hashim, in The Bush Theatre production of Backstroke in a Crowded Pool. Raji returned to the Glasgow Citizens in 1998 to play Tom Randal in the extravagant revival of Mae West’s The Pleasure Man. Raji was part of the massive cult hit The Ray Peacock Podcast which climaxed at a final Live show at The Leicester Square Theatre on December 12th 2008. In addition, Raji worked on a collaboration with Video Artist Gail Pickering for her piece “Brutalist Premonition” that was exhibited to rave reviews at the ICA in London and at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol with an additional Live performance featuring Raji.

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