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Saeed Jaffrey Biography, Age, Death, Height, Wife, Children, Family, Facts, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : January 8, 2023

Short Biography

Saeed Jaffrey was born on 08-01-1929 in Malerkotla in the state of Punjab, India. He was an Indian-born British Film Actor, Television Actor & Theatre Actor who best known for his work in Hindi and English films.

Saeed Jaffrey Complete Bio & Career

Saeed Jaffrey hails from a town called Maler Kotla, Punjab, India. He attended University of Allahabad where he completed his post-graduate degree in history. He also attended the Staff Training Institute of All India Radio. He started his career in drama, as the founder of his own English theatre company called the Unity Theatre, in New Delhi between 1951 and 1956. He also served with All India Radio as Radio Director during this period. He played a wide variety of roles in comedy and drama with equal ease and enthusiasm. His early theatrical work included roles in productions of Tennessee Williams, Fry, Priesty, Wilde, and Shakespeare. In 1956, he finished his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, a premier school of drama.
In the 1960s he made numerous stage appearances and participated in a number of tours. He also started his U.S. television career in these years. He was the director of publicity and advertising for the Government of India in their Tourist Office in the U.S. from 1958 to 1960. His performance in the BBC classic _Gangsters (1975) (TV)_, as "Rafiq" earned him countrywide recognition in the United Kingdom. This was even though he had acted in Theatres and appeared on television previously in the U.K. During this period he acted in the off-Broadway play "A Tenth of an Inch Make The Difference" written and directed by Rolf Forsberg, who later cast Saeed Jaffrey and his wife Madhur in the noted short films, "Parable" in 1964, and "Stalked", starring Jack Hawkins, in 1968. 
Mr. Jaffrey began his feature film career acting in the movie The Guru (1969), and since then has made numerous film appearances along with Hollywood stars such as Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan etc. He has, since then, worked with directors of high caliber such as Satyajit Ray, James Ivory, David Lean and Richard Attenborough. He is a member of the Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He is known over the world for his impeccable English accent, his dapper style and his catch phrase "My dear boy". They form part of an acting persona that audiences have always found enchanting. He uses his smooth charm to good effect whether he is playing the archetypal oily, corrupt businessman or the kindly, knowing, father like figure. He is the first Asian to have received British and Canadian Academy Award nominations for acting, and is the first ever to be awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama.

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Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 2016 Arts

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Saeed Jaffrey died on 15-11-2015 at a hospital in London, England, UK. He fell down into a brain haemorrhage at his home.

DEATHDAY 15 November,2015 (Wednesday)
DEATH PLACE London, England
DEATH COUNTRY United Kingdom

Saeed Jaffrey Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Father Dr. Hamid Hussain Jaffrey
Mother Hadia Imam Jaffrey
Sister Shagufta Parveen Jaffrey
Brothers Hamid Jaffery, Waheed Jaffery
Ex-Wife Madhur Jaffrey (1958-1966)
Wife Jennifer Jaffrey
Daughters Zia Jaffrey, Meera Jaffrey, Sakina Jaffrey
Other Relatives Kiara Advani (Great-niece)

He was born in Dr. Hamid Hussain Jaffrey and Hadia Imam Jaffrey. He had a sister named Shagufta Parveen Jaffrey and two brothers named Hamid Jaffery and Waheed Jaffery. He was married to Madhur Jaffrey from 1958 to 1966. Together the couple had 3 daughters author Zia Jaffrey, Meera Jaffrey and Sakina Jaffrey (actress). He then married to Jennifer Jaffrey and was married to her until his death in 2015. Actress Kiara Advani was her great-niece.

Life's Important Dates Of Saeed Jaffrey

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Maler Kotla, Punjab
Nationality Indian
Religion Islam
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College University of Allahabad (Allahabad) and Catholic University in America, Washington
Qualification MA in History and Post Graduate Degree in Drama
Hobbies Doing plays
Marital Status Married
Debut The Guru (1969)
Best Movies Dil (1990), Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977), Gandhi (1982), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), Henna (1991) and many more

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Saeed Jaffrey

  • From his first marriage with Madhur Jaffrey, he had 3 daughters named Meera, Sakina and Zia.
  • He had a younger brother named Hamid Jaffrey.
  • He is the grand uncle of actress Kiara Advani.
  • He became the first Indian to receive OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).

Saeed Jaffrey Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Saeed Jaffrey was 86 years 10 months & 7 days old age.