Saeed Jaffrey
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Born8 January 1929

Died15 November 2015 (aged 86)

NationalityBritish
EducationMinto CircleAligarh (1938–41)
Wynberg Allen SchoolMussoorie (1941–43)
St George’s College, Mussoorie (1943–45)
Alma materAllahabad University (1945–48, 1948-50)
BA English Literature and MA Medieval Indian History
Catholic University of America (1956–57)
MA Fine Arts, Drama
OccupationActor
Years active1961–2014
Spouse(s)
  • Madhur Bahadur
    (m. 1958; div. 1966)
  • Jennifer Sorrell
    (m. 1980; his death 2015)
ChildrenZia Jaffrey (b. 1959)
Meera Jaffrey (b. 1960)
Sakina Jaffrey (b. 1962)

Saeed Jaffrey OBE (8 January 1929 – 15 November 2015) was an Indian-British actor whose versatility and fluency in multiple languages allowed him to straddle radio, stage, television and film in a career that spanned over six decades and more than a hundred and fifty British, American, and Indian movies.

He was able to breathe life into the smallest of roles through intense preparation and a nuanced performance, like that of the interpreter and guide Billy Fish in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), an act that brought him international attention. His seductive, resonant voice combined with a gift for mimicry and a sharp ear for accents made him the natural choice as narrator for audio books. His narration of the Kama Sutra titled The Art of Love (1996) was listed by Time magazine as “one of the five best spoken word records ever made”. He voiced all 86 characters in the 1997 BBC World Service broadcast of Vikram Seth‘s novel, A Suitable Boy.