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Amir Khan (boxer)

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Amir Khan (boxer)

Amir Iqbal Khan (born 8 December 1986) is a British professional boxer, promoter and philanthropist. He is a former unified light-welterweight world champion, having held the WBA (later Super) title from 2009 to 2012, and the IBF title in 2011. At regional level, he held the Commonwealth lightweight title from 2007 to 2008. He also held the WBC Silver welterweight title from 2014 to 2016, and once challenged for a middleweight world title in 2016.[2] As of August 2019, Khan is ranked as the world's ninth best active welterweight by BoxRec. As an amateur, Khan won a silver medal in the lightweight division at the 2004 Olympics, becoming at the age of 17, Britain's youngest boxing Olympic medalist.[3] He is also one of the youngest ever British professional world champions, winning the WBA title at the age of 22. In 2007, he was named ESPN prospect of the year.[4] Outside of boxing, he is a philanthropist with his own charity organisation, Amir Khan Foundation. He is also a promoter and sponsor, the owner of

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Juggy D

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Juggy D

Jagwinder Singh Dhaliwal (born 19 November 1981), better known by his stage name Juggy D, is an English singer from Southall, London.[1] Music Juggy D has been performing since the age of 14.[2] He made his breakthrough alongside Jay Sean. Juggy D has also appeared on numerous crossover singles with musicians such as Madonna, Ricky Martin, Mary J. Blige and Craig David. Juggy D has collaborated with Veronica Mehta and Rishi Rich in the Bollywood movie Hum Tum. He, Mehta, and Jay Sean also have guest appearances in the Hindi film Kyaa Kool Hai Hum. They sing the Jay Sean song "One Night," featuring added vocals from Veronica. He also is one of the first people to experiment with Bhangraton. Juggy D's debut album, Juggy D, was released in 2004 and became the first Punjabi language album to enter the UK national charts. A version of the song "Sohniye" from the album is also featured in the 2004 Bollywood film Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart. Juggy D's single "Come Closer" features the guest vocals of Jin Au

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Sajid Mahmood

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Sajid Mahmood

Sajid Iqbal Mahmood (Urdu: ساجد اقبال محمود, Sājid Iqbāl Maḥmūd; born 21 December 1981) is an English former cricketer, who played all formats of the game. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler who played international cricket for England and county cricket for Lancashire and Essex. Youth and early career Mahmood's grandfather, Lal Khan Janjua, emigrated from Rawalpindi in Pakistan to England with his family in 1968. The family settled in Halliwell, a residential area of Bolton.[1] Mahmood was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester on 21 December 1981, the son of Shahid Mahmood, and grew up with his family. He has a sister and two brothers and is first cousin to boxer Amir Khan.[2] Khan is five years younger than Mahmood and the two cousins stay close, having grown up living near to each other.[1] Mahmood began playing club cricket in the Bolton Leagues, and played well enough to be signed by Lancashire in 2002. He made his debut for Lancashire in 2002 whilst on a scholarship with the club.[3] Breakthrough He

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Monty Panesar

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Monty Panesar

Mudhsuden Singh Panesar (born 25 April 1982), known as Monty Panesar, is an English international cricketer who is currently without a county cricket side. A left-arm spinner, Panesar made his Test cricket debut in 2006 against India in Nagpur and One Day International debut for England in 2007. In English county cricket, he last played for Northamptonshire in 2016, and has previously played for Northamptonshire until 2009, Sussex from 2010–2013 and Essex from 2013-2015, He has also played for the Lions in South Africa. Born in Luton to Indian parents, Panesar is a Sikh, and so he wears a black patka (a smaller version of the full Sikh turban) while playing and training.[1] Many of his fans have emulated him by wearing patkas and fake beards while watching him play.[2] When first selected for England he was widely perceived as being a particularly inept batsman and fielder, which resulted in much ironic cheering;[3] the TMS commentator Henry Blofeld once accidentally referred to him as Monty Python.[4] Pane

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Trupti Patel

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Trupti Patel

Trupti Patel is a qualified pharmacist from Maidenhead in Berkshire, England, who was acquitted in 2003 of murdering three of her children, Amar (5 September 1997 – 10 December 1997), Jamie (21 June 1999 – 6 July 1999), and Mia (14 May 2001 – 5 June 2001). Early life Patel was born into a family of Punjabis who had moved from India to England.[1] She spent her childhood in Lancashire, and attended grammar school. She attended King's College London, where she gained a B.Sc. in pharmacy. Around this time, she met her future husband, Jayant, a qualified electrical engineer who later worked as a business analyst for British Telecom.[2] They were married within seven months, and their first child, a girl, was born in 1995. Charges and trial Their second child, a boy, died unexpectedly at the age of two months, in December 1997. Eighteen months later, another boy died aged just 15 days. Autopsies yielded no explanations for the deaths, but a daughter who died at the age of 22 days in June 2001 was found to have

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Indy Sagu

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Indy Sagu

Inderpal Singh Sagu (born 25 July 1980) better known by his stage name Indy Sagu, is a British Sikh award-winning record producer, musician, singer, and DJ. Sagu has made a global name for himself as a leading Asian pioneer of fusion genre, his urbanized record production infuses the sounds and incorporates the elements, musical instruments, and hook lines of traditional bhangra with urban western sounds, primarily with a special emphasis on American hip hop.[1] Life and musical career Indy Sagu was born and raised in Bradford, UK and began his professional musical career in his hometown in 1996. Sagu's musical talents were essentially inherited from his family's musical background. From an early age his father taught him how to play various Indian instruments such as the harmonium, dholki, tumbi, and tabla and Indy then taught himself to play the keyboards and drums. Having purchased his first set of turntables at age 16 he quickly made his debut in the Asian underground scene and became known throughout

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Manni Sandhu

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Manni Sandhu

Manni Sandhu is a UK-based music director. He is most known for working with a number of Punjabi singers such as Manak-E, The Late Kaka Bhaniawala, Bakshi Billa, Prabh Gill, Lehmber Hussainpuri and many more. He released his debut album My Time in February 2012 which included his No. 1 single with Bakshi Billa "Sona", and smash hit song with Manak-E "Door Ni Kulne", as well as 6 further tracks that charted in the official UK Asian Music Download Chart. Since releasing his first album, he's worked with a number of singers such as Prabh Gill, and later released his third album which is titled Against All Odds in 2014. Early life Manni Sandhu (born Amrinder Singh Sandhu) was born on 26 September 1989. He was raised in Southall, London and moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne at a young age. He began his passion for music at the age of 13, remixing Punjabi music with Hip Hop, R&B, Garage, and Drum n Bass music. He released a number of underground mixtapes under the name 'Dj Manni' titled 'Solid Sounds' and 'Suprem

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Abdul Rahman Saleem

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Abdul Rahman Saleem

Abdul Rahman Saleem, (born Rahman Yahyaei) also known as Abu Yahya, is a British-Iranian Islamic activist, born around 1975. Early life and education Saleem was born in Mashhad, Iran in 1975 to a Punjabi Sunni family. He left Iran for London in 1979 following the Iranian Revolution where he was bullied and discriminated against for his South Asian identity. This provoked his embracement of radical Islam and later he became closely acquainted with Al-Muhajiroun members Omar Bakri and Anjem Choudary. Nonetheless, he excelled in his studies, earning 11 A* Grades at GCSE and 5 A grades at A Level in English literature, Persian, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics. Despite this, he opted to attend University in Iran and was granted a placement at Sharif University of Technology to study mechanical engineering in 1993. He graduated in 1998 and returned to the United Kingdom the following year. Career He is a former Al Muhajiroun spokesman,[1][2] a former member of the Saved Sect, and was a prominent me

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Parminder Nagra

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Parminder Nagra

Parminder Kaur Nagra (born 5 October 1975)[1] is an English film and television actress. She is known for playing Jess Bhamra in the film Bend It Like Beckham (2002), and as Dr. Neela Rasgotra in the NBC medical drama series ER from 2003 to 2009. She has had several other major television roles, including a starring role as Meera Malik in the NBC crime drama series The Blacklist for season one and a recurring role on the ABC/Marvel Television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Ellen Nadeer for season four. Early life Nagra was born in Leicester, England, to Sukha and Nashuter Nagra, Sikh factory workers who emigrated from the Punjab region of India in the 1960s. She is the eldest of four children with two brothers and one sister.[1] Nagra attended the Northfield House Primary School in Leicester. At her comprehensive school, Soar Valley College, she played the viola in the youth orchestra and also appeared in her first theatrical productions. A few months after sitting her A-levels and leaving school, Nagra

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Mazhar Majeed

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Mazhar Majeed

Mazhar Majeed (born 1975) is a British sporting agent and bookmaker who came under police investigation in 2010 following reports of cricket 'match fixing' after a News of the World sting operation.[1] On Saturday 28 August 2010, he was arrested by Scotland Yard for allegedly fixing a Test match between England and Pakistan in Lord's. On 3 November 2011, Majeed was given a prison sentence of 32 months on convictions of "conspiracy to make corrupt payments" and "conspiracy to allow others to cheat at gambling," to run concurrently.[2] Background Born 1975 in Croydon, England, Majeed attended the Coulsdon High School and studied business at Middlesex University in north London before forming a property development company based in London and Surrey, Majeed was a major shareholder and co-owner of Croydon Athletic F.C..[3] His home in Surrey is valued at £1.8 million.[4] His family migrated to England from Faisalabad, Pakistan.[5] Majeed is married to an Indian wife[6] and is the father of four children.[7] Af

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Anita Rani

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Anita Rani

Anita Rani Nazran (born 25 October 1977), better known as Anita Rani, is a British radio and television presenter. Early life Rani was born and brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire,[1] to a Hindu father and a Sikh mother.[2] In an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? first broadcast on 1 October 2015 on BBC One, Rani investigated the history of her maternal grandfather Sant Singh (born Sant Ram, in Sarhali in 1916, died 1975), in particular learning more about his first wife and children, who died during the violence of the Partition of India in 1947, while he was a thousand miles away in Kirkee, serving in the British Indian Army, which he had joined in August 1942. Rani discovered that her maternal grandfather was born into a Hindu Taggar family, but converted to Sikhism as a young man in accordance with a custom prevalent at the time. He continued to serve in the Indian Army after Indian independence, retiring as a subedar (equivalent to a warrant officer) in 1970.[3] Rani was educated at Bradford Gi

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Saeed Jaffrey

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Saeed Jaffrey

Saeed Jaffrey OBE (8 January 1929 – 15 November 2015) was an Indian-British actor whose versatility and fluency in multiple languages[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] His seductive, resonant voice[4] combined with a gift for mimicry and a sharp ear for accents[5] 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".[6] He voiced all 86 characters in the 1997 BBC World Service broadcast of Vikram Seth's novel, A Suitable Boy.[2] During the 1980s and 1990s he was considered t

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Dr Zeus

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Dr Zeus

Baljit Singh Padam, better known by his stage name Dr. Zeus, is a British-born-Indian music composer, singer and music producer.[1] He rose to fame in 2003 with his song "Kangna", which was voted the best song on BBC Asian Network in the same year.[2][3] His other hits are "Don't Be Shy" and "Jugni Ji", which won the best single award in 2012.[4] He has worked with singer Kanika Kapoor for song "Jugni Ji", with musician Jaz Dhami for song "Zulfa".[5] His song "Aag Ka Dariya" features on the Four Lions film soundtrack. A music video was also produced featuring Czech model Yana Gupta and singers Ravindra & DJ Shortie. Career Dr. Zeus began his career in 1999 where he was signed to the Envy music label based in Birmingham where he produced Pure Garage – Sue My Ass by the Punjabi singer Balwinder Singh Safri, from the band Safri Boyz. He had two songs in this album, which were "Sahiba Bani Prawa Di" and "Par Langa De Veh". A year later, he went on to produce his second complete album Deathjamm 4.5. Dr. Ze

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PBN (producer)

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PBN (producer)

PBN (Punjabi By Nature) not to be confused with the Canadian bhangra band Punjabi by Nature (1993–1998) PBN or Punjabi By Nature is a UK-based Indian music producer, singer and songwriter specialising in bhangra and Asian fusion productions working with a great number of Desi music artists mainly based in the UK[1] beginning with the early 2000s. He is signed to Limitless Records[2] and Playback Records. He has also formed TeamPBN as a collaborative project with Bambi, Raj Bains and Serena. Throughout his career, he has become well-known not only in his native UK, but in India, the Indian , Continental Europe, the Middle East, United States and Canada, Australia and in general the Asian music market. His productions are used extensively in night venues, DJ events and on BBC Asian Network and its weekly chart. Originating from Wolverhampton, England, he has released around ten studio and production albums and launching / advancing the careers of many Asian Music artists with definitive hits. His produced hi

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Meera Syal

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Meera Syal

Meera Syal CBE (born Feroza Syal; 27 June 1961) is an English comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She rose to prominence as one of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me and portraying Sanjeev's grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42. She became one of the UK's best-known Asian personalities. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1997 New Year Honours and in 2003 was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.[2][3] She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama and literature.[4][5] Early life Syal was born in Wolverhampton and grew up in Essington, Staffordshire, a mining village a few miles to the north. Her Punjab-born parents, Surinder Syal (father) and Surinder Uppal (mother), came to the United Kingdom from New Delhi. Her father was Khatri, and her mother was Jat.[6] When she was young, the family moved to Bloxwich, north

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Chandeep Uppal

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Chandeep Uppal

Chandeep Uppal (born 19 July 1988) is a British actress best known for her critically acclaimed starring role as Meena Kumar in the film Anita and Me. Career Uppal is known for her performances in the Bafta Award-winning children's series My Life as a Popat, in which she plays Dimple, the outspoken, teenage daughter of a British-Indian family. She played barmaid Narinder Gurai in the UK soap opera Echo Beach, which ran from January to March 2008. She played the role of Ayesha Begham in an episode of Holby City and appeared on the popular sketch show, Harry and Paul, for the BBC. She made two appearances in BBC drama series Waterloo Road in episodes 15 and 16 of the current fourth series as Waffa. She again starred in Holby City as Sunita Majvi, a character with cancer who befriends the temporarily paralysed nurse Maria Kendall. Her character died on Tuesday 13 October in the episode entitled "The Uncertainty Principle". Chandeep played the part of Amita (one of Del's 'fiancées') in the Rock & Chips 20

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Jas Mann

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Jas Mann

Jasbinder Singh "Jas" Mann (born 24 April 1971)[1] is a British songwriter, musician, singer, record producer and film producer. He was lead singer of Babylon Zoo, known for their 1996 UK chart-topping single "Spaceman" and #6 album The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes. He has produced/distributed over 20 feature films, including the BAFTA-winning documentary The Imposter,[2] and was executive producer of Simon Pegg's A Fantastic Fear of Everything.{{[3] Early life He was born in 1971, Dudley, West Midlands, England, to a Punjabi Indian father and a mother of Sioux descent.[4][5] Mann formed his first band at the age of 15, with his friend Adam Toussaint; they were called The Glove Puppets. Mann personally funded a 7" vinyl single, sold through local record shops in 1987. The Sandkings, another Wolverhampton band, enlisted Mann as their vocalist in 1988. The group, named after a 1981 collection of sci-fi short stories by George R. R. Martin, released seven singles and an EP with Mann between 1988 and 1992 as well a

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Daljit Nagra

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Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra FRSL (born 1966)[1] is a British poet whose debut collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover! – a title alluding to W. H. Auden's Look, Stranger!, D. H. Lawrence's Look! We Have Come Through! and by epigraph also to Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" – was published by Faber in February 2007. Nagra's poems relate to the experience of Indians born in the UK (especially Indian Sikhs), and often employ language that imitates the English spoken by Indian immigrants whose first language is Punjabi, which some have termed "Punglish".[2] He currently works part-time at JFS School in Kenton and visits schools, universities and festivals where he performs his work. Early life and education Daljit Nagra, whose Sikh Punjabi parents came to Britain from India in the late 1950s, was born and grew up in Yiewsley, near London's Heathrow Airport, the family moving to Sheffield in 1982.[3] In 1988 he went to study for a BA and MA in English at Royal Holloway, University of London.[3] Tentatively beginning to write, h

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Rizwan Khan

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Rizwan Khan

Rizwan Riz Khan (Urdu: رضوان خان‎; born April 1962) is a British broadcaster of Asian origin. From 2006 until April 2011 he hosted his own eponymous television show on Al Jazeera English. He first rose to prominence while working for the BBC and CNN. Early life Khan was born in Aden, South Yemen, to a Pakistani Punjabi father[1][2] and an Indian Gujarati mother.[3] His father was from Amritsar[4] and migrated to Pakistan during the partition, while his mother's roots go back to Kathiawar, Gujarat.[5] Khan moved with his family to London, at the age of four. He identifies himself as the first mainstream BBC and CNN newscaster of South Asian origin.[3] Khan is a Muslim by religion.[3] He attended both Springwell Junior and Hounslow Manor Comprehensive Schools and joined the Air Training Corps. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Medical Physiology from the University of Wales, and then took a postgraduate course in Radio Journalism at the Highbury College near Portsmouth. Broadcasting c

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Surinder Arora

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Surinder Arora

Surinder Arora (born September 1958) is a British billionaire businessman in the hotel sector. He concentrates on hotels near airports, making a speciality of providing rooms for aircrew, and has close links with British Airways and a strong personal interest in aviation [1] Early life Arora was born in September 1958[2] in the Punjab to parents who had been displaced from the India/Pakistan border town of Fazilka and were about to emigrate to the United Kingdom. Arora was left with an aunt and uncle whom he believed to be his parents until he re-joined his real parents in the UK at the age of thirteen. Arora's family had a strong work ethic and he has described his mother as being very ambitious for him.[3] In 1988, Arora became a salesman for the Abbey Life insurance company, becoming a sales manager and achieving a rating as the company's second-best salesman after one year.[4] Hotel career In 1993, Arora left Abbey Life to develop a "B&B" (bed and breakfast) to serve airline staff at Heathrow Ai

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Kunal Nayyar

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Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar (, kuu-NAHL NY-ər; born 30 April 1981) is a British-Indian actor known for his role as Raj Koothrappali in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory that aired from 2007 to 2019. Forbes listed Nayyar as the world's third highest-paid TV actor in 2015 and 2018, with earnings of US$20 million and $23.5 million, respectively.[1][2] Early life Nayyar was born in Hounslow, London, to a Punjabi[3] family. When he was 4 years old, his family returned to India, and he grew up in New Delhi.[4] He attended St Columba's School in New Delhi, where he played badminton for the school team. His parents live in New Delhi.[5][6] In 1999, Nayyar moved to the United States to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Portland, Oregon.[7] He started taking acting classes and appeared in several school plays while working on his degree.[4] After participating in the American College Theater Festival, Nayyar decided to become a professional actor. He then attended Temple University in

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Saira Choudhry

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Saira Choudhry

Saira Choudhry is a British actress. She is best known for portraying Anita Roy in Hollyoaks and Tegan in Paul Abbott's No Offence.[1] Filmography Television Year Title Role Notes 2008–2011 Hollyoaks Anita Roy 198 episodes 2012 Crime Stories Molly 1 episodeCredited as Saira Choudry 2013, 2015, 2017 Coronation Street Naila Badal 3 episodes 2014 Doctors Farah Raja Episode: "The Girl in the Photograph" 2014 The Driver Tasha 1 episode 2015- No Offence PC Tegan Thompson 15 episodes 2017 Porridge Joanne 1 episode References Heward, Emily (3 August 2015). "No Offence star Saira Choudhry on returning to the scene of the crime for series two". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 6 January 2020. External links Saira Choudhry on IMDb

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Zack Knight

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Zack Knight

Zack Knight (born 22 November 1991), formerly known by his stage name Zeekay, is a British-Asian singer, songwriter, music composer and producer.[1][2][3] He is of South-Asian heritage, including Pakistani Punjabi and South-Asian African heritage.[4] In 2017, his single "Bom Diggy" reached number one position on the BBC Asian Network's Official Asian Music Chart.[5] Life and career Zack Knight was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England. His mother is a Punjabi from Pakistan, and his father is South-Asian from Africa. He describes his music as "R&B infused style with a crossover sound", peppered with Bollywood and Middle-Eastern influences. Knight's music is influenced by Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, and Usher, as well as by his mixed ethnicity and English upbringing.[4] Knight has worked alongside artists such as Tinie Tempah, Ginuwine, Iyaz, Lil Twist and Stylo G, producing and composing songs and writing lyrics. Knight has charted with several singles on the UK based official Asian Download Chart p

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T. J. Ramini

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T. J. Ramini

T. J. Ramini is a British actor known for his role as DC Zain Nadir in The Bill and Cross in Prison Break. Career Ramini's other parts include guest appearances in the television series Casualty, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, 24 and NCIS, as well as the film Batman Begins (2005). He guest-starred in Boston Legal as a prisoner who is wrongfully detained and tortured at Guantanamo Bay, and in Desperate Housewives as Yaniv (in the episode "Mama Spent Money When She Had None"). In 2017 he starred in Prison Break, and later appeared in an episode of the American political drama Designated Survivor. Filmography Film Year Film Role Notes 1996 Dating the Enemy Troy 2003 The Death of Klinghoffer Ismael 2004 Spivs Pavel 2005 Batman Begins Crane Thug # 1 2013 Get Lucky Raphael 2014 Postman Pat: The Movie Ben Taylor Voice 2017 The Bachelors Real Estate Agent Television Year Show Role Notes 1997 Fallen Angels Barman as Tarek Ramini; 1 episod

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Omar Khayam (drug dealer)

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Omar Khayam (drug dealer)

Omar Khayam (born Bedford, 1983) is a British Muslim and convicted drug dealer who achieved a considerable degree of notoriety following a February 2006 protest in London against the Muhammad cartoons; at the protest, he dressed like a suicide bomber. Early life Khayam was brought up in the Bedford area of Bedfordshire of Pakistani descent.[1][2] His parents belongs from Punjab, Pakistan.[1] The area has a "growing" drugs and gangs problem and when Khayam was 16 he was charged with throwing 2oz bag of crack cocaine from a car window to try to avoid detection from the pursuing police. He got eight years in 2002 for possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and a fine for having a small amount of heroin, but his sentence was cut to five-and-a-half years on appeal.[3] He was released on parole in 2005, having served half of his sentence. According to a report in the Daily Mirror, he had been a significant local drug dealer in Bedford, known on the street as Skinner. The report stated that he became i

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Simon Singh

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Simon Singh

Simon Lehna Singh, MBE (born 19 September 1964) is a British popular science author, theoretical and particle physicist whose works largely contain a strong mathematical element. His written works include Fermat's Last Theorem (in the United States titled Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem),[6][7] The Code Book[8] (about cryptography and its history), Big Bang[9] (about the Big Bang theory and the origins of the universe), Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial[10] (about complementary and alternative medicine, co-written by Edzard Ernst) and The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (about mathematical ideas and theorems hidden in episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama).[11] In 2012 Singh founded the Good Thinking Society.[12] Singh has also produced documentaries and works for television to accompany his books, is a trustee of NESTA and the National Museum of Science and Industry, a patron of Humanists UK, founder of the Good Thinking Society, and

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Anita Anand

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Anita Anand

Anita Anand ( AH-nand; born 1972) is a British-Indian radio and television presenter and journalist. Early life and education Anand was born in London, England, to Punjabi Sikh parents who migrated to India shortly after the partition of India and then, later, to the UK.[1] Her family, prior to the partition, originated from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in present-day Pakistan. Anand was privately educated at Bancroft's School in Woodford Green in Redbridge, east London.[2] Anand then entered King's College London in 1990, graduating with a BA in English in 1993. Broadcasting career After training as a journalist, Anand became European Head of News and Current Affairs for Zee TV, and one of the youngest TV news editors in Britain at the age of 25.[3] She presented the talk show The Big Debate and was political correspondent for Zee TV presenting the Raj Britannia series – 31 documentaries chronicling the political aspirations of the Asian community in the most marginal constituencies in 1997. Until October 2007,

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Tom Singh

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Tom Singh

Tom Singh OBE (born August 1949) is the founder of the New Look chain of high street fashion stores in the United Kingdom. He is the eldest brother of author and broadcaster Simon Singh. Early life Tom Singh was born into a Punjabi Sikh family,[1] who emigrated from the Punjab to England in the late 1940s when he was a baby.[2] He was educated at Wellington School.[3] He earned a degree in international politics and geography from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.[1][4][5] Career In 1969, Singh founded the UK fashion retail chain New Look in Taunton, Somerset, starting with a loan from his parents of £5000.[6][7] In 2019, his net worth was estimated at £340 million by The Sunday Times Rich List.[8] Honours He was appointed an OBE in the New Year's Honours List December 2006.[9] Philanthropy He is also the principal of Rianta Philanthropy, an India-focused impact investing fund that operates the Artha Platform, an investor network.[10] Personal life He is married to Kuljit Singh.[7] They live in

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Dev Dhillon

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Dev Dhillon

Dev Singh Dhillon (born 24 April 1977) is an Indian record producer, musician and singer-songwriter. His 2012 album, Mulakaat, was produced by Aman Hayer. There were 2 Singles which is the forthcoming album Mulakaat: "Hor Nachna" & "Ankhi".[1] Discography Release Album Record Label Music 2014 Pyar - Single' MovieBox Aman Hayer 2014 Soorme - Single Immortional Pictures Gupsy Aujla 2014 Dil Wali Gal - Single MovieBox/Elite Music Aman Hayer 2013 Television - Single (FT. Don Revo) MovieBox/Speed Records Sukshinder Shinda 2012 Mulakaat MovieBox/Elite Music Aman Hayer 2012 Ankhi - Single MovieBox Aman Hayer 2012 Hor Nachna - Single MovieBox Aman Hayer 2012 Gal Ban Je Limitless Records S2K 2012 Tribute to DJ Unkz E3NA DJ Aman 2011 Sher Soorma Centresonic Sounds Gupsy Aujla 2011 The Entourage (1 Song: Sardari: Sung with Angrej Ali) MovieBox/Speed Records Aman Hayer 2011 Ajj Nachna (Sung With: Angrej Ali, Aman Hayer &#

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Neena Gill

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Neena Gill

Neena Gill, CBE is a British Labour Party politician. She served as a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands first from 1999 to 2009, and then from 2014 to 2020. Early life and career Gill was born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India.[1] She emigrated to the United Kingdom (UK) with her family when she was ten years old. Her father was a businessman.[2] Gill's first job was working in a library at the age of 16.[3] She graduated with a bachelor's degree in social studies from Liverpool John Moores University in 1979.[4] She was vice president of the students union.[5] Gill later gained a postgraduate professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Housing in 1984 and in 1996, she completed the senior executive programme at the London Business School.[4] After graduation, Gill became a trainee accountant but only worked for six weeks before leaving to become a housing officer at Ealing London Borough Council.[5] Aged 29, Gill became the chief executive of ASRA Group, making her the first

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Steel Banglez

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Steel Banglez

Pahuldip Singh Sandhu[2] (born 5 February 1987), known by his stage name Steel Banglez, is a British record producer and musician of Indian Punjabi descent. He is currently signed to Warner Bros. Records.[3] Best known for his production work with artists including Mist, MoStack, J Hus and Wiley, Steel Banglez achieved his first chart hit as a lead artist when his track "Bad" reached the top 30 on the UK Singles Chart in February 2018.[4]His highest charting single on the UK Singles Chart is "Fashion Week" featuring British rappers AJ Tracey and MoStack which peaked at number 7. Early life Born in Forest Gate, Sandhu grew up in Newham, east London.[5] Raised in a Sikh family, he was surrounded by traditional Indian instruments such as harmoniums and tablas as his mother was a music teacher.[5] In addition to being of Indian Punjabi.[6][7] At the age of 10, he started DJing jungle music alongside his brothers[5] and subsequently presented a show on the pirate radio station Mystic FM.[8] He started producing

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Rukku Nahar

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Rukku Nahar

Rukku Nahar (born 28 February 1996) is an English actress, known for her roles as Selina Khan on the CBBC series Wolfblood and Habiba Ahmed on the BBC soap opera EastEnders.[2] Early life Rukku Nahar was born on 28 February 1996 in Bedford, England.[3] She is of Punjabi descent.[4][5] Whilst growing up, Nahar attended Hastingsbury Upper School, and later trained at the Identity School of Acting.[6] Career In 2014, Nahar made her professional acting debut in an episode of the YouTube comedy series Corner Shop Show, as Meena.[2] In 2016, she began portraying the role of Selina Khan in the CBBC drama series Wolfblood, a role she played for two series.[7] Later in 2016, she appeared in an episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty.[8] In 2017, she made her film debut in the adventure film We Can Be Heroes, as Zara Muhammed.[9][10] In 2018, Nahar made an appearance in an episode of the BBC soap opera Doctors, as Rana Khan.[11] Later that year, she starred in nine episodes of the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks,

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Anjli Mohindra

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Anjli Mohindra

Anjli Mohindra (born 20 February 1990) is a British stage and screen actress from West Bridgford, Nottingham, best known for her television role in The Sarah Jane Adventures as Rani Chandra, as Nadia in the BBC One series Bodyguard, and as Josie Chancellor in the ITV series Dark Heart. In 2018 she played Tara Lohia opposite Simon Callow in the original ghost story The Dead Room written by Mark Gatiss.[2] Early life Mohindra was born to parents Suranjan and Atul Mohindra, in Edgware London.[1] Her family are Hindu-Punjabi and she speaks Punjabi and Hindi in addition to English.[3][4] She attended Jesse Gray Primary School and West Bridgford School. She later joined Nottingham Central Junior Television Workshop.[5] She trained in acting at the Carlton Workshops.[6] In a 2018 interview about her personal style, Mohindra said that she had been a tomboy whilst growing up, sometimes wearing her brother's hand-me-down clothes.[7] Career Mohindra played the role of Rani Chandra in The Sarah Jane Adventures on CB

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Reena Ranger

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Reena Ranger

Reena Ranger OBE (Punjabi:ਰੀਨਾ ਰੇਂਜਰ) (born in London) is a British community leader, politician and businesswoman. Career Ranger has been working in the family firm setup by her father Lord Ranger CBE since her twenties.[1] She is founder and chair of Women Empowered which is a social enterprise empowering women through panel discussions and networking.[2][3] Her guests have included Vivek Oberoi and Gurinder Chadha OBE amongst other notable individuals.[4] Ranger attended the Transatlantic International Leaders Network in 2017 where she spoke about the importance of networks for ‘women of colour’ which lead to the development of ‘EU women's group’.[5] She is an active member of the Conservative Party and spoke at the party conference on ‘fighting injustices’.[6] She was selected as the conservative party candidate for the Birmingham Hall Green but was unsuccessful.[7][8] She has been a Three Rivers District Councillor representing Moor Park and Eastbury since 2014.[9] Awards In the 2019 Birthday Hono

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Sajid Javid

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Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid (born 5 December 1969) is a British politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bromsgrove since 2010. A member of the Conservative Party, he was Home Secretary from 2018 to 2019 and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2019 to 2020. Javid was the first British Asian to hold one of the Great Offices of State in the UK. Born in Rochdale, Lancashire to a British Pakistani family, Javid was raised largely in Bristol. He studied Economics and Politics at the University of Exeter, where he joined the Conservative Party. Working in banking, he rose to become a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. Switching to politics, he was elected to Parliament in 2010. Under the government of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron he served as a Junior Treasury Minister before being promoted to Cameron's Cabinet as Culture Secretary and Business Secretary. He went on to serve under Prime Minister Theresa May as Communities Secretary and Home Secretary. After May's resignation, Javid stood for Lead

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Nadia Whittome

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Nadia Whittome

Nadia Edith Whittome[1] (born 1996) is a British Labour Party politician. She was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Nottingham East constituency in the 2019 general election. At the age of 23, she was the youngest MP elected in the general election and therefore became the Baby of the House. Early life Whittome was born in Nottingham, England, into a working-class family.[2] Her Punjabi Sikh father emigrated to the UK from Banga, India at the age of 21. He has worked a variety of jobs including as an immigration advisor, factory worker, miner, and a driving instructor.[3] Her mother is an Anglo-Indian Catholic solicitor whose parents emigrated from Calcutta in the 1950s. She was formerly a member of the Labour Party, who left the party in protest at the amendment of Clause IV of the constitution in 1995.[4] Whittome has a brother who works as a bricklayer in Sydney, Australia.[3] Her grandparents belonged to the Communist Party of India.[4] She grew up in a single-parent household.[5][6] Whittome rep

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Gia Johnson

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Gia Johnson

Gia Johnson-Singh (born 18 June 1985 in London, England) is a British fashion model best known for appearances in Vogue and is the face of Tia Maria. She was named Vogue's "Best Hot Stepper on the Ramp" Award as well as making their influential Power List. In 2011, Femina named her one of India's 50 Most Beautiful People.[1] Early years Johnson was born in London to an English mother and Punjabi father. Johnson is a British Punjabi,[2] grew up in Richmond, London, with her mother, Kay, a Lottie Berk method Pilates teacher. She was first scouted on Kings Road at the age of 15. Johnson was uninterested and focused on her studies. It wasn't until Marie Soulier approached her that she decided to pursue modelling.[3] Johnson signed with FM Model Management, who help develop Johnson while she was in high school. Johnson attended the Arts Educational School in London. She stayed until she finished her A-levels in English literature, theatre studies, performing studies and dance. Following her graduation, Johnson s

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Mandip Gill

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Mandip Gill

Mandip Kaur Gill (born 5 January 1988)[1][2] is an English actress. Her first television role came in 2012 when she was cast as Phoebe McQueen in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. After departing the series in 2015, Gill went on to have guest roles in Cuckoo, Doctors, The Good Karma Hospital and Casualty. In October 2017, the BBC announced that Gill had been cast as a companion named Yasmin Khan in the 2018 series of Doctor Who. Early life Gill was born and raised in Leeds, West Yorkshire.[3] She is of Indian descent.[4] She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Acting.[5] She attended Park Lane College where she studied Performing Arts. Career Gill appeared in several theatre productions, before she secured her first television role as Phoebe Jackson (later McQueen) in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks.[6][7] Gill had attended a number of auditions for the soap in the past, and she was unsure if the character of Phoebe was right for her, but after a number of

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Sevaqk

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Sevaqk

Gursevak Singh Kalsi (better known by his stage name, Sevaqk) is a British record producer and musician of Indian Punjabi descent, best known for his production work with artists including Mist, AJ Tracey, Frenzo Harami amongst others. Sevaqk achieved his first chart hit as a producer when the track Screw and Brew by MoStack which reached the 79 on the UK Singles Chart in June 2017.[1] His highest-charting single on the UK Singles Chart is Mimi featuring British rapper AJ Tracey which peaked at number 51.[2] Production discography Karla's Back - MIST[3] Ain’t The Same - MIST Screw & Brew - MoStack Mimi - AJ Tracey Calling Me Out - Dave Block Popping - MoStack Marijuana - Chip You Buy Balenciaga's - MoStack The Friend - MoStack Dealers & Robbers - MoStack Sorry Mama - MoStack Pon the Endz - MoStack High Street Kid - MoStack Right Now - Chip Every Night Late Night - Yungen Outro - Loski Shqipet E Marr - Vinz HB Getting Shot Was A Blessing - MoStack R.I.P - Flowz Dilione Talk On

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Archie Renaux

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Archie Renaux

Archie Beale (born 22 November 1997) known professionally as Archie Renaux is an English actor and model. He is set to star in Netflix series Shadow and Bone and in the film Voyagers. He previously played Leo Day in miniseries Gold Digger. Early life and education Renaux is from Kingston upon Thames in Greater London. He has two sisters and a brother. On his mother's side, Renaux's grandfather's family was Punjabi Christian.[2] Archie attended Richard Challoner School before going on to train at the Unseen, a drama school in London.[3] He quit his 9-5 job to become an actor.[4] Career Renaux began his career in modeling, with gigs such as Topman, Nasir Mazhar, Moss Bros, Gay Times Magazine, and Men's Fashion Week.[5] In 2017, Renaux was cast in dystopian film Zero.[6] He made his television debut with a guest role in Amazon Prime series Hanna and landed his first major television role in 2018 with the main role of Leo Day in the 2019 BBC One miniseries Gold Digger.[7][8] Renaux has upcoming film roles as

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