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- Date and time Wed 13 Oct 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
- Location Online
Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE, actor, television presenter, and the Chancellor of the University of Sussex, will be joining Dr Akanksha Mimi Malhotra, Vice President of the RSM Respiratory Medicine Section, for a conversation about his varied entertainment career and early years, how the industry has changed over the years, his work with The British Asian Trust, The Prince’s Trust and Unicef, and how he’s been keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Known for playing numerous characters and personas on TV in the UK since 1991, Sanjeev is best known for his work in the BBC2 sketch comedy series Goodness Gracious Me, which run from 1998 to 2015, and star of the sitcom The Kumars at No. 42, which run from 2001 to 2006.
Sanjeev, the Kumars and Gareth Gates collectively released the official single for Comic Relief in 2003, Spirit In The Sky, which spent three weeks at number 1 and was the second highest-selling single of the year.
Throughout his acting career, Sanjeev has demonstrated a stunning array of characters including dramatic lead roles such as Dr Prem Sharma in The Indian Doctor (2010-2013) and DI Sunny Khan in Unforgotten (2015-present). Earlier this year, Sanjeev was cast to play a character called Cain in the upcoming Netflix American drama series, The Sandman. The Sandman series adaptation is based on the 1989–1996 comic book written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics, the series release date is to be announced.
In 2007, as part of the BBC's series of programmes on the 60th anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan, Sanjeev presented and starred in a documentary series India with Sanjeev Bhaskar. The documentary was an emotional journey for Sanjeev who travelled to his father's ancestral home which is now in Pakistan. His first book, also titled India with Sanjeev Bhaskar, based on the documentary series, became a Sunday Times bestseller in 2007. He also featured in a Channel 4 documentary series called The House That Made Me in 2010. The show recreated his childhood home and reintroduced him to characters of his youth.
Sanjeev has been an Ambassador of the Prince’s Charities for a number of years and was part of the advisory group that conceptualised The British Asian Trust for the Prince of Wales and is proud to be its Ambassador. He is also a ‘high profile supporter’ of Unicef and travelled to Malawi in 2019 to report on the support for children’s welfare.
Amongst many other accolades, in 2005, Sanjeev was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours List. In April 2015, he was given the Outstanding Achievement in Television award at The Asian Awards. And in July 2019, Sanjeev was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sussex in recognition of his ten years in post as the Chancellor. He also contributed the word ‘chuddies’ to the Oxford English Dictionary, which was a reference to a phrase he used in Goodness Gracious Me.
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