Paul Bhattacharjee - EastEnders Aug 2, 2013 17:42:19 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Aug 2, 2013 17:42:19 GMT 1
Paul Bhattacharjee (4 May 1960 – c.12 July 2013) was a British Indianactor of stage, film and television. The only son of Gautam Bhattacharjee, a member of the Indian Communist Party who had to flee from the country in 1942, and Anne, a woman from a family of Russian Jewish descent, he was educated at state schools in Harrow.An association with Jatinder Verma and his theatre company Tara Arts began in 1979, when he was, according to Verma "passionately idealistic, both artistically and politically" and had the desire "to use theatre to change the world".
Bhattacharjee appeared in Yes Memsahib (1979) "the story of the formation of modern East Africa by colonial Indian 'coolie' labour",and Diwali (1980), which he also directed, "the story behind the annual Festival of Lights", among other productions.
Bhattacharjee's first regular television role was in the short-lived soap Albion Market (1985) in which his character was charged by the police for the murder of a racist; it was the actor's work as a teenage anti-racism activist which had led to his first meeting with Jatinder Verma in 1977.
He had successfully taken over Art Malik's role in the West End run (at the Aldwych Theatre) of Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard in 1995 after originally playing the character's son. He was cast as Inzamam Ahmed in EastEnders, recurring in the soap opera for two years from 2008, and appeared in the films Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Casino Royale (2006), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel .
A day after he had been declared bankrupt in the High Court of Justice, Bhattacharjee, aged 53, went missing on 10 July 2013, when the cast were towards the end of the rehearsal period for Talk Show, a black comedy by Alistair McDowall for the Royal Court.His body was found on 12 July in Seaford, East Sussex. Police were not treating Bhattacharjee's death as suspicious.