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Raji James is a Actor born on 24 february 1970 at Portsmouth (United-kingdom)

Raji James

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Birth name Rajesh Kumar Jhanji
Birth 24 february 1970 (49 years) at Portsmouth (United-kingdom)

Rajesh Kumar Jhanji (born 24 February 1970 in Portsmouth) better known by his stage name Raji James, is a British Indian actor, club night promotor and podcast co-host, best known for his roles as Ash Ferreira in EastEnders and as DS Vik Singh in The Bill. He also played Abdul Khan in the 1999 film East Is East. Between 2007-2008 he participated in The Ray Peacock Podcast. On 13 September 2010 Raji joined Ed Gamble and Ray Peacock in a special 50th episode of The Ray Peacock Podcast which was released at the same time as the 50th Episode of The Peacock and Gamble Podcast.


Raji was brought up in Paulsgrove. His early schooling was in Portsmouth and, whilst there, his drama tutor suggested he apply for a place at a drama college, although up until then, Raji had seriously considered joining the RAF as he was a sergeant in the cadet corps at school.

In 1988, he enrolled in the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and graduated with a Graduate Diploma (Degree Equivalent) in 1991. While a student, he found time to run the cellar bar at The Woodville Hotel in Woodville Road, Cathays. He was the Actor in Residence at Portsmouth College's Media Studies and Performing Arts Department, and is currently working part-time at Bucks New University in High Wycombe, running classes in audition technique, in particular focusing on the performance skills required for classic and modern monologues.

He has two children, Shannon and Riley.

In 2007, he started a club night with fellow Eastenders actor Ameet Chana. Based at Club 46 in London.

Raji married his fiancé Jo on 14 February 2010 at St Audries Park in Somerset.

Usually with

Dominic Burns
Dominic Burns
(2 films)
Andrew Shim
Andrew Shim
(2 films)
Julian Glover
Julian Glover
(2 films)
Forbes KB
Forbes KB
(2 films)
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Filmography of Raji James (5 films)

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U.F.O. (2013)
, 1h41
Directed by Dominic Burns
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, War, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Space adventure films, La fin du monde, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Bianca Bree, Sean Brosnan, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Simon Phillips, Andrew Shim, Julian Glover
Roles Mr. Peterson
Rating32% 1.6088251.6088251.6088251.6088251.608825
Five friends engage in a night of heavy drinking, fighting, and carousing at a club. Hung-over, they drunkenly stumble out of Robin's house, where they crashed for the night, and discover that nobody on their street has mobile phone service or power. They are confronted by an apparently deranged tramp who insists that they are in danger from people with a purple mark. When a city-sized spaceship hovers over Derby, the city begins to panic and society begins to break down. Michael, a lieutenant in the SAS, attempts to lead his friends to safety. He is accompanied by his new girlfriend Carrie, whom he met the previous evening at a nightclub, his best friend Robin, Robin's fiance Dana, and Vincent. They make their way to a store where their friend Pete works, but it is closed. The group rescues an immigrant from angry thugs, and Pete allows the group in through the side entrance. However, a riot breaks out when the crowd sees them gathering supplies, and looters attempt to steal their groceries. Michael frightens off the looters with a pistol, and the friends head back to Robin's house.
Airborne (2012)
, 1h21
Directed by Dominic Burns
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion
Actors Mark Hamill, Billy Murray, Simon Phillips, Gemma Atkinson, Julian Glover, Allison McKenzie
Roles Kailash
Rating39% 1.9590051.9590051.9590051.9590051.959005
Despite an approaching winter storm a near-empty airliner takes off from London for New York. One-by-one the passengers begin to disappear, while one passenger who frequents the route notices the plane has turned where it should be flying straight. Soon it is discovered that the pilots are dead and that the plane is on auto pilot; and it is revealed that two on board are hijackers who have murdered the pilots to take control of the plane. The passengers who disappeared were killed when they witnessed parts of the hijacking.
Provoked: A True Story, 2h13
Directed by Jag Mundhra
Origin Inde
Genres Drama
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about families, Feminist films, Films about immigration, La précarité, Films about domestic violence
Actors Aishwarya Rai, Robbie Coltrane, Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews, Nandita Das, Ray Panthaki
Rating65% 3.2977853.2977853.2977853.2977853.297785
Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Aishwarya Rai), a Punjabi woman, marries Deepak Ahluwalia (Naveen Andrews) in an arranged marriage and moves to Southall, UK with him to be closer to his family. Initially he seems caring and affectionate towards her but soon enough the true colors of her husband begin to show as Deepak gradually reveals a darker, threatening, and even sociopathic side of himself. After enduring ten years of abuse and having two children with him, Kiranjit, unable to bear the brutality and repeated rapes at the hands of her husband any longer, sets fire to his feet while he is sleeping, unintentionally killing him. Charged with murder, her case comes to the notice of a group of South Asian social workers running an under funded organization called the Southall Black Sisters.
Nina's Heavenly Delights, 1h34
Directed by Pratibha Parmar
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Shelley Conn, Laura Fraser, Art Malik, Veena Sood, Atta Yaqub, Raji James
Roles Sanjay Khanna
Rating63% 3.1519753.1519753.1519753.1519753.151975
When young Glaswegian cook Nina Shah (Shelley Conn) returns home for her father's funeral after three estranged years in London, England, she begins a romantic relationship with Lisa (Laura Fraser), an old childhood friend who now owns half the late father's Indian restaurant, The New Taj. Together they seek to save the restaurant by winning the national "Best in the West Curry Competition" for a third time. Nina's mother Suman (Veena Sood) and brother Kary (Atta Yaqub), however, want to sell the place to fellow restaurateur Raj (Art Malik), whose chef son Sanjay (Raji James) had been left at the altar by Nina. Lending the young women moral support is Nina's flamboyant gay friend Bobbi (Ronny Jhutti), and Nina's younger sister Priya (Zoe Henretty).
East Is East, 1h36
Directed by Damien O'Donnell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about children, Films about immigration, Théâtre, La précarité, Films based on plays
Actors Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Archie Panjabi, Gary Lewis, Raji James, Jimi Mistry
Roles Abdul "Arthur" Khan, the second son. He seems to dislike conflict and does not rebel against George's authority until he abuses Ella.
Rating68% 3.4487053.4487053.4487053.4487053.448705
Jahangir "George" Khan is a Pakistani Muslim who has lived in England since 1937. He has a wife in Pakistan. He and his second wife Ella, a British Roman Catholic woman of Irish descent, have been married for 25 years and have 7 children together: Nazir, Abdul, Tariq, Maneer, Saleem, Meenah, and Sajid. George and Ella run a popular fish and chips shop in the neighbourhood.