Sanjeev Bhaskar is back in the fourth series of Unforgotten this week, but who is the man behind DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan and who is his wife?
Is actor Sanjeev still married to fellow actress Meera Syal? And do they have children together?
Here’s everything you need to know about Sanjeev and his career.
Who is Sanjeev Bhaskar?
Sanjeev is a comedian, actor and TV presenter, who was catapulted to fame after appearing in the BBC Two comedy series Goodness Gracious Me.
He has since appeared in numerous comedies and dramas, and has a career spanning three decades.
In 2006, he was honoured with the title OBE – Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Who does he play in Unforgotten?
Sanjeev portrays DI Sunny Khan in Unforgotten, one half of a double act opposite Nicola Walker’s DCI Cassie Stuart.
Along with their team, the two investigate decades-old murder cases, piecing together events that transpired many years ago to deliver justice and closure to the victim and their relatives.
Sanjeev says of the fourth series: “There are three projects that stand out in terms of TV series I have done across my career that have been really meaningful and important to me, and Unforgotten is one of them.
“For the simple reason that the writing is excellent and the people are wonderful.
“This job has also been the most fun I’ve had. I believe we have laughed more on all of these series than we do on any other job and, given the subject matter, that has kept us sane.”
Sanjeev also cites his on and off-screen friendship with Nicola Walker as a significant reason why he has enjoyed working on the drama.
He adds: “What I like about Sunny is that he has always been Cassie’s rock; he is dependable both in terms of his work and his support of her.
“Sunny has always been there as a mirror to Cassie, to reflect back where she is at, at any particular point.”
Series four sees Phaldut Sharma join the cast – one of the original line up of Goodness Gracious Me.
What else has Sanjeev starred in? What is he famous for?
After ditching his career as a marketing executive at IBM, Sanjeev pursued a job in showbusiness.
He appeared in comedy series The Real McCoy, Captain Butler, We Know Where You Live and Small Potatoes.
Between 1998 and 2015, he starred in Goodness Gracious Me, often recognised as the series that made him famous.
Sanjeev went on to star and write in the sitcom The Kumars at No. 42.
His more dramatic acting roles include the lead role of Dr Prem Sharma in The Indian Doctor and a main role as DI Sunny Khan in Unforgotten.
In January 2021, he was cast in the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman.
How old is Sanjeev?
Sanjeev was born on October 31 1963 in Ealing, London.
He is currently 57 years old.
His parents Inderjit and Janak Bhaskar came to the UK after the partition of India.
Sanjeev Bhaskar wife: Is he still married to Meera Syal?
Sanjeev married his Goodness Gracious Me co-star Meera Syal in January 2005.
The ceremony took place in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Meera was previously married to journalist Shekhar Bhatia from 1989 to their divorce in 2002.
Sanjeev Bhaskar wife: Do they have children?
Sanjeev and Meera have a son together called Shaan.
He was born at the Portland Hospital on December 02 2005.
Meera has said: “When I got pregnant at 44, I felt so grateful but also guilty over my good luck.”
She also has son Chameli Bhatia from her first marriage.
Unforgotten season four begins at 9pm on Monday February 22 2021 on ITV1.
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