Kabir Bedi is one of the most famous international actors to have come out of India. In the James Bond film, “Octopussy” he played Gobinda, the villain who battled Roger Moore from start to finish. In Europe, his greatest success was the title role in “Sandokan”, a record-breaking Italian-German-French television series, the saga of a romantic Asian pirate and freedom fighter during British colonial times. Over a billion people in 149 countries saw Kabir as Prince Omar in “The Bold And The Beautiful”, one of the world's most-watched television programmes, for over a year.
Kabir has just ended his starring role in the London West End musical adaptation of M.M. Kaye's “The Far Pavilions”, directed by Gale Edwards, at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. His earlier stage performances have included the “the mad king” in Girish Karnad's historical “Tughlaq”, a self-destructive alcoholic in Vijay Tendulkar's “The Vultures”, and an acclaimed portrayal of Shakespeare's “Othello”, directed by Alyque Padamsee.
Kabir currently stars in Bollywood epic, Akbar Khan's “The Taj Mahal”, as the embattled Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the world's greatest monument to love. Over the last three decades Kabir has acted in over 60 Bollywood films, with starring roles in Raj Khosla's super hit “Kuchche Dhaage” and Mahesh Bhatt's Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain”, Rakesh Roshan's “Khoon Bhari Maang”. He also played a memorable Mafia Don in Feroz Khan's “Yalgar”. More recently, Kabir had pivotal roles in the Sharukh Khan blockbuster “Main Hoon Na” and Dharmesh Darshan's recent Bollywood hit, “Bewafa”.
Kabir also has the central role in a new Indo-British film, “Take 3 Girls”, directed by Baz Taylor, produced by Inspired Films, a human drama with humour, in the style of “Bend it like Beckham”, to be released later this year.
Last year Kabir had a leading role in an Italian film “Andata Ritorno”, directed by Marco Ponti, whose first film had won Italy's most prestigious Donatello Award. Kabir has starred as Michael Caine's tribal companion in “Ashanti”, as the flamboyant Prince in “The Thief Of Baghdad”, and in the swashbuckling title role of “The Black Pirate” (Il Corsaro Nero), an Italian film. He was seen as a comic South American revolutionary in Bud Spencer's Italian TV Mini-Series “We Are Angels”, And Played An Important Role In “The Beast Of War”, a film on the Russian war in Afghanistan, directed by Kevin Reynolds for Colombia Pictures.
On American television, Kabir's work includes “Dynasty”, “Murder She Wrote”, “Magnum P.I.”, “Hunter”, “Highlander”, “Stingray”, “Riptide”, “Knight Rider” and many key roles in highly-rated TV mini-series: Hallmark's “Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search For Livingston”, Tom Clancy's “Op Center”, both Ken Follett's “On Wings Of Eagles” and “Red Eagle”. He also played Friar Sands, a lead in “The Lost Empire”, a major NBC mini-series.
Kabir is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), the American Screen Actors Guild (Sag), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (Aftra), the British Equity Actors Union (Equity) and the Cine Artists Association of India.
Kabir Bedi is based in London and Bombay.