Alumnus Profile: Adhir Kalyan

Even if you weren’t at Crawford Durban with Adhir Kalyan, you may notice that his face is oddly familiar. That’s because he’s gained international fame as an actor, with roles in several blockbuster movies.

After completing high school on a full scholarship, Adhir attained a degree in politics and psychology through Unisa. “These subjects interested me because my mother has both qualifications. Acting is an examination of the human condition and psychology has helped me feel the characters I play”.

Adhir’s career as a thespian started in theatre. He appeared in a number of stage productions, including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol (both based on the Charles Dickens classics); Shakespeare’s Macbeth and an adaptation of author Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet.

In 2002, he was one of only 30 actors (out of 1 200) to be offered a place at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. Financial issues led him to not accept the position; however, in 2005 he moved to London to pursue his acting career where he gained roles in BBC series Holby City (series 8) as Arimand Younis, in Spooks (series 5), and on the Irish network RTE One in Fair City as Ramal Kirmani as well as many independent films.

His move into American television came with a role in Aliens in America, followed by recurring appearances in the dark drama series, Nip/Tuck. Adhir also made a debut on the silver screen, appearing in Paul Blart: Mall Cop. His other movie credits include the George Clooney romance Up in the Air; Youth in Revolt; Fired Up and No Strings Attached, which also starred Oscar winner Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.

Adhir might have been a late addition to the cast of Rules of Engagement, but you’d never know it now. He appeared in a guest role during the third season and soon became a regular character, acting opposite TV veteran David Spade and proving himself as a comic talent.

His most recent project was the wonderful performance in the American science fiction crime drama television, Second Chance. His interpretation of his character left audiences in awe.

This year, Adhir reunites with Sony TV, where he has been tapped as the lead in Making Friends, Amazon Studios’ multi-camera comedy pilot that centres on Mark (Kalyan), a brilliant guy with an artificial intelligence degree who creates robots and spends his days hanging out with them as his main group of friends.

Going to his personal bio, Adhir and General Hospital actress, Emily Wilsons’ love affair came to light in 2015 after the rumours about their dating flew in the media. But the pair started dating during the end of 2008 and kept a low profile until they were sure they had a thing for each other. They took quite a time to get to know each other and eventually in 2015 they confirmed the rumours about their relationship. Later that year Adhir scooped his leading lady, as they got engaged and over the weekend of the 1st of October 2016, the couple married in the beautiful setting of Colony 29 resort in Palm Springs, CA.

While LA is home, Adhir said he enjoys visiting Durban once a year and hope to stay for longer each time.

Don’t miss him on the closest screen.

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