In­dian Sum­mers

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Nikesh Pa­tel can sym­pa­thise with the tough time that his clerk char­ac­ter Aafrin Dalal has had in pe­riod drama In­dian Sum­mers (2015-2016). But while Aafrin has sim­ply fallen in love with the wrong woman – mar­ried high-so­ci­ety Bri­tish Alice Whe­lan (Jemima West) in colo­nial In­dia – 30-year-old Nikesh had to deal with de­mand­ing par­ents…

1 They’re phar­ma­cists and wanted

their son to get a “sta­ble job”, but Nikesh got hooked on act­ing while study­ing English lit­er­a­ture from 2004 to 2007 at the Univer­sity Of War­wick. “I cut a deal with my folks: a gap year af­ter uni to do drama school. If that didn’t work, I would’ve had to knuckle down and get a real job,” he says.

2 That “one year” turned into three

when he en­rolled at the Guild­hall School Of Mu­sic And Drama. But when roles didn’t come pour­ing in af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 2010, Nikesh was ready to turn to jour­nal­ism as a ca­reer, only to be cast as bar­man Dan in su­per­nat­u­ral drama se­ries Bed­lam (2011-2012).

3 As con­vinc­ing as his In­dian ac­cent

is while play­ing Aafrin, Nikesh is ac­tu­ally Bri­tish born and bred. “I had a cou­ple of roles that needed an In­dian way of speak­ing, so I’d al­ready done the ground-work be­fore we flew out to Penang, Malaysia for film­ing,” he says.

4 While the show’s rat­ings were

dis­mal, one thing Nikesh and his cast­mates loved was the cater­ing. So much so that Nikesh jokes, “I had to gym all the time af­ter that food. I had these shirt­less scenes, so I had to be in shape.”

5 Is there a sig­nif­i­cant other en­joy

ing that hot bod? Nikesh is mum on his love-life, but there were ru­mours that he was dat­ing co-star Jemima fol­low­ing their flirty chats on so­cial net­work Twit­ter ear­lier this year.

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