Adhir Kalyan was born August 4th, 1983, in Durban, South Africa. He has a sister, Kirthi, and their parents are Jitendra and Sandy (who sits currently as a member of South African Parliament).

Adhir was enrolled in speech and drama classes from the age of four and knew he wanted to act from an early age. He completed his schooling at Crawford College in Durban, and went on to perform in a number of theatrical productions in South Africa. In early 2002, he was offered a spot at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London, 1 out of 30 amongst 1200 who auditioned given such an honor. However, finances prevented him from being able to attend, so he returned to South Africa where he continued to self-study before finally moving to London in 2005 to pursue a professional acting career.

He worked his way through several small roles until in 2006 the script for the series Aliens in America (2007-2008) came his way. He won the role of Raja Musharaff, a Muslim exchange student living with a Wisconsin family. The series lasted only one season, but 2009 made way for a number of roles, including turns in films such as Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Fired Up!, Youth in Revolt, and High School, and recurring roles on the TV series Nip/Tuck and Rules of Engagement.

What would start as a guest run on Rules of Engagement would grow into a five seasons stint as Timmy Patel, eternally put-upon assistant to David Spade’s Russell Dunbar. Adhir co-starred on the series from 2009-2013, when the show ended its seven season run. Adhir found himself on television again in 2016, co-starring on the sci-fi drama Second Chance as Otto Goodwin, savant and modern day Doctor Frankenstein. Despite its share of fans, the series came to a close after only one season.

Adhir met actress Emily Wilson when she auditioned to play the part of his fictional girlfriend on Rules of Engagement. In 2015, the couple announced their engagement, and they were married on October 1st, 2016.

… Quick Facts …

• Despite hailing from South Africa, Adhir trained with English dialect coaches from a young age (and lived in London for a time), accounting for his predominantly British accent.

• Has a tattoo on his forearm in Latin that reads: “Veritos Lux Mea” — “the truth is my light” (inspired by Gandhi’s autobiography, “The Story of My Experiments With Truth”.)

• Studied psychology and international politics.

• Has said that if he wasn’t an actor, he would like to be a sports commentator for soccer.

• Has played on cricket and soccer leagues; the episode of Rules of Engagement, “Harassment” (Season 4 Episode 12), was inspired by his real-life love of cricket.

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