One on One
Art Malik
The British-Pakistani actor discusses his international upbringing and diverse roles.
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2009 12:26 GMT

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This week on One on One, meet the British-Pakistani actor Art Malik.

Malik made a name for himself portraying sophisticated South Asians in hits such as A Passage to India and The Jewel in the Crown but his Hollywood roles have included everything from terrorists and bad guys to a Mujahideen ally of James Bond.

The world of theatre hooked Athar ul-Haque Malik during his school years in Balham, South London and the handsome Punjabi won a scholarship to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The youngest boy of five moved to London at the age of four from Bawahalpur, but was sent back for schooling – to Quetta in Balochistan, near the border with Afghanistan – returning a year later to Britain.

Malik's career has included a number of classical hits – one of the most famous being his role as Hari Kumar, in the 1982 British television production, The Jewel in the Crown – which prompted director, David Lean, to cast him in his epic production, A Passage to India and he later appeared in The Far Pavilions – another British Raj story released in 1984.

Hollywood later had Malik cast as the villain opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1994 hit, True Lies, after he had played an Afghan Mujahideen supporting James Bond, played by Timothy Dalton, in The Living Daylights in 1987.

Despite the lure of Hollywood, Malik continues to be based in Britain, where he focuses on his family and an acting career that never fails to keep him busy.

This episode of One on One airs from Saturday, October 25, 2008, at 0330GMT.

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