Tony Jayawardena

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Tony Jayawardena
Anthony Surath Jayawardena

London, England
Years active2003–present

Anthony Surath Jayawardena is a British actor, known for his roles as Mr Bhamra in the West End musical Bend It Like Beckham the Musical [1] and for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe [2] and Royal National Theatre. In 2018, he began portraying the role of Rashid Hyatt in the Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge .



Jayawardena appears on the original cast recording of Bend It Like Beckham the Musical , performing the songs "People Like Us" and "The Engagement: Look At Us Now". [3] He was the original Abdul Kareem in the play The Empress by Tanika Gupta, which tells the story of Queen Victoria's relationship with The Munshi, a young man brought over from India to be her servant in the final 15 years of her life. He played Stephano in the RSC's production of The Tempest , [4] which partnered with Intel and Imaginarium Studios and was the first use of real-time motion-capture technology on stage. [5]


2004 Chasing Liberty White House GuardAndy Cadiff
2008 A Bunch of Amateurs Kevin Patel
2009 National Theatre Live: All's Well That Ends Well2nd Lord DumaineMarianne Elliot
2010 National Theatre Live: London AssuranceMark Meddle Nicholas Hytner
2011ScrewedBear Reg Traviss
2012 Tower Block BearRonnie Thompson, Eddie
2013 Trance Security Guard Danny Boyle
2016 A Street Cat Named Bob TonyRoger Spottiswoode
2011KabaddassesThe Marauding Moustache1 [6]
2012 Silent Witness Younis2 episodes
2016 The Windsors SandySeries 1 [7]
Holby City Monty the PythonSeries 19, episode 10
2018 The Tunnel Lawrence Taylor2 episodes [7]
2018–present Ackley Bridge Rashid Hyatt Main role [7]
2020 The Crown Sir Sonny Ramphal 2 episodes


2009 England People Very Nice Various Royal National Theatre
Twelfth Night Fabian The Royal Shakespeare Company [7]
All's Well That Ends Well 2nd Lord Dumaine Royal National Theatre [7]
2010 London Assurance Mark Meddle
2013The EmpressAbdul Kareem Royal Shakespeare Company
Love N StuffMansoor Theatre Royal Stratford East
2015 Bend It Like Beckham the Musical Mr Bhamra Phoenix Theatre [7]
2016The Invisible HandImam Saleem Tricycle Theatre [8] [9]
The Tempest Stephano Royal Shakespeare Company [7]
2017 Twelfth Night Sir Toby Belch Shakespeare's Globe
Lions and TigersSubhash Bose / Jyotish Gupta Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Young Marx Gert “Doc” Schmidt Bridge Theatre
2019 Hobson's Choice Hari Hobson Royal Exchange Theatre


2015 Bend It Like Beckham the Musical Mr BhamraSony Music Classical

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