Jimi Mistry

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Jimi Mistry
Born(1973-01-01) 1 January 1973 (age 40)
Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Meg Leonard (2001-2010) (divorced)
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Jimi Mistry
Born(1973-01-01) 1 January 1973 (age 40)
Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Meg Leonard (2001-2010) (divorced)

Jimi Mistry (born 1 January 1973) is a British actor.

Early life[edit]

Mistry was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to an Indian Hindu father and an Irish Roman Catholic mother.[1][2] He was brought up a Roman Catholic[3] and attended St. James' Catholic High School in Cheadle Hulme (1985–88) before his family moved to Cardiff where he attended Radyr Comprehensive School. He trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.[2]


Mistry first gained exposure playing Dr Fred Fonseca on BBC TV's EastEnders, and has since worked on film and stage. His work includes starring roles in East is East, The Guru with Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei, Blood Diamond alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla and Partition alongside Kristin Kreuk. He can be seen in the Warner Bros. film 2012 from director Roland Emmerich alongside John Cusack, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet and Thandie Newton, and the BAFTA-nominated movie Exam. In 2010 he appeared in Gurinder Chadha's new film It's a Wonderful Afterlife which premiered at the 2010 Sundance film festival; Basement, a horror film with Danny Dyer; and West is West, the sequel to East is East.[4] Mistry has also produced/written and starred in a music documentary about Ibiza entitled And The Beat Goes On, exploring the history of the island, the birth of House Music and the art of the DJ. DJs involved in the film include Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Nicky Holloway, David Guetta, Brandon Block, Alfredo, Pete Tong and Danny Tenaglia. He regularly DJs in clubs across UK and Europe.

He is set to join the ITV soap opera Coronation Street as a friend of Gary Windass, in November 2013

Mistry competed in the 2010 series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, partnered by Flavia Cacace and was eliminated on week 7.[5]

Strictly Come Dancing performances[edit]

Week #Dance/songJudges' scoreResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha / Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go)676726N/A
2Foxtrot / Fever778830Safe
3Rumba / Ain't No Sunshine676625Safe
4Charleston / Do Your Thing677727Safe
5Paso Doble / Thriller778830Safe
6Quickstep / Mr Pinstripe Suit788932Eliminated

Personal life[edit]

Mistry lived with Meg Leonard from 1993; they married in 2001 and divorced in March 2010. They have one daughter, Elin Leonard Mistry, born 13 May 2001. He currently resides in Crouch End, London with his fiancée Flavia Cacace.[3][6][7]




  1. ^ "''Jimi Mistry Talks About "The Guru"''". Movies.about.com. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  2. ^ a b Warren, T.S. "Divided we stand". Ottawa Xpress Film. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Celebrities - Jimi Mistry". BBC. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  4. ^ ‘West is West’ , Macleans magazine, Toronto, Canada, 11 September 2010.Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Jimi Mistry well backed to win Strictly Come Dancing". 
  6. ^ Interview, "This is Lancashire"[dead link]
  7. ^ "Jimi Mistry Biography". Movies.yahoo.com. 13 May 2001. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 

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