Kabir Bedi was one of three children born into a family that had devoted itself to India’s fight for independence from British colonial rule. His mother, Freda Bedi, later converted to Tibetan Buddhism. His father, Baba Pyare Lal Bedi, a Punjabi Sikh, was an author and philosopher. Kabir Bedi went to school at Sherwood College, Nainital, and graduation from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.
Kabir Bedi began his career in Indian theatre and then moved on to Hindi films. Bedi is the only international actor from India to have originated from Bollywood, worked in Hollywood, and become a big star in Europe.
As a stage actor, Kabir has performed Shakespeare’s Othello as well as portrayed a mad historical Indian king, Tughlaq; and a self-destructive alcoholic in The Vultures. In London he also starred in The Far Pavilions, the West End musical adaptation of M. M. Kaye’s novel, at the Shaftesbury Theatre. In Toronto, he played Emperor Shah Jahan at the Luminato Festival, a play written by noted Canadian playwright John Murrell and directed by Tom Diamond.
In the James Bond film Octopussy, he played the villain’s aide Gobinda who battled Roger Moore from start to finish. Kabir has acted in over 60 Indian Bollywood films. In the historical epic Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, Kabir starred as the Emperor Shah Jahan. Other starring Bollywood roles include Raj Khosla’s Kacche Dhaage, Rakesh Roshan’s Khoon Bhari Maang and Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na. Kabir played pivotal roles in Columbia Pictures’ The Beast of War, a film on the Russian war in Afghanistan, directed by Kevin Reynolds, as well as the acclaimed Italian film Andata Ritorno, by Marco Ponti, winner of the prestigious David di Donatello Award.
Kabir’s has had extensive roles on American television – primetime and daytime, series and miniseries – including Hallmark’s African epic Forbidden Territory, and Ken Follett’s On Wings of Eagles and also Red Eagle. He played Friar Sands in The Lost Empire, for NBC. Kabir also appeared on classic shows such as Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote, Magnum, P.I., Hunter, Knight Rider and Highlander: The Series amongst others. In Europe, his greatest success was Sandokan, the saga of a romantic Asian pirate set in British colonial times; an Italian-German-French TV series which broke viewership records across Europe. Kabir recently starred in a prime-time Italian television series, Un Medico In Famiglia, on RAI TV, the country’s biggest broadcaster.
For over a year, Kabir starred in The Bold and the Beautiful, the second most-watched television show in the world, seen by over a billion people in 149 countries. He recently had his own cinematic talk show on Indian TV, Director’s Cut, a 13-part special series interviewing the country’s leading directors.
Kabir's unique voice with its deep baritone and mellifluous quality has ensured that he works extensively in dubbing and voiceover work. He has voiced many ads over the year and recently was the voice of Disney's Mufasa for their Hindi release in India.