FULL NAME : Athar-Ul-Haque Malik
DATE OF BIRTH : 13th November 1952
BORN : Bahawalpur, Pakistan. His family emigrated to Britain when he was 11.
LIVES : Surbiton, Surrey.
FAMILY : Father, a doctor. He has four older brothers and a younger sister.
WIFE : Artist and former actress Gina Rowe
CHILDREN : Daughters Jessica and Kiera
STUDIED : Art attended a boarding school in Pakistan at aged 10, before returning to UK – Balham Grammar School.
TRAINED : Guildford School of Music and Drama
ON JOINING HOLBY CITY : It’s great to be in a drama that goes out in the 8pm time slot that has 8 million people tuning in, and has surgery, sensationalism and sex in a way that doesn’t upset children or grandparents.’
ON JESS & ZUBIN’S ROMANCE : ‘I’m interested in where it’s going.. Zubin had shut down the romantic part of his life after his wife died and if he wanted sex he’d pay for it. But Jess is breaking through his hard facade and rekindling his romantic side.’
ON FAME : ‘Fame’s a double-edged sword – sure you get fame but you lose your anonymity.’
TELEVISION CREDITS : The Far Pavilions; The Jewel in the Crown; The Black Tower; Harem; West of Paradise; Hothouse; Shadow of the Cobra; After the War; Storyteler : The Greek Myths; Stolen; The Wimbledon Poisoner; Path to Paradise; Unfinished Business; Colour Blind; Cleopatra; Life Support; Vicious Circle; In the Beginning; Second Sight II; Hotel; Messiah; The Seventh Scroll; Messiah 2; The Professionals; The Gentle Touch; Bergerac; Minder; Cluedo; Boon; Covington Cross; Peak Practice; The Kumars at No 42; Murder in Mind; Holby City; The English Harem; Dalziel and Pascoe; GilMayo;10 Days to War; Lewis; Poirot; Ben Hur; The Nativity; Upsatirs Downstairs; Borgias
10 DAYS TO WAR
FILM CREDITS : Arabian Adventures; Richard’s Things; A Passage to India; Underworld; The Living Daylights; Turtle Beach; City of Joyl Year of the Comet; Age of Treason; True Lies; Hostage; Uncovered; Clockwork Mice; A Kid in King Arthur’s Court; Booty Call; Side Streets; Hotel; Tabloid TV; Out Done; Tempo; Fakers; Nina’s Heavenly Delights; Dean Spanley; Franklyn; Hotel; Wolfman; Sex & The City 2; Everywhere and Nowhere; Ghosted
THEATRE CREDITS : A Man for All Seasons; Equus; The Comedians; Destiny; Timon of Athens; Romeo & Juliet; The Govenment Inspector; The 88 Prospect; Trial Run; Othello; Alines; Cymbeline; Great Expectations; Indian Ink; Art; Heroes; The Seagull
AGENT : United Agents, 12-26 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LE.
DID YOU KNOW?
* Art is dyslexic
* Coronation Street fan Art was offered a role in the show but had to turn it down due to other work commitments.
* Art is now teetotal and calls alcohol is ‘biggest regret’.