Dalip Tahil is an Indian film, television and theatre actor.
His most notable Bollywood film roles include 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak', 'Thanedaar', 'Deewana', 'Ishq', 'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani', 'King Uncle' and 'Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke'. Dalip Tahil initially made his foray into theatres in Prithvi Theatres bestselling play, 'Pakke Dhagge', alonside Sanjana Kapoor, the daughter of Shashi Kapoor. He then got a small role in the 1974 National Award winning movie, 'Ankur'. He moved on to acting in small and minor roles in films including 'Trishul' and 'Kaala Patthar'.
In 1980, he got a break in 'Shaan' as a minor villain. This was followed by a small role in Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi', where he briefly appeared as a freedom associate of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. He went on to play negative supporting character roles in over a 100 Hindi films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1984, he acted as father for Baby Sonia in Navodaya Appachan's 3-D film, 'My Dear Kuttichathan'. In 2007 he starred in the Punjabi movie 'Sajna ve Sajna'. He also appeared in the Merchant-Ivory English films, 'The Deceivers' and 'The Perfect Murder' (1988).
He gradually adopted a more supporting role in the late 1990s and early 2000s in films including 'Partner', 'Goal' and 'Hello'. His most recent appearances have been in 'Race' and 'Dil Bole Hadippa', and 'Prince' in 2010.
On television, Tahil played roles in Sanjay Khan's television serial 'The Sword of Tipu Sultan' and Ramesh Sippy's 'Buniyaad'. He got international recognition when he got the role of Dan Ferreira in the popular British BBC television soap opera, 'EastEnders' in 2003. In 2007, he appeared in the BBC2 mini-series, 'Nuclear Secrets' in the episode 'Terror Traders'.