Birth: 16-01-1946, Punjab, India

Kabir Bedi is an internationally acclaimed Italian and Indian television and film actor who 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'. He was also seen in the films 'Kites' and 'Blue'. He appeared in Deepa Mehta's 'Kamagata Maru' with Amitabh Bachchan and John Abraham.

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. He is best known in Europe for playing the pirate Sandokan in the highly popular TV mini series and for his role as the villainous Gobinda in the 1983 James Bond film, 'Octopussy'.

He has also starred in the Tamil film titled 'Aravaan', directed by Vasanthabalan, who is critically acclaimed for his earlier films, 'Angaadi Theru' and 'Veyil'.

Kabir's extensive roles on American television - primetime and daytime, series and mini series include 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 performed in 'Dynasty', 'Murder She Wrote', 'Magnum', 'P.I.', 'Hunter', 'Knight Rider' and 'Highlander: The Series', amongst others.

By decree of the President of the Italian Republic of 2nd June 2010 Kabir Bedi was officially knighted. He received the highest ranking civilian honour of the Italian Republic and was bestowed the title of "Cavaliere" (Knight) of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Kabir Bedi has been married three times and has three children, Pooja, Siddharth and Adam. He was married to Protima Bedi, an Odissi dancer, and their daughter Pooja Bedi is an actress in Hindi films.