Kabir Bedi: Lesser known facts about the actor who made it big in Hollywood and Bollywood alike

Here are a few lesser-known facts about veteran actor Kabir Bedi, who celebrates his 72nd birthday today

author_img Team Indulge Published :  16th January 2018 02:21 PM   |   Published :   |  16th January 2018 02:21 PM
Kabir Bedi

Kabir Bedi

Bron to author and philosopher Baba Pyare Lal Singh Bedi and Freda Bedi In Lahore, British India, Kabir Bedi is known for his baritone and his role as Emperor Shah Jahan in Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story. Wishing the versatile actor, television presenter and voice-over artiste a happy 72nd, we tell you a few lesser known facts about the actor, whose career spans more than four decades across different continents. 

- His mother, Freda Bedi was born in Derby, England and was the first Western woman to take ordination in Tibetian Buddhism. 

- He was the first Indian actor to make it to the Hollywood industry with John Glen's 1983 James Bond film Octopussy along with then Bond actor Roger Moore.

Kabir Bedi in Octopussy

- Bedi played the role of pirate Sandokan in an Italian TV series with the same title in 1976. He can speak fluently in Italian. 

Kabir Bedi in Sandokan

- He also featured on popular American TV show The Bold and the Beautiful for more than a year.

Kabir Bedi as Omar Rashid in The Bold and the Beautiful

- It was in 2010 that Kabir Bedi was officially knighted by the President of the Italian Republic. He received the highest ranking civilian honour of Cavaliere (Knight) of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

- He was also in a relationship with Parveen Babi, but they never tied the knot.

Kabir Bedi with Parveen Babi

- Kabir Bedi has married four times and has three children — actress Pooja Bedi and Late Siddharth Bedi from his first with Protima Bedi (1969-1973) and international model Adam Bedi from second wife Susan Humphreys. 

- After his divorce with Susan, he was married to Radio Presenter Nikki Bedi from 1992 - 2005.

Kabir Bedi with Parveen Dusanj

- He was later linked with British-born Parveen Dusanj.

- Daughter Pooja Bedi took on Twitter to express her distress when Kabir married Parveen a day before his 70th birthday.

- Parveen, who is Pooja Bedi's stepmother, is four years younger to her and has a 29-year gap with Kabir.

-  The 72-year-old actor will be seen as Royal Hari Sinh in the third installment of Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster along with Sanjay Dutt and Jimmy Shergill, Mahi Gill and Chitrangadha Singh.