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Jimmi Harkishin
Rajan Harkishindas

19 March 1959 (1959-03-19) (age 65)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Known for Role of Dev Alahan in Coronation Street
Television Uncle Jack (1990–1993)
Medics (1990, 1992–1995)
Coronation Street (1999–)
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James "Jimmi" Harkishin (born Rajan Harkishindas; 19 March 1959) is an actor best known for his role as shopkeeper Dev Alahan in Coronation Street, which he has played continuously since 10 November 1999. He also played Ranjit in the film Bhaji on the Beach (1993) and Iyaaz Ali Khan in East is East (1999). Harkishin played Gary Lobo in the Jonathan Creek episode "Danse Macabre".

Harkishin was born in Paris, France to an Indian father and Italian mother. He has three children, Holli Harkishin, Rajan Harkishin and India Rose Harkishin with partner Susan Beaton.

He began acting in 1986 under the stage name James Harkishin, and played the regular characters of Jose Cuervo for 18 episodes between 1990–93 in the children's TV series Uncle Jack. He also played Dr. Jay Rahman in the medical drama TV series Medics, appearing for 34 episodes between 1992-95.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 A Killing on the Exchange Krishna 2 episodes
1988–1990 South of the Border Krish Regular role, 10 episodes
1989 Shalom Salaam Rashid Sattar 5 episodes
Saracen Hazzom Episode: "Reaper"
1990 Eurocops Vip Episode: "Pushed"
TECX Karim Dhillon Episode: "A Soldier's Death"
1990–1993 Uncle Jack Jose Cuervo Regular role, 18 episodes
1990 Medics Vijesh Episode: "Annie"
1992–1995 Dr. Jay Rahman Regular role, 34 episodes
1992 Casualty Greg Episode: "Rates of Exchange"
Crime Story Arthur Hosein Episode: "Gone Too Far: The Mystery of Mrs. Muriel McKay"
Desmond's Derrick Episode: "The Godmother"
1993 The Bill Kumar Episode: "The Knowledge"
Fighting for Gemma Richard Meeran Television film
Harry Sami Episode #1.9
1997 Holding the Baby Doctor Episode #1.2
1998 Jonathan Creek Gary Lobo Episode: "Danse Macabre"
Heat of the Sun Amir Ali Episode: "Private Lives"
Close Relations Ravi Unknown episodes
1999–present Coronation Street Dev Alahan Regular role
2010 East Street Charity crossover between Coronation Street and EastEnders
2005 Coronation Street: Pantomime Television film


Year Film Role Notes
1988 For Queen & Country Sadiq
1993 Bhaji on the Beach Ranjit
1995 Paparazzo Spike
1999 East is East Iyaaz Ali Khan

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2002 The British Soap Awards ... Male Nominated
2002 TV Quick Awards Best Soap Actor Nominated
2013 The British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated
2022 Inside Soap Awards Best Comic Performance Nominated
2022 Asian Media Awards Best TV Character Nominated
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