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Character Biography

Raza Jaffrey as Dev

     
Raza Jaffrey as Dev

Raza Jaffrey stars as Dev, Karen's (Katharine McPhee) loving and supportive boyfriend, in TV3's Smash. But ambition can strain even the perfect relationship, as Dev's duties in the New York City mayor's office threaten to clash with Karen's Broadway aspirations.

After graduating from the Old Vic, Jaffrey worked extensively on stage, appearing in "Romeo and Juliet" (Leicester Haymarket), "Cyrano de Bergerac" (The Theatre Royal Northampton and Tour), "East Is East" (Oldham Coliseum) and "14 Songs 2 Weddings and a Funeral" (Lyric Hammersmith, Birmingham Rep and Tour).

Jaffrey's break came in 2001 when he was cast as Sky in the musical "Mamma Mia!" at the Prince Edward Theatre in London, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. From there, he went on to land the leading role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of A.R. Rahman's "Bombay Dreams," directed by Steven Pimlott, at the Apollo Theatre in London, in which the BBC hailed him as "the most exciting new leading man to emerge in a London musical since Hugh Jackman became an overnight star in the National Theatre production of 'Oklahoma.'"

After leaving "Bombay Dreams," Jaffrey appeared in "M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team," "Dirty War," and the three-part BBC drama series "Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee." In 2005, he began work on the spy drama series "Spooks/MI-5" as Agent Zafar Younis, before starring in the drama series "Mistresses" and "Sharpe's Peril" with Sean Bean. He then went on to star opposite Ashley Jensen as the cheating boyfriend in the comedy "Accidental Farmer." Most recently, he appeared as the French super-villain Cain in the "The Cape."

His feature film credits include "Infinite Justice," for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Kara Film Festival, and "The Crew" and "Harry Brown" with Michael Caine, David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" and "Sex and the City 2."

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