A jewel of International cinema as Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian put it, Jaffrey got his start on radio and stage in India. In the 1950s he came to the US on a Fulbright scholarship to study acting at the Catholic University in Washington DC. While he did find much work as an artist in the US, it was in the UK that he found success both on TV and in films.
Jaffrey worked with David Lean, John Houston, Richard Attenborough and other prominent filmmakers. The first Indian film that Jaffrey acted was Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi released in 1977. He then went on to act in other Indian and Bollywood films.
He was married to Madhur Jaffrey and they divorced in 1966. The couple have 3 daughters. In 1980 he married Jennifer Sorrell.