Madhur Jaffrey CBE

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Madhur Jaffrey is an Indian actress and food writer. She introduced the Western world to Indian cuisine.

Madhur was born in Delhi and came to London to study drama at RADA. It was there that she learnt to cook. And while in London, she desperately missed Indian food, so her mother would send her recipes.


Madhur has appeared in a number of films: Shakespeare Wallah (1965), The Guru (1969), Autobiography of a Princess (1976), and The Perfect Murder (1988). She starred as the title character in the film Cotton Mary (1999) and co-directed it.

Madhur won the Best Actress Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965 for her performance in Shakespeare Wallah.

She starred in and produced ABCD (1999) and guest-starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode “Name”. She also appeared in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode “The Healer” as a lecturer.

Food Writer

Madhur acted in TV, film and radio productions in England, then headed to New York. There she wrote food articles to supplement her income and fund her children’s education. This foray into food writing led to hugely successful books and accompanying TV programmes.

In 1999 she starred with her daughter in the film Chutney Popcorn and then in 2003 played Roshan Seth’s wife in Cosmopolitan.

Madhur Jaffrey got her Honorary CBE in October 2004 in recognition of her services to cultural relations between the United Kingdom, India and the United States.

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