Raza Jaffrey stars as Dev, Karen’s (Katharine McPhee) loving and supportive boyfriend, in NBC’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 ITV1′s “M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team,” the HBO/BBC co-production “Dirty War,” and the three-part BBC drama series “Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee.” In 2005, he began work on the BBC1 spy drama series “Spooks/MI-5″ as Agent Zafar Younis. During this time, he returned to the stage playing Orsino in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at the Albery Theatre in London. He also was cast in the David Cronenberg film “Eastern Promises.”
Jaffrey then left “Spooks” to join the BBC1 drama series “Mistresses” and later went on to star in “Sharpe’s Peril” with Sean Bean. He also starred in the feature films “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.
In 2010, Jaffrey starred opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in the film “Sex and the City 2″ as Guarav. He then went on to star opposite Ashley Jensen as the cheating boyfriend in the BBC1 comedy series “Accidental Farmer.” Most recently, he appeared as the French super-villain Cain on the drama series “The Cape.”