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Dalip Sondhi…

Dalip is of Indian origin, and grew up in London. He began his working life as a UK Metropolitan Police Officer spending time with the Crime Squad during the turbulent 1980s. He then left the police to train as an actor and director. He has a Masters in Performance Studies from London's Central School of Speech and Drama, a Post Grad in Theatre Education from the University of London, and a BA (Hons) Acting from Middlesex University and Montclair State College (New York).

During the early 90s Dalip toured extensively with Caught in the Act and Soapbox theatre companies in the UK as well as performing at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 1994 he began directing and training actors, theatre makers and educators. Overthe past 20 years Dalip has held senior positions and led staff teams at the UK's Hertfordshire University, Rose Bruford College and Australia's Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts - WAAPA. He completed his career as an Associate Professor in 2013 to entirely focus and return to his work as an actor.

Dalip recently worked alongside Timothy Spall in the Australian feature Sucker, played the lead in Absolution (Official selection Vancouver, Pasadena, Kansas) and in India, worked with Shraddha Kapoor in the upcoming Half Girlfriend and Vipin Sharma in the soon to be released Goan film Baarish.

Dalip is also co-producing a feature film with one of Australia's leading producers, Robyn Kershaw in collaboration with India's acclaimed Nandita Das and Australia's Dot West.

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