Kabir Bedi (Punjabi: ਕਬੀਰ ਬੇਦੀ, Hindi: कबीर बेदि, Urdu: کبِر بیدِ; born January 16, 1946) is an Indian international film actor, perhaps most famous for his roles of Sandokan in the TV series Sandokan, Prince Omar Rashid in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful and Gobinda in the James Bond film Octopussy.
Kabir Bedi was born into a Sikh family in Lahore, Punjab (prior to India partition) in India. His mother, Freda Bedi, converted to Buddhism and his family was easy going generally regarding personal religion and morality although he did rather try their patience as he has acknowledged himself. His father, Baba Phyare Lal Bedi, was an author and philosopher. He went to school at Sherwood College, Nainital.
Over the last three decades, Bedi has acted in over 60 Bollywood films, with starring roles in Kuchche Dhaage, Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain, and Khoon Bhari Maang. He also played a Mafia Don in Feroz Khan’s Yalgar.
Bedi shot onto the international stage in the role of Sandokan, a Malaysian, Robin-Hood-like pirate created by the Italian author Emilio Salgari. The Sergio Sollima directed mini-series was filmed in 1976 on location in South-East Asia. He later reprised the Sandokan role in two films shot in the 1990s.
In the James Bond film Octopussy, he played Gobinda, the villain who battled Roger Moore from start to finish. In Europe, his greatest success was the title role in Sandokan, a record-breaking Italian-German-French television series, the saga of a romantic Asian pirate and freedom fighter during British colonial times. Many also saw Bedi as Prince Omar in the TV series The Bold And The Beautiful for over a year (1994-1995 and a guest appearance in 2005)
Bedi has also starred in the Bollywood epic, Akbar Khan’s The Taj Mahal, as the embattled Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the monument.
He is starring in Deepa Mehta's next film, Kamagata Maru with Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham.
Kabir Bedi is a firm supporter of freedom in Burma and has become an official Ambassador of the Burma Campaign UK.
Bedi married three times and has three children, Pooja, Siddarth and Adam. He was married to the late Protima Bedi, an Odissi dancer, and their daughter Pooja Bedi was an actress in Hindi films and now is a magazine/newspaper columnist. Their son Siddarth who went to University in the USA had a long history of schizophrenia and committed suicide in 1997 at the age of 26.
As his marriage with Protima began to break up he started a relationship with the late Parveen Babi. They never married. He later was married to British born fashion designer Susan Humphreys but this marriage also ended in divorce. He was also famously linked with Sonu Walia, a former Miss India.
In the late 1990s, Bedi married TV & radio presenter Nikki Bedi. The couple had no children and divorced amicably in 2005. Most recently, Bedi has been linked to a London-based woman, Parveen Dusanj..
His international model son, Adam Bedi, has made his debut in Bollywood with a thriller,Hello? Kaun Hai!
Bedi is based in London, Rome and Mumbai.