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Asim Chaudhry

Born in Hounslow, London, Asim Chaudhry is a British comedian and actor best known for playing the much-loved failed salesman and huckster Chabuddy G in the BBC sitcom People Just Do Nothing. A mockumentary following a fictional pirate radio station, Chaudhry co-created it with Hugo Chegwin, Steve Stamp and Allan Mustafa, whom he met while at college. Chaudhry has also starred in the BBC One Christmas television film Click & Collect, alongside Stephen Merchant, and has written and released his own short film Love Pool, about a single man who meets a woman while carpooling in an Uber.

Biography

Born in Hounslow, London, Asim Chaudhry is a British comedian and actor best known for playing the much-loved salesman and huckster Chabuddy G in BBC mockumentary series People Just Do Nothing, which he co-created. This role would earn him multiple awards, including a Royal Television Society Award and a BAFTA nomination.

It was whilst at college that Chaudhry met Hugo Chegwin, Steve Stamp, and Allan Mustafa, with whom he created a range of YouTube videos mocking a pirate radio station that amusingly imagined themselves to have amassed a gigantic online following. As it began to grow in popularity, Ash Atalla at the BBC saw them, became interested, and eventually commissioned the BBC Three series People Just Do Nothing, which premiered in 2014. This rockumentary sitcom sees Chaudhry play Chabuddy G, a tricky but well-meaning entrepreneur who manages the pirate radio station and musical group Kurupt FM. Although the show ended in 2018, a film and an American remake are planned, on which Chaudhry will serve as executive producer.

Chaudhry, Chegwin, Stamp and Mustafa deride the group Kurupt FM, but also perform as it! Their single "Heart Monitor Riddem" was released in 2016 after featuring in the rockumentary sitcom they created, with a music video, shot by Chaudhry, appearing in 2018. In character as Chabuddy G. Chaudhry wrote the book How To Be A Man, and together with Chegwin, Stamp., and Mustafa he also produced music as Kurupt FM, the fictional pirate radio station on which People Just Do Nothing is based.

In 2016, Chaudhry took on the role of none other than Donald Trump in the short film Donald Mohammed Trump, a pitch-black comedy film about the Republican nominee for president (and later Leader of the Free World) suddenly transforming into an Asian man at a Republican Party rally. Comedy derives from the inexplicable nature of such a change, and from the bemused reactions of the assembled crowd.

In the same year, Chaudhry also played a corner-shop owner in Chubby Funny, a comedy-drama film written by Harry Michell about two struggling actors living in London.

2018 was a huge year in the life of Chaudhry, including a recurring appearance in series six of Dave comedy challenge show Taskmaster, alongside Alice Levine, Lisa Tarbuck, Russell Howard, and Tim Vine,. Chaudhry also released the short film Love Pool, which he wrote and directed. It tells the story of a single man, Mark, who meets a woman while sharing a cab with a woman on the service Uber. Chaudhry plays the taxi driver, a sort of bitter cousin of Chabuddy G, and the film won the 2018 People's Choice Award at Thunderdance, an independent film festival in London. In the same year he had an appearance in the comedy film Eaten By Lions, which follows half-brothers Omar and Pete on the search for Omar's estranged father once their parents are eaten by lions. What is more, in May of this year Chaudhry played Arnab in Channel 4 sitcom High & Dry, a six-episode show, filmed in the Seychelles, about a group of people who survive a plane crash. The end of this year saw Chaudhry appear on BBC Christmas television, playing Dev in the television film Click & Collect, alongside Stephen Merchant. The pair have to travel over 300 miles on Christmas Eve to buy Andrew's daughter a Christmas present. Dev is an annoying but loveable friend, bringing the Christmas spirit home and providing an amusing foil to the straight-laced, prim and proper Andrew.

In 2015 and 2016, Chaudhry starred as a driver in the mockumentary series Hoff The Record, in which David Hasselhoff struggles to find work in the UK. The much-loved show won an International Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series in 2016.

Chaudhry's film roles include the black comedy films Happy New Year, Colin Burstead and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, released on Netflix on 28 December 2018. Written by Charlie Brooker, it is a standalone episode of the sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror, and this particular edition allows viewers to choose particular endings and routes for the characters to follow. Chaudhry stars as Mohan Thakur, the founder of the video game company Tuckersoft, at which young programmer Stefan works.

Awards

  • British Podcast Awards 2020 - Best Comedy: Nominee (Kurupt FM)
Stage name
Chabuddy G
Member of
Kurupt FM
Gender
Male
Nationality
United Kingdom

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2020 People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan Brand New Chabuddy G
2020 People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan Brand New Writer (Additional Material)
2020 Hitmen Charles
2020 Greed Frank
2020 The Big Narstie Show - Series 3
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2020 Coming To England In Development Various
2019 Would I Lie To You? - Series 13
  1. Special - More Unseen Bits
  2. Special - The Unseen Bits
  3. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2019 The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2019 MC Grindah's Deadliest Dupes
  1. E1 - The Online Scammer
Chabuddy G
2019 Eaten By Lions Irfan
2019 The Big Fat Quiz Of Everything
  1. The Big Fat Quiz Of Everything 2019
Chabuddy G
2018 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Actor
2018 Click & Collect Dev D'Cruz
2018 People Just Do Nothing - Series 5 Chabuddy G
2018 People Just Do Nothing - Series 5 Writer (Additional Material)
2018 Chabuddy G learns to 'referee' cricket Chabuddy G
2018 The Big Narstie Show - Series 1 (as Kurupt FM)
  1. Special - Big Narstie's Big Christmas
Guest
2018 High & Dry - Series 1 Arnab
2018 Taskmaster - Series 6 Self
2018 Rob Beckett's Playing For Time
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2017 People Just Do Nothing - Series 4 Chabuddy G
2017 People Just Do Nothing - Series 4 Writer (Additional Material)
2017 Chubby Funny Arash
2017 People Just Do Nothing - Comic Relief Special Chabuddy G
2016 Morning Has Broken Cancelled Bothe
2016 Morgana Robinson's The Agency
  1. Special - Best Of
  2. E3 - Episode Three
  3. E2 - Episode Two
Trevor
2016 People Just Do Nothing - Series 3 Chabuddy G
2016 People Just Do Nothing - Series 3 Writer (Additional Material)
2016 Hoff The Record - Series 2 Terry Patel
2016 Hoff The Record - Series 2 Writer (Additional Material)
2015 Chicken Shop Date - Seasoning 2 (as Chabuddy G)
  1. E1 - Chabuddy G
Guest
2015 High & Dry - Comedy Blaps Arnab
2015 People Just Do Nothing - Series 2 Chabuddy G
2015 People Just Do Nothing - Series 2 Writer (Additional Material)
2015 Hoff The Record - Series 1 Terry Patel
2015 W1A - Series 2
  1. E1 - Episode One
Security Guard (NBH)
2014 Cuckoo - Series 2
  1. Special - Christmas Special
John the Waiter
2014 People Just Do Nothing - Series 1 Chabuddy G
2014 People Just Do Nothing - Series 1 Writer (Additional Material)
2012 People Just Do Nothing - Pilot Chabuddy G
2012 People Just Do Nothing - Pilot Writer (Additional Material)
2004 The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year
  1. E23 - The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2019
Guest
1988 Comic Relief
  1. E17 - Comic Relief 2019
Chabuddy G

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Asim Chaudhry on IMDb

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