Anil Desai

An internationally known Actor, Voice Over Artist, award-winning stand up Comedian and Impressionist, Anil has worked extensively across the industry in a career spanning over 25 years.

TV Credits include playing Ken Mills in 'Teacher' (Channel 5, 2021), 'This Is Going To Hurt' (BBC, 2021), 'Unspeakable' (Channel 4), 'Doctors' (BBC), 'Goodness Gracious Me' (BBC), 'Mr.Charity' (BBC), 'Crucial Tales: Phoenix' (BBC). 'Eye Spy' (C4), 'Coming Up: Reignited' (C4), 'Headcases' (ITV), 'Comedy Cuts' (ITV), 'Barbara' (ITV), The Bill (ITV), 'Around the Clock' (CBBC), 'The Slammer Returns' (CBBC), 'Dick & Dom's Diddy Movies' (CBBC).  In 2018, Anil also recorded VO for Animal TV as the role of James Cod-don (Worldmark Films). Anil has also featured on The Imitation Game (ITV) hosted by Alexander Armstrong and performed a comedy sketch on The Today Programme for BBC Radio 4, which had an audience of seven million people.


Film Credits include; Shaan in 'Sensation' (GroFilm, 2021), 'The Bob Deniro Fan Club' (Ditto Productions), 'Peacock Season' (FMW Films), 'Dead Eyes' (Wysiwyg Films), 'Decreed' (HTV), 'Lajool, Sad Casey' (Cumbersome Films), 'Crucial Tales: Phoenix' (Crucial Films/BBC), 'The Drive' (Take Away Prod/Anglia TV).


Anil’s theatre credits include; ‘A Slice of Eel Pie’ for the Camden Fringe Festival (2019) and productions at; The Playhouse Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre Royal, Players Theatre, Etcetera Theatre, The Orange Tree Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Watford Palace, Tricycle Theatre, Emery Theatre and Cockpit Theatre to name a few.


His signature and awe-inspiring '52 impressions in 5 minutes' routine went viral on Youtube and led to him being invited to perform comedy shows and tours in over 25 countries. Anil’s Mini series 'How to Impersonate' was commissioned by BBC Extra in 2010 and he won The Audience Choice Award for Best Comedian at the Asian Comedy Slam that same year.


Anil's Solo comedy shows include; 'The Stand Up Chameleon', 'Hey Impressions Guy!', The 'Night at the Movies Trilogy' and 'Impressions of a Hindude' which have been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Comedy Festival, Flavel Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney International Comedy Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Perth Fringe World, Magner's International Comedy Festival in Ireland amongst others.