Jassa Ahluwalia (born 12th September 1990) is a British actor, writer and director. Owing to his mixed British-Indian heritage Jassa is a fluent Punjabi speaker and continued his passion for languages at University College London, studying Russian and Spanish. In 2010, at the start of his second year, he left university to focus on his career.
After discovering film and TV was an ‘industry’ as a fifteen-year-old aspiring actor and work experience student at Independent Talent, Jassa began to focus not only on honing his craft, but breaking into the business. He pursued student films and shorts before landing his first lead at sixteen via open auditions in a British independent musical feature film. Despite the involvement of accomplished creatives, the film was never released. But the process was an education in filmmaking and the harsh realities of the business.
Armed with an ever expanding knowledge of the industry, Jassa persisted. He worked as a runner on TV productions such as Bremner, Bird and Fortune and as a supporting artist on various low/no budget projects, distributing his CV and headshot as he went. On one such set Jassa met the sister of his first agent, Samantha How. Through the agency he gained access to professional auditions and after several minor projects (and a brief stint as a Disney presenter) he landed his first major role, Rocky in BBC Three’s hit comedy Some Girls.
Shortly after wrapping on the first series Jassa flew to Morocco to shoot blockbuster mini-series The Bible. He returned to the UK and to Independent Talent, this time as a client. Jassa has since starred in various critically acclaimed projects, including Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street and Unforgotten.
As a filmmaker, Jassa produced a segment of the world record breaking feature film 50 Kisses and award-winning short film Modern Man. His directorial debut Heart's Ease was completed in early 2018 and has screened at film festivals worldwide, including San Diego International Film Festival and London Short Film Festival. It also picked up two Best Film awards. For more information about Jassa’s filmmaking, see Filmmaker.