Nimet Kanji's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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Nimet Kanji was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya as a fifth generation South Asian in Africa. As well as speaking perfect English, she also speaks Gujarati, Kachi and Swahili. She has a great ear for regional and international accents. She began acting at the age of 18, almost by a fluke, with the local community theatre company, Phoenix Players. She appeared in THE HEIRESS, ANTIGONE, 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD and THE HAND THAT CRADLES THE ROCK. She worked with notable actor Cedric De Souza who now also calls Vancouver his home.
Nimet emigrated to Vancouver in 1989, where she developed her new-found passion by continuing to act in community theatre. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for ANOTHER PART OF THE HOUSE and received the People’s Choice Award for Most Outstanding Performance for the one-woman show, THE YELLOW WALLPAPER.
Film and TV quickly and loudly called her name. Nimet found herself working with and learning from many talented actors and directors. Her credits include a series regular role on BLOOD TIES with well known Canadian actor Christina Cox, a series recurring role on RENEGADEPRESS.COM with several talented young actors, and a recurring guest star role on LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE where she played the controlling mother of the groom Steven Lobo.
Selected credits include SANTUARY with Amanda Tapping, CAPRICA with Paula Malcomson, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA with Edward James Olmos and Grace Park, STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE with Hill Harper, and GODIVA’S with Veena Sood and old time friend Cedric De Souza, where she played the mother of a love interest for Steven Lobo. The Vancouver South Asian actors’ Facebook network kindly refer to Nimet as a B.A.B.E. (brown actor who books everything)
Other directors Nimet has worked with include Andy Mikita, Brian K. Roberts, Fred Savage, Jonas Pate, Brenton Spencer, Martin Wood, David Frazee, George Mendeluk, Yves Simoneau, and Jorge Montesi.
Although Nimet has no “formal” training, most of her knowledge and development has come from casting directors and time spent on-set. Other training includes workshops with Iris Quinn, Veena Sood, P.Lynne Johnson, Cathy Weseluck, Andrew McIlroy, Peter DeLuise, and most recently with renowned Voice Intensive instructer, David Smukler.
Her resume includes voice work for radio and animation.
This past summer she was fortunate to participate in the outdoor site specific play BOLLYWOOD WEDDING where she again played the mother of the groom.
Nimet facilitates a drop-in for actors and also lends a hand as an acting coach.