Hari is an American actor working in both the UK and US. He trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Notable theatre credits include playing the lead in Disgraced at the Bush Theatre which transferred to Broadway and LA with rave reviews. Hari won the award for Best Lead Performance for that role at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards 2017, and the play was nominated for Best Play at the Tony Awards 2015. He performed in the Nassim Plays series for one night only at the Bush Theatre and most recently played Cleante in Tartuffe at the National Theatre.
Hari played recurring roles in the hugely popular US comedy-drama This Is Us for NBC, and Billions for Showtime. Recent credits include State of the Union directed by Stephen Frears and the second series of Alex Rider.
Feature films include Bad Education alongside Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney and Doom: Annihilation (d. Tony Giglio) in 2019, and just completed shooting the Apple Original Film The Beanie Bubble alongside Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Snook, Zach Galifianakis, and Geraldine Viswanathan. Hari will feature in Netflix’s Trigger Warning (d. Mouly Surya) in 2022.
Other credits include Nuremberg, a dramatisation of the Nazi war trials for BBC Radio 4, released in 2021.
Hari starred in Radio 4’s dramatisation of the Nazi war trials in Nuremberg, transmitted in Summer 2021.
Reviews for Tartuffe
- “Hari Dhillon also transforms the standard raisonneur, Cleante, into a suave American lawyer intrigued by Tartuffe’s subversive presence” The Guardian
- “Superbly played across the board, it’s often laugh-a-minute stuff” The Telegraph
- “The script is sharp and funny, gaining confidence as the play progresses, faithful to the original but bringing its own beats to the subject” What’s on Stage
- “Ferocious is probably the right description with its caustic modernist cultural references and pointed jabs at self-made men who create feckless off-spring then chastise them for being useless.“ London Box Office
- “Director Blanche McIntyre gives Molière’s classic comedy Tartuffe a boisterous update at the National Theatre” Culture Whisper
- “Blanche McIntyre’s opulent production – with its glorious living room set by Robert Jones – is full of keenly observed performances that always keep the right side of the hysteria some of them are being provoked to.” London Theatre
- “The whole cast is particularly strong, with exceptionally good performances by Kevin Doyle and Hari Dhillon.” Theatre Weekly
- “Amid the broad humour and cheeky topical gags, there’s a sense of the hazards of inequality and the ugly ways society treats outsiders.” Evening Standard
- “This new Tartuffe marries modernism with philosophising in a fun skewering of present day politics,” Exeunt Magazine
Tartuffe at the National
Hari to take part in the National Theatre’s adaptation of Tartuffe
Hari Dhillon in 'Nassim Plays'
Hari Dhillon will take part in a reading as part of the Nassim Plays series at the Bush Theatre on Saturday 16th September, for one night only.
Hari Dhillon wins at the LADCC Awards
Hari Dhillon wins Best Lead Performance at the LA Drama Critics Circle Awards 2017, for his performance in Disgraced at the Mark Taper Forum in LA.
Hari Dhillon in 'This Is Us'
Hari Dhillon to shoot 4 episodes of hugely successful US comedy-drama This Is Us.
Hari Dhillon in 'Law & Order'
Hari Dhillon is to reprise his role as Attorney Sunil Varma in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for NBC US.
Reviews in for 'Disgraced' in LA
Reviews are in for Disgraced at the Mark Taper forum, LA.
The press on Hari in Disgraced:
- “Reprising the role that should have earned him a Tony nomination, Dhillon conveys both Amir’s arrogant charisma and vulnerable defiance…Dhillon’s performance doesn’t shrink from Amir’s dark side, but it never lets us lose sight of the character’s impossible cultural predicament.” Charles McNulty, LA Times
- “Dhillon is superb as Amir Kapoor in Disgraced’s Los Angeles debut, reprising the role he played on Broadway. He is relatable as both the upwardly mobile attorney who changed his name to succeed and later as the man surprised by his inability to deny his upbringing.” Dyanne Weiss, Guardian Liberty Voice
- “Dhillon’s performance is consistently more surprising. The actor, who initially makes Amir so breezy and almost boyish, shows us his gradual hardening as we get deeper into the play. It’s easy to recognize, in Dhillon’s portrayal, a man who would volunteer for TSA security searches at airports before being asked. And we see the toll that his resentment over years of these concessions has taken.” Evan Henerson, Theater Mania
- “The cast, led by Dhillon’s powerful, difficult performance, is top notch” Christopher Peterson, On Stage Blog
- “Hari Dhillon is stellar as Amir…this is one of the most provoking scripts and well-crafted productions to grace the stage in a long, long time.” 4 Stars, Dany Margolies
- “Dhillon excels at making Amir sympathetic, even as Amir says progressively more politically incorrect things, and makes the tragedy viscerally felt… audacious and memorable…a must see”. Terry Morgan, Talkin’ Broadway
Hari Dhillon returns in 'Disgraced'
Hari Dhillon is to reprise his role as the lead in Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced.
Hari first played in Disgraced at the Bush Theatre in London, before going on to play in it’s transfer at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway.
Disgraced will run again at the Mark Taper Forum, LA, from June 8th – July 17th 2016.
More information on the production can be found here.
Hari Dhillon in 'Madam Secretary'
Hari guest starred in two episodes of the US political drama Madam Secretary.
Hari’s episodes aired on CBS in April 2016.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Hari recently guest starred in an episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, for CBS/ABC.
Hari’s episode, ‘Harvested’, was screened in March 2016.
4-star reviews for Dinner With Friends
Hari starred as Tom in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner With Friends, which played at the Park Theatre in November 2015.
The press on Hari and Dinner With Friends:
- “Dhillon perfectly captures the evangelical and slightly smug way that a middle aged man in love/lust acts” – Roz Wyllie, London Theatre
- “Finty Williams (Beth) and Hari Dhillon (Tom) are full of rage, denial and self-justification in their scenes together and both actors portray the changes in the couple’s outlook and demeanour over time with great sensitivity…with an expert blend of sweetness and exasperation.” – Claire Roderick, Fairy Powered Productions
- “There’s a strong quartet of performances” – Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
- “It’s a strong cast all round” – Stewart Pringle, The Stage
Disgraced nominated for Tony
Disgraced, which stars Hari Dhillon in the leading role of Amir, is nominated for BEST PLAY at the 2015 Tony Awards.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, by Ayad Ahktar, played on Broadway from 27th September 2014 – 1st March 2015, directed by Kimberley Senior.
Rave reviews for Hari in Disgraced
Hari played the lead in the Broadway Transfer of Ayad Ahktar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, directed by Kimberley Senior.
The press on Hari in Disgraced:
- “Most important, Mr. Dhillon…brings a coiled intensity to his performance that makes Amir’s increasing antagonism all the more unsettling. Flickering underneath his cool, crisp exterior is a pilot light of resentment that holds the key to the play’s eventually devastating denouement.” – Charles Isherwood, New York Times
- “Handsome, charismatic and physically self-possessed in a way that suggests a man genetically programmed for success, his Amir is a commanding presence.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
- “Dhillon is particularly good as Amir, layering his character’s confidence with irritability and paranoia…it’s a complicated and honest portrayal of a character that could so easily be villainized, and one that Dhillon executes flawlessly.” – Dave Quinn, NBC New York
- “There’s not a whiff of insecurity about Dhillon, who is tall, confident, and strikingly handsome, the model of a man who would stare down his enemies and turn them into lead. It’s a more classical approach, a study of a powerful man destroyed by hubris. The kind of tragic hero you don’t often see nowadays.” Marilyn Stasio, Variety
- “Hari Dhillon makes Amir…charming and frustrating, showing us both his cultivated slickness and his ongoing struggle to reconcile what he’s experienced…with what he’s become.” – Elysa Gardner, USA Today
- “Dhillon…nails Amir’s glossy arrogance and sense of loss.” Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News