Akshay Dogra (born September 21, 1981) is an Indian actor and producer working in the television industry.[1] He has worked on many shows during his career, both on-screen and off-screen. After working backstage at many shows, Akshay finally made his television debut in 12/24 Karol Bagh on Zee TV. He is currently seen essaying the role of Aakash Singh Raizada in the popular Hindi Daily Soap Opera Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?

Early life

Akshay was born and brought up in New Delhi with his younger sister, fellow actress Riddhi Dogra. Akshay was 21 before he decided to enter the entertainment business. He himself has said " I was a very bad student in college so I had to get out of there because everybody was saying, you have to do engineering, you have to do an MBA". He has said that he wasn't very interested in studying. He just wanted to 'tell stories and make movies'.

Beginning of career

At age 21, Akshay decided to move to Mumbai, Maharashtra to pursue a career in the entertainment business. Starting in 2002, Akshay started working behind the scenes as Executive producer as well as a member of the Creative Unit of many shows. For a while after moving to Mumbai, Akshay worked as an assistant to Deepak Tijori.He eventually moved on to acting.

Breakthrough

After transitioning from behind the camera to acting, Akshay land a role on Zee TV's 12/24 Karol Bagh. He also acted in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2008) on Bindass, alongside Shweta Gulati.He played the role of Vishal from 2009 to 2010. His character was of a NRI boy who becomes engaged to Milli (Hunar Halli). Although he was not a lead and this show didn't make him a household name, it did earn him enough success to help him land his next role. He, after his role on 12/24 Karol Bagh ended, landed the role of Aakash Singh Raizada in the very popular Hindi Daily Soap Opera Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? on STAR Plus. His character is the cousin of the male lead Arnav (Barun Sobti), who also falls in love and gets married to the sister, Payal (Deepali Pansare)of the female lead Khushi (Sanaya Irani). His role on this show has made him much more popular and has opened up many new pathways for him.In 2011, he also acted in stage play, Apples and Walnut, about valley of Kashmir.

Personal life

Akshay is married to Sakshi Dogra. They dated for 6 years before getting married.His sister Riddhi Dogra is also a television actress who played the female lead Priya in another Star Plus show Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak?. He is also great friends with his Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? co-stars Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani.