Samir Soni (born September 29, 1968) is an Indian film and television actor and a former model.
Soni made his acting debut with a television serial Samandar in 1995. He acted in numerous television serials and moved to Bollywood in 1998, starring as one of the eleven protagonists in China Gate (1998). Like majority of television stars, Soni flopped in movies but managed to get lead roles in Basti (2003) and Kahan Ho Tum (2003). Soni has played supporting roles in many successful movies including Baghban (2003), Vivah (2006), Fashion (2008) and I Hate Luv Storys (2010).Soni's main success came on television serials like Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2003), Saaksshi (2004) and Parichay (2011). Soni is currently playing the lead role in Parichay on Colors TV, which earned him the Indian Telly Award for Best Actor in 2011. He was also featured as a participant in the fourth season of Bigg Boss in 2010.
Soni was born to a Punjabi family in London, United Kingdom and attended school at St. Xavier's School, Delhi. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in Economics.Prior to his Bollywood career, Samir was an investment banker with one of the bulge bracket firms on Wall Street in New York, before coming back to India to start modeling. He has attended acting courses in New York and Los Angeles.
Soni made his acting debut in the 1995 Hindi serial Samandar based on Navy officers. Later that year, he appeared as Ashok Mathur in Doordarshan's A Mouthful Of Sky, based on Ashok Banker's script and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Soni became more prominent on television with his performances in popular TV shows Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin and Saakkshi, with both airing on Sony. He also showcased his skills in the popular TV show Kumkum on STAR Plus, portraying the negative role Yash Thakur.In 2010, Samir Soni was featured as one of the contestants in the season 4 of reality television show Bigg Boss. He was evicted from the house a week prior to the grand finale.In 2011, Soni earned his first lead role in TV serial Parichay on Colors TV, portraying the protagonist Kunal Chopra, a lawyer opposite Keerti Nagpure. Soni has become popular for his work on Parichay that has won him numerous awards including the prestigious Indian Telly Award for Best Actor.
After working in television, Soni made his film debut as a lead actor opposite Mamta Kulkarni in China Gate (1998), though it was followed by forgettable cameos in films.In 2003, Samir shot to fame by appearing in the film Baghban opposite legendary artists Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. Baghban became the first hit movie of Soni's career. He then played his first solo lead roles in Basti and Kahan Ho Tum.Samir continued his movie career with supporting roles in blockbuster movies including Vivah, Fashion and I Hate Luv Storys.
Through modeling, he met his ex-spouse, Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar.The two were married for six months before they divorced.On 24 January 2011, he married former actress Neelam Kothari.