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Anupam Kher to star as series regular on medical drama New Amsterdam


The actor will be a part of a cast that includes Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, and Tyler Labine.

Photo: Anupam Kher Twitter

Sonal Pandya

Actor Anupam Kher, who has been jet-setting to the US and UK to act in international projects, is about get busier. The American television pilot that he filmed earlier this year has been picked by the NBC network for a series order for the 2018-2019 television season. The medical drama, titled New Amsterdam, features Dr Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) as a new medical director at one of America's understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospitals. He decides to upend the system to provide his patients with the best care possible.

The series, which films in New York, is based on Bellevue hospital, the oldest public hospital in the US. Along with Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, and Tyler Labine, Kher is part of the cast as Dr Anil Kapoor, one of the hospital's resident doctors. The actor had shared the happy news of his show getting picked up with photos of him with the cast during filming breaks.

Incidentally, Kher reunites with his Sense8 co-star Agyeman, who plays Dr Hana Sharpe, on this new series. On Sense8, he played the father, Sanyam Dandekar, of Tina Desai's character Kala from 2015 to 2017. He tweeted that he was looking forward to sharing screen space with her again on New Amsterdam.

The actress also responded to Kher, writing "BOSS!! See you for many MANY #nyc lunches & dinners real soon! Looking forward to having your wisdom and insight back in my life on a daily!!!" and making a reference to their Sense8 family.

The 65-year-old actor is currently in Belfast, Ireland shooting for a BBC series called Mrs Wilson, starring Ruth Wilson.