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Newham actor Ray hits the big time with role in US drama

PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 January 2012

Ray Singh

Ray Singh

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Take a good look at this face because it is one you are guaranteed to be seeing again and again on your TV screens.

Former Newham actor Ray Singh, who moved to Hollywood in 2009, has landed a regular role in the Golden Globe award-winning American show Grey’s Anatomy.

Ray, who comes from Forest Gate, has been cast as British nurse Howard for the duration of season eight of the show, which stars Patrick Dempsey, after making sporadic appearances in the medical drama throughout the last 12 months.

The former Lister School pupil, now aged 33, made his American debut on the hit show last year playing alongside Dr Meredith Grey, one of the show’s main characters.

Despite that, he was written in and out six times before he was finally chosen to play the part of nurse Howard in the current series.

Ray, who has also appeared at the Theatre Royal Stratford East where he took part in various workshops, developed a love for the performing arts at the age of 11.

By the time he was 16 he had a grade A in drama.

He beat stiff competition to gain a place at the Arts Educational School, one of London’s leading drama centres. In 2006 he graduated with an MA.

He took the bold step of moving to Los Angeles to spread his wings and seek a fresh challenge because, he says, he wanted more for himself as an actor. It has paid off as his work on Grey’s Anatomy has already led to him auditioning for projects involving Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Tom Hanks.

He told the Recorder: “Last year really tested my patience. The scriptwriters wrote me in and out.

“It was only when they put me on the pinball board [along with the show’s big names] and saw my name that I realised, wow!, I would be a regular in the show.

“Each episode costs millions of dollars [to make], so it is no wonder characters and story-lines are scrutinised so intently.

“It attracts 18 million viewers for every episode and is now showing in Australia and Canada.”

He is hoping his new role will lead to other things.


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