Cristian Solimeno Jassa Ahluwalia Colour October 2023

Jassa Ahluwalia


Jassa is a British actor, writer and filmmaker. Born in Coventry, raised in Leicester, he came to prominence as loveable badboy Rocky in the hit BBC Three series Some Girls, followed by starring roles in Ripper Street, Unforgotten and Peaky Blinders. Jassa is the creator of the hashtag #BothNotHalf, which he uses to explore mixed identity and his own British-Indian heritage. He is a fluent Punjabi speaker and studied Russian and Spanish at University College London. This eclectic cultural perspective has become a guiding feature of his work.

His first non-fiction book, BOTH NOT HALF, published in May 2024 and provides an in-depth look at mixed identities.

Image credit: Cristian Solimeno, Colour/Mono, October 2023