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Rik Makarem

Tarik Makarem (born 18th January 1982 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire) is an English actor who portrayed Nikhil Sharma in Emmerdale from September 2009 to September 2013 and again from October 2015 to February 2016.

He has also starred in BBC's Torchwood: Children of Earth alongside John Barrowman and has featured in ITV period drama Foyle's War. He is soon to be appearing in the upcoming period movie Anton Chekhov's The Duel, a novella adaptation, which is already receiving rave reviews from a mini release in the US.

Alongside his acting career, Makarem is an established songwriter and is currently working on/arranging material for himself and other well known performance artists for commercial release and musical theatre.

Makarem is a classically trained actor, graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and his theatrical pedigree was proudly established in 2004, delightedly winning a Laurence Olivier Bursary in 2004 in association with the Society of London Theatre.

In August 2011, Makarem completed an Extreme Cycle Challenge for charity with TEAM EMMERDALE, riding a whopping 224 Miles in less than 24 hours, from Emmerdale to EastEnders, all in aid of MacMillan Cancer support.

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