Bhavesh Patel grew up in small-town Illinois (DuQuoin: population 6,600) where the residents live and breathe for high school football. Doing what he thought was expected, Bhavesh joined the team as a freshman, but soon discovered that football was not his forte. He auditioned for his high school production of “Arsenic and Old Lace”, landing the show-stealing role of Dr. Einstein. So began his path to acting.
Born to a family of physicians, Bhavesh was often cast as a doctor on stage but quickly realized he preferred fake blood to real. After beginning his undergraduate studies in pre-law and business, he soon changed his focus to drama and enrolled in the Shakespeare Intensive Course at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He then joined NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 2007.
Bhavesh has worked regionally at The Guthrie; Alliance Theater; Pittsburgh Public; Berkshire Theater Festival; Merrimack Rep; Chautauqua Theater Co.; the Shakespeare Companies of both Cincinnati and Pennsylvania; the St. Louis Rep and Shakespeare Festival; and DiscoveryLand USA, where he played Ali Hakim in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma with Cisco, a live donkey, as a scene partner.
His New York theatrical work includes the Tony-winning production of “Warhorse” at Lincoln Center, plus Roundabout's New York premiere of Tom Stoppard’s “Indian Ink” last year, opposite Rosemary Harris. He's also performed at Second Stage, The Lark, The Public, New Dramatists, Red Bull, Continuum, New York Shakespeare Society, Rising Circle and Noor. While auditioning for his first professional New York show at Classic Stage Company, he was asked to improvise a song with Mandy Patinkin - and he got the job.
Bhavesh has done his family proud by regularly playing professionals on television like his recurring role as a lawyer on “The Good Wife”. He’s also appeared on “Mysteries of Laura”; “Damages”; “Elementary”; “Blue Bloods”; “Person of Interest”; “Hostages”; “Gossip Girl”; “Lipstick Jungle”; “NYC-22”; “Made In Jersey”; “Believe”; “Deception” and “White Collar”.
Film credits include Two Days in New York; James White; The Weekend; You Should Have the Body; and The Maiden Heist, where Christopher Walken asked him to “grab my face and smoosh it.” Bhavesh has rarely been taken aback by a scene partner since.
Bhavesh is based in NYC where he lives with his lovely wife, Alessandra, and their two cats Squirrel and Badger.