Kulvinder Ghir has the most frenetically expressive face.
Over the course of five minutes his earthy, weather-worn face seems to shift between an astonishing array of emotions, the facial muscles constantly calibrating, flitting between joy, despair, melancholy, fear, circumspection, anger - feigned and otherwise - and aggression.
It seems to coerce, tempt, challenge and make you laugh and entirely wittingly too.
It's a working actor's face and one that made him arguably the unmatched star of 'Goodness Gracious Me', the outrageously funny and clever comedy sketch show written by and starring (mostly) British Asians who poked fun at their own community's idiosyncrasies and often hapless attempts at integration.
Whilst his co-stars and co-writers Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar hogged much of the limelight for the show's massive success, Ghir took on the funniest and most compelling characters: from the dead-pan Messrs Panesar and Ishaq through the pretentious 'Dennis Cooper' and exasperated son of 'Mr Everything Comes from India' to the extravagantly coiffured Bollywood hero Chunky Lafunga and a host of other characters in-between.
Many of the characters - and more others still - return to TV screens this Bank Holiday Monday as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of BBC Two.
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