Anand Desai-Barochia is a British actor who currently portrays the role of Janzo in The CW series, The Outpost.


When Anand was sixteen he auditioned and got a full scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, the countries oldest acting academy. From there, he worked in London for a while and then came to the United States in 2010 to study at the Lee Strasburg Theatre & Film Institute. While most of his acting roles were in the comedy genre such as Skins and Emmerdale.

The Outpost

In 2018, Anand booked the role of Janzo in The CW series, The Outpost. He was initially meant to auction for the role of Garret Spears, but as he was reading the script he kept reading lines from Janzo. What drew him to the role was Janzo's brilliance and complexity. He spoke with his manager about auditioning for Janzo instead, which surprised his manager as "Garret" is the "leading man". Anand knew that Janzo was the character he truly wanted to play. After being cast, Anand came up with the idea for Janzo's posture, the way he would speak, and even move. He also enjoys the freedom of improving on set.

Notes and Trivia

  • One of Anand's favorite cast member to work with is Robyn Malcolm (The Mistress) because "she always brings something new to different takes".[1]
  • He often looks at fan art and finds them flattering, impressive, and admires fans' dedication.[1]
  • Anand originally auditioned for the role of Garret Spears.
  • His all-time favorite movie is Sister Act 2.



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