Ashish Vidyarthi (born 19 June 1962) is an Indian film actor who works in multiple language films, predominantly in Bollywood ,Odia, ,Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Bengali cinema. He is noted for his antagonist characters. In 1995, he received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Drohkaal.
He was born in 19 June 1962 (age 55 years) Kannur, Kerala, to Reba Vidyarthi, a Kathak dancer of Bengali origin and Govind Vidyarthi, a Malayali theatre personality from Thalassery, Kannur. Ashish got his surname from his father, who took on the surname ‘Vidyarthi’ as a tribute to freedom fighter Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi who died in Kanpur riots. He moved to Delhi in 1969 and joined the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya, where he won acclaim for his performances as an actor in dramatic and comedic roles. He attended Hindu College and earned a BA in History.
He had a presence in the theatre circuit but he was first noticed by television audience in Sai Paranjpye comedy series Hum Panchi Ek Chawl Ke. He started acting in minor roles in regional television serials. He also acted in Dastaan where he was the antagonist.