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Hollywood actor Arjun Gupta will be seen as William “Penny” Adiyodi on SyFy Channel’s new series, “The Magicians,” which will premiere Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. The Indian American actor is seen at NBCUniversal’s Winter 2016 TCA Press Tour at Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 14. (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Indian American actor Arjun Gupta, known for his appearances on shows such as “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Nurse Jackie,” has landed a key role in the SyFy Channel’s new series, “The Magicians,” which will premiere Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. The series is an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s best-selling book trilogy.

“The Magicians” centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity, according to a synopsis on

Gupta will portray the role of William “Penny” Adiyodi, someone who has been in and out of foster care homes, who comes from living on the streets, getting by, and then, who walks into a world of privilege, which makes him arrogant. But he is gifted, in fact, the true limits and nature of his powers may be unknown, adds the synopsis.

Gupta made his feature film debut in 2009 with “Motherhood,” in which he worked alongside actress Uma Thurman.

The 28-year-old actor is also amassing a large fan following owing to his biweekly podcast, “American Desis,” which explores issues unique to the second generation South Asian American community, which he co-hosts with comedian Aakash Singh. (Read Gupta’s interview: on India-West’s website,

He has won a Maverick Movie Award for his role as Terry in “Bridge and Tunnel,” a 2014 indie drama; and an ensemble Screen Actors Guild award for playing substance addicted male nurse Sam on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” (Read an earlier story in India-West:

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