Khan attended St. Columba's School where he was accomplished in sports, drama and academics. He won the Sword of Honour, an annual award bequeathed to the student who embodies most the spirit of the school. He later attended the Hansraj College (1985-1988) to earn an Honors degree in Economics. After this, he studied for a Masters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia University. As a child he was exposed to the world of drama and theatres and had also acted in Ram Leelas.
He started his acting career in 1988 by appearing in the television series Fauji playing the role of Commando Abhimanyu Rai. He then played a minor role in the serial Circus in 1989, which depicted the life of circus performers. Shahrukh started his career in Bollywood with Deewana which was a blockbuster hit and launched him successfully as an actor. Today Shahrukh has one of the best portfolios of movie comprising of almost all the variety of roles ranging from a vengeful murderous son (Baazigar), a crazy villainous lover (Darr), a exemplary lover (Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jaayeng) to a comic protagonist (Baadshah). His claim as the best Bollywood actor also earned him the privilege to play the role of Devdas in its remake and compare himself with the likes of Dilip Kumar.
Shahrukh married his only love Gauri Khan in 1991, but it was not easy for him to get her as Gauri’s parents were dead against their marriage abd Shahrukh had to go through hell to finally get Gauri’s hand for marriage. They have a son born to them in 1997 named Aryan.
Recently Shahrukh was in the limelight for hosting the popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati on Star Plus. His future projects include much awaited films like Khan, Hey Baby, Dhoom -3, Don – 2 etc.