Indian heritage/descent actresses who have worked in Hollywood/Internationally. This list was originally intended to be a casting indicator for roles requiring South Asian ethnicity * Part Indian heritage - Yes. * Pure Bollywood type - No (1 or 2 exceptions) * World Cinema - Depends. Deletion log: Nicki Minaj. Neelam Verma Yasmeen Ghauri Sofia Hayat Tehmina Sunny Helen Brody Jamilia Wilkinson
Born in Mumbai, India and raised in Nigeria, Africa until the age of 7, Contractor was well versed in world travels and a variety cultures at a very young age. She attended boarding school in London from seven to nine years old, then her family moved to Toronto, Canada where she spent the majority of her childhood and young adulthood...
“ Played Timmy's Indian fiancee in "Rules of Engagement". ” - minidodo
Hannah Simone stars on FOX's hit series, New Girl
, opposite Zooey Deschanel
. Simone hosted HGTV Canada's popular design show, "Space for Living", before moving onto Canada's largest music channel, "MuchMusic". After MuchMusic, Simone moved to Los Angeles, where she hosted two seasons of WCG Ultimate Gamer
“ My father is Indian, my mother is half German-Italian and half Greek-Cypriot ” - minidodo
Mitra was born in Paddington, London, England, the daughter of Nora Downey and Anthony Mitra, a cosmetic surgeon. She has an older and a younger brother. Her father is of Bengali Indian and English descent, and her mother is Irish. In 1984, when Mitra was eight, her parents divorced, and she was sent to boarding school...
Sheetal is an actress, writer, and producer who burst onto the scene with raves in the groundbreaking film, 'ABCD', playing the gutsy lead, a risky and memorable role as a promiscuous young girl struggling with the ties of family and tradition. She broke out and won hearts in 'Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World' opposite Albert Brooks...
Lisa Ray was finishing high school in Canada with aspirations of majoring in Journalism at University when a celebrated fashion magazine approached her to model for them, and she ended up on the cover. This catapulted her into a state of instant celebrity. Her high-profile career got her noticed by Indian filmmakers...
“ Well... she is on top of this list and she is not really an actress! What can I say ? :-D ” - minidodo
Laila Rouass was born in London to Moroccan/Indian parents. Laila studied in Britain but decided to drop her studies and travel in India for a few months. A few months turned into six years. Whilst living in Bombay, she worked for MTV, BBC, and TNT. Her step into movies came when she was spotted by Italian director Aditya Bhattacharya
and whisked off to Messina to shoot Senso unico
Actress Noureen DeWulf was born in New York and raised in Georgia. Her parents are from Pune, India. She was educated at Boston University's School of the Arts. One of DeWulf's first roles was in the Oscar winning short West Bank Story
. Acting success continued with roles in TV hits such as CSI: NY
Shetty is a graduate of the famed Opera department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Immediately following graduation, she nabbed the lead role of Priya in A.R. Rahman's / Andrew Lloyd Webber's First National tour of "Bombay Dreams". Shetty opened to rave reviews in her Off-Broadway debut at The New Group...
Freida Selena Pinto was born in Bombai (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India, to Sylvia, a school principal, and Frederick Pinto, a senior bank branch manager. She is from a Mangalorean family. Pinto traversed the modeling circuit in Mumbai [represented by Elite Model Management India] for two years before...
“ The buxom Indian mathematician in Numb3rs.
Also, played the punk hottie in 24's 1st season, who was a arrested along with hero's daughter (Elisha Cuthbert). ” - minidodo
Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She is a daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones. She is Anoushka Shankar's half-sister. In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album Come Away with Me...
Persis Khambatta was born on October 2, 1948 in Bombay, India. At age 17, as Femina Miss India, she entered Miss Universe 1965, dressed in off-the-rack clothes she bought at the last minute. Khambatta became a model for companies such as Revlon. Her biggest acting break was getting the role of Lieutenant Ilia...
“ The original star trek hottie. ” - minidodo
After her debut film Mississippi Masala
became an art house hit, Sarita Choudhury was determined not to "go Hollywood," focusing her acting energies on independent film instead. Raised in Jamaica, Mexico, and Italy, the half-Indian, half-English Choudhury studied economics at Queens University in Ontario before switching to acting...
Actress Fagun was born in Leicester, England. She moved to London when she was accepted at University College London to study medicine and later trained in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has starred alongside Martin Sheen in 'Bhopal' A prayer for Rain', a true story based on the biggest industrial disaster in human history...
Actress, Host, Model and Beauty Queen, Pratima Anae grew up in a small Amish town in the heart of the Midwest. In this unlikely setting, her parents, Indian immigrants, began their families' quest for the American dream. Pratima, the middle of three children, rose above convention and expectation when she was crowned Miss Indiana USA...
Namrata Singh Gujral
Having just survived the most aggressive cancer known to man, Namrata Singh Gujral is an Indian-American producer, actress, writer and speaker of Sikh faith, who is also a breast cancer survivor (invasive breast cancer in 2008), non-hodgkins lymphoma survivor (burkitt lymphoma in 2013) and a cancer advocate...
British actress and filmmaker Aruna Shields has achieved critical acclaim for lead roles in cinema releases worldwide. A Google Zeitgeist, she is one of the most popular names online and best known in Europe and India. Mixed race, multi-talented and versatile Aruna uses her certification in psychotherapy and mindfulness to produce conscious films and improve performance...
Naomi Scott was born in London, England. She first starting singing with the Bridge Church Youth Band and regularly performed in school musicals. Scott was eventually discovered by British pop star Kelle Bryan from the band Eternal who signed Naomi as a client. She then went to work with Xenomania. In 2009...
Winning the title of Miss India USA was the start to a global acting career for American actress Pooja Kumar. Today Pooja has acted in major Hollywood films, including Man on a Ledge
, and the IFC film, Bollywood Hero
where she starred opposite SNL star, Chris Kattan
. She had in a starring role in iconic Indian actor and filmmaker Kamal Haasan
's blockbuster film Vishwaroopam
Meera Simhan's first lead film role comes in Date Movie
, playing the loving Mom to Alyson Hannigan
. Simhan was born in England and raised in San Diego. At age eight, she went to Kodai Kanal International Boarding School in South India, until she returned to Southern California to attend High School and College in Orange County...
Amara was born to Sri Lankan parents who had moved to England from Zambia to further her father's work opportunities. She went to the Wimbledon High School and, although she enjoyed drama, she regarded acting as a risky profession and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University, graduating with a 2:1 degree...
“ Indian subcontinent (Srilanka) ” - minidodo
Dilshad Vadsaria was born in Karachi, Pakistan, of Portuguese and Indian descent. She moved with her family to the US at the age of six and spent her childhood in various parts of the country, including Chicago, Richmond (Virginia) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She eventually moved to New York to study acting...
“ Indian subcontinent (pak). ” - minidodo
Pooja Shah was born on 8th August 1979 in North London in a Kenyan-Asian family. Grandparents migrated to Kenya from Gujarat in Western India and so the ancestral roots are there. After studying at local Nursery, Infants and Junior school, she did GCSE at a Girls Grammar School. Took a year out from studies and worked part-time at the Finchley Youth Theatre...
The former Principal Dancer of Cirque du Soleil in over 750 shows, Amrapali is also an actress with recurring roles on ABC's Scandal season 4 & 5, and she previously recurred in 18 episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy with Guest starring roles on NBC's Heroes and roles on The Exes, Hart of Dixie, Key & Peele, Chasing Life, Desperate Housewives, Alias, Boston Legal, ER in TV...
Anjali Jay is an English actress of Indian descent, mostly known for her roles in Robin Hood and Blind Dating, starring opposite Chris Pine. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC. Anjali come from a strong theatre and dance background. She played Juliet in a national UK tour of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet...
“ Irish and Pakistani origin. ” - minidodo
Rebecca's career began when she was cast as Mina in the Film4 feature 'Dog Eat Dog' alongside David Oyelowo and Ricky Gervais. She gained recognition and a cult following in the UK for her role as Arun Parmar in psycho drama 'Bad Girls', one of the first transsexual characters to ever appear on national television...
“ Indian subcontinent (afghan) ” - minidodo
Born in Sri Lanka. Grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Started her studies in Piano, Speech & Drama and Singing at the age of 6. Invited to study Opera at McGill University, she left Calgary and moved to Montreal and finished her degree in Music and Voice Performance there. However, Imali opted to continue...
“ Sri Lanka ” - minidodo
Natasha Chandel is an award-winning creative executive, performer and overall funny girl based in LA. A former content producer and writer at MTV News in New York City, the Toronto native is a graduate of Ryerson University's Radio and Television Arts program. She has interviewed some of the biggest superstars in the world...
Tannishtha Chatterjee is an Indian actress, best known for her performance in Sarah Gavron's Brick Lane (2007), the film adaptation of Monica Ali's best selling novel of the same name. She was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards as the best actress for Brick Lane along with actresses like Judi Dench and Anne Hathaway...
Richa was born and raised in Northern California in a family of engineers & doctors by day and musicians, singers, & entertainers by night. Her parents were born in India and moved to the U.S. for college and met when her mother was selected as the female vocalist for Richa's father's Bollywood music band...
“ Technically she is not in Hollywood yet.. but looks like she is on the way. ” - minidodo
Born in India, brought up in Canada, and moving to Australia in her early teens, Bridget is best known to Australian and UK audiences for her role of "Lana Crawford" in Neighbours, where she had the controversial task of playing the show's first openly gay character. It marked a huge change from her earlier work in children's television...
“ Not sure how Indian she really is in terms of origin. ” - minidodo
Rayna Tharani is an actress, writer and director known for films such as For Colored Girls. She has appeared in many television shows including Rosewood (FOX) NCIS (CBS) Criminal Minds (CBS) Days of Our Lives (NBC) among others. She moved to Los Angeles as a dancer upon graduating from San Diego State with a bachelors in Fine Arts...
Agam was born in England and raised all over Canada: Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and finally settled in Vancouver. She received a BFA in visual arts, with a focus in photography and minor in theatre, from the University of Calgary. When Agam first moved to Vancouver, she got an agent and booked her first professional role in Renegadepress.com
Farrah Skyler Greye
Farrah was born overseas in Hyderabad, India. She grew up in Northern California. Her passions were to follow in her grandpa's footsteps as a doctor of medicine, pursuing Pre-med studies at N.C. State University. Dropping out of college, she opened a restaurant in Boone, N.C. with former boyfriend. Her soul yearning for the Arts and Theater...
Her father is Tariq Anwar
and her mother is Shireen Anwar
. Anwar attended Laleham Church of England Primary and Middle School from 1975 to 1982. Trinian's sketch in the school concert of 1982 gave an early indication of her theatrical leanings. She studied at the London drama and dance school...
Nagarajan's parents are immigrants from India. Her mother, Geetha Nagarajan, is a former developmental specialist at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic. Her father, Nandu Nagarajan, is a professor and academic at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She has one brother, Arjun...
“ Cute girl from "Outsourced" ” - minidodo
Preeya Kalidas is a singer,actress,dancer. Her credits cover stage,screen and television. She was cast after a worldwide search in the leading role of Priya in AR Rahmans Bombay Dreams produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.She sang the hit song Shakalaka Baby which won best video at MTV Asia Awards. Also as part of the Brit-Asian success...
From India to Canada, England to America, Karen David has crisscrossed the world. Born in Shillong, India in the foothills of the Himalayas on April 15th 1979, Karen was raised in Toronto and came of age in the UK. At age 17, she won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied jazz and gospel...
“ Sri lankan Descent. ” - minidodo
Summer Bishil was born in Pasadena, California. She and her family moved overseas when she was three. Summer attended British and American schools while her family lived overseas, She returned to her home town of Pasadena just shy of her 14th birthday. In love with the idea of becoming an actress since the age of five...
Canadian-born (Ojibwe) actress/singer-songwriter Tinsel Korey is best known for her role as "Emily" in The Twilight Saga. You can watch Tinsel on the new APTN music show Nagamowin Also look out for her new comedy movie Fishing Naked, action-thriller Black Box released by Lionsgate and guest starring on episode 210 of Season 2 on SYFY's ZNation...
“ Apparently her real name is Harsha Patel ” - minidodo
Shivani Thakkar, Associate Artistic Director of Manu Kala Mandir Dance Productions and Founder and Choreographer of the "MKM BollyStars" has garnered international recognition for her performances and choreography. Shivani, Winner of the 2008 Verizon Wireless and Saavn Bollypop US National Dance Competition...
Born in India, Roopashree Jeevaji became involved with acting at a young age. From the time she was three, she trained in Bharatanatyam (classical south Indian dance), giving her first performance on stage at the age of six, and did her 'Arangetram' (graduation concert / performance ) at the early age of fourteen...
Anisha Adusumilli is a first-generation American born and raised in the Midwest with an East Indian/Mixed heritage. An artist from a young age, Anisha began studying Classical Piano at the age of 5 - having graduated from the Trinity College of London Program. Continuing her creative expression through Dancing and Singing...
“ Timmy's sister in "Rules of Engagement". ” - minidodo
“ Miss USA 2010; Pakistan heritage. ” - minidodo
“ Lillith in True Blood. Indian/Nigerian heritage. ” - minidodo
Lara Shah was born in New Jersey. Her family moved to Florida when she was four years old, where she made her acting debut as the mother kitten in her preschool production of "The Three Little Kittens." She moved back to New Jersey after a year and went on to perform in school plays throughout middle and high school...
“ Can someone confirm her heritage ? ” - minidodo
“ Can someone please confirm her heritage ? ” - minidodo
Julie Brar was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Julie went to theatre school in Los Angeles. She has split her time between L.A, Toronto and Vancouver. Julie is a Toronto based actor, writer and producer who works in film, television and theatre. Some of Julie's television credits include a recurring role on Lost Girl...
Ms. Kadem makes history as The First Iraqi American Actor to star in Indian cinema, in the feature film, "Nawal the Jewel". She was recently handpicked by James Franco (Spider-Man, 127 Hours) and director, Melanie Atikenhead (Actors Anonymous, Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?) for one of the main lead gang members in the film, Blood On Wheels...
Growing up in the small town of Greenwood, Indiana, Melissa knew from a tender young age that she was destined to be an actress. However, that was not a suitable option to her mother or the Indian community, who frowned upon youngsters that pursued artistic endeavors instead of following the age-old path of medicine and engineering...
Tehmina Sunny is firmly making her mark in both film and television. Born in London, her passion for the arts was developed at an early age. She received a scholarship for playing the violin, Viola and piano. With no previous training she was a finalist for the BBCs cross-country search for acting talent...
Tara Erica Moore
Born in South Africa. Her unique looks are derived from her mixed heritage of East Indian and English. Tara Erica Moore had a multi-continental upbringing. She grew up bouncing mainly between a transitional post-apartheid South Africa and a small college town in Connecticut. In addition she has lived in Korea...
Trishna is an emerging singer-songwriter/model. She was born in India and adopted to an Ohio based family when she was just a year old. Church, school, and local competitions were the foundation of Trishna's vocal training throughout her youth. She later graduated as a vocalist from the #1 rated contemporary music college in the world...
Aparna Brielle was born in Portland, Oregon, USA as Aparna Parthasarathy. She ventured into the creative arts at a young age, immersing herself in the world of performing arts with serious studies in various dance forms, as well as working diligently in the theatre and in vocal studies. She has since worked in the theatre, on television, and in film.
Pinky Sharma is a Model and Actress born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Pinky's interest in modeling started from a very young age. She used to participate in fashion shows, commercials and various modeling assignments in Jaipur where she was known by her birth name, Pinky. When she turned seventeen...
Priyanka Chopra was born 18th July 1982 to the family of Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra. She had a very varied upbringing. She started her education at La Martinière Girls College in Lucknow as a resident student; a short stay at Maria Goretti College in Bareilly prepared her for further studies in the USA...
Born in Chatham, New Jersey, USA. Attended The Johns Hopkins University, BA International Relations. Was accepted to law schools for Human Rights / Public Interest, instead decided to follow her heart and train as an actor at USC where she received her MFA in Theater. Also worked at Center for Asian...