Renowned Indian actors in Hollywoodby vhavnal | created - 23 Oct 2011 | updated - 23 Oct 2016 | Public
Known Indian actors/actresses who are making or have made their mark in Hollywood....
I haven't added Sunny Leone cause she has done porn and adding her would BLACKLIST the list :)
List will get updated from time to time.
1. Ben Kingsley
Actor | Sexy Beast
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...
2. Irrfan Khan
Actor | Dabba
Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan, in Jaipur, Rajasthan (NW India) January 7, 1967 to a Pashto speaking Muslim family. Khan's mother, Begum Khan, was from the Tonk Hakim family and his father, Jagirdar Khan, from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district, ran a tire business.
The Khan family name ...
3. Freida Pinto
Actress | Slumdog Millionaire
Freida Selena Pinto was born in Bombay (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 ...
Actor | Planet Terror
Born Naveen William Sidney Andrews in London on January 17, 1969. His parents were both Indian immigrants from Kerala, India. In high school, he auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Two of his classmates were Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis ....
5. Kal Penn
Kal Penn was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, to Asmita, a fragrance evaluator, and Suresh Modi, an engineer. His parents are Gujarati immigrants to America from India. He attended the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School where he participated in the ...
6. Danny Pudi
Actor | Community
Danny Pudi was born on March 10, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Daniel Mark Pudi. He is an actor, known for Community (2009), DuckTales (2017) and Knights of Badassdom (2013). He has been married to Bridget Showalter Pudi since June 5, 2004. They have two children.
Actress | Jodhaa Akbar
Born into a traditional south Indian family, Aishwarya started modeling at a young age. This green-blue-eyed beauty appeared in advertisements for many prestigious firms; the ones that brought her into the limelight were the garden sari and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss India 1994 runner-up, she was a...
Actress | Lady in the Water
After her debut film Mississippi Masala (1991) 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 ...
10. Om Puri
Actor | The Hundred-Foot Journey
Om Puri was an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. He has received an honorary OBE.
Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked on the railways and served in the Indian Army. Puri ...
12. Noureen DeWulf
Actress | Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
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 (2005). Acting success continued with roles in TV hits such as ...
13. Kunal Nayyar
Actor | The Big Bang Theory
Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor. He moved from India to the US in 1999. He first moved to Portland, Oregon, to study business. He started acting in plays as a way of making new friends. He took acting classes, but he went on to graduate from the University of Portland with a degree in business, as ...
15. Anil Kapoor
Actor | Slumdog Millionaire
Living in a Chawl in Tilak Nagar, Punjabi-speaking Anil was born in 1959 to Surinder and Nirmal aka Suchitra Kapoor. He has an elder brother, Boney, a sister, Reena, and a younger brother, Sanjay. His dad used to be Shammi Kapoor's Secretary.
A loner, without many friends, he studied in the nearby ...
17. Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah was born on July 20, 1950 in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is an actor, known for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), A Wednesday (2008) and Iqbal (2005). He has been married to Ratna Pathak Shah since April 1, 1982. They have three children.
Actor | The Slammin' Salmon
Sendhil Ramamurthy (born May 17, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC sci-fi drama Heroes and Jai Wilcox in the action spy series Covert Affairs. He appeared as Abhay in the Indian film Shor in the City. He played Gabriel Lowen in The ...
19. Archie Panjabi
Actress | I Origins
Archie is an Emmy Award winning British actress best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, for which she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East ...
20. Roshan Seth
Actor | Gandhi
A native of New Delhi, India, British character actor of theater and film Roshan Seth honed the skills he learned at London's Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in British repertory theater. His first break came in Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which toured in 1972. Seth ...
22. Shabana Azmi
Actress | Fire
One of the leading lights of the now-largely-defunct Indian New Wave, Shabana Azmi (alongside the late Smita Patil) was one of the main female actors who dominated the films of the so-called "Parallel Cinema" in India in the 1970s and 1980s. Born to noted Urdu progressive poet and lyricist Kaifi ...
28. Karen David
Actress | Galavant
From India to Canada, England to America, Karen David has crisscrossed the world making true fans everywhere along the way. With her exotic beauty and multicultural pedigree, of which she includes Chinese, Khasi tribe, and Indian, the actress and singer/songwriter has found equal diversity in her ...
30. Agam Darshi
Actress | Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Agam Darshi was born Agamdeep Darshi in Birmingham, UK. At a very young age, she and her family moved to Canada. At the age of 14, she left home and moved to Calgary, to pursue a career of acting - which is her passion. Agam studied Theater and Fine Arts at the University of Calgary and earned a ...
32. Naomi Scott
Actress | Aladdin
Naomi Scott is a multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter. She stars as "Jasmine" in Disney's blockbuster live action remake Aladdin (2019), alongside Mena Massoud and Will Smith, directed by Guy Ritchie. Disney released the film in May 2019, and it became one of the biggest films of the year.
Her father is a British-Indian
33. Indira Varma
Actress | Bride & Prejudice
Indira Anne Varma (born 27 September 1973) is a British actress. Her film debut and first major role was in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love. She has gone on to appear in the television series The Canterbury Tales, Rome, Luther, Human Target, and Game of Thrones (as Ellaria Sand). In September 2016, she ...
34. Shenaz Treasury
Actress | The Big Sick
Shenaz Treasurywala was born on June 29, 1981 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. She is the daughter of a Merchant Navy captain and spent the first seven years of her life traveling the globe on board cargo ships carrying potatoes, onions and rice. After completing her school she enrolled in St. ...
Actress | Haider
Tabu is an Indian actress. She has mainly acted in Hindi films, though she has also starred in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali-language films, as well as one American film. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, and holds the record for the most wins of Filmfare's...
37. Raza Jaffrey
Actor | Homeland
Raza Jaffrey was born on May 28, 1975 in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. He is an actor, known for Homeland (2011), Code Black (2015) and Eastern Promises (2007). He has been married to Lara Pulver since December 27, 2014. He was previously married to Miranda Raison.
38. Saeed Jaffrey
Actor | The Man Who Would Be King
Saeed Jaffrey was born in Maler Kotla, Punjab, India. He was born on the 8th of January 1929. He attended University of Allahabad where he completed his post-graduate degree in history. He also attended the Staff Training Institute of All India Radio. He started his career in drama, as the founder ...
41. Abhi Sinha
Actor | The Social Network
Was born on February 20, 1990 in Bombay (Mumbai), India. Abhi grew up primarily in Pittsburgh where he attended the prestigious Shadyside Academy. He played competitive hockey while all along underplaying his abilities as a saxophonist. In middle school he began receiving awards and recognition as ...
Actress | Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Born in Mumbai, India and raised in Nigeria until the age of seven, Contractor was well-versed in world travels and a variety of 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 ...
43. Suleka Mathew
Actress | Claws
Suleka Mathew was born in India and raised in Vancouver, and has worked extensively as a professional actress in film, television, radio and theatre her whole life.
Suleka is entering her second season on TNT's hit show Claws (2017), as Detective Arlene Branch. She most recently wrapped the romantic...
44. Erick Avari
Actor | Mr. Deeds
Erick Avari was born on April 13, 1952 in Darjeeling, India. His credits include leading roles in films from Kevin Reynolds' cult classic The Beast of War (1988) to commercial megahits such as Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), The Mummy (1999) and Planet of the Apes (2001). His comedic ...
indian born persian
48. Veena Sood
Actress | The Big Year
Veena Sood is an award-winning actress - of Indian descent, and is internationally recognized for her versatility in both comedy and drama. She has a theatre degree in Drama and went on to co-found "The Loose Moose Theatre Company" with Improv master Keith Johnstone. Over the years Veena has ...
49. Rekha Sharma
Actress | The Core
She is of fiji-indian origin.
50. Manoj Sood
Actor | Rat Race
Manoj Sood was born in Mombassa, Kenya and grew up in Western Canada. Manoj entered the entertainment world in 1992 and has been working steadily ever since. Manoj, much to his surprise, landed a supporting role in an American MOW after his very first audition. Up until then, his only acting ...
51. Tehmina Sunny
Actress | Children of Men
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 ...
52. Gabrielle Anwar
Actress | Burn Notice
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, "...
Her father is Indian
53. Hannah Simone
Actress | New Girl
Hannah Simone stars on FOX's hit series, New Girl (2011), 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 ...
Her father is Indian
54. Karan Brar
Actor | Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Best known for his role as 'Ravi Ross' on Disney Channel's hit series "Jessie" and its spinoff, "Bunk'd," Karan Brar is taking Hollywood by storm and seeking to break cultural barriers in the entertainment industry. He stars in "Bunk'd" on Disney Channel and 2018 will be a major year for Karan as ...
Producer | Lady in the Water
Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.
He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...
Generally a director but is known to make appearances in his movies.
56. Kabir Bedi
Actor | Octopussy
Kabir Bedi is an internationally acclaimed Indian actor. He has acted in over 60 Bollywood films and has hits like "Khoon Bhari Maang", "Kurbaan" and "Main Hoon Na". He is well-recognized for his role of Emperor Shah Jahan in "Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story".
Popularly recognized in the West for ...
Director | Super Troopers
Jay Chandrasekhar was born on April 9, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Jayanth Jumbulingam Chandrasekhar. He is a director and actor, known for Super Troopers (2001), Beerfest (2006) and Club Dread (2004). He has been married to Susan Clarke since September 18, 2005. They have three children.
59. Aziz Ansari
Actor | Parks and Recreation
Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Fatima, a medical office worker, and Shoukath, a gastroenterologist. His family is from Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science in ...
60. Summer Bishil
Actress | Under the Silver Lake
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 ...
Her father is a saudi of Indian heritage
63. Tinsel Korey
Actress | The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Canadian-born actress/singer-songwriter Tinsel Korey is best known for her role as "Emily" in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.
Korey's career started after her passion for performing skits as a young child led her to pursue her dream to be a professional actress. As a teen she...
Denies her heritage but is of Indian-origin
64. Janina Gavankar
Actress | Blindspotting
Janina Zione Gavankar (born November 29, 1980) is an American actress and musician. Gavankar is also trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Gavankar's roles include Papi, a lesbian lothario in The L ...
She is of Norwegian-Indian decent ..
65. Sakina Jaffrey
Actress | House of Cards
Sakina Jaffrey was born on February 14, 1962 in Manhattan, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for House of Cards (2013), The Mindy Project (2012) and Mr. Robot (2015). She has been married to Francis Wilkinson since September 8, 1990. They have two children.
66. Reshma Shetty
Actress | Royal Pains
Reshma Shetty was born on November 2, 1977 in Manchester, England, UK to Hindu parents. She was raised in England and Richmond, Virginia in the United States. She is a graduate of the famed Opera department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. On stage, Reshma received rave reviews in 2006 for ...
70. Madhur Jaffrey
Actress | Wolf
Madhur Jaffrey was born on August 13, 1933 in Civil Lines, Delhi, British India as Madhur Bahadur. She is an actress and writer, known for Wolf (1994), Shakespeare-Wallah (1965) and Prime (2005). She has been married to Sanford Allen since 1969. She was previously married to Saeed Jaffrey.
71. Dev Patel
Actor | Slumdog Millionaire
Dev Patel was born in Harrow, London, to Anita, a caregiver, and Raj Patel, who works in IT. His parents, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, are both of Gujarati Indian descent. His first role was in the UK TV series Skins (2007). His breakout role was in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire (...
72. Amrish Puri
Believe it or not, Amrish Puri wanted to become a Bollywood movie hero but failed a screen test in 1954. And what a failure it was! Mr. Puri went on to become one of the most renowned and credible villains in the history of Indian cinema. His most memorable and often quoted role is the character of...
74. Shelly Desai
Actor | Escape from L.A.
usually plays mexican characters..
76. Sacha Dhawan
Actor | After Earth
Sacha Dhawan was born in Bramhall, Stockport to Hindu parents though he actually attended a Roman Catholic secondary school, Thomas Aquinas College, in nearby Stockport, where one of the authors whom he studied for his final exams was Alan Bennett, with whom he was very impressed. He began as a ...
77. Anil Kumar
Actor | 24
A classically trained actor, Anil Kumar was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Kent Ohio. He holds a BA in Psychology from Kent State University and earned an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at Rutgers University under the tutelage of William Esper, Maggie Flanningan, ...
78. Rhona Mitra
Actress | Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
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 ...
79. I.S. Johar
Actor | Death on the Nile
I.S. Johar was born on February 16, 1920 in Tollagannj, British India as Indra Sen Johar. He was an actor and writer, known for Death on the Nile (1978), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Johny Mera Naam (1970). He died on March 10, 1984 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.
80. Gulshan Grover
Actor | Badman
Gulshan Grover was born, raised and educated in Delhi, India. After receiving his master's degree in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, he decided to pursue his passion and made a lifelong commitment to entertainment industry. He honed his acting skills in theatre, and after many stage ...
81. Hazel D'Jan
Actress | Jupiter Ascending
Hazel D'Jan fell in love with acting at a young tender age of six performing and singing in school plays. Keeping it close to her heart, she grew a passion for acting which she never shared with anyone. D'Jan continued attending drama schools and practised the art of acting under guidance from ...
Actress | Brick Lane
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 ...
83. Jessica Clark
Actress | Pocket Listing
Is of English, Irish, Indian and Nigerian descent.
86. Sunil Malhotra
Actor | Grey's Anatomy
a very good "voice-actor"
87. Persis Khambatta
Actress | Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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 ...
88. Jesse Rath
Actor | Supergirl
Brother of megan rath
89. Annet Mahendru
Actress | The Americans
Actress Annet Mahendru was born to an Indian father (a journalist and professor) and a Russian mother (a businesswoman and artist). Annet spent her early years learning six languages while living in Afghanistan, Russia, and Europe. She put her curious mind to use playing competitive chess and ...
Her father is Indian and mother is Russian, she was born in Afghanistan.
90. Amrita Acharia
Actress | Game of Thrones
Amrita Acharia is of Nepalese-Ukrainian heritage. She grew up in Ukraine, Kathmandu and England before moving with her family to Norway aged 13. After completing high school in Tromsø, Amrita moved to England to pursue her acting career. Since then she has worked in Norway, London and the US. She ...
Actress | The Night Of
Poorna Jagannathan is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her portrayal of Safar Khan in HBO's Emmy-nominated show, "The Night Of", as well as playing the lead in the Bollywood cult comedy film "Delhi Belly". She also initiated and produced the play "Nirbhaya", written and ...
92. Avan Jogia
Actor | Twisted
Vancouver native, Avan Jogia landed his first acting role as Danny Araujo on the award-winning TV movie drama A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006), directed by Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland. Jogia followed up with a recurring role on the SyFy Channel hit series Caprica (2009) as well as ...
He is Scottish/Indian
94. Karan Soni
Actor | Deadpool
Karan Soni was born in New Delhi, India. He made his film debut as Kemal in Yusuf Sumer's short comedy film Kaka Nirvana (2010), in which he co-starred with Rachel Quinn. In 2016, Soni rose to international prominence for his role as Dopinder in Tim Miller's action film Deadpool (2016), a role he ...
Actress | Bad Girls
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 ...
100. Shaun Majumder
Actor | Detroit 1-8-7
Raised in rural Newfoundland, this Gemini award-winning actor/comedian started performing as a teenager and has been at it ever since. His work has taken him through the world of theatre, stand-up comedy, improv and more recently to his role as Andrew Palmer on NBC/Global Television's The Firm, ...