Fast Facts

  • Father was Indian, mother Swiss and part Italian.
  • Once considered becoming a mime.
  • As she told, she displayed acting chops as a child: She had a bunk bed with curtains, and used to "tell stories and convince people I was someone else."
  • Trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
  • On stage, has appeared in works by Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, David Hare, Anton Chekhov, Noel Coward and Thornton Wilder.
  • Her musical tastes sometimes tend more toward pop and rock, though, including Wilco and Michael Jackson.
  • Her 1996 film debut was as the star of Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, which was banned in India and Pakistan.
  • In 2005 and 2007, played a young wife, Niobe, in the HBO series Rome.
  • In 2010, took on the role of billionaire Ilsa Pucci in the Fox action series Human Target.


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  • Birth Name: Indira Varma
  • Birth Place: Bath. Somerset, England
  • Profession: Actor

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