Inside the Box, the Shonda Rhimes-produced ABC pilot about a Washington, D.C. network news bureau, has found its female lead, and she is perhaps more Earl Grey than Meredith Grey.
U.K.-bred actress Indira Varma — whom you may know as Niobe from HBO's Rome (and who more recently played Booth's Scotland Yard counterpart on Bones) — will fill the plum role of Catherine, an ambitious news reporter who is described by the Hollywood Reporter as " fast-talking, whip-smart and wound a little too tight for her own good."
Setting the Inside the Box pilot in motion is Catherine's fervent bid for a well-earned promotion. Alas, she gets passed over.
Varma's credits also include Torchwood, CBS' short-lived 3 LBS. and the big screen's Bride & Prejudice (starring, small world alert, Henderson as Will Darcy). Born to a south Indian father, Varma is also known to talk smack about Bollywood bombshell Aishwarya Rai, which is kinda cool/juicy.
Inside the Box is from writer Richard E. Robbins and exec-produced by Rhimes and Betsy Beers.