Indians in HollyWoodby preetamks | created - 26 Apr 2014 | updated - 17 Apr 2017 | Public
1. Lisa Ray
Actress | Water
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...
2. Navi Rawat
Actress | Feast
Navi Rawat was born on June 5, 1977 in Malibu, California, USA as Navlata Rawat. She is an actress, known for Feast (2005), House of Sand and Fog (2003) and Numb3rs (2005). She has been married to Brawley Bolte since 2012. They have one child.
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).
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 ...
The original star trek hottie.
5. Katy Mirza
Actress | Kasme Vaade
Young Katy, an aspiring graphic designer in 1972-73, was working as a receptionist at the London Hilton hotel when a Playboy Club employee saw her and asked her to audition. After meeting Hugh Hefner, Katy become a Playboy "Bunny" in 1973. Katy, the daughter of an income tax officer, was born in ...
6. 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 ...
Actress | Private Moments
Aruna Shields is a British actress with Indian heritage who began her career in UK theatre before performing lead roles in Indian, French and British cinema. Aruna achieved a Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, has a degree in Journalism from Central Saint Martins, a Diploma ...
Actress | Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
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 ...
11. Sarita Choudhury
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 ...
13. Indira Varma
Actress | Exodus: Gods and Kings
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 ...
14. Janina Gavankar
Actress | True Blood
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 ...
15. 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 ...
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 ...
Played Timmy's Indian fiancee in "Rules of Engagement".
17. Laila Rouass
Actress | Conan the Barbarian
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...
18. Anjali Jay
Actress | Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Anjali Jay is an actor and writer. She was also a dancer and choreographer, having trained in Indian classical dance and modern, contemporary styles. She is Indian, British and Canadian.
Anjali has had an extensive theatre career, having performed amongst others, with The Royal Shakespeare Company, ...
19. Pooja Kumar
Actress | Vishwaroopam
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 (2012), and the IFC film, Bollywood Hero (2009) where she starred opposite SNL star, Chris Kattan. She had in a ...
20. Meera Simhan
Actress | Iron Man
Meera Simhan was born in London, England and raised in India and Southern California. Her family immigrated to the United States in the early 1970's and settled in San Diego, California where her parents ran a business importing jewelry and handicrafts from India. Growing up she studied Indian ...
Actress | Scandal
The former Principal Dancer of Cirque du Soleil in over 750 shows, Amrapali is an actress with recurring roles on 18 episodes in ABC's Scandal seasons 4,5, 6 and 7 and she previously recurred in 19 episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy with Guest starring roles on NBC's Heroes and roles on The Mindy ...
22. Norah Jones
Soundtrack | Ted
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 ...
23. Pooja Shah
Actress | Bend It Like Beckham
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...
24. Fagun Thakrar
Actress | Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
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 ...
25. Padma Lakshmi
Actress | Enterprise
Padma Lakshmi was born on September 1, 1970 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India. She is a producer and actress, known for Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), Glitter (2001) and Pirates: Blood Brothers (1999). She was previously married to Salman Rushdie.
Well... she is on top of this list and she is not really an actress! What can I say ? :-D
26. Bridget Neval
Actress | Guinevere Jones
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...
Not sure how Indian she really is in terms of origin.
27. Pratima Anaé
Actress | All My Children
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 ...
28. Natasha Chandel
Actress | SEAL Team
Natasha Chandel is a creative executive/producer, writer, actress, comedian and host. Born in Dubai, Natasha has lived in Mumbai, Toronto, New York and now resides in LA, bringing her truly diverse experience to all her projects.
A trained actor from the age of seven, the versatile actress can be ...
29. Saira Mohan
Actress | Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Interestingly she is a reverse exception, Indian origin, known internationally (for modeling) but has worked primarily in Bollywood.
30. 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 ...
31. 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 ...
33. Sunita Param
Actress | Blades of Glory
Sunita Param was born on November 14, 1970 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Sunita Zelma Paramsothy. She is an actress, known for Blades of Glory (2007), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) and American Desi (2001). She has been married to Jason Manuel Olazabal since February 6, 2004.
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 ...
35. Dilshad Vadsaria
Actress | Greek
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...
Indian subcontinent (pak).
36. Amara Karan
Actress | The Darjeeling Limited
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,...
Indian subcontinent (Srilanka)
37. 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 ...
38. Mahaley Patel
Actress | Easy A
Mahaley Patel was born on September 30, 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Mahaley Hessam. She is an actress and producer, known for Easy A (2010), The Duff (2015) and Be Somebody (2016). She has been married to Ravi Patel since November 9, 2015. They have one child.
Indian subcontinent (afghan)
39. Imali Perera
Actress | Repo Men
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 ...
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 ...
41. Mallika Sherawat
Actress | Murder
Mallika Sherawat was born on October 24, 1976 in Rohtak, Haryana, India as Reema Lambha. She is an actress, known for Murder (2004), The Myth (2005) and Ugly Aur Pagli (2008). She was previously married to Karan Singh Gill.
She is too bollywoodish to be here.. but who knows how it might help
Director | 5 Weddings
Namrata Singh Gujral is a film producer, director, actor and motivational speaker. Gujral also heads Uniglobe Entertainment, a boutique studio focused on projects that conjoin Hollywood and Bollywood elements.
Gujral is a breast cancer survivor and blood cancer survivor; and attributes her medical ...
43. Rayna Tharani
Actress | The Young Pope
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 ...
45. 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 ...
Actress | House M.D.
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.Her soul yearning for the Arts and Theater, lead her back to California to fill her ...
48. Tiya Sircar
Actress | The Good Place
Tiya Sircar is a lead on the upcoming ABC series "Alex, Inc." which premieres in 2018. Based on the podcast StartUp, Sircar plays the wife to Zach Braff's character, 'Alex Schuman,' who is a brilliant radio host who quit his job and start his own company. Sircar is also on the NBC hit comedy "The ...
50. 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, "...
51. Naomi Scott
Actress | Power Rangers
Naomi Scott is a multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter. She can next be seen starring as "Jasmine" in Disney's live-action remake of "Aladdin," alongside Will Smith, directed by Guy Ritchie. Disney will release the film in May 2019.
Naomi was born in London, England, to Usha (Joshi) and ...
52. Naureen Zaim
Actress | Wedding Crashers
Irish and Pakistani origin.
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 ...
My father is Indian, my mother is half German-Italian and half Greek-Cypriot
54. Richa Shukla
Actress | The Mindy Project
Richa grew up in Northern California in an Indian-American family of engineers/doctors by day and musicians/performers by night.
She started training in dance (Indian Classical Dance, Kathak, Bollywood, hip-hop, jazz) at the age of 5 and soon after began doing school plays, which is when she fell in...
Technically she is not in Hollywood yet.. but looks like she is on the way.
58. 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 ...
59. Anisha Nagarajan
Actress | Outsourced
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. ...
Cute girl from "Outsourced"
60. Mindy Kaling
Actress | The Office
Mindy Kaling was born on June 24, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Vera Mindy Chokalingam. She is an actress and producer, known for The Office (2005), Inside Out (2015) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).
The chick from office.
61. Preeya Kalidas
Actress | Four Lions
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.
64. 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 ...
65. Shelley Conn
Actress | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Sri lankan Descent.
66. 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...
67. 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 ...
68. 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...
Apparently her real name is Harsha Patel
Actress | On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Played an Indian girl in a James Bond movie. Though I think allowing small roles like this can lower the bar for qualification... but it seems this was a big deal in 1969. So this stays as an outlier.
72. Nishi Munshi
Actress | Brothered Up
Nishi Munshi has been an Actress, Singer, Musician and Choreographer/Dancer in the entertainment industry for 15 years. Her family traveled and performed in a music band throughout her childhood around the USA and in other countries. Growing up on stage, she has performed in over 1,000 live-stage ...
76. Shivani Thakkar
Actress | Dead Americans
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 ...
77. Shivani Ghai
Actress | The Catch
Shivani Ghai was born in 1975 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. She is an actress, known for The Catch (2016), London Has Fallen (2016) and Dominion (2014). She has been married to Tyrone Keogh since November 2016. She was previously married to Parv Bancil.
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 ) soon after. ...
Actress | New Girl
Anisha Adusumilli is a first-generation Indian-American born and raised in the Midwest. 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, ...
84. Melanie Chandra
Actress | Code Black
Melanie is an actress, producer, martial artist, and pianist. A native of Illinois, she grew up with a knack for physics and mathematics and ultimately completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, while studying improvisational comedy on the side. After graduating from ...
Timmy's sister in "Rules of Engagement".
85. Rima Fakih
Actress | Yasmine
"You don't know who you are until you know where you came from" is a quote Rima carried out through most of her life. Today, at 33 years old Rima Fakih Slaiby resides in California with her husband Wassim 'Sal' Slaiby and two children. Holding her current mission to break barriers for Arab women ...
Miss USA 2010; Pakistan heritage.
86. Jessica Clark
Actress | Pocket Listing
Lillith in True Blood. Indian/Nigerian heritage.
88. Lucy Pinder
Actress | Strippers vs Werewolves
Counted amongst the sexiest women in the glamour world, English model Lucy Pinder has graced the covers of some of the hottest British publications such as 'FHM,' 'Nuts,' 'Loaded,' and the 'Daily Star.' She had already been modeling for a few years when she first decided to go for topless ...
89. Lara Shah
Actress | Trippin' to the Altar
Lara Shah made her acting debut as a mother kitten in her preschool production of "The Three Little Kittens" in Jupiter, Florida. Her family soon after returned to New Jersey, where Lara was born, and she went on to perform in school plays throughout middle school and high school.
A lover of ...
91. Mouzam Makkar
Actress | The Fix
Can someone confirm her heritage ?
93. Trisha Beharie
Actress | The Mindy Project
Trisha Beharie received her M.F.A. in Acting from UCLA and B.A. in Theater Arts from Rollins College. She has appeared in television shows, national commercials and her work in independent films have toured the festival circuit nationally. Trisha also performed with the Geffen Playhouse in 365 Days...
Can someone please confirm her heritage ?
94. Julie Brar
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 ...
98. Reem Kadem
Actress | Blood Ride
Ms. Kadem is the Four-Time Winner of Best Lead Actress in the feature film "Nawal the Jewel" at The Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival, The Milan International Film Festival of World Cinema, The Multilcultural Film Festival in California and Boston International Film Festival. She was twice...
99. Melissa Roy
Actress | CSI: NY
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 ...