Indian Subcontinent/Desi

by preetamks | created - 10 Apr 2014 | updated - 17 Apr 2017 | Public

1. 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...

Pakistan

3. Dichen Lachman

Actress | Altered Carbon

Dichen Lachman was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, to a Tibetan mother and Australian father. Until the age of seven, she lived in Kathmandu with her parents and extended family. Following that, she moved to Adelaide, Australia, with her parents. After dropping out of university, Dichen took up acting ...

Nepal

4. Daya Vaidya

Actress | Bosch

Daya was raised in Oakland, California by her East Indian father and Latin/Italian mother. Because of her diverse background and skill with accents, comedy and language, Daya can play a range of characters. Whether it be a tough nuyorican detective from Queens, a funny and fiery Colombian ...

Nepal

5. Iman Ali

Actress | Mah e Mir

Iman Ali is a Pakistani actress and model. She is the daughter of television/film actor Abid Ali and his first wife Humaira Ali. She has two sisters, one younger and one older, both of whom are also actresses. Ali is known for portraying Anarkali in a seven-minute music video directed by Shoaib ...

Pakistan

6. Humaima Malik

Actress | Bol

Humaima Malick was born on the 18th of November, 1987, in Quetta. She was discovered at the tender age of fourteen by Saqib Malik, who cast her in a nationwide campaign for Fair&Lovely and Humaima has not looked back since. Humaima rose to fame at a very young age and the stars seemed to be in her ...

Pakistan

7. Samia Shoaib

Actress | The Sixth Sense

A writer, filmmaker and actress with a Master's Degree in Film from Columbia University, Samia Shoaib began studying her craft by performing Shakespeare while growing up in London. She has performed in theatrical productions: "The Tempest", "As You Like It", "No Exit" and "The Women",

Pakistan

8. Somy Ali

Actress | Bulund

Somy was born on March 25, 1976 in Karachi, Pakistan, to an Iraqi mother and a Pakistani father. She has a younger brother, Mohammed. She studied in Convent of Jesus & Mary High School in Karachi up until the age of 7, then re-located to Florida, USA, along with her mom and brother.

She re-located ...

Pakistan

9. Simer Motiani

Actress | Khwaabb

Simer Motiani is an actress, known for Khwaabb (2014), Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara (2012) and The Owner (2012).

India

10. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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...

India

11. 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 ...

India

12. Nandana Sen

Actress | Black

Nandana Sen was born on August 19, 1967 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. She is an actress and producer, known for Black (2005), Autograph (2010) and Seducing Maarya (2000). She has been married to John Makinson since June 22, 2013.

India

13. 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 ...

India

14. Nazneen Contractor

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 ...

India

15. 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.

India

16. Purva Bedi

Actress | Sully

Purva Bedi was born on March 12, 1974 in India. She is an actress and producer, known for Sully (2016), She's Gotta Have It (2017) and Kumaré (2011). She has been married to David Andrew Stoler since October 3, 2010.

India

17. Tannishtha Chatterjee

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 ...

India

18. 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.

India

19. Namrata Singh Gujral

Director | 5 Weddings

Namrata Singh Gujral is a film producer, director, actor and motivational speaker. Gujral also heads Uniglobe Entertainment, a boutique studio that specializes in crossover entertainment between Hollywood and Bollywood/South Asia, with a focus on socially relevant projects.

Gujral is a two time ...

India

20. Sandra Teles

Actress | Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Sandra Teles is an actress, known for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018), The Nun (2018) and Deep State (2018).

India

21. Veerta Motiani

Actress | Easy A

Veerta Motiani was born on August 8, 1984 in Mumbai, India. She is an actress, known for Easy A (2010), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) and Being Bin Laden (2011).

India

22. 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 ...

India

23. 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...

India

24. Sherlyn Chopra

Actress | Maya: by Sherlyn Chopra

Sherlyn Chopra is a Bollywood actress who became the first Indian to have graced the iconic Playboy magazine. Sherlyn Chopra loves to express the mellifluous aspect of her personality through music albums and singles. Her last single was titled, Bad Girl which was Sherlyn's take on moral policing. ...

India

25. Neha Dhupia

Actress | Tumhari Sulu

Neha was born in the Punjabi-speaking Dhupia family in Cochin, India, on August 27, 1980, and as is customary with most Punjabi and Sikh families - she was nicknamed 'Chotu'. Her dad is an Officer in the Indian Navy, Pradip Singh Dhupia; her mom, Manpinder, is a homemaker, and she has a brother, ...

India

26. Amrita Rao

Actress | Main Hoon Na

Amrita was born in the Rao family on June 7, 1986 in Mumbai, She speaks Konkani. She comes from a well to do Hindu family. Her dad owns an Advertising Agency.

Amrita did not want to purse any career with Bollywood as she wanted to graduate in psychology, which she eventually did.

No stranger to ...

India

27. Anushka Sharma

Actress | Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Anushka Sharma was born on 1 May 1988 in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Her father, Colonel Ajay Kumar Sharma, is an army officer, and her mother, Ashima Sharma, is a homemaker. Her father is a native of Uttar Pradesh, while her mother is a Garhwali. Her elder brother is film producer Karnesh Sharma, who ...

India

28. Asin

Actress | Ghajini

Asin was born in Cochin, Kerala, India in the Malayalam-speaking Thottumkal family which consists of her businessman dad, Joseph, and mom, Dr. Seline, who practices in Ernakulam. She attended Naval Public School in Cochin, and after obtaining her Matriculation, was enrolled in St. Theresa's Higher ...

India

29. Ayesha Takia

Actress | Taarzan: The Wonder Car

Ayesha Takia was born in Mumbai on April 10th 1986. Her father's name is Nishit, a Gujarati and her mother's name is Faridah, who is half Maharashtrian and half Caucasian British.

Ayesha had never let her lack of speaking Hindi fluently come in her way. A go-getter, she is no stranger to the silver ...

India

30. Shilpa Shetty Kundra

Actress | Phir Milenge

Among very few actresses, Shilpa Shetty was nominated for her first film Baazigar (1993). The following year she delivered another blockbuster hit Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) where she starred with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. However, the proceeding years her movies failed to succeed at the ...

India

31. Chitrangda Singh

Actress | Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi

"You have outdone Smita Patil," said Shekhar Kapur, when he saw Chitrangda Singh's performance in her debut movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003). And he is not the only one. Time and again Chitrangda has been compared to the legendary Smita Patil.

Chitrangda began her career as a model prior to ...

India

32. Deepika Padukone

Actress | Chennai Express

Deepika Padukone, born 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is an Indian model & Actress. She is the daughter of former badminton Champion Prakash Padukone. Her mother tongue is Konkani. Deepika has a younger sister named Anisha.

She has been modeling appearances in print and television advertising...

India

33. Kareena Kapoor

Actress | Jab We Met

Kareena was born to Sindhi-speaking Babita (nee Shivdasani) and Punjabi-speaking Randhir Kapoor in Bombay, India. She has an elder sister, Karisma.

She is born in a family that have been actors for generations, including her paternal great-grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor; her grandfather, Raj Kapoor;...

India

34. Shriya Saran

Actress | Drishyam

Shriya Saran also known by the mononym Shriya, is an Indian film actress, model and presenter. She has worked in multiple of the regional industries of Indian cinema, including Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu language films, as well as a few films in English, Malayalam and Kannada. Saran made her film ...

India

35. Koel Purie

Actress | White Noise

Koel Purie was born on November 25, 1978 in Delhi, India. She is known for her work on White Noise (2004), Everybody Says I'm Fine! (2001) and Fairy Tales (2008).

India

37. Meena Kumari

Actress | Kaajal

Born 1933 into a poor Parsee theatre family of Ali Bux and dancer Iqbal begum in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Entered films to support family in difficult times. She was six when hired for Leatherface (1939) in 1939 by Vijay Bhatt and named Baby Meena. Later she became Meena Kumari when cast for ...

India

38. Poorna Jagannathan

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 ...

39. Riya Sen

Actress | Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha

Riya Sen was born on January 24, 1981 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. She is an actress, known for Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (2004), Noukadubi (2011) and Mone Pore Tomake (2000). She has been married to Shivam Tiwari since August 16, 2017.

India

40. Trishna

Actress | Criminal

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 ...

India



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