Ayesha Dharker (born on 16 March 1977) is a British actress, known for her appearance as Queen Jamillia, the Queen of Naboo, in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and for her stage performances.
|Spouse(s)||Robert Taylor (m. 2010)|
Her other film roles include starring as a young woman brainwashed into contemplating becoming a suicide bomber in the Tamil film The Terrorist (1997), for which she was awarded Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress at the Cairo International Film Festival and nominated for a National Film Award for Best Actress.
She is the daughter of Imtiaz Dharker, a noted poet, artist and documentary film-maker, and Anil Dharker, a columnist and an ex-editor of the renowned Indian men's magazine Debonair. Her father is from India and her mother, born in Lahore, was raised in Scotland, United Kingdom.
Dharker made her screen debut in the 1989 François Villiers film Manika, une vie plus tard. She subsequently went on to star in many American, French and Indian films. She has had many television roles in the UK, particularly in Cutting It and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, in which she co-starred with Meera Syal.
In the international award-winning film The Terrorist (1999), she played the lead character Malli, a role that earned her a nomination for the National Film Award for Best Actress in India and the Cairo Film Festival award for Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress.
Her most internationally recognised role came in 2002 when she played Queen Jamillia, the Queen of Naboo, in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. In the same year she appeared in the critically acclaimed Anita and Me. Dharker starred in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams, both in London's West End and on Broadway (2004). She also starred in The Mistress of Spices (2005).
She joined as a recurring cast member of the BBC Asian Network radio serial Silver Street, playing the role of "Ambika"; she has also appeared in the episode "Planet of the Ood" of the long-running BBC sci-fi television series, Doctor Who as Solana Mercurio.
In 2006, she played the role of Asha in the film Outsourced.
In 2017, Dharker begun playing Nina Karnik in a returning role on long running BBC drama Holby City.
Narrator for the audio book of Brick Lane by Monica Ali (2003).
|1989||Manika, une vie plus tard||Manika Kallatil|
|1992||City of Joy||Amrita H. Pal|
|1999||Split Wide Open||Leela|
|The Terrorist (Tamil: Theeviravaathi)||Malli||Cairo International Film Festival Award for Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress|
|2000||The Mystic Masseur||Leela|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones||Queen Jamillia|
|2002||Anita and Me||Daljeet Kumar|
|2005||The Mistress of Spices||Hameeda|
|Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story||Dr. Stukeley|
|2007||Loins of Punjab Presents||Opama Menon|
|1991||Misteri della giungla nera, I||Young girl|
|1995||A Mouthful of Sky|
|2000||Arabian Nights||Coral Lips|
|2002||Cutting It||Sunni Khadir|
|2003||Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee||Chila|
|2005||Waking the Dead||Mary Sharman|
|2008||Doctor Who||Solana Mercurio||Episode: "Planet of the Ood"|
|2008–09||Coronation Street||Tara Mandal|
|2010||The Indian Doctor||Kamini Sharma|
|2015||Waterloo Road||Yasmeen Khan|
|2017||Holby City||Nina Karnik||Regular Role|
|2001||The Ramayana||Sita||Birmingham Rep/Royal National Theatre|
|2006||Doctor Faustus||Mephistophilis||Bristol Old Vic|
|2010||Arabian Nights||Shaharazade||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|2013||The Djinns of Eidgah||Dr Wani||Royal Court|
|2015||Othello||Emilia||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|2015||Anita and Me||Daljit||Birmingham Rep / Theatre Royal Stratford East|
|2016||A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation||Titania||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|2016||The Island Nation||Arcola|
|2017||Hijabi Monologues||Bush Theatre|
|2019||Richard II||Aumerle||Sam Wanamaker Playhouse|
- Roy, Amit (15 May 2016). "The rise and rise of Ayesha Dharker". The Telegraph (Kolkota). Retrieved 19 July 2019.
- SAWNET: Who's Who: Ayesha Dharker Archived 25 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine
- "Ayesha Dharker's London Wedding". 30 May 2010. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010.
- Indian actress cast Archived 24 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine ITV
- Challenging Religious Communalism With Theatre: Mahesh Dattani’s Final Solutions Pillai, Sohini,(2012). Honors Thesis Collection, Wellesley College. Retrieved 18 July 2019
- The Djinns of Eidgah Royal Court Theatre, royalcourttheatre.com. Retrieved 18 July 2019