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 (playing Ellaria Sand). In September 2016, she began starring in the ITV/Netflix series Paranoid, as DS Nina Suresh. She also stars in the new Amazon Prime series, Carnival Row.
Varma at the Game of Thrones season 8 World Premiere in 2019
|Born||27 September 1973|
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
Varma was raised in Bath, Somerset, the only child of an Indian father and a Swiss mother who was of part Genoese Italian descent. She was a member of Musical Youth Theatre Company and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, in 1995.
Varma, a method actress, has had a number of television and film roles, including Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love in 1996 and Bride and Prejudice in 2004, and the young Roman wife Niobe during the first season of BBC/HBO's historical drama series Rome. Her character appeared briefly in the second season of the award-winning series when it aired on 14 January 2007.
In 2006, she played Suzie Costello in the first and eighth episodes, "Everything Changes" and "They Keep Killing Suzie", of BBC Three's science-fiction drama series Torchwood. She appeared as Dr Adrienne Holland in the CBS medical drama 3 lbs which premiered on 14 November 2006 and was cancelled on 30 November 2006 due to poor ratings. Varma guest starred in the fourth-season premiere of hit US detective drama Bones as Scotland Yard Inspector Cate Pritchard. She also played the role of Zoe Luther in the first series of the BBC drama Luther.
She lent her voice to the Circle mage Vivienne, in the 2014 role-playing video game Dragon Age: Inquisition. Later on, she also gave her voice to Katherine Proudmoore in Battle for Azeroth, the most recent expansion in the MMO role-playing game World of Warcraft.
In 1997, Varma played Bianca in Shakespeare's Othello at the National Theatre, London. In 2000 to 2001, she appeared in Harold Pinter and Di Trevis's NT stage adaptation of Pinter's The Proust Screenplay, Remembrance of Things Past, based on À la recherche du temps perdu, by Marcel Proust. In the summer of 2001, she played Gila in One for the Road, by Harold Pinter, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
In 2002, she played Sasha Lebedieff in Ivanov by Anton Chekhov at the National Theatre and Bunty Mainwaring in The Vortex by Noël Coward at the Donmar Theatre, London. In 2004, she played Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder at the Young Vic Theatre Theatre, London. In 2008, she played Nadia Baliye in The Vertical Hour by David Hare at the Royal Court Theatre London. In 2009, she played Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with Donmar West End at Wyndham's Theatre, London. In 2012, she played Jessica in Terry Johnson's Hysteria at the Theatre Royal, Bath. In 2013 she played Miss Cutts in The Hothouse by Harold Pinter in the Trafalgar Transformed season at Trafalgar Studios.
In 2014, Varma played Tamora, Queen of the Goths, in Lucy Bailey's "gore-fest" production of Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare's Globe. In 2015, she appeared alongside Ralph Fiennes in George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman at the National Theatre. Her 2019 performance in Present Laughter at The Old Vic theatre earned Varma an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination.
|1996||Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love||Maya|
|2004||Rover's Return||Zeta||Short film|
|2004||Bride and Prejudice||Kiran Balraj|
|2006||Basic Instinct 2||Denise Glass|
|2007||Sex and Death 101||Devon Sever||Uncredited|
|2014||Exodus: Gods and Kings||High Priestess|
|2019||Official Secrets||Shami Chakrabarti|
|2020||The One and Only Ivan||Post-production|
|1996||Crucial Tales||Manreet||Episode: "Phoenix"|
|1999||Psychos||Martine Nichol||Miniseries; 6 episodes|
|2000||Other People's Children||Amy||Unknown episodes|
|2001||In a Land of Plenty||Sonali Ganatra||4 episodes|
|2001||The Whistle-Blower||Diane Crossman||TV film|
|2002–2010||Arena||Various characters||2 episodes|
|2003||The Canterbury Tales||Meena||Episode: "The Sea Captain's Tale"|
|2003||Reversals||Kathy Irwin||TV film|
|2004||Donovan||Cara Mathis||Unknown episodes|
|2005||The Quatermass Experiment||Judith Carroon||TV film|
|2005||Love Soup||Suzanne Daley||Episode: "They Do Not Move"|
|2005||A Waste of Shame||Lucie, the Dark Lady||TV film|
|2005||Broken News||Melanie Bellamy||6 episodes|
|2005||Little Britain||Various characters||3 episodes|
|2005–2007||Rome||Niobe of the Voreni||15 episodes|
|2006||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Melissa Booth||Episode: "In the Blink of an Eye"|
|2006||Torchwood||Suzie Costello||2 episodes|
|2006||3 lbs||Adrianne Holland||6 episodes|
|2007||The Whistleblowers||Alisha Cole||6 episodes|
|2008||Comanche Moon||Therese Wanz||Episode: "1.2"|
|2008||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Bela Khan||Episode: "Assassin"|
|2008||Bones||Inspector Cate Pritchard||Episode: "The Yanks in the U.K.: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2009||Inside the Box||Catherine Powell||TV film|
|2009||Moses Jones||Dolly||3 episodes|
|2010||Hustle||D.C.I. Lucy Britford||2 episodes|
|2010||Luther||Zoe Luther||7 episodes|
|2010–2011||Human Target||Ilsa Pucci||13 episodes|
|2012||Silk||George Duggan||6 episodes|
|2012||Hunted||Natalie Thorpe||5 episodes|
|2012||World Without End||Mattie Wise||2 episodes|
|2013||What Remains||Elaine Markham||4 episodes|
|2014–2017||Game of Thrones||Ellaria Sand||13 episodes|
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2016)
|2016||New Blood||Lisa Douglas||2 episodes|
|2016||Paranoid||Nina Suresh||8 episodes|
|2018||Patrick Melrose||Anne Moore||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|2018||Reported Missing||Narrator||Documentary series; 4 episodes|
|2019–present||Carnival Row||Piety Breakspear||Series regular; 8 episodes|
|2019||This Way Up||Charlotte||Series regular; 5 episodes|
|2020–present||For Life||Safiya Masry||Series regular|
|2014||Dragon Age: Inquisition||Vivienne|
|2017||Mass Effect: Andromeda||Moshea Sjefa, Sloane Kelly|
|2018||World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth||Katherine Proudmoore|
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