Did You Know About These 10 Hollywood Actresses Who Are Originally From India?

Ravi Shankar's daughter is also among these actresses.

Did You Know About These 10 Hollywood Actresses Who Are Originally From India?
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Are you aware of any Indian Actress who is now working in Hollywood? 

No, I am not talking about Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone.

I am pretty much sure that most of you must not know any such actress. It is because we have always been reading or listening about those Hollywood actresses that work with Bollywood movies. But it is a fact that there are many Indian female stars who have Indian origin, but are now working overseas and are doing notably well. 

They have marked themselves famous and talented in American T.V. and film industry by their versatility in projecting great roles. They have India running through their bloodstream, though they call other countries as their homelands. 

So, let's learn about these actresses who are killing it in Hollywood.

Archie Panjabi

Archie Panjabi

Archana 'Archie' Panjabi, a British actress who is majorly known for her role as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife. Her other notable roles include Yasmin Husseini in Yasmin, Pinky Bhamra in Bend It Like Beckham and Asra Nomani in A Mighty Heart.

Panjabi was born to Govind and Padma Panjabi, both Sindhi Hindu emigrants from India. It was after partition that her parents settled in India. 

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Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto

You can recognize Pinto from Slumdog Millionaire, her first appearance in a film. Her biggest commercial success came with the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Pinto received major attention for portraying the title character in Michael Winterbottom's Trishna and Desert Dancer.

Born and raised in Mumbai, Freida Selena Pinto decided when she was young that she would become an actress. Though Pinto has broken the stereotypical image of an Indian woman in foreign films, she has been a lesser-known figure in Indian cinema.  

Did you know that the daughter of music sensation Ravi Shankar is also in Hollywood? 

Norah Jones

Norah Jones

American singer, songwriter and actress Norah Jones has won nine Grammy Awards and was 60th on Billboard magazine's artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart. She has won numerous awards and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

You will be shocked to know that Jones was born Geetali Norah Shankar in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, to American concert producer Sue Jones and Indian musician Ravi Shankar.

Noureen DeWulf

Noureen DeWulf

Noureen DeWulf is an American actress who starred as Lacey in Anger Management. According to the sources, she is best known for her roles in films such as West Bank Story, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and The Back-up Plan.

She was born Noureen Ahmed in New York City to Indian Muslim parents from Pune, India. What is amazing is that she is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati.

Keep reading to know about more such actresses.

Nazneen Contractor

Nazneen Contractor

Indian-born Canadian actress, Nazneen Contractor is best known for her role as Layla Hourani on CBC's The Border, and as Kayla Hassan on 24 in 2010.

Contractor was born in Mumbai to Parsi parents. She and her family moved to Nigeria when she was just 7 and finally settled in Toronto.

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Lakshmi's first role was in the Italian pirate movie Il figlio di Sandokan. You must recognize her as the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006. 

This beautiful American author, actress, model, television host and executive producer is actually an Indian-born artist. According to the sources, born as Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidyanathan in Madras (now Chennai), India, her childhood was about shuttling between her grandparents in Chennai and her mother in New York.

Any idea which actress from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is from India?

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

British film and television actress Parminder Kaur Nagra is known for her roles in the film Bend It Like Beckham, NBC medical drama ER, crime drama The Blacklist and ABC/Marvel Television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Ellen Nadeer for its 4th season.

You will be shocked to know that Nagra was born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, to Sukha and Nashuter Nagra, Sikh factory workers who emigrated from the Punjab region of India in the 1960s. 

Rhona Mitra

Rhona Mitra

According to the sources, Mitra began her career as a model at Lara Croft (1997 and 1998). She is known for her roles in Party of Five, The Practice, Boston Legal, Nip/Tuck and in the lead role of the science fiction/action film Doomsday as Major Eden Sinclair. 

What is fascinating that this English actress, model, singer and songwriter's father is of Bengali Indian descent, while her mother is Irish. 

ABCD sensation Sheetal Sheth is also an Indian Amercian. Keep reading to know more about her.

Sheetal Sheth

Sheetal Sheth

American actress and producer Sheetal Sheth is known for her films ABCD and American Chai. According to the sources, she was the first Indian American to appear in Maxim. 

Born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Sheetal Sheth is a first-generation Indian American. Her parents came to the United States from Gujarat, India in 1972.

Zuleikha Robinson 

Zuleikha Robinson 

British actress and singer Zuleikha Robinson has appeared in films Hidalgo, The Merchant of Venice and The Namesake. According to Wikipedia, Robinson was also a regular cast member on the ABC series Lost, Showtime's political thriller Homeland and the Fox drama The Following.

Robinson was born in London and brought up in Thailand and Malaysia by a Burmese-Indian-Malay mother and an English father.

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