Amara Karunakaran (born 1984), known professionally as Amara Karan, is an English actress who made her film début as Rita in Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. The film premièred at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Karan's second film role was as schoolgirl Peaches in the 2007 film St Trinian's.
1984 (age 37–38)
Wimbledon, London, England
She made her stage début in 2008 as Jessica in an RSC production of The Merchant of Venice and as Bianca in an RSC production of The Taming of the Shrew. With the latter, she made her West End debut at the Novello Theatre. In 2016, she co-starred on the HBO crime drama mini-series, The Night Of. In 2012 she co-starred in the film A Fantastic Fear of Everything.
Karan was born in Wimbledon, London in 1984 to Sri Lankan Tamil parents who had emigrated from Zambia to Britain two years before she was born. She was brought up in Wimbledon and attended Wimbledon High School.
Karan went on to study at St Catherine's College, Oxford and while there began acting in amateur plays including Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World at the Burton Taylor Theatre for which she received rave reviews and was also singled out for her performance in When We Are Married at the Old Fire Station theatre. During her time at Oxford, Karan wrote, directed, produced, and acted in a short film, By Myself, which came in second place in the 2002 Shoestring Shorts Competition.
She began her career as an investment banker (at Hawkpoint and CIBC World Markets) specialising in mergers and acquisitions, before studying for an MA degree in acting at The Arts Educational Schools London.
|2007||The Darjeeling Limited||Rita|
|2012||All in Good Time||Vina|
|2012||A Fantastic Fear of Everything||Sangeet|
|2017||Those Four Walls||Jasmine|
|2018||The Death and Life of John F. Donovan||Mrs. Kureishi|
|2007||The Bill||Abha Chaudhari||Season 23, Episode 46 "Match Day Violence"|
|2008||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Princess Shaista||Season 11, Episode 2 "Cat Among the Pigeons"|
|2011||Doctor Who||Rita||Season 6, Episode 11 "The God Complex"|
|2011–2012||Kidnap and Ransom||Carrie Heath, Dominic's assistant||5 of 6 episodes|
|2013||Ambassadors||Isabel||3 of 3 episodes, mini-series|
|2014||Goodness Gracious Me||various roles||Reunion Special|
|2016–2018||Stan Lee's Lucky Man||DS Suri Chohan||28 episodes|
|2016||The Night Of||Chandra Kapoor||6 episodes|
|2017||Bancroft||Anya Karim||4 episodes|
|2019||The Twilight Zone||Rena||Episode 1 "The Comedian"|
|2021||Midsomer Murders||Adele Paige||Episode 1 "Scarecrow Murders"|
|2021–present||Hope Street||DC Leila Hussain||Main role|
|2022||Moonhaven||Indira Mare||Main role|
|2007||The Making of a Marchioness||Lady Agatha||Frances Hodgson Burnett for BBC Radio 4|
|2017||The Beard||Thea Collins||Timothy X Atack for BBC Radio 4|
|2008||The Taming of the Shrew||Bianca||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon and on tour|
|2008||The Merchant of Venice||Jessica||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon and on tour|
|2009||The Taming of the Shrew||Bianca||Royal Shakespeare Company, West End, The Novello Theatre|
|2012||Much Ado About Nothing||Hero|
|2022||Bloody Difficult Women||Gina Miller||Riverside Studios, Hammersmith |
|2017||Dark Souls III||Sister Friede|