Amara Karan


Amara Karunakaran[1] (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.[2]

Amara Karan
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Karan during the Olympic Torch Relay in London (2008)
Amara Karunakaran

1984 (age 37–38)
Wimbledon, London, England
Years active2007–present

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.[3]

Karan went on to study at St Catherine's College, Oxford[4] 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[5] and was also singled out for her performance in When We Are Married at the Old Fire Station theatre.[6] 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.[7]

She began her career as an investment banker (at Hawkpoint and CIBC World Markets) specialising in mergers and acquisitions,[citation needed] before studying for an MA degree in acting[citation needed] at The Arts Educational Schools London.[8]

She carried the 2008 Olympic Torch during its time in London.[9]

Since 2016 she has been in a relationship with the actor Jamie de Courcey.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Darjeeling Limited Rita
2007 St Trinian's Peaches
2011 The Task Toni
2012 All in Good Time Vina
2012 A Fantastic Fear of Everything Sangeet
2013 Jadoo[11] Shalini
2017 Those Four Walls Jasmine
2018 The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Mrs. Kureishi


Year Title Role Notes
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"[12]
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[13] 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


Year Title Role Notes
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


Year Title Role Notes
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 [14]

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Dark Souls III Sister Friede


  1. ^ "The desi British 'Hottie' in Darjeeling Limited". Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  2. ^ "St. Trinian's (2007)". Archived from the original on 17 November 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  3. ^ "SW – Back to school". Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Natalie Portaman Finish Filming for Wes Anderson's New Movie 'Darjeeling Limited' | Gauravonomics Diary". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007.
  5. ^ "Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World".
  6. ^ "Drama Podcast". 18 May 2011.
  7. ^ oxford : multimedia & digital video
  8. ^ Arts Ed Students
  9. ^ "Amara Karan to carry Olympic torch". Your Local Guardian.
  10. ^ Jimi Famurewa: Amara Karan, The Night Of interview: ‘I’ve not signed for a Season 2, but there’s a huge appetite for more’. Evening Standard, 26 August 2016
  11. ^ "Karan cast in ‘Jadoo’", Variety, 10 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Cat among pigeons – Poirot". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  13. ^ Stan Lee creates superhero for Sky1 series starring James Nesbitt, "The Guardian", 30 March 2015
  14. ^ Longman-Rood, Eleanor (4 March 2022). "Theatre Review: Bloody Difficult Women is a bloody good show". The New European.

External linksEdit

  • Amara Karan at IMDb
  • Amara Karan article
  • JADOO – Amara Karan – Complete Interview