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Ayesha Dharker  

Theatre: Sita in The Ramayana (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, RNT); Daksha in Alyque Padamsee’s Final Solutions.

Film: Mama in Anita and Me by Meera Syal, directed by Metin Huseyin; Leela in The Mystic Masseur (Merchant Ivory); Regal Leader in Star Wars II, directed by George Lucas; lead role of Malli in the multi-award winning The Terrorist, directed by Santosh Sivan; Leela in Split Wide Open, directed by Dev Benegal (Tropic Film); lead role of Kuhu in Saaz, directed by Sai Paranjpye (Plus Films); Rickshaw Puller’s daughter in City of Joy, directed by Roland Joffe. Manika in the Cannes award-winning Manika, Une Vie Plus Tard co-starring Julian Sands and Stephane Audran, directed by Francois Villiers; Amrita Sher-Gil in the film India Belongs To Me directed by Pooja Kaul.

Television: Mala in House Across The Street (BBC Knowledge); Meena Chauhan in Doctors (BBC); Evil Genie’s Wife in Arabian Nights (Hallmark Films); Kead in Mysteries of the Dark Jungle; Shivani in A Mouthful of Sky (Doordarshan/Star TV); anchor for Mumbai Mail; lead in Zameen Asman (Doordarshan’s Metro Channel).

Radio: Lata in A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (BBC Radio 4).

Awards: Indian National Film award for Best Actress for The Terrorist.

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