Indira Varma

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Indira Varma
Born(1973-05-14) 14 May 1973 (age 41)
Bath, Somerset, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Colin Tierney
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Indira Varma
Born(1973-05-14) 14 May 1973 (age 41)
Bath, Somerset, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Colin Tierney

Indira Varma (born 14 May 1973) is an English actress. Her 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[1][2] and Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Varma was born in Bath, Somerset, the only child of a Hindu Indian father and a Swiss mother who was of part Genoese Italian descent.[3] She was a member of Musical Youth Theatre Company. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London in 1995.


Varma has had a number of television and film roles, including Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love in 1997 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 Sunday, 14 January 2007.[4]

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.[5] She appeared as Dr. Adrienne Holland in the CBS medical drama 3 lbs[6] which premiered on 14 November 2006[7] and was cancelled on 30 November 2006 due to poor ratings.[8] Varma guest starred in the fourth season premier 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.

Varma played the role of Ilsa Pucci in the second season of the Fox television series Human Target until the show was cancelled on 10 May 2011.[9]

Varma played the role of Ellaria Sand, the paramour of Oberyn Martell in season 4 of the HBO show Game of Thrones,[10] and is set to reprise the role in season 5.[11]

She lent her voice to the Circle mage, Vivienne, in the critically acclaimed 2014 RPG, Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Personal life[edit]

Varma lives in Hornsey, London with her husband, Colin Tierney, and their daughter Evelyn.[12][13]


1996Kama Sutra: A Tale of LoveMaya
1997Clancy's KitchenKitty
1997Sixth HappinessAmy
1998JinnahRuttie Jinnah
2002Mad DogsNarendra
2004Rover's ReturnZetaShort film
2004Bride and PrejudiceKiran
2006Basic Instinct 2Denise Glass
2007Sex and Death 101Devon SeverUncredited
2014Exodus: Gods and KingsHigh Priestess
1996Crucial TalesManreetEpisode: "Phoenix"
1999PsychosDr. Martine NicholTV miniseries
2000Zehn wahnsinnige TageRaTV movie
2000Other People's ChildrenAmyTV series
2000Sci-FrightHost – NinaTV series
2000–2001AttachmentsSasha4 episodes
2001In a Land of PlentySonali Ganatra4 episodes
2001Whistle-Blower, TheThe Whistle-BlowerDiane CrossmanTV movie
2002ArenaGilaEpisode: "One for the Road"
2003RockfaceAlisonEpisode: "2.5"
2003Canterbury Tales, TheThe Canterbury TalesMeenaEpisode: "The Sea Captain's Tale"
2003ReversalsKathy IrwinTV movie
2004DonovanCara MathisTV series
2005Quatermass Experiment, TheThe Quatermass ExperimentJudith CarroonTV movie
2005Love SoupSuzanne DaleyEpisode: "They Do Not Move"
2005Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets, AA Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His SonnetsLucieTV movie
2005Broken NewsMelanie Bellamy6 episodes
2005Little BritainBabysitting Mother
Health Spa Receptionist
3 episodes
2005–2007RomeNiobe15 episodes
2006Inspector Lynley Mysteries, TheThe Inspector Lynley MysteriesMelissa BoothEpisode: "In the Blink of an Eye"
2006TorchwoodSuzie CostelloEpisode: "Everything Changes"
Episode: "They Keep Killing Suzie"
20063 lbsDr. Adrianne Holland6 episodes
2007Whistleblowers, TheThe WhistleblowersAlisha Cole6 episodes
2008Comanche MoonTherese WanzEpisode: "1.2"
2008Law & Order: Criminal IntentBela KhanEpisode: "Assassin"
2008BonesInspector Cate PritchardEpisode: "The Yanks in the U.K.: Parts 1 & 2"
2009Inside the BoxCatherine PowellTV movie
2009Moses JonesDolly3 episodes
2010ArenaVariousEpisode: "Harold Pinter: A Celebration"
2010HustleD.C.I. Lucy BritfordEpisode: "And This Little Piggy Had Money"
Episode: "The Hush Heist"
2010LutherZoe Luther6 episodes
2010–2011Human TargetIlsa Pucci13 episodes
2012SilkGeorge Duggan6 episodes
2012HuntedNatalie ThorpeEpisode: "1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4"
2012World Without EndMattie WiseEpisode: "Knight"
Episode: "King"
2013What RemainsElaine MarkhamTV series
2014–presentGame of ThronesEllaria Sand4 episodes
Video games
2014Dragon Age: InquisitionVivienne


In 1997, Varma played Bianca in Shakespeare's Othello at the National Theatre (NT), 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, London 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.[14]

In 2014, Varma played Tamora, Queen of the Goths, in Lucy Bailey's "gore-fest" production of Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare's Globe. [15]


  1. ^ David Hinckley (17 November 2010). "'Human Target' wisely adds actresses Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery into formerly boys' club cast". New York Daily News. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Michael Logan (15 October 2010). "Double Exposure for Indira Varma". TV Guide. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Culture, Arts and Entertainment". Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Vorenus Hearts Varma", Nirali Magazine Blog
  5. ^ Hickman, Clayton; Tom Spilsbury (13 September 2006). "Torchwood Update...". Doctor Who Magazine (Panini Comics) (373): 4. 
  6. ^ "Citytv – 3 LBS". Retrieved 8 November 2006. 
  7. ^ "CHUM Limited – Press Release – CHUM Television". CHUM Limited. Retrieved 8 November 2006. 
  8. ^ Mahan, Colin (30 November 2006). "CBS sheds 3 Lbs.". Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (23 July 2010). "Scoop: 'Human Target' takes aim at 'Rome' beauty Indira Varma". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "'Game of Thrones' casts 'Rome' actress for season 4 – EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Game of Thrones Season 5 Update: Dorne comes to Belfast and Portstewart filming rolls on". Watchers On The Wall. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Indira Varma Interview HUMAN TARGET", 25 October 2010[dead link]
  13. ^ "Interview with What's on Stage". 28 January 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Michael Billington. "The Hothouse – review". the Guardian. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Charles Spencer (2 May 2014). "Titus Andronicus, review: 'a dramatic power that makes the stomach churn and the hands sweat'". Retrieved 7 January 2015. 

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