Who is Sarita Choudhury?

British actress Sarita Catherine Louise Choudhury was born in Blackheath, London, England, on 18 August 1966, meaning that her zodiac sign is Leo. She’s had roles in nearly 100 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for her playing of Anna Ran in the 2006 mystery fantasy movie “Lady in the Water”, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and which starred Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeffrey Wright. It follows Cleveland Heep who’s rescued a bedtime story character from drowning in a pool, and is now helping her return to her world; the movie won 10 of its 21 award nominations.

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Education and early life

Sarita and her brothers Chandra Paul Choudhury and Kumar Michael Choudhury, were raised in Blackheath by their British mother Julia Patricia (nee Spring), and Indian scientist father Prabhas Chandra Choudhury; Prabhas and Julia exchanged vows in Lucea, Jamaica in 1964.

Sarita became interested in acting while attending a local high school in Blackheath, and she and her older brother Chandra were both members of the school’s drama club and appeared in many plays performed there.

Sarita matriculated in 1985, and then moved to Kingston, Ontario, Canada where she enrolled at Queen’s University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1989.

Roles in movies

Sarita made her debut film appearance in 1991, when cast to play Mina in the romantic drama “Mississippi Masala”, and some of her following roles were in the 1993 comedy “Wild West”, the 1993 romantic drama “The House of the Spirits” and the 1994 science fiction drama “Fresh Kill”.

She gained recognition in 1996, when cast to play Queen Tara, one of the main characters in the historical crime drama “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love”, which Mira Nair directed, and which also starred Naveen Andrews and Indira Varma. It follows two girls who were once best friends, and are now sexual rivals; the film won one of its two award nominations. Some of Sarita’s notable performances in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1997 drama “SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground”, the 1998 crime thriller drama “A Perfect Murder”, and the 1999 thriller drama “Gloria”.

In 2004, she was cast to play Song in the 2004 comedy drama “She Hate Me”, written and directed by Spike Lee, and which starred Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington and Ellen Barkin. It follows a biotech executive who’s just been fired, and has now turned to making money by impregnating wealthy lesbians; the film won one of its eight award nominations.

The year 2005 saw Sarita appear in the drama “The War Within”, while some of her following roles were in the short comedy “Woman in Burka” and the romantic comedy “The Accidental Husband” both in 2008, and the 2009 drama “Entre Nos”.

She portrayed Prime Minister in the 2012 drama “Midnight’s Children”, written and directed by Deepa Mehta, and which starred Rajat Kapoor, Vansh Bhardwaj and Anupam Kher. It follows a group of children growing up in independent India, and the film won four of its 12 award nominations.

What also marked the decade for Sarita was playing Egeria in the 2014 action adventure science fiction “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Pt 1”, which Francis Lawrence directed, and starred Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. It follows Katniss Everdeen as she’s fighting to save Peeta and her nation, and the movie won 21 of its 53 award nominations; Sarita reprised her role in the 2015 sequel “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Pt 2”.

Some of her most recent film roles have been in the 2021 science fiction drama “After Yang”, the 2021 adventure fantasy drama “The Green Knight” and the 2022 drama “Possible Side Effects”.

Roles in TV series

Sarita’s debut TV series role was her playing of Dr. Kalyani in five episodes (1998-1999) of the popular mystery crime drama “Homicide: Life on the Street”, which Paul Attanasio created, and which starred Yaphet Kotto, Clark Johnson and Richard Belzer. It follows the work of Baltimore Police Department’s Homicide Unit, the series aired from 1993 to 1999, and won 29 of its 111 award nominations.

In 2000 and 2001, Sarita portrayed Sahira Ondaatje in four episodes of the drama “Deadline”, and the following year saw her play Julia Brooks in eight episodes of the crime drama “100 Centre Street”; she could then have been seen appearing in an episode or two of the mystery crime drama “Law & Order”, the drama “PBS Hollywood Presents”, and the mystery crime drama “Damages”.

In 2009, Sarita played Helen Pardis in the science fiction drama “Kings”, created by Michael Green, and which starred Christopher Egan, Ian McShane and Susanna Thompson. Based on the story of King David, the series follows a hero who’s become the king of his nation, and was nominated for a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program.

Between 2011 and 2017, Sarita played Mira Berenson in the critically acclaimed mystery crime drama “Homeland”, which Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa created, and which starred Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and Claire Danes. It follows the life of a bipolar CIA operative, and the series won 89 of its 271 award nominations.

Sarita’s three most recent TV series roles have been in four episodes of the 2021 animated family adventure “Mira, Royal Detective” (voice role), eight episodes of the 2022 romantic comedy drama “And Just Like That…”, and three episodes of the 2022 romantic comedy drama “Ramy”.

Other credits

Sarita’s received five special thanks, including for the 1998 romantic movie “High Art”, the 2002 short romantic film “Passengers” and the 2015 romantic movie “The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”.

Some of the talk-shows in which she’s made a guest appearance are “Made in Hollywood”, “The Drew Barrymore Show” and “Today”.

Awards and nominations

Sarita won a 2022 Gold List Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in “The Green Knight”.

She was also nominated for a 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for “Homeland” (shared with colleagues) and a 2021 Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress, Short for “Here Comes Frieda”.

Love life and husband

Sarita’s highly secretive when it comes to talking about her love life, and although she’s revealed that she’s married to a war photographer of undisclosed nationality, she hasn’t shared any details concerning when they exchanged vows, or how they met.

It’s widely believed that they were introduced by a mutual friend at a party back in 2005, and that they exchanged vows in 2009; they have a daughter Maria together, but Sarita’s trying to keep her away from the media’s attention, although has still featured her in a couple of her Instagram pictures.

She hasn’t mentioned other men whom she’s perhaps dated; Sarita’s married as of November 2022, and has a daughter Maria with her husband.

Interesting facts and hobbies

In 1995, Sarita spent some time in Bangalore, India where she was taught Indian Dance by guru Protima Gauri, as it was required for her role in the movie “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love”.

Sarita’s more or less active on Instagram, as she’s posted 28 pictures and videos onto the social media network, and there are today nearly 40,000 people following her.

She enjoys working out at the gym, and has six training sessions every week.

Sarita enjoys wearing Indian traditional clothes, and many of her Instagram pictures feature her wearing these.

She’s passionate about travelling, and has visited more than 50 countries all around the world; Sarita’s favorite city is Jaipur, India.

Some of her favorite actresses are Anne Hathaway, Renee Zellweger and Olivia Colman, and some of her favorite films include “Armageddon Time”, “Song One” and “Rachel Getting Married”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Sarita’s age is 56. She has black eyes and long black hair, weighs around 125lbs (57kgs) and is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall.

Sarita’s net worth’s been estimated at over $7 million, as of November 2022.

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