Actors of South Indian origin who made it big in Hollywood and Television. Let us see a few big names who graced the screen in Hollywood.
We know there are quite a few actors from Indian origin in Hollywood and Television. Few famous names are Dev Patel, Frieda Pinto, Kunal Nayyar, Kal Penn, etc. But there are also few actors from south Indian origin who made a mark in the western world of cinema and television.
Here are few south Indian origin actors:
Naveen Andrews: Naveen William Sidney Andrews is a British- American actor. Naveen was born to Nirmala, a psychologist from London and Stanley Andrews a businessman. Both are Malayali immigrants from Kerala. Naveen starred in several awards winning shows. He played Sayid in the popular TV series Lost. He was also voted as World’s Most Beautiful People by People’s Magazine. You can see Naveen Kama sutra-A Tale of love, Mighty Joe Young and Bride and Prejudice along with several other famous shows. Naveen was also nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in Drama series Lost.
Poorna Jaganathan: Poorna is an Indian-American actress and producer. She is born to a Tamil couple born in Tunisia. She is best known for her Gloden Globe-nominated show, The Night of. She also produced a play Nirbhaya which dealt with sexual violence. She is mostly associated with HBO and recently was seen in Netflix original series Gypsy. She was also named among the top 50 most powerful women in India in 2014.
Sendhil Amithab Ramamurthy: Sendhil is best known for his roles as Mohinder Suresh in sci-fi drama Heroes and Jai Wilcox in Covert Affairs. Ramanurthy’s role in Heroes was biggest till date. Although the character was written for a 55-year-old, his audition convinced the writers to rewrite the part for him. He appeared in all the seasons. Ramamurthy was born to a Tamil mother and a Kannada father who emigrated from India.
Mindy Kaling: Vera Mindy Chokalingam, known as Mindy Kaling, is an American comedian, actress, and writer. She played Kelly Kapoor in the sitcom The office. She also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for outstanding writing in a comedy series, The Mindy Project. Mindy was born to a Tamil and Bengali couple. The family immigrated to the US in 1979, the same year Mindy was born. Mindy gained wider attention for her creativity and writing. Her career also includes voice work in Despicable me. In addition to her work on television, her written work titled Is Everyone Hanging Out Without me? And Why not me? Gained popularity.
Pooja Kumar: Pooja is an Indo-American actress. After winning the title of Miss India USA, she started her global career as an American actress, producer, and model. She appeared in Hollywood films such as Man on a Ledge, Brawl in the cell block. She made her Telugu debut with Rajashekar in movie PSV Garuda Vega. Also acted in few Tamil movies such usUttama villain and vishwaroopam 2 opposite Kamal Hassan.
Dileep Rao: Dileep is an American actor who has appeared in big films such as Avatar and Inception. He was also nominated for several awards for his film Inception. He was born in LA, California to a South Indian couple. He also appeared in several Tv shows such as Standoff, Touch, Mr Robot to name a few.
Indira Verma: Indira Anne Varma is a British actress who debuted with major role in Kama Sutra: A Tale of love. She has also acted in the famous Game of Thrones series. Indira is the only child of an Indian father and a Swiss mother. She has many roles to her kitty but the recent ones are Ellaria Sand in GOT series and as Lead role of DC Nina Suresh in television drama Paranoid.
Let us not forget Aishwarya Rai Bachhan and Deepika Padukone who made their presence felt in some of the big films in Hollywood.