Ayesha Dharker

Last updated 09 January 2020

Ayesha Dharker
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Ayesha Dharker

Born: Thursday 16th March 1978 (age: 44)


Ayesha Dharker (born in Mumbai, India) is a British-Indian actress. She is known for her performance in the Tamil Indian filmThe Terrorist (1999), for which she was awarded Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress at the Cairo International Film Festival and nominated for a Chlotrudis Award and National Film Award for Best Actress

Sha appeared in the 2008 story Planet of the Ood

She has also appeared in Hollywood films such as Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and The Mistress of Spices, television series such as Arabian Nights, and the West Endand Broadway musical Bombay Dreams.

Ayesha Dharker is the daughter of Imtiaz Dharker, a noted poet, artist and documentary film-maker, and Anil Dharker, a columnist and an ex-editor of Debonair. Her father is from India and her mother, born in Lahore, was brought up in Scotland. 

Dharker made her screen debut in the 1989 Fran├žois Villiers film, Manika: Une vie plus tard. Dharker subsequently went on to star in many American, French and Indian films. She has had many television roles in the UK, particularly in Cutting It and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, in which she co-starred with Meera Syal.

Her most internationally recognised role was when she acted as Queen Jamillia, the Queen ofNaboo, in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). Dharker starred in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams, both in London's West End and on Broadway (2004). She also starred in The Mistress of Spices (2005).

In the international award-winning film The Terrorist (1999), she played the lead character Malli, a role that earned her a nomination for the National Film Award for Best Actress in India and the Cairo Film Festival award for Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress.

She is currently a recurring cast member of the BBC Asian Network radio serial Silver Street, playing the role of "Ambika".

In 2006 she played the role of Asha in the film Outsourced.

In 2008 she played the role of Tara Mandal in the British soap opera Coronation Street.

In 2010 she played doctor's wife Kamini Sharma opposite Sanjeev Bhaskar in the BBC's comedy drama series The Indian Doctor.

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