Amara Karan

Amara Karan (born 1984) is a British actress who made her film début as the love interest in Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. The film premièred at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Karan's second film role was as schoolgirl Peaches in the 2007 film St Trinian's.[1]

Amara Karan
Karan during the Olympic Torch Relay in London (2008)
Born1984 (age 3435)
Wimbledon, London, England
Years active2007–present

She made her stage début in 2008 as Jessica in an RSC production of The Merchant of Venice and as Bianca in an RSC production of The Taming of the Shrew. With the latter, she made her West End debut at the Novello Theatre. In 2016, she co-starred on the HBO crime drama mini-series, The Night Of.


Karan was born in Wimbledon, London in 1984 to Sri-Lankan Tamil parents who had immigrated to Britain from Zambia two years before she was born. She was brought up in Wimbledon and attended Wimbledon High School.[2]

Karan went on to study at St Catherine's College, Oxford[3] and while there began acting in amateur plays including Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World at the Burton Taylor Theatre for which she received rave reviews[4] and was also singled out for her performance in When We Are Married at the Old Fire Station theatre.[5] During her time at Oxford, Karan wrote, directed, produced, and acted in a short film, By Myself, which came in second place in the 2002 Shoestring Shorts Competition.[6]

She began her career as an investment banker (at Hawkpoint and CIBC World Markets) specialising in mergers and acquisitions,[7] before studying for an MA degree in acting at The Arts Educational Schools London.[8]

She carried the 2008 Olympic Torch during its time in London.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2007The Darjeeling LimitedRita
2007St Trinian'sPeaches
2011The TaskToni
2012All in Good TimeVina
2012A Fantastic Fear of EverythingSangeet
2017The Upside
2018The Death and Life of John F. DonovanMrs. Kureishi


Year Title Role Notes
2007The BillAbha ChaudhariSeason 23, Episode 46 "Match Day Violence"
2008Agatha Christie's PoirotPrincess ShaistaSeason 11, Episode 2 "Cat Among the Pigeons"[11]
2011Doctor WhoRitaSeason 6, Episode 11 "The God Complex"
2011–2012Kidnap and RansomCarrie Heath, Dominic's assistant5 of 6 episodes
2013AmbassadorsIsabel3 of 3 episodes, mini-series
2014Goodness Gracious Mevarious rolesReunion Special
2016 –Stan Lee's Lucky Man[12]DS Suri Chohan20 episodes
2016The Night OfChandra Kapoor6 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2007The Making of a MarchionessLady AgathaFrances Hodgson Burnett for BBC Radio 4
2017The BeardThea CollinsTimothy X Atack for BBC Radio 4


Year Title Role Notes
2008The Taming of the ShrewBiancaRoyal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon and on tour
2008The Merchant of VeniceJessicaRoyal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon and on tour
2009The Taming of the ShrewBiancaRoyal Shakespeare Company, West End, The Novello Theatre
2012Much Ado About NothingHero


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