Lolita Chakrabarti

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Lolita Chakrabarti (born 1 June 1969) is an English actress and writer based in London, United Kingdom.



As an actress, Chakrabarti has worked extensively on stage and screen. Her theatre credits include The Great Game: Afghanistan for the Tricycle Theatre (2009), Last Seen for the Almeida (2009) (which she also contributed to the writing of), Free Outgoing for the Royal Court (2008) and John Gabriel Borkman for the Donmar Warehouse (2007).

Her screen credits include Intruders, One Night, Vera, Outnumbered, Hustle, Extras Christmas Special, Holby City, Silent Witness, Amnesia, William and Mary, Fortysomething, Bodies, Forgiven and WPC Jamila Blake in the long running ITV drama The Bill.


Chakrabarti's writing credits include The Goddess for Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4, Faith, Hope and Blue Charity, also on BBC Radio 4 and Last Seen for Slung Low and the Almeida. Her play Red Velvet, about Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor at the centre of controversy in 1833 when he takes over from the renowned Edmund Kean in Othello at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, premiered in 2012 at the Tricycle Theatre, London.[1] The play won Chakrabarti the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the 2012 Evening Standard Awards. That same year she was nominated for Best New Play and London Newcomer of the Year at the Whatsonstage Awards. She won the award for Most Promising Playwright at the Critics Circle Awards in January 2013 and was awarded the AWA Award for Arts and Culture that same year. Red Velvet was also nominated for an Olivier Award in 2013.


Chakrabarti runs Lesata Productions with Rosa Maggiora. They produced Of Mary, a short film, in 2011 which won the Best Short Film Award at PAFF, Los Angeles 2012. Chakrabarti and Maggiora were nominated for the Best Producer Award at the Underwire Festival, London 2011.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to British actor Adrian Lester. They have two children, both born in Southwark, London.


  1. ^ "Full casting announced for Chakrabarti's Red Velvet at Tricycle",, September 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  2. ^ "Of Mary (2011) - Full cast and crew", IMDb. Retrieved 2012-11-17.

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