Amrita Acharia

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Amrita Acharya
अमृता आचार्य
Amrita Acharia at Triforce SFF Awards 2014.jpg
Amrita Acharia at the Triforce SFF Awards in 2014
Born (1987-07-31) 31 July 1987 (age 34)
Kathmandu, Nepal
NationalityNorwegian
Other namesAmrita Acharya Dunne
OccupationActress
Notable work
Game of Thrones
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)[1]

Amrita Acharia (Nepali: अमृता आचार्य, also spelled Acharya) is a Norwegian actress of NepaleseUkrainian origins.[2] She is best known for her roles as Irri in the HBO series Game of Thrones and as Dr. Ruby Walker in the ITV series The Good Karma Hospital.

Early life[edit]

Acharia was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her father is a Nepalese gynaecologist who met her mother, a Ukrainian architect, while he was attending medical school in Kyiv. Acharia grew up in Kathmandu, Ukraine, England and Norway. She spent her first seven years in Nepal, before her father's job took him and his family to England and then, when she was 13, to Norway.[3]

At the age of 19, having finished high school in Norway, Acharia moved to England seeking a career in acting.[4][5] She trained at ALRA.[1]

Career[edit]

Acharia played the role of Irri, a Dothraki servant of Daenerys Targaryen in the first two seasons of Game of Thrones. Her character died during the second season.[6] In a scene cut from the broadcast programmes, Irri was strangled by her fellow handmaiden Doreah (played by Roxanne McKee). Acharia suffered from bruising on her neck the following day after encouraging McKee to "go for it" during the scene.[3]

In 2011, Acharia starred in the one-off BBC Christmas show, Lapland.[7] She also made an appearance as a school girl in the biographical film The Devil's Double.

Acharia played the lead in the Norwegian feature film "I Am Yours", a role which landed her a nomination for Best Actress at the Norwegian Amanda Awards. The film was chosen as Norway's foreign-language Academy Awards submission.[8]

In 2016 Acharia appeared in the role as State Prosecutor in the Norwegian TV-series Frikjent. (Acquitted)

From 2017 to present she has starred as Dr Ruby Walker in the ITV series The Good Karma Hospital. Acharia plays an NHS junior doctor who, faced with frustration at work and issues in her personal life, responds to an advert to work at a public hospital in the southern Indian state of Kerala (although the show was actually filmed in Sri Lanka rather than India).[3] She was longlisted for the 2019 National Television Awards in the Best Drama Performance category for the role.[9]

She is the lead in the British psychological thriller Welcome to Curiosity which is supposedly the world's first film to be entirely crowdfunded. The producers raised £200,000 through crowdfunding. It relates four interconnected stories based around a serial killer's escape from prison.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Acharia completed the London Marathon in 2016, with a time of 03:46:07.[11]

She is an ambassador for the charity ChoraChori, which works to rescue displaced and trafficked Nepalese children from India.[12] She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English, and Norwegian.[6][13] She does not speak Nepali, but stated she is planning to learn it.[14][3]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Denotes projects that have not yet been released Denotes projects that have not yet been released

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 In Company of Wolves[15] Rita Short film
Collectables Woman Short film
2011 The Devil's Double[16] School Girl
Lapland Bride TV film
2013 I Am Yours[17] Mina Original title: Jeg er din
2014 Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead[18] Reidun Original title: Død snø 2
Camouflage[19] Amira
2015 Amar Akbar & Tony[20] Richa
Of Her I Dream[21] Sharza Short film
Queen's Mile[22] Ania Short film
2016 Kiss the Devil in the Dark[23] Lilly Short film
2018 White Chamber[24] Ruth
Genesis[25] Alexa Brooks
Welcome to Curiosity[26] Zoe
Sibi and Dan[27] Kate TV film
2019 Missing Link[28] Ama Lhamu Voice role

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Casualty Neela Sarin Episode: "A Lesser Good"[29]
2011 Doctors Saskia Tremlett Episode: "Candidate"[30]
2011-2012 Game of Thrones Irri Recurring role, 13 episodes[31]
2015 Pen & Paper & Laser Guns Abby Episode: "Series 1, Episode 2"
2016 Frikjent Amina Sahir Series regular, 8 episodes[32]
2017 Red Dwarf Waitress Greta Episode: "Timewave"[33]
2017-present The Good Karma Hospital Dr. Ruby Walker Series regular, 18 episodes[34]
2020 The Sister Holly Fox Miniseries, 4 episodes[35]
TBC The Serpent Queen Projects that have not yet been released Aabis Filming[36]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Venue Ref
2010 Elevator She New Diorama Theatre, London [37]
2014 At The End of Everything Else Icka Unicorn Theatre, London [38]
2015 The Chronicles of Kalki Kalki Gate Theatre, London [39]
24 Hour Plays - Heroines Yvette Royal National Theatre, London [40]
2020 The Special Relationship Anne Whyman Soho Theatre, London [41]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (with Game of Thrones cast) Game of Thrones Nominated
2014 Amanda Award Best Actress I Am Yours Nominated
2016 Utah Film Award Best Supporting Actress: Short/Series Kiss the Devil in the Dark Nominated
Northern Light Talent Northern Light Talent Won
2018 Maverick Movie Award Best Supporting Actress: Short Kiss the Devil in the Dark Nominated
Best Ensemble Performance: Short (with Dameon Clarke, Doug Jones, Gary Reimer, Rick Macy, Johnny Call, Amy Lia, Brian Higgins, Sonia Macari, Jake Stormoen, Jillian Joy, Beth Mayoh & James C. Morris) Kiss the Devil in the Dark Nominated
2019 The International Horror Hotel Film Award Best Creature(s) (with Doug Jones, Chris Hanson, Jonathan Martin, Rebecca Martin, Amy Lia & Jillian Joy) Kiss the Devil in the Dark Nominated
Best Supporting Actress, Short Film Kiss the Devil in the Dark Nominated
2020 CinEuphoria Award Merit - Honorary Award (with Game of Thrones cast and crew) Game of Thrones Won

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Tommy H. Brakstad (24 January 2012). "Her er Norges ukjente filmstjerne" [Here is Norway's unknown film star]. Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 24 December 2017.
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  7. ^ "Lapland – Christmas Special". The British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (24 September 2013). "I Am Yours gets Norway Oscar nod". Screen International – via ProQuest Music & Performing Arts Collection.
  9. ^ Moran, Michael (16 October 2018). "National Television Awards 2019 nominations revealed in full - as Susanna Reid brands the whole thing sexist". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
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  12. ^ "Nepal Children's Charity". Encyclopedia of Things. Open Publishing. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
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  22. ^ "Queen's Mile". RadioTimes.com. Radio Times. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
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  24. ^ "White Chamber". British Council. British Films Directory. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
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  27. ^ "Sibi and Dan". RadioTimes.com. Radio Times. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  28. ^ Kay, Jeremy (28 June 2018). "Annapurna sets 2019 release for Laika's 'Missing Link'". Screen International – via ProQuest Music & Performing Arts Collection.
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  30. ^ "Candidate Doctors Series 12 Episode 169 of 230". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
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  33. ^ "Timewave Series XII, Episode 1". RedDwarf.com. Red Dwarf. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
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  40. ^ "Women Centre Stage: Heroines". Time Out. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  41. ^ Logan, Brian (13 March 2020). "The Special Relationship review – compelling tales in Trump cabaret". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2021.

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