Rhona Mitra

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Rhona Mitra
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Mitra in 2009
Rhona Natasha Mitra

1976 or 1977 (age 45–46)
Paddington, London, England
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
Years active1995–present

Rhona Natasha Mitra (born August 9, 1976) is a British actress, model and singer.

Mitra is known for her roles as Sonja in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009); as Major Rachel Dalton on the second and third seasons of Strike Back (2012–2013); as Rachel Scott in the first two seasons of The Last Ship (2014–2015); Holly Marie Begins on the sixth season of Party of Five (1999–2000); as Kate Hedges in Ali G Indahouse (2002); as Tara Wilson on the final season of The Practice (2003–2004) and the first and second seasons of Boston Legal (2004–2005); as Detective Kit McGraw on the third season of Nip/Tuck (2005); in the lead role of the science fiction/action film Doomsday as Major Eden Sinclair (2008); as an assassin in the Netflix film Game Over, Man! (2018); and as Mercy Graves in the CW series Supergirl (2018).

Early life[edit]

Rhona Mitra was born in 1976 or 1977 in the Paddington area of London, the daughter of Anthony Mitra, a surgeon, and Nora Downey. Her father is of Bengali Indian descent, while her mother is Irish.[1]


Mitra in 2007

Mitra appeared as the live-action model for Lara Croft, the lead character in Eidos Interactive's Tomb Raider video game series before Angelina Jolie took the role for the two Tomb Raider films (2001–2003).[2] Mitra was ranked No. 46 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001.[3] She played the romantic interest of Christopher Lambert in Beowulf. Her first main role came as Scott Wolf's illicit love interest on Party of Five. In 2000, Mitra had a small role in the film Hollow Man as a neighbour who is raped by Kevin Bacon's character. She had a main role in the medical drama Gideon's Crossing, as Alejandra "Ollie" Klein. Mitra then had roles in Ali G Indahouse, Sweet Home Alabama, Stuck on You, and leading roles in Highwaymen and Spartacus. Mitra appeared in the final season of The Practice as Tara Wilson, and continued that role into its spin-off Boston Legal, but left not long into the second season. In 2005, Mitra played the role of Kit McGraw during season 3 of Nip/Tuck. Mitra then went on to appear in Skinwalkers, The Number 23 and Shooter.

In 2008, Mitra starred in the lead role of the science fiction/action film Doomsday as Major Eden Sinclair (sometimes mistakenly named in some databases as being Caryn Peterson), and in 2009 went on to star in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans as Sonja, the daughter of the powerful vampire elder Viktor (played by Bill Nighy). While filming, she grew fond of her vampire fangs, even declining to remove them when they couldn't be seen. "I put those fangs on the first day and I felt they should always have been there; it's strange. So I kept them in through the entire time of shooting, throughout all my dialogue and everything."[4] She also appeared in three episodes of Stargate Universe.

She stars in the 2010 Anders Anderson thriller film Stolen, alongside Josh Lucas, Jon Hamm and James Van Der Beek.[5] She portrayed Claire Radcliff in the 2010 ABC supernatural series The Gates.[6] She played Major Rachel Dalton on Cinemax's series Strike Back: Project Vengeance, replacing Amanda Mealing.[7]

In 2014 and 2015, she played Rachel Scott in the first two seasons of Michael Bay's post-apocalyptic television series, The Last Ship.[8]

In 2017, she played Charlotte in the fourth season of The Strain.

In 2018, Mitra was cast as Mercy Graves in the CW television series Supergirl.[9]

In 2020, Mitra starred in the science fiction film Archive as Simone. She also starred in the science fiction film Skylines as Dr Mal.

In 2022, she joined the film Hounds of War, alongside Frank Grillo, and historical film Prisoners of Paradise. She also stars in the lead role in science-fiction film The Experiment, alongside Famke Janssen and Stefanie Martini, where she plays Captain Ava Stone.

Since 2017, Rhona lives in Uruguay, where she rescue animals on her 400 acres farms.


Rhona Mitra was nominated in 2009 for Scream Awards for Best Actress for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Eddie Izzard: Glorious Groupie Direct to video
A Kid in Aladdin's Palace Sheherazade Direct to video
1998 Croupier Girl with Joint
Monk Dawson Mollie Jolliffe
1999 How to Breed Gibbons Juliet Short film
Beowulf Kyra
2000 Hollow Man Sebastian's Neighbor
Get Carter Geraldine
2002 Ali G Indahouse Kate Hedges
Sweet Home Alabama Tabatha Wadmore-Smith
2003 The Life of David Gale Berlin
Stuck on You Bus Stop Bombshell
2004 Highwaymen Molly Poole
2006 Skinwalkers Rachel Talbot
2007 The Number 23 Laura Tollins
Shooter Alourdes Galindo
2008 Doomsday Eden Sinclair
2009 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Sonja Replacing Jázmin Dammak from the first film
Separation City Katrien Becker
Stolen Barbara Adkins
2010 Reuniting the Rubins Andie Rubin
2014 The Loft Allison Vanowen
2016 Hard Target 2 Sofia Direct to video
2018 Game Over, Man! Erma
The Fight Amanda Chadwick
2020 Archive Simone
Skylines Dr Mal
2022 The Other Me Martha
Prisoners of Paradise Betty Post-production
TBA Hounds of War Caterina Murino Post-production
TBA The Experiment Ava Stone Filming
TBA Red Sonja Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Ghostbusters of East Finchley Cass Episode: "1.5"
1996 The Bill Sarah Wickes Episode: "Outer"
1997 Lust for Glorious La Dame Française TV film
1997 The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous Flora Seymour TV miniseries
1999–2000 Party of Five Holly Marie Beggins Recurring role (12 episodes)
2000 Secret Agent Man Lacey Sullivan Episode: "Supernaked"
2000–2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr Alejandra Ollie Klein Main role (20 episodes)
2003–2004 The Practice Tara Wilson Main role (22 episodes)
2004 Spartacus Varinia TV miniseries
2004 Boston Legal Tara Wilson Main role (20 episodes)
2005 Nip/Tuck Kit McGraw Recurring role (5 episodes)
2010 Stargate Universe Commander Kiva Episodes: "Subversion", "Incursion: Parts 1 & 2"
2010 The Gates Claire Radcliff Main role (13 episodes)
2012 Crisis Point Cameron Grainger TV film
2012–2013 Strike Back Maj. Rachel Dalton Regular role (14 episodes)
2014–2015 The Last Ship Dr Rachel Scott Main role (23 episodes)
2017 The Strain Charlotte 4 episodes
2018 Supergirl Mercy Graves Recurring role (4 episodes)
2023 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Herself[10]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tomb Raider II Lara Croft Promotional live-action model
TBA Squadron 42 Executive Officer Kelly Voice


Studio albums


  • "Getting Naked" (1997)[2]


  1. ^ Mottram, James (3 May 2008). "Rhona Mitra: she's Mad Max in mascara for Brit thriller Doomsday". The Times. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ a b "The Laras: a look back in danger". BBC News. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  3. ^ "2001 Hot 100". Maxim. 1 May 2001. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Mitra Mad About Her Vampire Fangs". ContactMusic. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (3 February 2010). "IFC pays for 'Stolen' rights Thriller to air on video on demand before theaters". Variety. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  6. ^ "ABC to Open the First Seventeen Minutes of The Gates". Dread Central. 17 June 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (6 January 2012). "Rhona Mitra to Join Cinemax Action Drama 'Strike Back' as Female Lead in Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  8. ^ Mitra, Rhona. "The Last Ship Interview with Rhona Mitra". Collider (Interview). Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (27 July 2018). "'Supergirl': Rhona Mitra To Play Mercy Graves On The CW Series, Robert Baker Also Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  10. ^ "Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild - Episode 4: Uruguay - Rhona Mitra". radiotimes.com. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  11. ^ a b "Lara-Model als Popstar?". Der Spiegel (in German). Spiegel-Verlag. 11 November 1999. Retrieved 8 October 2009.

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Preceded by
Nathalie Cook
Lara Croft model
Succeeded by