Sarita Catherine Louise Choudhury
18 August 1966
Blackheath, London, England
Sarita Catherine Louise Choudhury (born 18 August 1966) is an English actress, known for her role as Mina in the Mira Nair-directed feature film Mississippi Masala (1991). Since the late 1990s and continuing to the present day, Choudhury has added to her extensive repertoire playing numerous supporting roles in American and international films and television shows, beginning with the thriller A Perfect Murder (1998), 3 A.M. (2001), and the John Cassavetes remake Gloria (1999). In 2002, she starred in Just a Kiss. She played a lesbian virgin in Spike Lee's She Hate Me (2004) and acted as Anna Ran in Lady in the Water, a 2006 thriller by M. Night Shyamalan. She also played Egeria in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) and co-starred with Tom Hanks in the 2016 film A Hologram for the King. In 2021, Choudhury joined the cast of HBO Max's Sex and the City revival television series And Just Like That..., playing the part of Manhattan powerhouse real estate broker Seema Patel.
Choudhury was born in Blackheath, London, England, and is of half Indian and half English descent. Her parents, Julia Patricia (née Spring) of English descent, and Prabhas Chandra Choudhury, a scientist of Indian descent, married in 1964 in Lucea, Jamaica. She studied economics and film at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She has one younger brother, Kumar Michael Choudhury, and one older brother, Chandra Paul Choudhury.
Choudhury starred opposite Denzel Washington in the 1991 film Mississippi Masala, for which she received her Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card. She was still working as a waitress in Manhattan's East Village to make ends meet while the film was in theatres. After her debut film Mississippi Masala became an art house hit, Choudhury acted as a Pakistani country-western singer in Wild West (1992), a Chilean maid who is raped in Bille August's adaptation of The House of the Spirits, and a lesbian mother in Fresh Kill.
Choudhury appeared on Homicide: Life on the Street for five episodes during the 1998–99 season as Dr. Kalyani, a medical examiner. Choudhury played the role of the King's mistress, Helen Pardis, in the NBC drama Kings. The series was based upon the Biblical story of King David but set in modern times. Her character's Biblical counterpart was Rizpah, a concubine of King Saul.
She worked with independent film director Sona Jain in For Real. In an interview with The Statesman she said, "After Mississippi Masala and Kama Sutra I started getting offers in New York... doing theatres... I just went with the flow. One fine day, I thought that I haven't been back to India, haven't shot there and that's something I wanted to. There were Bollywood offers but it was not until Sona's script that made me look at India." The film had a commercial release in September 2010.
She appears as character Saul Berenson's wife, Mira in the TV series Homeland. In 2011, she appeared in the joint British/French TV series Death in Paradise. Choudhury also had a brief cameo the 2013 comedy Admission. She appeared in the films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015), as President Snow's assistant, Egeria. In 2015-2016, she appeared as the Deputy White House Political Director Sophia Varma in the American crime drama Blindspot.
|1993||The House of the Spirits||Pancha Garcia|
|1994||Fresh Kill||Shareen Lightfoot|
|1995||The Perez Family||Josette|
|1996||Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love||Tara, the Queen|
|1997||Dinner Party||Rosie||Short film|
|Story of the Red Rose||Infanta||Short film|
|A Perfect Murder||Raquel Martinez|
|2002||Just a Kiss||Colleen|
|2003||Rhythm of the Saints||Mariela|
|It Runs in the Family||Suzie|
|She Hate Me||Song|
|The Breakup Artist||Mona|
|2005||The War Within||Farida S. Choudhury|
|L'est de la brúixola||Dabashree|
|2006||Lady in the Water||Anna Ran|
|Lady in a Box||Ms. Pullman||Short film|
|2008||Woman in Burka||Sarita||Short film|
|The Accidental Husband||Sunny|
|Coup de Grâce||Short film|
|Midnight's Children||Prime Minister|
|BMW: Bombay's Most Wanted|
|Monarchs and Men||Nadzia||Short film|
|Innocence||Dr. Vera Kent|
|Give Into the Night||Veena||Short film|
|Learning To Drive||Jasleen|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Egeria|
|2015||Love Comes Later||Short film|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Egeria|
|2016||A Hologram for the King||Zahra|
|Wake O Wake||Lila||Short film|
|2017||The Last Photograph||Hannah|
|2019||Human Terrain||Adelah Nasser||Short film|
|2020||Evil Eye||Usha Kharti|
|It Snows in Benidorm||Alex|
|The Green Knight||Morgan le Fey|
|1995||Down Came a Blackbird||Myrna||Television film|
|1997||Subway Stories||Humera||Television film; segment: "Honey-Getter"|
|1998–1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Dr. Kalyani||Recurring|
|2000–2001||Deadline||Sahira Ondaatje||3 episodes|
|2001–2002||100 Centre Street||Julia Brooks||Recurring|
|2004||Law & Order||Nadira Harrington||Episode: "Paradigm"|
|2004||PBS Hollywood Presents||Charmaine||Episode: "Cop Shop"|
|2007||Damages||Sleep Therapist||Episode: "She Spat at Me"|
|2009||The Philanthropist||Rhada Shivpuri||Episode: "Kashmir"|
|2009||Possible Side Effects||Callie||Television film|
|2010||Mercy||Dr. Carrozzi||Episode: "Wake Up, Bill"|
|2010||The Good Wife||Simran Verma||Episode: "Mock"|
|2010||Bored to Death||Lakshmi||Episode: "Forty-Two Down!"|
|2011||Bar Karma||Sarita||Episode: "Man Walks Out of a Bar"|
|2011||Death in Paradise||Avita||Episode: "Music of Murder"|
|2011–2017||Homeland||Mira Berenson||Main role (season 3); recurring (seasons 1, 4); guest (seasons 2, 6)|
|2016||Elementary||Gira Pal||Episode: "A Study in Charlotte"|
|2016–2017||Madam Secretary||Prime Minister Jaya Verma||2 episodes|
|2018||The Path||Lilith||Main role (season 3)|
|2018||Instinct||Mayor Myers||2 episodes|
|2019||Jessica Jones||Kith Lyonne||Main role (season 3)|
|2019||Modern Love||Therapist||Episode: "Rallying to Keep the Game Alive"|
|2020||Mira, Royal Detective||Great-Aunt Rupa (voice)|
|2020||Little Fires Everywhere||Anita Rees||3 episodes|
|2021||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Vanessa Blake||Episode: "In the Year We All Fell Down"|
|2021–present||And Just Like That...||Seema Patel||Main role|
- "Sarita Choudhury to shift her base to India". Gulf News. IANS. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
- "I only do nudity when I trust the director". Rediff.
- "Sarita Choudhury: 'My career has never been up and up'". Mintlounge. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
- Willmore, Alison (19 November 2013). "Sarita Choudhury on Getting Involved in the Spy Side of 'Homeland'". IndieWire.
- "Sarita Choudhury Talks Working with Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King: It Made My Parents 'Proud'". People.
- "Sarita Choudhury: I feel like if I don't go to India once a year, I lose my sense of roots - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
- "Sarita Choudhury joins Sex and the City revival drama series, will play Manhattan real estate broker". Hindustan Times. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
- "From Queen's to Homeland". Queen's University. 2013. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- "Sarita Choudhury". IMDb.
- "How Did You Get Your SAG-AFTRA Card?" TV Guide. 13 January 2014. p. 10.
- "People want escapism by Mathures Paul". The Statesman. 16 September 2010. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010.
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