Amara Karan (born 2nd January 1984; Tamil: அமரா கரன்) is an English 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. Her character was described in The Hollywood Reporter as "the train's attractive Indian stewardess"[1] while Time called her 'lovely'[2] and Variety called her character the "comely train stewardess Rita", stating that "newcomer Karan makes a strong impression as the sexy 'sweet lime' girl".[3]Karan's second film role was as schoolgirl Peaches in the 2007 film St Trinian's.[4]

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.


 [hide*1 Background


Karan was born in WimbledonLondon in 1984 to Sri Lankan Tamil parents who had emigrated to Britain from Zambia two years before she was born. She was born and brought up in Wimbledon and attendedWimbledon High School.[5]

Karan went on to study at St Catherine's CollegeOxford University[6] 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[7] and was also singled out for her performance in When We Are Married at the Old Fire Station theatre.[8] 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.[9]

She began her career as an investment banker (at Hawkpoint and CIBC World Markets) specialising in mergers and acquisitions,[10] before studying for an MA degree in acting[citation needed] at The Arts Educational Schools London.[11]

She carried the 2008 Olympic Torch during its time in London.[12]






  • The Taming of the Shrew (2008) as Bianca
  • The Merchant of Venice (2008) as Jessica
  • The Taming of the Shrew (2009) as Bianca
  • Much Ado About Nothing (2012) as Hero
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