Indira Varma

Last updated on the 5 July 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 14 May 1973, Bath, Somerset, England.

Indira Varma attended Beechen Cliff School in Bath before pursuing her passion for acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. 

Indira Varma as Niobe in Rome
Indira Varma as Niobe in Rome

One of her most notable roles came as Niobe of the Voreni tribe in HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Rome” (2005-2007). Varma portrayed this complex character with depth and charisma, earning praise for her portrayal of a woman facing political intrigue amidst ancient Rome.

Another significant role came when she joined the cast of HBO’s hit fantasy drama series “Game of Thrones” (2014-2017). Playing Ellaria Sand, a powerful Dornish noblewoman seeking vengeance against House Lannister.

In addition to these television successes, Indira Varma has also made notable appearances on stage. She starred as Kate Keller alongside Mark Strong in Arthur Miller’s play “A View from the Bridge,” which won critical acclaim during its run at The Young Vic Theatre in London.


Suggested viewing


Paranoid (2016)

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Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.6

“Paranoid” is a crime drama that follows a group of detectives who investigate the murder of a local doctor and soon uncover a complex conspiracy involving pharmaceutical companies, secret identities and international connections. As they delve deeper into the case, their own lives become entangled in danger and paranoia.

Top cast: Indira Varma, Robert Glenister, Dino Fetscher, Christiane Paul, Neil Stuke, Lesley Sharp, Kevin Doyle, Polly Walker.


What Remains (2013)

What Remains poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

“What Remains” is a crime drama that revolves around the discovery of human remains in a London flat and follows DI Len Harper as he investigates the mystery, uncovering dark secrets and exploring themes of love, loss and isolation in contemporary urban life.

Top cast: David Threlfall, Russell Tovey, Steven Mackintosh, David Bamber, Claudie Blakley, Amber Rose Revah, Jessica Gunning, Indira Varma.


Game of Thrones (2011)

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Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 9.2

A sprawling epic set in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, where noble families vie for control of the Iron Throne. Filled with political intrigue, complex characters and shocking plot twists, it explores themes of power, honour, loyalty and the consequences of one’s actions in a brutal world.

Top cast: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Aidan Gillen, Indira Varma (S4-7).


Rome (2005)

Rome poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.7

A historical drama set in ancient Rome, chronicling the lives of both real and fictional characters against the backdrop of political turmoil, war and social upheaval. It explores themes of power, betrayal, love and loyalty while providing a vivid portrayal of Roman society during its transition from Republic to Empire.

Top cast: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Indira Varma, Ciarán Hinds, Kerry Condon, James Purefoy, Ian McNeice, Lindsay Duncan, Tobias Menzies.


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