Indira Varma

A cool, intelligent presence in British film and on television since the late 1990s, Indira Varma later won fans in America through appearances on "Rome" (HBO, 2005, 2007) and "Human Target" (Fox, 2010-11). Audiences first became aware of her through supporting roles in such Indian-themed projects as "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love" (1997) and "Bride and Prejudice" (2004), but she soon eclipsed the boundaries of these roles to play parts that lacked ethnic definition. Varma's double duty on the American action series "Human Target" and the British detective program "Luther" (BBC One, 2010-15) assured longtime fans that the actress was finally on the verge of becoming a household name.