Amara Karan

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AMARA KARAN was a successful investment banker before landing her debut film role of the ‘enchanting’ train stewardess ‘Rita’ (VOGUE magazine) in Wes Anderson’s THE DARJEELING LIMITED alongside Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman. According to Anderson it was her ‘heartbreaking reading of “You’re Welcome” that won her the role’ in which she made a ‘strong impression’ (Variety). For film, she has since gone on to take a leading role opposite Simon Pegg in A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING and featured in the Ealing Studios’ reboot of ST TRINIAN’S, directed by Oliver Parker.

Amara plays the key role of an ambitious young lawyer who becomes inextricably involved in a New York City Murder case in the highly anticipated THE NIGHT OF, an eight-part series for HBO and Sky Atlantic created by Steven Zaillian (Moneyball, Schindler’s List) and Richard Price (The Wire).

Cited as ‘the best TV you’ll see this Summer, or all year’ (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair), ‘tense and exquisite’ (James Ponewozick, New York Times) and ‘The perfect storm of a crime drama’ (Nancy Dewolf Smith, Wall Street Journal), the series is the passion project of the late James Gandolfini and now stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed. Indiewire calls it ‘a return to dramatic form’ for HBO and a ‘compelling drama that sounds great and looks even better. Amara herself has been singled out amongst the ensemble cast as giving a ‘finely tuned performance that complements and deepens the show’s realist tone’ (Vanity Fair) and The series has already been viewed a record 1.5 million times even before its debut and comes to Sky Atlantic on the 1st of September. Here's a trailer

Amara was recently seen as James Nesbitt's smart but conflicted partner ‘DS Suri Chohan’ in Stan Lee’s LUCKY MAN for Sky One, ‘the best double-act of the bunch’ (Den of Geek)and is currently filming the second series.

A graduate of The National Youth Theatre and the Arts Educational School, Amara’s further credits for film include the lead role of a newly married bride that has to negotiate with her in-laws to save her marriage in Nigel Cole’s ALL IN GOOD TIME and a nerdy American reality show contestant in the horror feature THE TASK. For television, she took a guest role in series six of the BBC’s DR WHO, played a central character for two series in the ITV’s popular series KIDNAP AND RANSOM and also took a guest lead role of ‘Princess Shaista’, an Arab Princess in hiding, in POIROT: A CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS, again for ITV. Amara is also an accomplished stage actress having taken leading roles in productions of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, all for the Royal Shakespeare Company.