Hollywood Celebrities With Indian Roots

Freddie Mercury, a British musician with Indian ancestry born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Parsi-Indian parents

Freddie Mercury

Shyamalan an Indian-born from Mahe directed the infamous "The Sixth Sense" which received world-wide praise and recognition.


Simone Ashwini Pillai is known for her notable roles in Bridgerton, born to Indian Tamil parents Latha and Gunasekharan Pillai.

Simone Ashley

Lilly Singh is a Canadian American actress, comedian, talk show host, and vlogger born and raised in the Scarborough district of Toronto. Her parents are Indian Punjabi immigrants.

Lilly Singh

Global hit singer 'I Love It' her mother is a Ugandan-born nurse with Indian roots, her father a Scottish businessman and ex-show booker.

Charli XCX

Mindy Kaling, an American actress, producer, and director, was born in Cambridge to father Avudaiappan Chokalingam, an architect, and mother Swati Chokalingam née Roy-Sircar, a gynecologist

Mindy Kaling

Daniel Mark Pudi, an American actor and comedian, has Indian roots from his father and Polish ancestry from his mother.

Danny Pudi

Sir Ben Kingsley, an English actor with a career spanning over 50 years, was born as Krishna Pandit Bhanji and has Indian roots.

Ben Kingsley

Indian actress Freida Selena Pinto has primarily acted in American and British movies.. She was born and raised in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Freida Pinto

Norah Jones, daughter of composer Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones, is half-sister to musicians Anoushka and Shubhendra Shankar.

Norah Jones

Kal Penn, an American actor, author, educator, and former White House staff, was born in Montclair, NJ to Gujarati Indian immigrants.

Kal Penn

Dev Patel is the son of Anita, a care worker, and Raju, an IT consultant; his parents are Indian Gujarati Hindus.

Dev Patel

Kunal Nayyar was born in London to a family of Indian Punjabi immigrants. He attended St. Columba's School, where he played badminton for the school team.

Kunal Nayyar

Padma Lakshmi is an Indian-born American author and activist; she was born in Madras, India, into a Tamil Brahmin family.

Padma Lakshmi