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Sarita Catherine Louise Choudhury (born 18 August 1966) is an Englishmarker actress.


Choudhury was born in Blackheathmarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker, of half Bengali Indian and half English descent. Her parents, Prabhas Chandra Choudhury, a scientist, and Julia Patricia Spring, married in 1964 in Luceamarker, Jamaicamarker. She studied Economics and film at Queen's Universitymarker in Kingstonmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker.

She is best known for her roles in the Mira Nair-directed feature films Mississippi Masala (1992), The Perez Family (1995) and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996).

After her debut film Mississippi Masala became an art house hit, Sarita Choudhury acted as a Pakistani country-western singer in Wild West, a Chilean maid who is raped in Bille August's adaptation of The House of the Spirits, and a lesbian mother in Fresh Kill.

By the late 1990s, Choudhury added to her repertoire with supporting roles in the glossy Hitchcock remake, A Perfect Murder and the John Cassavetes retread Gloria. In 2002 she starred in Just a Kiss. She played a lesbian virgin in Spike Lee's She Hate Me and acted as Anna Ran in Lady in the Water, a 2006 thriller/fantasy film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

She appeared on Homicide: Life on the Streets for five episodes during the 1998-1999 season as Dr. Kalyani, a medical examiner.

Choudhury most recently played the role of the King's mistress, Helen Pardis, in the NBC drama Kings. The series was based upon the Biblical story of King David but set in modern times. Her character's Biblical counterpart was Rizpah, a concubine of King Saul.

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