Sarita Catherine Louise Choudhury (born 18 August 1966) is an English actress, best recognized for her performances in the
-directed feature films Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), The Perez Family (1995) and Mississippi Masala (1992).
Choudhury hails from Blackheath, London, England, of half Bengali-Indian and half English ancestry. Her father Prabhas Chandra Choudhury, a scientist, and mother Julia Patricia Spring. They married in 1964 in Lucea, Jamaica. She graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, with major in Economics and Films. She has two brothers, Kumar Michael Choudhury, and Chandra Paul Choudhury.
Choudhury’s started with the film Mississippi Masala in 1992, where she played her role opposite Denzel Washington. For this film, she obtained Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card. One interesting fact is that Sarita was still waitressing in Manhattan's East Village while the film was already released.
Mississippi Masala, her debut film became an art house hit, Sarita Choudhury acted as a Pakistani-born singer in the film Wild West, a Chilean maid in Bille August's adaptation of The House of the Spirits, and a lesbian mother in Fresh Kill. However, worldwide recognition came with Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, a 1996 film directed by Mira Nair. By the late 1990s, Choudhury added to her profile, her roles in A Perfect Murder, 3 A.M, and the and 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.
. Choudhury appeared as Dr. Kalyani on the TV series Homicide: Life on the Streets in five episodes during the 1998-1999 season. She also played the character of Saul Berenson's wife, Mira, in the TV series Homeland. In the year 2011, she worked in the joint British/French TV series Death in Paradise.
In 2014, she acted in the blockbuster hit film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, and the sequel The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, as President Snow's assistant, Egeria.