Chriselle Almeida Hindi Actress
  • DOB : 01-12-1980
  • Age : 40
  • Star Sign : Sagittarius
With the spread of the Indian diaspora to the developed West and Indian talent scoring in all spheres of life even abroad, it was not surprising that Indian acting talents would make their mark elsewhere too. Chriselle Almeida is one of the actors of Indian origin who has made the USA her home and the base for her acting activities, featuring regularly on various episodes of widely watched American TV serials like “Grey’s Anatomy” about the life of doctors; “Melissa and Joey” a family soap and “Sex and the City” the HBO romantic sitcom. It was not just her innate passion for excelling in the performing arts that drove her into this, but she put in concerted hard work and sincere efforts to achieve the position she has reached. In fact even when she was a kid of six she had very spontaneously confided to her mother that she would also like to perform on the stage, inspired after watching the famous stage play “Evita”. Of course her mother too was a theatre person of sorts, being herself an accredited theatre critic and reviewer. Chriselle followed up on her inner desire by joining the leading acting academies in America, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts for Acting from The University of Connecticut, while also acquiring a full scholarship to the University of California’s Master of Fine Arts Acting Program. She not only had to hone up her acting skills, but being born in India with a typically Indian accent and Indian looks, she had to consciously work on it to change it to an American one taking the help of Dr David Allen Stern, the famous Hollywood based dialects and accents specialist who has trained non-native luminaries from other fields too, besides show business. With this sort of hard work and dedication behind her, it was not unnatural for Chriselle to be accepted as one of the regulars in American TV, not just for playing roles of overseas Indians but also in more mainstream roles too. She also found time to work in a couple of Indian movies too, including the slightly controversial one “When Kiran Met Karen” which had distinct lesbian overtones. Portraying a similar character in one of the modules of the CBS serial “The Big Bang Theory” she generated some debate amongst her fan followers of whether she indeed was a lesbian. But these things apart her capability as a serious and bold actress has never been in doubt, having acted in serious drama, including Shakespearean plays. This should carry her on to more diverse roles on the US TV serials genre, where she seems to have established her niche.