International Indian Celebrities

Rachel Roy:

Rachel Roy is an American fashion designer and philanthropist who was born and raised in California. Roy was born on January 15, 1974 in California. She was raised with her brother Rajendra Roy, now the Chief Film Curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is of Vincentian descent and her mother is Dutch and her father is Indian.

Jay Sean:

Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, better known by his stage name Jay Sean, is a British singer-songwriter, rapper, beatboxer and record producer. He debuted in the UK's Asian Underground scene as a member of the Rishi Rich Project with "Dance with You", which reached 12 on the UK Singles Chart in 2003. This led to him being signed to Virgin Records and having two UK top 10 hits as a solo artist in 2004: "Eyes On You" at 6 and "Stolen" at 4. Jay Sean was born as Kamaljeet Singh Jhooti in Harlesden, Northwest London to Sharan and Bindi Jhooti, Punjabi Sikh immigrants.

Padma Lakshmi:

Padma Parvati Lakshmi born (September 1, 1970) is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and television host. Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Padma Lakshmi was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in a Hindu Iyengar Brahmin family.

Janina Gavankar:

Janina Zione Gavankar (born November 29, 1980) is an American actress and musician of Indian origin. Gavankar is also trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gavankar was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Pete and Mohra Gavankar. Her maternal grandmother was Dutch, and her mother, Shan-de-Mohra is half-Indian half-Dutch, from Pune, India. Her father, Pete Gavankar, was a Indian engineer who first travelled to the United States to pursue a masters degree from India.

Avan Jogia:

Avan Tudor Jogia (born February 9, 1992) is a Canadian actor best known for playing Beck Oliver on Victorious. Jogia was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He went to a few different schools in Vancouver, including Killarney Secondary School and King George Secondary School. In tenth grade he left school altogether to pursue a career in acting. He is a co-founder of Straight But Not Narrow along with Heather Wilke and Andre Pochon. Jogia plays the guitar and the piano. He is of Gujarati Indian, Welsh, English and Irish descent.

Shobna Gulati:

Shobna Gulati (born 7 August 1966) is a British actress, writer, and dancer of Indian origin, best known for playing Anita in Victoria Wood's Dinnerladies, and Sunita Alahan in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street from 2001 to 2006, a role to which she returned at the end of 2009. She is also known for being one of very few actors to have appeared in both Coronation Street and its rival series EastEnders for the BBC (in 2000).

Freddie Mercury:

Freddie Mercury was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. Mercury was born in the British protectorate of Zanzibar, East Africa (now part of Tanzania). His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, were Parsis from the Gujarat region of the then province of Bombay Presidency in British India. The family surname is derived from the town of Bulsar (also known as Valsad) in southern Gujarat. As Parsis, Mercury and his family practised the Zoroastrian religion. The Bulsara family had moved to Zanzibar so that his father could continue his job as a cashier at the British Colonial Office. He had a younger sister, Kashmira.

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