List of Indians who acted in Hollywood

Irrfan Khan

Acclaimed by the critics and one of the best actor of his times Irrfan Khan is the real king of acting. He is one of the most versatile actors we have in the Indian film industry. Irrfan Khan has been part of numerous Hollywood films like Life of Pi, The Namesake, New York, I Love You, A Mighty Heart, Slumdog Millionaire and The Amazing Spiderman.

Om Puri

Om Puri is an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. Om Puri has been part of many Hollywood films and showcased his acting skills there in films like City of Joy, My Son The Fanatic, East is East, Wolf, Ghost and the Darkness and Charlie Wilson’s War.


Tabu is always praised for her brilliant work in Indian film industry nor did she disappoint in Hollywood. With films like Life of Pi and The Namesake. She was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, in 2011 by the Government of India for her contributions towards the arts.

Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor’s first international role was in Slumdog Millionaire for which he shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Globally, Anil Kapoor is one of the most recognised Indian actors because of his role in the hit television series, 24.

Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah has established himself internationally with films like The Monsoon Wedding, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Khuda Ke Liye and The Great New Wonderful. In 2013, his second Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag was selected as an official entry from Pakistan to the 86th Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. It also won four international awards at International South Asian Film Festival in Canada before it released. The Government of India has honoured him with both the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan civilian awards for his contributions to Indian cinema.

Freida Pinto

The Mumbai-born beauty, Freida Pinto shot to fame with Slumdog Millionaire. Freida Pinto, rest assured that she is nothing short of a superstar in Hollywood. This young actress went on to act in productions like You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Immortals and Trishna.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

One of the most beautiful women in the world, Aishwarya Rai is a name the World knows, she is known for her beauty and acting skills. Aishwarya has shown her talent in Hollywood films like, Bride and Prejudice, Mistress of Spices, Provoked: a true story, The Pink Panther 2 and The Last Legion.

Mallika Sherawat

With movies like Murder in Bollywood, she is now a certified ‘Cannes attending’ Hollywood celebrity. She has acted in films like The Myth, Politics of Love and the crossover film ‘Hisss’. On 14 August 2009, Sherawat received a career recognition Honorary Citizenship of Los Angeles for her career achievements and charitable efforts.

Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher is one of the most versatile and impressive actors in Bollywood industry. From playing a strict Indian father in the crossover film, Bend It Like Beckham to playing the role of the psychiatrist in the Oscar-nominated films, Silver Linings Playbook, Anupam Kher has been outstanding in every film. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema.

Priyanka Chopra

She is one of the best actresses in Bollywood. With several hits and awards in Bollywood, she has moved to Hollywood with Quantico and Baywatch. She is the talk of the town and we can see her in Golden Globes to the Oscars, Priyanka was spotted at every international awards show.

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