- Father was Indian, mother Swiss and part Italian.
- Once considered becoming a mime.
- As she told WhatsOnStage.com, she displayed acting chops as a child: She had a bunk bed with curtains, and used to "tell stories and convince people I was someone else."
- Trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
- On stage, has appeared in works by Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, David Hare, Anton Chekhov, Noel Coward and Thornton Wilder.
- Her musical tastes sometimes tend more toward pop and rock, though, including Wilco and Michael Jackson.
- Her 1996 film debut was as the star of Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, which was banned in India and Pakistan.
- In 2005 and 2007, played a young wife, Niobe, in the HBO series Rome.
- In 2010, took on the role of billionaire Ilsa Pucci in the Fox action series Human Target.