Perhaps best known for playing the role of presidential aide Tory Foster on the acclaimed science fiction series Battlestar Galactica, Indian-Canadian actress Rekha Sharma began pursuing an acting career as she entered her twenties. Her first big break came with a recurring role (as Dr. Beverly Shankar) on the sci-fi series Dark Angel in 2001, and she soon followed this with a recurring role on another sci-fi show, playing Dr. Harden on Smallville. In 2006, she landed her part on Battlestar Galactica, another sci-fi series, and the drama's feverishly devoted fan base brought her a new legion of devotees. She stuck with the show, but also continued to pursue other projects, such as 2007's Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Sharma would go on to appear on the alien invasion series V.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Ancestors left the Uttar Pradesh Region in India during British rule and settled in Fiji; her parents relocated to Canada just before she was born.
- As a teen, 21 Jump Street filmed an episode at her high school and she was chosen as a stand-in for one of the characters.
- Earned certification as a holistic counselor from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, British Columbia.
- Studied acting at the Ivana Chubbuck Acting Studio in Los Angeles and the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Had long character arcs on Dark Angel, John Doe and Smallville.
- Joined the cast of Battlestar Galactica in 2006 as presidential aide Tory Foster.
- Plays the sarangi, a classical Indian instrument.