"I can't honestly say I spent hours agonizing over it, because I didn't. It was five lines, and the costume did all the acting for me. It's on the page and you do it. But it was incredible fun and I had a great time doing it."
―Ayesha Dharker, about the making of Episode II[src]

Ayesha Dharker (born March 16, 1977) is an Indian actress who played Queen Jamillia in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.


Dharker was born in Bombay, India. Her father, Anil Dharker, is an Indian columnist and her mother, Imtiaz Dharker, a British-Pakistani poet, artist and documentary filmmaker.

She made her screen debut in François Villiers's film Manika: Une vie plus tard. Dharker subsequently went on to star in many American, French and Indian films. She also appeared in several British TV series, such as Doctors, Cutting It, Waking the Dead, Coronation Street and The Indian Doctor. She is best known to fans for appearing in Doctor Who in the episode "Planet of the Ood" as the character Solana Mercurio.

Dharker also played the lead role of Malli in the film The Terrorist, for which she won Best Artistic Contribution award at the 1998 Cairo International Film Festival. It was her role in this film that brought Dharker to the attention of Robin Gurland, the casting director for Attack of the Clones.[1]

Theatrically, Dharker played several stage roles, including Scheherazade in the Royal Shakespeare Company's version of the Arabian Nights and Mephastophilis in the Bristol Old Vic's version of Doctor Faustus.

In 2000, Dharker appeared with Hugh Quarshie (Captain Quarsh Panaka) in the two-part TV miniseries Arabian Nights. In 2008, she shared the screen with David Tennant (voice of Huyang in The Clone Wars) in one episode of Doctor Who.


Year Title Role Other notes
2015 Indian Summers Nalini TV miniseries
2015 Critical Mrs. Alice Murkherjee TV series
2015 Waterloo Road Yasmeen Khan TV series
2014 Playback Unknown role Short movie
2010-2013 The Indian Doctor Kamini Sharma TV series
2010 Little Crackers Mama TV series
2009 Jubilee Unknown role Short movie
2009 Red Alert: The War Within Radhaka
2009 Mad Sad & Bad Roxy
2008-2009 Coronation Street Tara Mandal TV series
2008 Doctor Who Solana Mercurio TV series
2007 The Commander Grace TV series
2007 Loins of Punjab Presents Opama Menon
2006 Outsourced Asha Bhatawdekar
2005 Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story Dr. Stukeley
2005 Waking the Dead Mary Sharman TV series
2005 The Mistress of Spices Hameeda
2005 Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee Chila TV miniseries
2003 Cutting It Sunni Khadir TV series
2002 Anita and Me Mrs. Daljeet Kumar
2002 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones Queen Jamillia
2001/2003 Doctors Meena Chauhan & Mina Patel TV series
2001 The Mystic Masseur Leela G. Ramseyor
2000 Arabian Nights Coral Lips TV miniseries
1999 Split Wide Open Leela
1998 The Terrorist Malli
1997 Saaz Kuhu Vrundavan
1995 A Mouthful of Sky Unknown role TV series
1992 City of Joy Amrita H. Pal
1991 I misteri della giungla nera Young Girl TV miniseries
1989 Manika, une vie plus tard Manika Kallatil


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