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10 Celebrities that you didn't know were Indian!

Norah Jones

Norah Jones born on March 30, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York, is the daughter of the internationally known sitar player, Ravi Shankar. She’s a singer and pianist and has developed her own unique style of jazz, traditional vocal pop, and a little bit of country blues and contemporary folk. It’s clear that music runs in her blood, however, for most of her life, she was estranged from him. Her birth name is Geetali Norah Jones Shankar.

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Ben Kingsley

No one would ever guess that Ben Kingsley is of Indian descent. He played the lead role in the movie biopic, Gandhi in 1982. If none of y’all has watched the classic, we recommend it, because it’s a must watch. Kingsley’s father has descents from Gujurat, which makes him half-Indian and half-British. His birth name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji, which he changed when he made a move to the film industry from the theatre. But he was polite enough to ask his father’s permission, who gave him his full blessings.

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Samantha Jade

X-Factor Australia winner, Samantha Jade Gibbs is born on April 18, 1987, in Perth, Australia. She’s an Aussie singer, songwriter, and actress. She was also a child model. Samantha Jade has stated several times that her father is half-Figian and half-Indian. Now it makes sense why she’s complete beauty. Almost like she’s the whole package. Good looks, great voice, and a great personality.

Avan Jogia

Born on February 2, 1992, in Vancouver, Canada, he’s one of the rising stars of Hollywood. He launched his career with the movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story in 2006. Avan Jogia’s father is a British expat of with descents from Gujarat. He’s also half Welsh, English, and German from his mother’s side. His blood is so international that he’s a mix of European, Asian and American. Well, we’re all officially really jealous of him and his good looks.

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Zuleikha Robinson

Actress and singer, Zuleikha Robinson was born on June 29, 1977, in London, United Kingdom. She’s known for her role in nightmare-ish TV drama Lost. She, just like our friend Avan Jogia, is a melting pot of cultures as well. Other than the Indian heritage which she gets from her mother, who is half-Burmese/Indian/Malay, she also has a little bit of English, Scottish and Iranian in her blood. THE JEALOUSY IS ALMOST REACHING IT’S PEAKS!

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Erick Avari

Born on April 13, 1952, in Darjeeling, India. Erick is an Indian-American actor who is known for his parts in science-fiction productions. His birth name is Nariman Eruch Avari and was born into a Parsi family. His great-grandfather is Jamshedji Framji Madan who's one of the avant gardes of the Indian film industry during the early 20th century. It’s clear as day that acting and film is in his blood.

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Jay Sean

British-Indian RnB singer comes from a Sikh-Punjabi family. His real name is Kamaljit Singh Jhooti. Not many of his fans know of his Indian genes, however, his fans in the UK are very well aware of it. He became famous with his fusion hits of Hip Hop and Bhangra. And he ALMOST went to medical school. If that doesn’t make him more Indian than we don’t what does. Most of you will know him from his famous hits Down and 2012.

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Nasser Hussain

Born on March 28, 1968, in Chennai, India. He used to be the English Cricketer and captain of the England Cricket team during 1999 and 2003. In July 2016, Nasser made his way into the Guiness Book of World Records, for catching a ball which was dropped by a drone 150 ft high. Nasser is Indian by birth and in lineage. His father is of Indian descent and his mother is English.

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Sakina Jaffrey

Born on February 14, 1962, in Manhattan, New York. Sakina is a succeeding generation Indian. Both her parents are flourished actors in not only in England but in India as well. She’s known for her role White House Chief of Staff in season 1 and season 2 of TV show drama House of Cards, she also acted in Fox’s Sleepy Hollow as Sheriff Leena Reyes.

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Danny Pudi

Daniel Mark Pudi was born on March 10, 1979, in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. He’s an actor and comedian and he’s famous for his role on comedy TV show series Community, as Abed Nadir. In the show, he acts as a Polish-Palestinian character. However, he’s actually Polish-Indian! Who would’ve known?

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Pradyut Majumdar
Pradyut Majumdar 11/21/17, 7:06 AM
dhei kore naach Mouli Majumdar
Lianminthang 11/21/17, 7:06 AM
Damn Justin bieber is 9% indian
Suyash Sisodia
Suyash Sisodia 11/20/17, 7:06 AM
Gene testing and dating, according to Gene Mapping which tells us our bloodline.
Jam Veen Veen
Jam Veen Veen 11/20/17, 7:06 AM
Y only those two british rules 100 years so if every indian did DNA there will b surely british blood haha
Suyash Sisodia
Suyash Sisodia 11/20/17, 7:06 AM
Are your freaking serious? The hell.
Suyash Sisodia
Suyash Sisodia 11/20/17, 7:06 AM
Are your freaking serious? The hell.
Ronald L Hmar
Ronald L Hmar 11/20/17, 7:06 AM
Do you know sunny leone the greatest of indian origin
Takam Takar
Takam Takar 11/20/17, 7:06 AM
changing of names for roles proves that Hollywood is racist.
Kartik Sharma
Kartik Sharma 11/20/17, 7:06 AM
I know about nasir husain..his family from Chennai
Aalhad Bapat
Aalhad Bapat 11/20/17, 7:06 AM
Kya proud Indian proud Indian chutiyapa laga rakga hai sab jage
Mohit Hole
Mohit Hole 11/20/17, 7:06 AM
Mohit Bichu Pravin Shinde
Spandan Chakraverti
Spandan Chakraverti 11/19/17, 7:06 AM
Bc kuch bhi bakwass daalo and put the #proudindian hashtag. Arey gadho, khud kuch karo Desh ke liye and then say proud Indian.
Abhinav Jain
Abhinav Jain 11/19/17, 7:06 AM
Prachi Srivastava something to make you more proud
Rajarshi Chakraborty
Rajarshi Chakraborty 11/19/17, 7:06 AM
We are just 4 points clear dont celebrate now
Jedipheth Hagee
Jedipheth Hagee 11/18/17, 7:06 AM
But if they stayed in India, their parents would've pushed them to be a doc or an engineering and finally they're gonna end up in some call centre.....you're welcome☺
Dhruv Gadhia
Dhruv Gadhia 11/18/17, 7:06 AM
Leo varadnikar--- current Irish Prime minister is Marathi...
Dhruv Gadhia
Dhruv Gadhia 11/18/17, 7:06 AM
Where is " Pablo Picasso" in this list??
Seabert Mervin Gomes
Seabert Mervin Gomes 11/18/17, 7:06 AM
Biggest star of Indian origin is sir Freddie mercury
Ram Singh
Ram Singh 11/18/17, 7:06 AM
Nayan Tej. Omsi Avinash. Ram Chennupati.
Mohan Tholar
Mohan Tholar 11/18/17, 7:06 AM
Freddy Mercury was a parsi who died of aids
Raghav DK
Raghav DK 11/18/17, 7:06 AM
well Nasser Hussain called Indians donkeys. why are you proud?