While she was growing up, she used to walk around the house stark naked. The situation started a battle between her Swiss side and the Indian. Her father's side, Indian, wasn't approving the fact that her mother was walking naked since it was against their traditions.
She used to do modeling.
She enjoy roller-skating.
She says that she doesn't have much desire to be a star of any kind. She prefer to go unnoticed so she can live her life.
She appeared on the stages of the Young Vic, The Royal Court, and Broadway.
She appeared in the Asiana Magazine, in the Autumn 2004 edition.
Her first role was in the movie Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love in 1996.
Her mother is Swiss and her father is Indian.
She trained, as a stage actress, at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, from 1992 to 1995.
She used to be a member of Musical Youth Theatre Company in England.
(on her insecurity)
Indira Varma: I'm as insecure as the next girl when it comes to the way I look, but I also know anyone can be made to look much better than they are, whether that's through cosmetic surgery and trick photography or make-up and a flattering dress. Other people's glamor only becomes a problem when you become obsessed with wanting to look like them. I can do glamorous if a part or a photo shoot requires it, but I don't want to live glamorous.
Indira Varma: I've been doing serious acting for as long as I've been working, but sadly, most Asians don't attend plays or tune into what they consider arty dramas, but I know they'll watch Bride and Prejudice - it's not exactly serious acting, but at least I won't be seen as the porn star that some people think I am!
(on her drama training)
Indira Varma: I grew up, psychologically and emotionally. You were constantly asked to delve deep into yourself. You know, method acting and all that. In 'Impro' , you'd think to yourself, 'Right. My character's been raped, and beaten up, and now's she's tied up in this room.' And you'd say to people, 'Ooh. Could you throw me down the stairs before my improvisation and tie me up?' It wasn't a case of acting, it was where you became the person. Ridiculous, but really good fun.