This list of famous people of Indian descent is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous celebrities are of Indian descent. Some of them have a mixed heritage while others are 100 percent Indian. Celebrities of Indian descent have had successful careers in film, television, and literature. Several comedic actors and actresses are also of Indian descent.
Who is the most famous person of Indian descent? Mahatma Gandhi tops this list. The peaceful civil rights leader was born and raised in India. He helped lead India to freedom from British rule. Ben Kingsley, who played Mahatma Gandhi in the film Gandhi, has Indian heritage as well.
Many comedians and TV stars like Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, Kal Penn, Danny Pudi, and Maulik Pancholy are also of Indian descent.How do you celebrate the multi-cultural aspects of your heritage? Share your thoughts about any American celebrity with Indian heritage in the comments section.
Peaceful civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi was born and raised in India. He helped lead India to freedom from British rule.
Age: Died at 79 (1869-1948)
Birthplace: Porbandar, India
Profession: Politician, Writer, Philosopher, Lawyer
Credits: Mahatma Gandhi Talks, Satyagraha, Satyakam, Mera Gaon Mera Desh
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Nicki Minaj is of Indian and Afro-Trinidadian descent. She has released hit songs such as "Super Bass" and "Starships."
Birthplace: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
Profession: Rapper, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer, + more
Credits: Ice Age: Continental Drift, Despicable Me 2, The Hangover Part II, Pitch Perfect
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Freida Pinto was born and raised in India. She is best known for her role in the Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire.
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Profession: Model, Actor, Presenter
Credits: Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Immortals, Knight of Cupssee more on Freida Pinto
Comedian Aziz Ansari is of Indian descent and was raised in South Carolina. He has appeared on TV shows such as "Parks and Recreation" and "Flight of the Concords."
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic, 30 Minutes or Less
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