4 February 2017: Amrita Acharia, daughter of a Norway-based Nepali doctor, plays a lead character in British television drama The Good Karma Hospital due to premiere on February 5. The medical drama, set in England and the Indian tropical paradise of Goa, features her as junior British doctor Ruby Walker who flies to South India to escape a heartbreak in her love life.
But the hospital she ends up working in India is not exactly the place she would have chosen as a place to seek emotional healing.
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Ms Acharia was born in Nepal where her father, Dr Ganesh Acharya, worked for Patan Hospital before emigrating to England. Her mother is from Ukraine where she spent some of her early life. According to her social media account, the Acharya family moved to Norway when she was just 13. Eager to pursue her career in acting, she returned to England at 19 after she completed her High School in Norway.
This is not the only major television gig the 26 year old multi-lingual has landed. She is also known for her role as Irri in HBOs Game of Thrones and as Mina in the Norwegian production I am Yours.
The Good Karma Hospital revolves around a team of British and Indian medical professionals who work at a cottage hospital run by an Englishwoman, Dr Lydia Fonseca played by Amanda Redman.
In an interview with DESIblitz, Ms Acharia said that both Nepali and Ukranian cultures and identities were close to her heart. “Incredibly important. It’s my heritage and I identify with both and have lived in both countries, those cultures shaped me at a young age,” she stated when asked how important were her “Nepalese and Ukranian roots. Also close to her hear is Norway where she spent her teens, she further added.
Amrita Acharia’s love for her country of origin is clear from the cover photo of her Twitter account that features a crowd of Nepalis waving their national flags.
According to Wikipedia, she can speak Nepali, Ukrainian, Russian, English, and Norwegian.