Ayesha Dharker made her screen debut in a 1989 François Villiers film. She subsequently went on to star in many American, French and Indian films. She has had numerous television roles in the UK, particularly in Cutting It and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee. Her most internationally recognised role was when she acted as Queen Jamillia in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Ayesha also starred in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams, both in London's West End and on Broadway. In 2008 she played the role of Tara Mandal in the British soap opera Coronation Street. Ayesha also narrated the audiobook of Monica Ali's Brick Lane in 2003, to great acclaim.