Anya Chalotra
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Chalotra at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born1994/1995 (age 27–28)
Wolverhampton, England
EducationLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BA)
Years active2016–present

Anya Chalotra (born 1994 or 1995)[1] is a British actress primarily known for her role as Yennefer of Vengerberg in the Netflix original series The Witcher.[2] She is also known for appearing in Wanderlust.[3]

Early life

Chalotra was born in Wolverhampton, England,[1] to an Indian father and English mother.[4] She grew up in the village of Lower Penn, in South Staffordshire, where she lived with her parents and two siblings, an elder sister Reeya and a younger brother Arun.[5] Chalotra completed her schooling at the St Dominic's Grammar School in Brewood[5] and later completed the one-year foundation course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art[5] before training for three years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[6][7]


Chalotra has starred in several stage productions, including Much Ado About Nothing until 15 October 2017[8] and The Village until 6 October 2018.[9]

Chalotra currently stars in a main role as Yennefer of Vengerberg in the Netflix fantasy drama The Witcher.[10] She has featured in both seasons released to date; the first season premiered on 20 December 2019,[11] with the second following on December 17, 2021.[12]

Chalotra was listed as one of Screen Daily's Stars of Tomorrow 2020.[13]

On 15 July 2020, it was announced that Chalotra would be headlining the voice cast of a sci-fi animation series NEW-GEN.[14]

On 30 September 2020, Chalotra starred in a television short film special called No Masks that aired on Sky Arts. The special is based on real-life testimonies of key frontline workers in East London during the COVID-19 pandemic.[15][16]

First released on 26 December 2020, Chalotra voiced Sabrina in BBC Sounds sci-fi podcast The Cipher.[17][18]


Television roles
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Wanderlust Jennifer Ashman Main role
The ABC Murders Lily Marbury Miniseries
2019 Sherwood Robin Loxley Main voice role
2019–present The Witcher Yennefer of Vengerberg Main role
2020 No Masks Dr. Anuja Short film (TV special)
2023 Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas[19] Lucilia Main voice role
TBA NEW-GEN TBA Main voice role


Year Title Role Theater Ref.
2017 Much Ado About Nothing Hero Globe Theatre
2018 The Village Jyoti Theatre Royal Stratford East [20]
2019 Peter Gynt Sabine Royal National Theatre
2021 Maryland Mary 2 Theatre Royal Stratford East


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020–2021 The Cipher Sabrina Lead role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2017 The Stage Awards Best Actress in a Play Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe Nominated [21]
2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards Best Actress in a New Production of a Play The Village, Theatre Royal Stratford East Nominated [22]
2020 IMDb Awards Breakout Star Career so far Won [23]


  1. ^ a b "'The Witcher' Star Anya Chalotra Shares A Few Of Her Favourite Things With Vogue". British Vogue. 10 December 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  2. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (1 July 2019). "Netflix Reveals First Look at The Witcher Cast". Archived from the original on 29 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  3. ^ "BBC One famous for acting in - Wanderlust - Jennifer". BBC. Archived from the original on 3 August 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  4. ^ Dabral, Anupam (3 June 2020). "Who is Anya Chalotra, the Indian-Origin Actor from The Witcher?". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b c St. Dominic's Grammar School Staff (13 September 2017). "Heroic Role for Actress Anya". Archived from the original on 28 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Guildhall School of Music & Drama | Anya Chalotra (2017)". Archived from the original on 28 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Anya Chalotra". Archived from the original on 28 July 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  8. ^ Wolf, Matt (24 August 2017). "A Mexican-Style 'Much Ado About Nothing'". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  9. ^ Billington, Michael (15 September 2018). "The Village review – teenage firebrand leads resistance against patriarchy". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 25 September 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  10. ^ Wise, Louis (15 December 2019). "Anya Chalotra is The Witcher's secret weapon". The Times. Archived from the original on 18 December 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  11. ^ Gonzalez, Oscar (31 October 2019). "Netflix's The Witcher begins streaming in December". Cnet. Archived from the original on 31 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  12. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (29 October 2021). "Geralt fights giant monsters, and Jaskier befriends rats in new Witcher season 2 trailer". The Verge. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Screen unveils the 2020 Stars of Tomorrow". Screen. 28 September 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  14. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (15 July 2020). "'Stranger Things' Star Finn Wolfhard, 'Witcher's' Anya Chalotra Set For Sci-Fi Animation 'New-Gen' (EXCLUSIVE)".
  15. ^ "Anya Chalotra joins coronavirus play No Masks". Outlook India.
  16. ^ "No Masks - Stratford East". Stratford East. Archived from the original on 13 November 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  17. ^ "BBC - Anya Chalotra and Chance Perdomo star in new sci-fi podcast The Cipher - Media Centre". BBC.
  18. ^ "The Cipher Episode 1 - Media Centre". BBC Sounds.
  19. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (1 October 2020). "'Army Of The Dead: Lost Vegas': Netflix Anime Series Adds Joe Manganiello, Christian Slater, Vanessa Hudgens & More". Deadline. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  20. ^ Vine, Hannah (13 September 2018). "First Look at The Village at Theatre Royal Stratford East". Playbill. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  21. ^ "The Stage Nominees and winners 2017". 22 September 2022.
  22. ^ "Shortlist Announced For The 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards". 22 October 2018.
  23. ^ "Anya Chalotra Awards". IMDB (Index source only). Retrieved 19 September 2022.

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