1. Her first major role was in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.
2. She has gone on to appear in the television series The Canterbury Tales, Rome, Luther, Human Target, and Game of Thrones .
3. In September 2016, she began starring in the ITV/Netflix series Paranoid, as DS Nina Suresh.
4. Varma was born in Bath, Somerset, UK, the only child of an Indian father and a Swiss mother who was of part Genoese Italian descent. She was a member of Musical Youth Theatre Company and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, in 1995.
5. Her character appeared briefly in the second season of the award-winning series when it aired on Sunday, 14 January 2007.
6. She also played the role of Zoe Luther in the first series of the BBC drama Luther.
7. Varma played the role of Ilsa Pucci in the second season of the Fox television series Human Target until the show was cancelled on 10 May 2011.
8. Varma played the role of Ellaria Sand, the paramour of Oberyn Martell in season 4 of the HBO show Game of Thrones,
9. She lent her voice to the Circle mage Vivienne, in the 2014 role-playing video game Dragon Age: Inquisition.
10. In the summer of 2001, she played Gila in One for the Road, by Harold Pinter, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
11. In 2008, she played Nadia Baliye in The Vertical Hour by David Hare at the Royal Court Theatre London.
12. In 2013 she played Miss Cutts in The Hothouse by Harold Pinter in the Trafalgar Transformed season at Trafalgar Studios.