Who Is Tala Durith in Obi-Wan Kenobi: Meet Indira Varma’s New Character!

Obi-Wan Kenobi is slowly becoming a vital addition to the lore of George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. Now, while most of the story simply fills in the holes between Episodes III and IV, the story has also introduced us to some new characters and new concepts. Among the former, a seemingly evil, yet surprisingly helpful character was introduced in Episode 3 of the series. Her name is Tala Durith and she was played by actress Indira Varma. In this article, we are going to tell you everything we know about Tala Durith.

Tala Durith was a human female Imperial officer stationed on Mapuzo. Although she initially joined the Galactic Empire to try to make a difference and do good, she soon became disillusioned and eventually saw the tyranny she was part of. She then secretly became a member of an underground movement that helped smuggle surviving Jedi to safety. She attempted to help Obi-Wan Kenobi return Leia Organa to her home planet of Alderaan.

The rest of this article is going to focus on both Indira Varma, as we are going to tell you about her career, and her role in Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re going to find out all the details about her role, as well as the character’s story in the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries. Be careful, though, as we are going to reveal a lot of spoilers in the upcoming paragraphs.

Who is Tala Durith in Obi-Wan Kenobi?

When Tala joined the Empire, she believed in the ideals of the New Order, but when she realized what the Empire really stood for, it was too late. Tala continued to serve as an Officer, but joined The Path, a network that aided enemies of the Empire, including fugitive Jedi. One of the Jedi Tala met was Quinlan Vos. In 9 BBY, she rescued Obi-Wan Kenobi and Leia Organa after being held at gunpoint by stormtroopers at a checkpoint.

Tala was late for the appointment but luckily had followed them. In town, she led Obi-Wan and Leia to the hallways of The Path, but when the Inquisitors and Darth Vader landed, Obi-Wan Vader tried to hold them. Leia and Tala hurried to a ship that flew to Jabiim. But Tala was worried and Leia went on alone. For example, Tala was able to help Obi-Wan after his duel against Vader. However, the Third Sister had arrived at the ship earlier and was waiting for Leia.

Tala Durith is a new character that has appeared in the third episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi. She will certainly appear in more episodes of the series and we are going to find out more details about her character. The last we saw her, she helped Obi-Wan escape Darth Vader.

Who is Indira Varma?

Indira Varma is a British-Swiss actress, born September 27, 1973, in Bath (England). She became known internationally when Kama Sutra: A Love Story was released in 1997, in which she played Maya, alongside Sarita Choudhury and Naveen Andrews. Indira Varma has alternated appearances in films like Bride and Prejudice and Basic Instinct. She appeared in several television series such as Rome, Human Target, Luther, and Game of Thrones.

Indira Anne Varma was born on September 27, 1973 in Bath, South West England. She is the daughter of an Indian father and a French-speaking Swiss mother, of Italian origin (more precisely Genoese). She was a member of the Musical Youth Theater Company and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London in 1995.

In 1997, she made her film debut with Kama Sutra: A Love Story by Mira Nair, which made her known to the general public. She went on very quickly with many roles like in Bride and Prejudice (2004) by Gurinder Chadha, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, but especially on British television, in series and TV movies.

Indira Varma currently lives in Hornsey, a district of London, with her husband Colin Tierney and their daughter Evelyn. Her acting credits include:

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Kama Sutra: A Tale of LoveMaya
1997Clancy’s KitchenKitty
1997Sixth HappinessAmy
1998JinnahRattanbai “Ruttie” Jinnah
2002Mad DogsNarendra
2004Rover’s ReturnZetaShort film
2004Bride and PrejudiceKiran Balraj
2006Basic Instinct 2Denise Glass
2007Sex and Death 101Devon SeverUncredited
2013MindscapeJudith Morrow
2014Exodus: Gods and KingsHigh Priestess
2015Silent HoursDr. Catherine Benson
2016UnaSonia
2018CloseRima
2019Official SecretsShami Chakrabarti
2020The One and Only IvanDr. Maya Wilson
2021CrisisMadira Brower
2023Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Post-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Crucial TalesManreetEpisode: “Phoenix”
1999PsychosMartine NicholMiniseries; 6 episodes
2000Other People’s ChildrenAmyUnknown episodes
2000–2001AttachmentsSasha4 episodes
2001In a Land of PlentySonali Ganatra4 episodes
2001The Whistle-BlowerDiane CrossmanTV film
2002–2010ArenaVarious characters2 episodes
2003RockfaceAlisonEpisode: “2.5”
2003The Canterbury TalesMeenaEpisode: “The Sea Captain’s Tale”
2003ReversalsKathy IrwinTV film
2004DonovanCara MathisUnknown episodes
2005The Quatermass ExperimentJudith CarroonTV film
2005Love SoupSuzanne DaleyEpisode: “They Do Not Move”
2005A Waste of ShameLucie, the Dark LadyTV film
2005Broken NewsMelanie Bellamy6 episodes
2005Little BritainVarious characters3 episodes
2005–2007RomeNiobe Vorena15 episodes
2006The Inspector Lynley MysteriesMelissa BoothEpisode: “In the Blink of an Eye”
2006TorchwoodSuzie Costello2 episodes
20063 lbsAdrianne Holland6 episodes
2007The WhistleblowersAlisha Cole6 episodes
2008Comanche MoonTherese WanzEpisode: “1.2”
2008Law & Order: Criminal IntentBela KhanEpisode: “Assassin”
2008BonesInspector Cate PritchardEpisode: “The Yanks in the U.K.: Parts 1 & 2”
2009Inside the BoxCatherine PowellTV film
2009Moses JonesDolly3 episodes
2010HustleD.C.I. Lucy Britford2 episodes
2010LutherZoe Luther7 episodes
2010–2011Human TargetIlsa Pucci13 episodes
2012SilkGeorge Duggan6 episodes
2012HuntedNatalie Thorpe5 episodes
2012World Without EndMattie Wise2 episodes
2013What RemainsElaine Markham4 episodes
2014–2017Game of ThronesEllaria Sand13 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2016)
2016New BloodLisa Douglas2 episodes
2016ParanoidNina Suresh8 episodes
2017UnspeakableJoTV Film
2018Patrick MelroseAnne MooreMiniseries; 3 episodes
2018–presentReported MissingNarratorDocumentary series; 2 series, 8 episodes
2019–presentCarnival RowPiety BreakspearSeries regular; 8 episodes
2019This Way UpCharlotteSeries regular; 5 episodes
2020–2021For LifeSafiya MasrySeries regular
2020–presentSpitting ImagePriti PatelSeries regular
2022–presentThe Legend of Vox MachinaLady Allura Vysoren (voice)
2022Obi-Wan KenobiTalaDisney+ limited series
TBAExtrapolations Gita MishraUpcoming series

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.