- “The Umbrella Academy” actress will join Hollywood heavyweights in writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s thriller on Netflix.
British actress Ritu Arya will be sharing screen space with Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds in writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s thriller “Red Notice,” releasing on Netflix this November. The trailer of the film was released earlier this month.
Arya, most recently seen on the big screen in Universal’s holiday rom-com “Last Christmas,” made a name for herself for her role as Dr.Meghan Sharma in the British series “Doctors,” for which she was nominated for a British Soap Award. She gained further recognition for her role as Flash in “Humans,” and guest-starred in the series “Sherlock.” She also had a recurring role as “Lava” in the Netflix series “Feel Good” in 2020. That same year she guest-starred in the series “Doctor Who.”
Her breakthrough role was in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.” Arya joined the cast in season 2 as Lila Pitts, a mysterious new character who spends a lot of time with Diego Hargreeves after he finds himself back in the ‘60s. Lila is described as an “adaptable character with a wry sense of humor who can be as inventive or as mischievous as the situation requires.”
Speaking about “The Umbrella Academy” to the Hindu, Arya said she was “just overwhelmed with how many women have reached out and said how inspired and proud and empowered they feel, to see a South Asian woman play a role like that.”
Arya also spoke about the time she faced inequalities and said, “I think growing up I thought there seemed to be quite an inequality between men and women, especially in my community.” Talking about her parents, she said her parents were supportive through her various interests in acting, drumming and Astrophysics.
Apart from her career in acting, Arya is a part of the band KIN as a drummer. The band released their debut single “Sharing Light” in April 2020, and followed it up with the “L.O.V.E,” on Aug. 6.
Arya was born in Guildford, England to Indian parents. Her mother and father both work in real estate. She has two brothers, Romi and Rahul. She began acting as a teenager. She got her degree from the University of Southampton and trained at the Oxford School of Drama.