PADMA'S THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN
Padma Lakshmi, successful model, UN ambassador, actress and wife of author Salman Rushdie, has landed her ideal role - filming in her native India with time to indulge her love of jewellery shopping.
The Mail on Sunday (London, England); 4/18/2006
Byline: PAULA KERR
IT doesn't begin well. Padma Lakshmi has overslept after taking an afternoon nap. She sinks into a sofa in the lounge of her Jaipur hotel, pulls back her raven-coloured hair into a ponytail, rearranges her enviably long legs, and explains sleepily, 'I'm sorry, I just woke up. I'm completely dazed.' We are meeting to talk about her role as Madhuvanthi, the beautiful female protagonist in Sharpe's Challenge on ITV1, starring Sean Bean as the swashbuckling 19th-century soldier and adventurer, Richard Sharpe. Shot on location in India, it is a massive investment for ITV (some [pounds sterling]4 million) and Padma's biggest acting job to date. But what follows is a series of curt replies to my questions, at the end of which she apologises again for her sleepiness. And then she has an idea - let's meet up the next morning to go jewellery shopping, and try again.( Collapse )