Lakshmi launched a modeling career during a stint as an exchange student in Spain, where a scout spotted her in a café. She later landed featured roles in television and film, starring opposite Mariah Carey in Glitter (2001) and playing the Egyptian princess who discovers the infant Moses in the ABC miniseries "The Ten Commandments" (2006).
Best known as the Emmy-nominated host of the cutthroat culinary competition "Top Chef," Lakshmi has also written several cookbooks. She was briefly wed to author Salman Rushdie, who used her as the model for a character in his novel Fury.
When a local maharaja threatens British interests, swashbuckling Richard Sharpe is sent on his most dangerous mission yet. After the Indian warlord kidnaps the daughter of a general, Sharpe has not only her fate in his hands but that of an empire.