Aruna Shields is a British actress with Indian heritage who began her career in UK theatre before performing lead roles in Indian, French and British cinema. Aruna achieved a Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, has a degree in Journalism from Central Saint Martins, a Diploma in Clinical Mindfulness Teaching and a Diploma in Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
One of the largest studios in India chose Aruna to play the lead ‘Maya’ in action thriller Prince (2010). When the film released worldwide she became the fastest rising star on Google India. Aruna performed all her own stunts including motorbike bungee jumps. Aruna’s soundtrack for the movie “Tere Liye” currently has over 47million views on YouTube and is a Bollywood hit song.
After worldwide auditions Casting Director Des Hamilton then chose Aruna for the lead in the epic adventure Ao, le dernier Néandertal (2010). The film was produced by French studio and cinema chain UGC after their Oscar-nominated A Prophet (2009). Aruna learned a prehistoric language and body movement for the role.
Other critically acclaimed lead roles include ‘Nera’, an artist’s muse, in the avant-garde feature Mr. Singh/Mrs. Mehta (2010).
Aruna has worked with the BBC, judged ‘Women of Substance’ at The Symphony Hall, appeared on the front cover of The Times of India and the covers of several magazines. Her commercials include Lynx (Axe) and Pantene Pro V.
A descendant of Sage Mandavya Maharishi, Aruna’s Indian family originates from Bangalore. The stage name Aruna uses is ‘Shields’.
Aruna is now a therapist and life coach in Los Angeles.