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has always had a penchant for performing. “As a child I was ‘that kid,’” she admits. “I have a famous dance move that I used to do as a child. It was ‘The Head Roll.’ I was that kid, in the living room, at the drop of a hat, performing or doing whatever.” That desire to be in the spotlight eventually earned India a role on The Basil Brush Show, a BAFTA-nominated BBC children’s sitcom known for its colorful musical numbers. “I was 15,” she says. “I was on the show to sing. That was really the direction I was headed in.”

The Basil Brush Show gave India de Beaufort’s career a significant boost and she later made her big-screen debut in 2007 in Run, Fatboy Run, a hilarious romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg. Although many of her scenes were later cut, India’s acting ability made a tremendous impression on the film’s director, David Schwimmer. “David sort of took me to one side after we finished shooting and said, ‘Look, I really think that you should take this seriously, and this is the direction you should head in,’ and he saw potential, and he was the first person to really believe in me,” she says. “I had people back me in music before but never in acting. When he took a stance and showed me some confidence, I took him seriously, I mean you have to; he’s someone that’s that talented.”

India de Beaufort took his advice and spent a full year working with acting coaches to hone her skills. “I really found out my strengths and my weaknesses,” she says, “and before long I just fell in love.” That’s when India learned about Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a fledgling BBC Two comedy series about a band of remarkably ineffectual freedom fighters. “When I read the script, I just loved [it],” she says. “The writing was just so funny and intelligent and knowing that Sean Maguire and Matt Lucas were involved, I couldn’t turn it down.”

Within three weeks of accepting a role, India de Beaufort and her cast-mates were sent off to Hungary where they filmed the show’s first full season. “The shoot was incredible,” she says. “I mean it was really just one of those life-changing experiences, and I had so much fun.” India especially enjoyed being on location in a foreign country. “Budapest is a beautiful place, and the Hungarian crew members were so generous and welcoming,” she says. “It’s great fun to be able to travel to new places, and learn about different cultures.”

Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire has since premiered on Comedy Central on April 9th and is set to make its debut on BBC Two in Britain shortly. While India waits to see if the show will be picked up for a second season, she’s keeping busy as the face of a new cosmetics line called Me by Mezhgan. “The company is L.A.-based, so I’m splitting my time between London and L.A. which is an amazing experience,” she says. “I will be representing the company for the next few years, and I’m really excited because I honestly adore the make-up.”

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