Games of Thrones actress Indira Varma has announced via Instagram that she has tested positive for coronavirus.
Varma said “I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice. Stay safe and healthy and be kind to your fellow people”.
Varma had been performing in Jamie Lloyd’s West End production of The Seagull which began preview performances on 11 March 2020 at the Playhouse Theatre in London.
Lloyd’s production of Anton Chekhov’s tale of ambition, love, loneliness and fame also featured GOT alum Emilia Clarke. The show, which is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, was Clarke’s West End stage debut. The cast includes Danny Ashok, Robert Glenister, Tom Rhys Harries, Daniel Monks, Tamzin Outhwaite, Patrick Robinson, Seun Shote and Sophie Wu.
Varma added “So sad our and so many other shows around the world have gone dark affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to be back soon and urge your all (and the govt) to support us when we do. Phoenix/ Seagull riing from the ashes (sic)”.
Varma is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2020 Olivier Awards for her performance in The Old Vic revival of Noel Coward’s comedy Present Laughter starring Andrew Scott.
The actress has also been busy filming the first season of American network drama series For Life due to air on ABC. Filming for the show finished in January so there is no danger to the crew.
Varma joins Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, Idris Elba and fellow GOT actor Kristofer Hivju in catching Covid-19. It is not known how Varma contracted the virus.
Rehearsal images from The Seagull. Photo Credit – Marc Brenner
It has not yet been announced when The Seagull will resume performances in London.