Suleka Mathew was born in India and raised in Vancouver, and has worked extensively as a professional actress in film, television, radio and theatre her whole life.
Mathew is currently on TNT’s hit show Claws, as “Detective Arlene Branch.” She most recently wrapped the romantic drama feature, Midnight Sun, which was released by Open Road Films in 2018. Prior to her role in that film, Mathew recurred as “Chantal” in ABC’s drama Ten Days In The Valley (2017) opposite Kyra Sedgwick. Other credits include How To Get Away With Murder, Castle and Almost Human. Mathew was also a series regular on the ABC drama Red Widow (2013), TNT’s Hawthorne (2011) starring Jada Pinkett Smith and ABC’s Men In Trees (2008) opposite Anne Heche.
It wasn't until she was in her second year at the University of British Columbia that Mathew realized that all she ever wanted, since she was a little girl, was to be an actor. With the encouragement of friends, she started taking acting lessons. Six months after she enrolled, an agent signed her on, and six months after that, she got her first paid acting job as a lead in an episode of a Canadian anthology series.
One of Mathew’s first major roles was that of “Dr. Sunny Ramen” on the acclaimed and award winning Canadian dramatic series, Da Vinci’s Inquest (2003). As an international hit, the series eventually made its syndicated debut in the United States.
Mathew also had a recurring role on the Emmy Award® winning The West Wing, as well as Stephen King’s The Dead Zone and co-starred in Hallmark Entertainment’s sci-fi miniseries Final Days Of Planet Earth. In addition, she has appeared on such series as The X-Files, Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, Highlander and Macgyver.
Other feature film credits include a starring role in the Sundance Festival hit, Touch Of Pink (2004) directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid. She appeared in the independent film The Score, which was screened at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival and she worked with esteemed director Deepa Mehta in her romantic comedy, The Republic Of Love (2003).
Performances for CBC Radio include readings of Bharati Mukherji's "The Management of Grief," Anne Giardini's novel "The Sad Truth About Happiness" and Rohinton Mistry's "A Fine Balance." Mathew was also part of the multi- discipline cast of "Shadow Pleasures" created by Veronica Tennant, inspired by the work of Michael Ondaatje.