Purva Bedi (born 1974) is an Indian American actress. Although she was born in Chandigarh, she was brought up in Belgium and the United States. She attended the prestigious Bronx High School of Science and graduated in 1992. After graduation she attended Williams College in Massachusetts and obtained double degrees in economics, but adopted acting as a career. She has appeared in many television serials as well as in some successful movies, notably Green Card Fever, American Desi, and Cosmopolitan, a film written by Sabrina Dhawan and directed by Nisha Ganatra. She has also starred in an episode of House. Her most recent appearance is as Clare on the wildly successful TV teen drama Gossip Girl. She is the daughter of Columbia University professor Susham Bedi.