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Archie Panjabi

Archie Panjabi

Age
42
Birthday
May. 31st, 1972
Born in
Edgware, Middlesex, London, England, UK
Height
5' 3

Archie Panjabi's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Good Wife TV Show
The Good Wife
The Fall TV Show
The Fall
Sea of Souls (UK) TV Show
Sea of Souls (UK)
Personal Affairs (UK) TV Show
Personal Affairs (UK)
Grease Monkeys (UK) TV Show
Grease Monkeys (UK)
Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show (UK) TV Show
Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show (UK)
 

Main Movie Roles

2014 - The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
2008 - Traitor
2007 - A Mighty Heart
2007 - I Could Never Be Your Woman
2006 - A Good Year
2005 - Chromophobia
2005 - The Constant Gardener
2003 - Code 46
2002 - Bend It Like Beckham
1999 - East is East

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Meera Baines (Voiced)
24
Alsana
4
Dental Assistant
2
Amita Joshi
2
Shanaz Azad
2
Nazia Habib
1
Ali Saffron
1
WPC Jill Evans
1
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BIOGRAPHY:

Archie Panjabi (born Archana Punjabi; May 31, 1972) is a British actress, best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife. Her portrayal has earned her a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010 and an NAACP Image Award in 2012, as well as two further Emmy nominations, one Golden Globe nomination, and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Her other notable roles include Asra Nomani in A Mighty Heart and Pinky Bhamra in Bend It Like Beckham.

Born London, to Govind and Padma Punjabi, both Sindhi Hindu immigrants from India. She graduated from Brunel University, England, with a degree in management studies (BSc) in 1996. Panjabi graduated with a 2:1. She is also classically trained in ballet.

Panjabi always knew she wanted to become an actress. It was only when Nick Berry from Eastenders replied to her letter did she start finding an agent. Her first casting was for Eastenders - to play Ricky Butcher's girlfriend. She was recalled but never got the part.

Panjabi made her film debut in the British hit film East Is East (1999). Since then she has continued to work on international blockbuster films like Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and The Constant Gardener (2005) to critically acclaimed films like A Mighty Heart (2007) starring opposite 'Angelina Jolie' and Yasmin (2004) written by 'Simon Beaufoy'.

Panjabi won Best Actress for her role in Yasmin (2004) at the Reims Festival in 2006 and was awarded Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2005. The award is given to actors who are seen as "the most exciting and emerging actors from across Europe" (European Film Promotion). Previous winners include Daniel Craig and Marion Cottilard Weisz. She was selected from hundreds of actors to represent the UK.

She has a great ear for accents. All her major film & TV roles have been in accents other than her own. From Scottish to Indian to American.

'Ridley Scott' is a big fan of hers.

At the age of 26, she married Rajesh Nihalani, a tailor.


TRIVIA:
  • She spent part of her childhood in Mumbai (Bombay) which is why is considers herself "Part Bombayite, part British". In fact she based the character Gemma/Jessminder in 'Ridley Scott' (qv) _A Good Year (2006)_ (qv) on someone she knew in Mumbai.
  • Archie always knew she wanted to become an actress. It was only when Nick Berry from Eastenders replied to her letter did she start finding an agent. Her first casting was for Eastenders - to play Ricky Butchers girlfriend. She was recalled but never got the part. She graduated from Brunel University, England, with a degree in Management Studies (BSc). She graduated with a 2:1.
  • She has a great ear for accents. All her major film & TV roles have been in accents other than her own. From Scottish to Indian to American. Till to date many in the industry have no clue where Archie is from.
  • Awarded Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2005 for Yasmin. She was selected from hundreds of actors to represent the UK.
  • Won Best Actress for her role in Yasmin at the Reims Festival in 2006.


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