Archie Panjabi

Biography

Archie 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. Archie 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. 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 Butcher's 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.

Archie 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. Archie 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. 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 Butcher's 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.

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Gender -

Known Credits 40

Birthday 1972-05-31

Place of Birth Edgware, Middlesex, England, UK

Adult Actor False

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2016 Power Monkeys(6 episodes) as Preeya
2015 San Andreas as Serena
2014 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
2014 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
2014 I Origins as Priya Varma
2014 The Widower(2 episodes) as Simone Banerjee
2013 Brooklyn Nine-Nine(1 episode)
2013 The Fall(11 episodes) as Tanya Reed Smith
2013 The Widower
2009 The Good Wife(157 episodes) as Kalinda Sharma
2009 The Infidel as Saamiya Nasir
2009 Personal Affairs(5 episodes) as Jane Lesser
2009 Espion(s) as Anna
2008 Traitor as Chandra Dawkin
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman as Casting Girl
2007 A Mighty Heart as Asra Q. Nomani
2007 Flying Lessons as Sharmila
2006 A Good Year as Gemma
2006 Life on Mars(2 episodes)
2005 A Very Social Secretary
2005 The Constant Gardener as Ghita Pearson
2005 Chromophobia as Sarita
2004 Yasmin as Yasmin Husseini
2004 Sea of Souls(6 episodes) as Megan Sharma
2003 Code 46 as Check In
2002 White Teeth
2002 The Secret as Nadia's Probation Officer
2002 Bend It Like Beckham as Pinky Bhamra
2001 Ivor the Invisible as Leila (voice)
2000 In the Beginning as Basya, Pharaoh's Daughter
2000 Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show(12 episodes)
1999 East Is East as Meenah Khan
1996 Silent Witness(2 episodes)
1995 The Thin Blue Line(1 episode)
1994 A Mind to Kill(1 episode)
1984 The Bill(2 episodes)
1981 Postman Pat(157 episodes) as Meera Baines
1981 Postman Pat - Magic Christmas as Postman Pat
1949 The Emmy Awards(1 episode)
1900 Grease Monkeys(20 episodes) as Rita Dhillon

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