Annet Mahendru

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Annet Mahendru
Born Anita Devi Mahendru
Occupation Actress

Annet Mahendru (born Anita Devi Mahendru)[1] is an Afghan-born Russian–Indian actress best known for her role as Nina Sergeevna Krylova on the FX TV series The Americans, which premiered in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Mahendru was born to a Russian mother, Olga, and a Hindu Indian father, Ghanshan (a.k.a. Ken) Mahendru, in Afghanistan.[1][2] She had what she called a "gypsy" childhood, regularly traveling between Saint Petersburg and Frankfurt before moving to the village of East Meadow in the town of Hempstead, New York, at the age of 13.[3] She attended East Meadow High School, where she was active in competitive cheerleading and kick line teams, and graduated in 2004.[1][4] She went on to earn an English degree from St. John's University.[5]

She is fluent in German, Russian and English, and also speaks French, Persian and Hindi[6] and initially wanted to use her "ethnic ambiguity" to work for the United Nations.[7] She was enrolled at New York University for a Master's degree in international relations, but dropped out to pursue acting.[3] She then moved to Los Angeles and studied improv at The Groundlings.[3]


A recurring star in the first season of The Americans, Mahendru was promoted to a series regular for the second season.[8]


Year Title Role Appearances
2007 Entourage French girlfriend 1 episode
2011 Big Time Rush Princess Svetlana 1 episode
2011 2 Broke Girls Robin 1 episode
2012 Mike & Molly Flight attendant 1 episode
2013– The Americans Nina Sergeevna Season 1: Recurring
Season 2: Series regular
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 White Collar Katya Season 5, Episode 6
2013 Escape from Tomorrow Isabelle
2013 The Blacklist Agent Rosen 2 episodes
2014 Penguins of Madagascar Eva


  1. ^ a b c Lovece, Frank (May 4, 2014). "Fast Chat: Annet Mahendru". Newsday (New York City / Long Island). p. 91. Retrieved May 5, 2014.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Goldman, Eric (April 16, 2013). "Annet Mahendru Discusses Nina's Future on The Americans and Covertly Filming Escape From Tomorrow at Walt Disney World". 
  3. ^ a b c "Annet Mahendru: 'The Americans' International Woman of Mystery". Rolling Stone. April 2, 2014. Archived from the original on May 3, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Graduation 2004". Newsday (New York City / Long Island). June 19, 2004. Retrieved May 5, 2014.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ Rorke, Robert (March 15, 2014). "'Americans' star a perfect fit as Russian double agent". New York Post. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Annet Mahendru". (Resume) Actors Access (Breakdown Services, Ltd.). Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Annet Mahendru: A Funny Joke from a Beautiful Woman". Esquire. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (May 7, 2013). "FX's The Americans Promotes Two for Season 2". 

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