Annet Mahendru

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Annet Mahendru
Born Afghanistan
Occupation Actress

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

Early life[edit]

Mahendru was born to a Russian mother and an Indian father in Afghanistan.[1] She had a "gypsy" childhood, regularly travelling between Saint Petersburg and Frankfurt before moving to East Meadow in the town of Hempstead, New York, at the age of 13.[2] She is fluent in German, Russian and English, and also speaks French, Persian and Hindi[3] and initially wanted to use her "ethnic ambiguity" to work for the United Nations.[4] She was enrolled at New York University for a Master's degree in international relations, but dropped out to pursue acting.[2] She then moved to Los Angeles and studied improv at The Groundlings.[2]


A recurring star in the first season of The Americans, Mahendru was promoted to a series regular for the second season.[5]


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
2013 White Collar Katya Season 5, Episode 6
2013 Escape from Tomorrow Isabelle
2013 The Blacklist Agent Rosen 2 episodes


  1. ^ Goldman, Eric (April 16, 2013). "Annet Mahendru Discusses Nina's Future on The Americans and Covertly Filming Escape From Tomorrow at Walt Disney World". 
  2. ^ a b c "Annet Mahendru: 'The Americans' International Woman of Mystery". Rolling Stone. April 2, 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Annet Mahendru". (Resume) Actors Access (Breakdown Services, Ltd.). Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Annet Mahendru: A Funny Joke from a Beautiful Woman". Esquire. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (May 7, 2013). "FX's The Americans Promotes Two for Season 2". 

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