Annet Mahendru

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Annet Mahendru
Born Anita Devi Mahendru
Kabul, Afghanistan
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Anita Devi "Annet" Mahendru[1] is an Afghan-born Russian–Indian actress, best known for her role as Nina Sergeevna on the FX series The Americans.

Early and personal life[edit]

Mahendru was born in Kabul, the daughter of Olga and Ghanshan "Ken" Mahendru. Her mother is a Russian businesswoman and artist, and her father is a Hindu Indian professor and journalist.[1][2] She had what she calls a "gypsy" childhood, regularly travelling between St. Petersburg and Frankfurt before moving with her father to East Meadow, New York at the age of 13 after her parents separated.[3]

Mahendru 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]

Mahendru 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]


Mahendru began her acting career in 2006, appearing in an episode of the sitcom Love Monkey, an episode of the drama Conviction, a Law & Order spinoff, and the short film The Art of Love. The following year, she appeared in an episode of the HBO comedy-drama Entourage. Her next significant roles came in 2011, in episodes of the sitcoms Big Time Rush and 2 Broke Girls. In 2012, she starred in an episode of the sitcom Mike & Molly.

In 2013, she began playing the recurring character Nina Sergeevna on the FX drama The Americans, appeared in an episode of the crime series White Collar, played Agent Rosen in two episodes of the crime drama The Blacklist and starred in her first film, the fantasy horror Escape from Tomorrow, which drew attention because most of it was filmed on location at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland without permission from The Walt Disney Company, owner and operator of both parks.[2][8]

In 2014, Mahendru was promoted to a series regular for the second season of The Americans.[9] She also starred in the comedy-drama film Bridge and Tunnel and had a voice role in the 2014 animated film Penguins of Madagascar.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Art of Love Kala Short film
2008 El Padrino 2 Serge's Wife
2009 Erza: Fear of a Faceless God Erza
2010 Ungu Narrator Short film
2010 Duel of the Overmen Ausler Short film
2011 El Padrino II: Border Intrusion Serge's Wife
2011 American Badass: Bernie's Back! Janet
2011 The Hollow Katie Short film
2011 Missed Call Steph Short film
2011 Love, Gloria Katie
2011 Almaz Natasha Short film
2012 Got Rights? Afghani Female Short film
2012 Captain Planet 3 Scripty Short film
2013 Escape from Tomorrow Isabelle
2013 Metropolitan Stories Esmeralda Short film
2014 Bridge and Tunnel Kelly Jones
2014 Penguins of Madagascar Eva Voice
2015 Sally Pacholok[1] Sally Pacholok


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Love Monkey Groupie Episode: "The One That Got Away"
2006 Conviction Waitress Episode: "180.80"
2007 Entourage French Girlfriend Episode: "The Cannes Kids"
2011 Torchwood: Web of Lies Pilot Voice
Episode: "Missing Day: Part 1"
2011 Big Time Rush Princess Svetlana Episode: "Big Time Wedding"
2011 2 Broke Girls Robin Episode: "And the Pop-Up Sale"
2012 Mike & Molly Flight Attendant Episode: "The Honeymoon is Over"
2013 The Blacklist Agent Rosen 2 episodes
2013 White Collar Katya Episode: "Ice Breaker"
2013–present The Americans Nina Sergeevna Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 Grey's Anatomy Ana Episode: "Only Mama Knows"


  1. ^ a b c d Lovece, Frank (May 4, 2014). "Fast Chat: Annet Mahendru". Newsday (New York City / Long Island). p. 91. Retrieved May 5, 2014. Currently in Baltimore shooting the title role of the fact-based medical drama 'Sally Pacholok'..." 
  2. ^ a b 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. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (January 19, 2013). "Sundance 2013: How did a newbie make an unapproved film in Disney parks?". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (May 7, 2013). "FX's The Americans Promotes Two for Season 2". 

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