31 May 1972
Edgware, London, England
|Alma mater||Brunel University|
Archana Panjabi (born 31 May 1972) is a British actress. She has had various roles in both UK and US television including as Maya Roy in Life on Mars (2006–07), Nas Kamal in NBC crime drama Blindspot (2016–17, 2020), Kendra Malley in Global TV drama Departure (2019), and Kalinda Sharma in CBS Legal drama The Good Wife (2009–15). Her work in the latter 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 shared with the cast. Panjabi is the first Asian actor to win a Primetime Emmy for acting. Additional notable roles include Meenah Khan in East Is East (1999), Pinky Bhamra in Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Yasmin Husseini in Yasmin (2004), and Asra Nomani in A Mighty Heart (2007).
Panjabi was born in Edgware, London to Govind and Padma Panjabi, both Sindhi Hindu immigrants from India. Her ancestry belongs to Sindh, now in Pakistan; her parents settled in India after the Partition of India. She graduated from Brunel University with a degree in management studies in 1994. She is also classically trained in ballet.
Panjabi has appeared in film and television, from early appearances in the 1999 comedy film East is East to the BBC television series Life on Mars. Her first Hollywood role, as a British diplomat, was in the Oscar-winning The Constant Gardener, released in 2005. One of her highest profile film roles was in the 2002 comedy release Bend It Like Beckham. Panjabi then landed the role of witty and wisecracking office colleague Gemma in the 2006 Ridley Scott-directed romantic comedy A Good Year, alongside Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard.
Panjabi next appeared in 2007 with Angelina Jolie in the film adaptation of A Mighty Heart, a book by Mariane Pearl, wife of the journalist Daniel Pearl. Panjabi played the role of former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani. In 2008, she played the role of Chandra Dawkin in Traitor.
She provided the voices for several characters in the British children's television animation Postman Pat. She lent her voice to the video game Dead Space: Extraction. Panjabi appeared on the BBC Four World Cinema Award show in February 2008, arguing the merits of five international hits such as The Lives of Others and Pan's Labyrinth with Jonathan Ross and Christopher Eccleston. In 2009 she portrayed an MI5 agent in the French movie Espion(s), and in the same year she joined the cast of the new CBS television series The Good Wife as Kalinda Sharma, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award. Panjabi is the first actor of Indian descent to win an Emmy award.
In 2010, she played Saamiya Nasir in the British comedy The Infidel. On 28 May 2012, she was cast as pathologist Tanya Reed Smith in BBC Two drama series The Fall. Panjabi appeared as Blaise in the BBC World Service radio series Westway. After leaving The Good Wife in 2015, she guest starred in Fox comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She joined the cast of Shetland series 3.
In December 2017 Panjabi commented in The Daily Telegraph on the improvement for offers of parts for actors from ethnic groups "I think there's definitely been an acknowledgement of there being a lack of diversity..." In an interview with The Guardian in February 2018, subsequent to her The Good Wife success, Panjabi ruefully recalled "An agent told me an Indian woman could never have a Hollywood career." She also starred as Reece Shearsmith's third love interest, in the ITV drama The Widower, first aired in August 2019. She started on TNT’s drama Snowpiercer in Season 3 in 2022.
Panjabi was appointed the first Pratham USA Ambassador, representing the largest educational movement in India. She is a celebrity participant in the Rotary International's "This Close" public service campaign to end polio. In support of women's rights, she has partnered with Amnesty International to head their Stop Violence Against Women campaign to change the "no recourse to public funds" rule that traps women in a cycle of violence. On 9 February 2011, Panjabi walked in The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show to increase awareness of the danger of heart disease, the number one killer of women. The Harvard Foundation and Office for the Arts at Harvard University invited Panjabi to participate in their Artist in Residence Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to share her creative process as an actress.
Panjabi was awarded the Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. She was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The Good Wife, winning in 2010. She won an NAACP Image Award in 2011 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the same role. She was also nominated for three SAG Awards with her co-stars of The Good Wife for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
|1999||East is East||Meenah Khan|
|2001||Delilah||Adult Pim||Short film|
|2002||Black Nor White||Sangeeta||Short film|
|2002||Bend It Like Beckham||Pinky Bhamra|
|2002||Arranged Marriage||Shashi||Short film|
|2003||Code 46||Check In|
|2003||Cross My Heart||Sumi|
|2005||The Constant Gardener||Ghita Pearson|
|2006||A Good Year||Gemma|
|2007||Flying Lessons||Sharmila||Italian title: Lezioni di volo|
|2007||I Could Never Be Your Woman||Casting Girl|
|2007||A Mighty Heart||Asra Nomani|
|2008||My World||Teacher||Short film|
|2009||Be Good||Animal Adoption Officer||Short film|
|2010||The Infidel||Saamiya Nasir|
|2010||The Happiness Salesman||Karen||Short film|
|2013||The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby||Unknown||Panjabi appears in sequels Him and Her.|
|2014||I Origins||Priya Varma|
|1994||Siren Spirits||Joyoti||Episode: "Bideshi"|
|1996||The Thin Blue Line||Nazia Habib||Episode: "Alternative Culture"|
|2000||Brand Spanking New Show||Various||12 episodes|
|2001||A Mind to Kill||Lamisa Khan||Episode: "Colour Blind"|
|2001||Murder in Mind||WPC Jill Evans||Episode: "Vigilante"|
|2001||The Bill||Shanaz Arad||2 episodes|
|2002||Single Voices||N/A||Episode: "Little Englander"|
|2002||Holby City||Ali Safron||Episode: "From This Moment On"|
|2002||My Family||Dental Assistant||Episode: "Of Mice and Ben"|
|2002||White Teeth||Alsana||4 episodes|
|2003||The Canterbury Tales||Clare||Episode: "The Man of Law's Tale"|
|2003–2004||Grease Monkeys||Rita Dhillon||20 episodes|
|2004||Sea of Souls||Megan Sharma||6 episodes|
|2004–2006||Postman Pat||Meera Bains, Katy Pottage and Nisha Bains||17 episodes|
|2006–2007||Life on Mars||Maya Roy||2 episodes|
|2007||Silent Witness||Amita Joshi||2 episodes|
|2009||Personal Affairs||Jane Lesser||5 episodes|
|2009–2015||The Good Wife||Kalinda Sharma||Main role (season 1–6)|
|2013–2014||The Fall||Professor Reed Smith||Main role|
|2014||The Widower||Simone Banerjee||Miniseries|
|2015||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Lieutenant Singh||Episode: "The Funeral"|
|2016||Shetland||Detective Sergeant Asha Israni||Main role (series 3)|
|2016||The Jury||Kim Dempsey||Unsold TV pilot|
|2016||Power Monkeys||Preeya||Main role|
|2016–2018, 2020||Blindspot||Nas Kamal||Main role (season 2); guest role (seasons 3 & 5)|
|2017||Bull||Arti Cander||1 episode: "The Devil, The Detail"|
|2017||BoJack Horseman||Tilda Madison||Voice role; episode: "Commence Fracking"|
|2018||Next of Kin||Mona Harcourt||6 episodes, also executive producer|
|2019–present||Departure||Kendra Malley||Main role, also executive producer|
|2019||Still Open All Hours||Jasmin||Recurring role (series 6), 4 episodes|
|2020||I Know This Much Is True||Dr. Patel||Miniseries|
|2021||Star Wars: The Bad Batch||Depa Billaba||Voice role; Episode: ‘’Aftermath’’|
|2022||Snowpiercer||Asha||Main role (season 3)|
|TBA||Hijack||Zahra Gahfoor||Upcoming miniseries|
|1995||Under the Moon||Heena|
|2000||In The Beginning||Basya|
|2001||Ivor the Invisible||Leila|
|2002||The Secret||Nadia's PO|
|2003||This Little Life||Niala|
|2005||A Very Social Secretary||Ashley|
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Married at 26 to bespoke tailor Rajesh Nihalani. They have 5 dogs and 3 cats. Archie left him at home in England for her first nine months to work on the role [in TV show The Good Wife]
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