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Chriselle Almeida is an actress of Indian origin. She was born in Mumbai, India and raised in Fairfield, CT. She started her career Off-Broadway in New York Cityand currently lives in Los Angeles. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Connecticut-Storrs and received a full scholarship towards her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from University of California, Los Angeles. Her role as a Bollywood starlet who has an affair with a female journalist in [[When Kiran met Karen caused some controversy in India. She also was a guest star playing the role of Lakshmi, a prospective bride for Raj Koothrappali who turns out to be a closet lesbian in The Big Bang Theory episode, "The Transporter Malfunction". It was a dream come true working with the master of comedy Chuck Lorre. Other credits include "Grey's Anatomy" where she worked across Geena Davis, "Melissa and Joey" with Melissa Joan Hart, "Gossip Girl" with Jessica Szohr and "Sex and the City 2" with all for leads Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall. Other Acting Credits include Body of Proof, Loosely Exactly Nicole and Miss Indian AmericaThrough the years her national commercials including Verizon, Bank of America, Toyota KFC. Most recently she was nominated for Best Lead Actress at the Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California Film Festival for a short film.
- "Chriselle Almeida plays a lesbian in 'When Kiran met Karen'". MSN Entertainment. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-08.