Fast Facts

  • Spent part of childhood living in Mumbai.
  • Considers herself to be part Bombayite, part British.
  • Acting career greatly encouraged by writing a letter to actor Nick Berry of EastEnders; he suggested she find an agent, so she did.
  • Planned to get Ph.D. in management before acting career took off.
  • Film debut in 1999's East Is East.
  • Named best actress at the Reims Festival for 2004's Yasmin and received the Shooting Star Award at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival for the same film.
  • Won the Chopard Trophy for Breakthrough Performance at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for A Mighty Heart. 
  • Is known for possessing a great ear for accents.

Awards

  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Raj Nihlipandi — Husband

College

  • Brunel University, London, England (BS in Management Studies, 1996)

Details

  • Birth Name: Archana Kaur Punjabi
  • Birth Place: Edgware, Middlesex, England
  • Birthday: May 31, 1973, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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