Parminder Nagra

  • Birth Name: Parminder Kaur Nagra
  • Birth Place: Leicester, England
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Her Sikh parents emigrated from the Northern Indian state of Punjab to the UK in the 1960s.
  • Her middle name "Kaur" means "princess."
  • Picked up ideas about acting by watching performances at a British theater where she worked as an usher.
  • Madonna was a childhood idol of hers. 
  • Appeared in the 1999 TV-movie Donovan Quick, which featured Colin Firth.
  • Breakout role was in the 2002 movie Bend It like Beckham; ER producer John Wells offered her a job based on her work in the film.
  • Tore a knee ligament while playing ice hockey for a 2007 episode of ER.
  • Received an honorary doctorate from Leicester University, which is located in her hometown, in 2007.
  • Had two wedding ceremonies on the same day for her 2009 nuptials: a small Sikh ceremony at her home, and a larger civil ceremony, which was officiated by her ER costar Maura Tierney, at a hotel.
  • Enjoys running.


  • Sucha Nagra — Father
  • Kai David Singh Stenson — Son
  • Nashuter Nagra — Mother
  • James Stenson — Husband (separated)

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