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Parminder Nagra Biography

Birth Name:
Parminder Kaur Nagra
Birth Place:
Leicester, England

Fast Facts

  • 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


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