Archie Panjabi

Archana "Archie" Panjabi (born 31 May 1972) is a British actress, best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife. Her portrayal has 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. Her other notable roles include Yasmin Husseini in Yasmin (2005), Pinky Bhamra in Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Asra Nomani in A Mighty Heart (2007).

    Early life

    Panjabi was born in London, to Govind and Padma Punjabi, both Sindhi Hindu immigrants from India. She graduated from Brunel University with a degree in management studies in 1996. She is also classically trained in ballet.


    Panjabi has appeared in both 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. In 2006 the Ridley Scott directed romantic comedy starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard included Panjabi as the witty and wisecracking office colleague Gemma in A Good Year.

    Panjabi next appeared in 2007 with Angelina Jolie in the movie adaptation of A Mighty Heart, a book by Mariane Pearl, wife of the journalist Daniel Pearl, playing the role of former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani.

    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.

    In 2010, she played Saamiya Nasir in the British comedy The Infidel. On 28 May 2012, she was cast as Tanya Reed Smith, a pathologist, in BBC Two drama series The Fall. Panjabi appeared as Blaise in the BBC World Service radio series Westway.

    Panjabi won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife.


    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 Chopard Trophy in 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.

    Personal life

    In 1998, Panjabi married tailor Rajesh Nihalani in an arranged marriage.



    Panjabi in The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Show (2011) which was aimed for raising heart disease awareness.
    Year Title Role Notes
    1995 Bideshi Joyoti Short film
    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
    2004 Yasmin Yasmin
    2005 Chromophobia Sarita
    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 Traitor Chandra Dawkin
    2008 My World Teacher Short film
    2009 Espion(s) Anna
    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
    2015 San Andreas Serena


    Year Title Role Notes
    1994 Siren Spirits Joyoti Episode: "Bideshi"
    1995 Under the Moon Heena TV movie
    1996 The Thin Blue Line Nazia Habib Episode: "Alternative Culture"
    1997 Dad Unknown Episode: "Dadmestic"
    2000 Brand Spanking New Show Various 12 episodes
    2000 In The Beginning Basya TV movie
    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
    2001 Ivor the Invisible Leila Voice role
    2002 Single Voices Unknown Episode: "Little Englander"
    2002 The Secret Nadia's PO TV movie
    2002 Holby City Ali Safron Episode: "From This Moment On"
    2002 Tough Love Chandra TV movie
    2002 My Family Dental Assistant Episode: "Of Mice and Ben"
    2002 White Teeth Alsana 4 episodes
    2003 This Little Life Niala TV movie
    2003 Final Demand Farida TV movie
    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 Baines 24 episodes, voice role
    2005 A Very Social Secretary Ashley TV movie
    2006–2007 Life on Mars Maya Roy 2 episodes
    2007 Silent Witness Amita Joshi 2 episodes
    2007 Love Triangle Voice role Short film
    2009 Personal Affairs (aka P.A's) Jane Lesser 5 episodes
    2009–2015 The Good Wife Kalinda Sharma Main role, 134 episodes
    2013–present The Fall Tanya Reed Smith 9 episodes
    2014 The Widower Simone Banerjee 2 episodes
    2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Lieutenant Singh Episode: "The Funeral"
    2016 Galaxy World of Alisa Queen Tira British English voice, Episode: Racing on Desert


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