Parminder Nagra
British actor
Parminder Nagra
Parminder Nagra is a British actress of Indian descent. She rose to international prominence in 2002 after starring in Bend It Like Beckham. She starred as Dr. Neela Rasgotra in the American medical drama series ER for six years until the series ended on 2 April 2009. She was married to photographer James Stenson, with whom she has a son, Kai David Singh Stenson, who was born on 19 May 2009.
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A Brown Girl’s Tribute To The Glory That Was 'Bend It Like Beckham'
Huffington Post - 6 months
 It was 2003. The year of “Love Actually,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Elf.” Three iconic blockbuster films with predominantly white casts and a meager sprinkling of diverse faces thrown in to move the plot along. And then, like a unexpected gift from the cinema gods above, came “Bend It like Beckham,” a movie that had one thing all those other theater-packing, Hollywood hits didn’t have. Jess Bhamra. A brown girl like me. When I first saw the trailer for the film, I thought, “Beckham … What a strange name for a brown girl.”  It wasn’t until I sat down with my younger sister to watch the movie that I understood ― this was a film that about the immigrant Indian experience. Jess, wasn’t just the nerdy best friend, the submissive shy girl, or the exotic temptress (all tropes that are far too common for Asian women). She was the main character ― a girl with many layers and quirks, whose long braid came loose, a girl who had a knack for getting what she ...
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15 TV Pilots We Hope Get Made Into Series (2015 Edition)
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
The annual network Upfronts are practically here (NBC kicks things off May 11), which means the big networks will make huge decisions that will affect the rest of your life: by deciding what we'll get to watch on TV in the 2015-2016 season. Cancellations and renewals are just around the corner, and we're too nervous to even think about those right now, but the good news is that Upfronts also signal that final push in the birthing of new television shows. (One has already started.) The circle of TV life! But which television pilots should networks choose to populate their new schedule? It's a difficult decision for any stuffy network suit, but I'm here to point them in the right direction because I have can't-miss taste and know how to pick a winner. Below I've chosen 15 pilots that I'd like to see get made and thrown on next season's television schedule, and where available, created a state-of-the-art artist's interpretation of what the show might look like. As always, a few things bef ...
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Miss America and the Indian Beauty Myth
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nina Davuluri made history Sunday night when she became the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America. Much of the media coverage since has focused on the entirely predictable racist comments tweeted after she won ("OMG Miss America is a terrorist!" -- wow, I didn't see that one coming). Of course, that only lasted a few hours before public shaming websites popped up exposing the bigoted tweeters and encouraging followers to spam them back. The pushback is heartening and well-intentioned, but misses what ought to be the real shame target: India. After all, despite being a country of almost a billion people, India has left it to America to crown the first Indian beauty queen who looks... well, Indian. The Indian beauty myth has its roots in the so-called history of the Aryan-Dravidian divide, which has permeated Indian consciousness for decades. As the story goes, Aryans invaded India sometime in 1200 B.C., driving Dravidians, the original Indian race, farther south. The Aryans- ...
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Parminder Nagra lists Los Feliz house for sale
LATimes - over 3 years
Actress Parminder Nagra has listed a home in Los Feliz for sale at $1.349 million.
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Marg Helgenberger Is Heading Back To CBS!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Marg Helgenberger is headed back to CBS. According to EW, the "CSI" vet has joined "Intelligence," a pilot that centers on an agent who has a microchip planted in his brain that gives him access to the whole electromagnetic spectrum of Cybercom. The pilot will also star Josh Holloway, Michael Rady and James Martinez. In other pilot news... Chris Lowell has been "Enlisted." The "Private Practice" alum has joined Fox's military pilot as Derrick, one of three brothers. [TVLine] Parminder Nagra is ABC-bound. The "ER" actress is headed to "Reckless" as Susan, the chief financial officer to the family the pilot centers on. [THR] Megan Boone has joined "Blacklist." Boone will appear in the NBC drama pilot as Elizabeth Keen, a new FBI agent. [Deadline] Audra McDonald is headed to "Ordained." The "Private Practice" vet will co-star on CBS' "The Ordained" as a senior litigator named Anthea. [THR] Anna Friel is on her way to "The Vatican." The "Pushing Daises" al ...
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'Psych' Premiere Sneak Peek: Shawn Reacts To A Shocking Family Crisis
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Psych" fans have waited almost a year for the premiere of Season 7 and to find out what would happen after Shawn's (James Roday) father Henry (Corbin Bernsen) was shot. In HuffPost TV's exclusive clip from "Santabarbaratown 2," the Season 7 premiere of the USA seres, Shawn visits his father Henry in the hospital. Juliet (Maggie Lawson) is by Shawn's side, but it's still a tough moment. Juliet has advice for Shawn, but will the fake detective follow it? There are no guest stars in this clip, but as "Psych" Season 7 rolls on, the pop-culture-obsessed USA show will receive visits from Garcelle Beauvais, Jeffrey Tambor and WWE’s Big Show, and Parminder Nagra will play a possible love interest for Gus. That's not all: Cybill Shepherd and Kristy Swanson will return to "Pysch" in Season 7, and the show will air a two-hour musical as well. "Psych" Season 7 premiere on Wednesday, February 27 at 10 p.m. EST on USA.
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Interview with Parminder Nagra: ‘An Indian British girl in 1960s Alcatraz, what’s going on there?’
The Independent - over 4 years
The Hollywood actress best-known for her roles in ‘Bend it like Beckham’ and ‘ER’ spoke to Neela Debnath about her new film ‘Twenty8k’ , working on science fiction series ‘Alcatraz’ and opportunities for actors from ethnic minorities.
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Comic-Con: Psych Scoop on the 100th Episode, the Movie Musical and Juliet's Stepdad Revealed
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Comic-Con: Psych Scoop on the 100th Episode, the Movie Musical and Juliet's Stepdad Revealed Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 08:57 a.m., Friday, July 13, 2012 Sporting a T-shirt with question marks on the front and the back, Bernsen was introduced last when a chair and name tag were pulled out from behind the stage for him. [...] despite the lack of clues about Henry's status, the cast and executive producers were more than happy to offer plenty of other spoilers: Series creator Steve Franks proudly announced that a two-hour movie musical episode of Psych has been partially written and will start shooting in October. Producers estimate that the episode will feature about 10 original songs, which are being written by Franks and the show's music composer. Fans in attendance were treated to their f ...
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Coeli Carr: Nurse Jackie Actor Defies Limitations of Indian Stereotypes
The Guestlist - almost 5 years
Indian-American actor Arjun Gupta describes Sam, the character he portrays on Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie, as a recovering drug abuser who's simply trying to live his life with both feet on the ground. "In other words, I'm not a terrorist, computer nerd, doctor or emasculated male," he says. "These are the handful of archetypes that Indian actors typically get cast to play." Image courtesy of Coeli Carr I caught up with Gupta late last week when he was a supportive presence at the fourth annual gala of the Nanubhai Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to education reform in rural India. "I like fragmenting what it means to be Indian in this country," says Gupta. As a nurse on the graveyard shift with substance-abuse tendencies -- not your more Indian-friendly physician type -- Gupta is going against the grain. "When you see American actors, you associate them with playing hundreds of different characters, but Indians in the media are usually portrayed ...
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Parminder Nagra splits from husband
The Times of India - about 5 years
Actress <a class="fplink fp-213105" href="/parminder+nagra+1">Parminder Nagra</a>, of "Bend It Like Beckham" fame, has filed for divorce from her photographer husband James Stenson.
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REPORT: Bend It Like Beckham Star Parminder Nagra Files for Divorce
Gossip Cop - about 5 years
(GettyImages.com) <a class="fplink fp-213105" href="/parminder+nagra+1">Parminder Nagra</a>, the star of Bend It Like Beckham, has reportedly filed for divorce from photographer James Stenson. She cited “irreconcilable differences,” according to documents obtained by TMZ. The couple got married in 2009 and have a two-year-old son. Nagra starred for several years on “ER” and now appears on “Alcatraz.” Follow @GossipCop on Twitter! Like us on Facebook!
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Parminder Nagra looks stunning in plunging blue dress as she joins co-stars at Alcatraz launch
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The British actress, 36, joined her fellow cast members at the premiere of the show at the famed former prison in San Francisco Bay yesterday.
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La television deja de ser la caja idiota - Vanguardia.com.mx
Google News - over 5 years
Se trata de “Alcatraz”, protagonizada por Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”), Jorge García (“Lost”) y Parminder Nagra (“ER”), cuya trama se centra en los misterios que rodean la famosa prisión californiana. La serie, que se estrenará en enero próximo en EU,
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South Asian actors breaking into Hollywood - The Vancouver Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Parminder Nagra. Born in Leicester, England. Both parents are Sikh from Punjab, India. Parminder starred in Bend it Like Beckham and ER. Dev Patel. Born in Harrow, Greater London, England. Mother and Father are Gujarati Indian parents from Nairobi,
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Messi magic in desi Movie - Times of India
Google News - over 5 years
... with him using the live footage in his film,&quot; he adds. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) This Gurinder Chadha film is as much about soccer as it is about breaking free and chasing ones dreams. Stars Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley in a breakout role
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Las series que vienen - Vanguardia.com.mx
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;Alcatraz&quot;, protagonizada por Sam Neill (&quot;Parque Jurásico&quot;), Jorge García (&quot;Perdidos&quot;) y Parminder Nagra (&quot;Quiero ser como Beckham&quot;) está centrada en los misterios que rodean los pabellones y celdas de la famosa prisión estadounidense, situada en la
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Spielberg y Abrahams, en lucha por el rating en tv - El Universal.mx
Google News - over 5 years
Alcatraz, protagonizada por Sam Neill (Parque Jurásico), Jorge García (Perdidos) y Parminder Nagra (Quiero ser como Beckham) está centrada en los misterios que rodean los pabellones y celdas de la famosa prisión estadounidense, situada en San Francisco
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Horrid Henry Gets Horrid on iOS - prMac (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Horrid Henry; The Movie features a stellar cast; Anjelica Huston, Richard E.Grant, Parminder Nagra, Mathew Horne, Kimberley Walsh, Prunella Scales, Jo Brand, Noel Fielding and introduces Theo Stevenson as Horrid Henry
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WIN! Cinema tickets to see Horrid Henry - Worksop Today
Google News - over 5 years
Based on the best selling books by Francesca Simon, the film adaptation features Richard E. Grant, Angelica Huston, Dick and Dom, Mathew Horne, Parminder Nagra, Jo Brand, Noel Fielding and Kimberley Walsh as the grownups who must contend with Henry&#39;s
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Parminder Nagra
    THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 37
    Nagra starred as CIA agent Meera Malik in the first season of the NBC crime drama The Blacklist from 2013 to 2014.
    More Details Hide Details While on the set of the Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards, Nagra met Irish actor Kieran Creggan with whom she later moved into a flat in Kennington, South London. They dated for five years.
    She has had several other major television roles, including a starring role as Meera Malik in the NBC crime drama The Blacklist from 2013 to 2014 and will be on the ABC/Marvel Television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a recurring character for its 4th season.
    More Details Hide Details Nagra was born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, to Sukha and Nashuter Nagra, Sikh factory workers who emigrated from the Punjab region of India in the 1960s. She is the eldest of four children with two brothers and a sister. Nagra attended the Northfield House Primary School in Leicester. At her comprehensive school, Soar Valley College, she played the viola in the youth orchestra and also appeared in her first theatrical productions. A few months after sitting her A-levels and leaving school, Nagra was approached by Jez Simons, her former drama instructor, about becoming part of the Leicester-based theatre company Haithizi Productions, for which he served as the artistic director.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    On 8 February 2012, it was reported that Nagra had filed for divorce. The divorce was finalised in July 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Nagra was one of the bearers of the Olympic torch as it passed through London on its way to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
    Then she co-starred as Dr Lucy Banerjee in the Fox science fiction drama Alcatraz which ran for one season from 16 January to 26 March 2012.
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  • 2009
    Age 33
    On 19 May 2009, she gave birth to their son Kai David Singh Stenson.
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    On 17 January 2009, after a seven-year relationship, Nagra married photographer James Stenson.
    More Details Hide Details Her ER co-stars Scott Grimes and John Stamos performed at the ceremony, and her friend and former ER co-star Maura Tierney officiated.
  • 2008
    Age 32
    In 2008, Nagra voiced Cassandra in the DC animated film Batman: Gotham Knight.
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  • 2007
    Age 31
    Nagra was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctors of Letters by the University of Leicester on 11 July 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 30
    She was nominated in 2006 for an Asian Excellence Award, in the category of Outstanding Female Television Performance, for her work in ER, and won the award the following year.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 29
    When Nagra finished filming the eleventh season of ER in 2005, she returned to her native Leicester to star in Love in Little India directed by Amit Gupta.
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  • 2004
    Age 28
    Noah Wyle, announcing his departure from the series in 2004, described Nagra as "the future" of ER, and the media concurred, anointing her as one of the show's "golden girls".
    More Details Hide Details In October 2008, following the departures of Goran Visnjic, Maura Tierney and Mekhi Phifer, Nagra became the longest-serving cast member and star of ER and remained so until the series concluded with season 15: episode 22, the two-hour series finale titled "And in the End" which aired on 2 April 2009.
  • 2003
    Age 27
    Nagra made her first appearance on ER on 25 September 2003, in the tenth season premiere titled "Now What?" as Neela Rasgotra, a new Yale-educated Anglo-Indian medical student to County General Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Wells adapted the role to suit Nagra, so she could use her own English accent while working. Nagra appeared in twenty-one of the season's twenty-two episodes, including the twelfth episode titled "NICU" and the seventeenth episode titled "The Student", episodes in which her character played a central role.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    In 2001, Nagra voiced a Muslim girl in the docu-drama Arena: The Veil about women who choose to wear the Muslim head scarf.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, not long after Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards, Nagra was cast in Oh Sweet Sita, an adaptation of Indian mythology about Rama and his wife Sita, as the title role of Sita. During that time, Nagra caught the attention of director Gurinder Chadha. Nagra co-starred in Gurinder Chadha's comedy-drama Bend It Like Beckham, which became her breakthrough film, opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan and Keira Knightley, for whom this film also became a career breakthrough. It was directed by Chadha. Nagra played Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra, a teenage Sikh football player who idolises football superstar David Beckham and defies her traditional parents to pursue her dreams of playing football. The small-budget film was a critical and financial success in the United Kingdom, eventually making the leap around the world and to Canada and the U.S. where it earned over $30 million at the box office. The script was written by Chadha with her husband Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindra with Nagra in mind. While initially indifferent to the game of football, Nagra found the football-centred story to be both funny and touching. She agreed to audition and eventually accepted the role. An intensive ten-week training course in the game Futebol De Salao, coached by Simon Clifford, put Nagra through rigorous nine-hour-a-day workouts. Nagra learned to "bend" or curve the ball in flight, as she did in a scene in the film.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    In 1998, Nagra co-starred in the radio play Dancing Girls of Lahore which was co-written by her future Bend It Like Beckham co-star Shaheen Khan.
    More Details Hide Details Nagra's other notable stage roles during this period include appearances in Skeleton (1997), with critical acclaim for her "bright-eyed vivacity" as the village girl, and A Tainted Dawn (1997) where she played a Hindu boy accidentally left in Pakistan and brought up by a Muslim couple, Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings & A Funeral (1998) where she showed her skills as a romantic comedian, also to critical acclaim; Krishna's Lila—A Play of the Asian World (1999) where she was part of a five-person cast in a controversially titled piece and The Square Circle (1999) in the demanding role of an illiterate peasant girl who becomes a rape victim, and River on Fire (2000), as Kiran, in a retelling of Sophocles' Antigone.
  • 1997
    Age 21
    In 1997, Nagra appeared in the three-part drama Turning World opposite Roshan Seth.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she appeared on Casualty again. In 1999, she played a convenience store clerk in the television movie Donovan Quick, starring Colin Firth. Also of note were appearances on the British comedy Goodness Gracious Me. Nagra also co-starred in radio plays including, amongst others, plays by Tanika Gupta.
  • 1996
    Age 20
    In 1996, Nagra took a small part in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards that was performed at Cottesloe, Royal National Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Despite lacking formal theatrical training, Nagra signed with Joan Brown, a veteran London-based agent, after which she was cast in small television roles in the British medical drama Casualty, and in the television film King Girl, in which Nagra played an abusive member of an all-girl gang.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1994
    Age 18
    She also appeared in "The 6th Wonder of the World: The Kali Tutti Story", in 1994.
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    Nagra left Leicester for London and decided not to go to university and began pursuing a theatrical career and her childhood ambition of becoming an actress. Nagra's first London theatrical job came in 1994, when she was cast as the Princess in the pantomime Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
    More Details Hide Details After Sleeping Beauty, Nagra worked with small Indian theatre companies such as Tara Arts and Tamasha. These roles eventually led to radio and television appearances that defined her career throughout most of the 1990s.
    She accepted and was cast as a chorus member in the 1994 musical Nimai presented at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Only a week into rehearsals, she was switched from the chorus to replace the lead actress, who had dropped out. Simons recalls that Nagra, a good singer and actress, also had a quality that raised her above other actresses which led him to select her as the new lead.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Born on October 5, 1975.
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