Parminder Nagra

Parminder Kaur Nagra

Parminder Kaur Nagra(born 5 October 1975)is an English film and television actress, known for playing Jess in the 2002 filmBend It Like Beckhamand Dr. Neela Rasgotra in the NBC medical dramaERfrom 2003 to 2009. She has had several other major television roles, including a starring role as Meera Malik in the NBC crime dramaThe Blacklistfrom 2013 to 2014.

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 Parminder Nagra's Early life

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.

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.

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 Parminder Nagra's Career

1990s to early 2000s[edit]

Nagra's first London theatrical job came in 1994,when she was cast as the Princess in the pantomimeSleeping Beautyat the Theatre Royal Stratford East. AfterSleeping 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 also appeared in "The 6th Wonder of the World: The Kali Tutti Story", in 1994. In 1996, Nagra took a small part in Chikamatsu Monzaemon 'sFair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cardsthat was performed at Cottesloe, Royal National Theatre.

after which she was cast in small television roles in the British medical dramaCasualty, and in the television filmKing Girl, in which Nagra played an abusive member of an all-girl gang. In 1997, Nagra appeared in the three-part dramaTurning Worldopposite Roshan Seth . The following year, she appeared onCasualtyagain. In 1999, she played a convenience store clerk in the television movieDonovan Quick,starring Colin Firth . Also of note were appearances on the British comedyGoodness Gracious Me. Nagra also co-starred in radio plays including, amongst others, plays by Tanika Gupta . In 1998, Nagra co-starred in the radio playDancing Girls of Lahorewhich was co-written by her futureBend It Like Beckhamco-star Shaheen Khan .

Krishna's Lila—A Play of the Asian World(1999) where she was part of a five-person cast in a controversially titled pieceandThe Square Circle(1999) in the demanding role of an illiterate peasant girl who becomes a rape victim,andRiver on Fire(2000), as Kiran, in a retelling of Sophocles 'Antigone. In 2001, Nagra voiced a Muslim girl in the docu-dramaArena: The Veilabout women who choose to wear the Muslim head scarf. In 1997, not long afterFair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards, Nagra was cast inOh 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 .

Bend It Like Beckham[edit]

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.Acknowledging Nagra's actual burn-scarred leg, Chadha wrote it into the film.


In addition, she took on two notable television roles for Channel 4 —as Viola/Cesario in a multicultural version of Shakespeare'sTwelfth Night, and as Heere Sharma in the two-part Anglo-Indian dramaSecond Generation, loosely based on Shakespeare'sKing Lear, directed by Jon Sen and starring Om Puri . AlthoughSecond Generationwas a ratings flop, it was a critical success, earning a place inThe Observernewspaper's top 10 British TV programmes of 2003.[citation needed]It garnered Nagra an Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy (EMMA) Award.For the role, Nagra had to gain the courage to do some of the love scenes that she had vowed not to do as an actress.[citation needed]Her visit to Calcutta to film the final scenes in Calcutta was Nagra's first visit to India.

Nagra on a panel for the Fox TV seriesAlcatraz, along with fellow actors Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones

, was interested in meeting her.Bend It Like Beckhamwriter and director Gurinder Chadha revealed during a 2007 episode of BBC's Movie Connections that she arranged the meeting, because she had recommended Nagra for the role of the new Indian character inERduring a conversation with her friend Wells.[citation needed]At their initial meeting, Wells made Nagra an offer to join the ensemble cast, which she accepted immediately. Recalling the moment, she said, "I had to sit still and act professional, while all the time I just wanted to jump up and run around the room screaming".Not long after the meeting, Nagra signed a one-year contract that included an option for three additional years. Despite her new status, Nagra said, "I don't think Hollywood has changed me at all. The first thing I did when I arrived was buy chapati flour and lentils".[citation needed]

,and the media concurred, anointing her as one of the show's "golden girls".In October 2008, following the departures of Goran Visnjic , Maura Tierney and Mekhi Phifer , Nagra became the longest-serving cast member and star ofERand 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.

Nagra was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctors of Letters by the University of Leicester on 11 July 2007.In 2008, Nagra voiced Cassandra in the DC animated filmBatman: Gotham Knight. Then she co-starred as Dr Lucy Banerjee in the Fox science fiction dramaAlcatrazwhich ran for one season from 16 January to 26 March 2012.Nagra starred as CIA agent Meera Malik in the first season of the NBC crime dramaThe Blacklistfrom 2013 to 2014.

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 Parminder Nagra's Personal life

, Nagra met Irish actor Kieran Creggan with whom she later moved into a flat in Kennington , South London . They dated for five years.

On 8 February 2012, it was reported that Nagra had filed for divorce.The divorce was finalised in July 2013.

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 Parminder Nagra's Filmography

1991 Dushmani Jattan Di
1998 King Girl Ayshe TV film
1999 Park Stories Short film
1999 Donovan Quick Radhika TV film
2002 The Swap Hotel Receptionist TV film
2002 Bend It Like Beckham Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra
2003 Twelfth Night Viola TV film
2003 Second Generation Heere/Sonali Sharma TV film
2004 Ella Enchanted Areida
2005 Maya the Indian Princess Voice role
2008 In Your Dreams Charlie
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Cassandra Voice role
2008 Compulsion Anjika Indrani TV film
2011 Horrid Henry: The Movie Miss Lovely
2012 Twenty8k Deeva Jani
1996, 1998 Casualty Ayisha / Asha Guptah "Land of Hope" (season 10: episode 18)
"Next of Kin" (season 13: episode 11)
1997 Turning World Sabina (season 1: episode 1)
(season 1: episode 2)
(season 1: episode 3)
2000 Goodness Gracious Me Various (season 3: episode 2)
(season 3: episode 5)
2000 Holby City Tina "The Trouble with the Truth" (season 3: episode 7)
2001 Judge John Deed Ishbel McDonald "Exacting Justice (Pilot)"
2002 Always and Everyone Sunita Verma (season 4: episode 1)
2003–2009 ER Dr. Neela Rasgotra Series regular, 129 episodes
2010 The Whole Truth Pilar Shirazee "Liars" (season 1: episode 6)
2012 Alcatraz Dr. Lucille "Lucy" Banerjee Series regular, 11 episodes
2012 Tron: Uprising Ada Voice role
"Isolated" (season 1: episode 6)
2013 Psych Rachael Recurring role, 4 episodes
2013–2014 The Blacklist Meera Malik Series regular, 21 episodes
2015 NCIS: Los Angeles Ella Desai "Expiration Date" (season 6, episode 16)

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 Parminder Nagra's Video Game

  • Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon(2011) - Ops (Voice)

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 Parminder Nagra's Awards

2008 Asian Excellence Awards Outstanding television actressNominated ER
2007 Asian Excellence Awards Outstanding television actressWon ER
2006 Morgan Stanley Great Britons Awards ArtsNominated
2005 South Asian Students' Alliance Recognition of Excellence Award
Outstanding Achievement in Acting (Female)
Won ER
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star—FemaleNominated ER
2004 Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards Best Television ActressWon Second Generation(2003)
2004 Movieline Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance by a FemaleWon Bend It Like Beckham(2002)
2004 Internet Movie Awards Best Breakthrough PerformanceNominated Bend It Like Beckham(2002)
2003 Empire Awards Best NewcomerNominated Bend It Like Beckham(2002)
2003 7th Annual Hollywood Film Festival Awards Hollywood Actress of the YearNominated Bend It Like Beckham(2002)
2003 Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards Best Actress (Film)Nominated Bend It Like Beckham(2002)
2002 FIFA FIFA Presidential AwardWon Bend It Like Beckham(2002)
2002 Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema Golden Wave
Best Actress
(Meilleure Comédienne Long Métrage)
Won Bend It Like Beckham(2002)
Tied with Keira Knightley
2002 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising NewcomerNominated Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
2002 European Film Awards Audience Award Best ActressNominated Bend It Like Beckham(2002)
2002 Carlton Multicultural Achievement Awards FilmNominated Bend It Like Beckham(2002)

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 Parminder Nagra's References

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