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Emmy Award-winning actress, Archie Panjabi, currently stars as Kalinda Sharma on CBS’ critically acclaimed hit drama, The Good Wife. Archie’s portrayal as the mysterious and tenaciously tough investigator captivated both viewers and critics alike earning her the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2010).
Her big screen credits include domestic and international hits Bend It Like Beckham, Yasmin, The Constant Gardner, A Good Year and A Mighty Heart. Her international film accolades include the Best Actress Award at the Reims Festival (2005), the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival (2005), the Best Actress Award at the Mons International Festival (2005) and The Chopard Trophy at The Cannes Film Festival (2007). She was named one of the Top 10 Faces on TV to Watch by Variety (2009), celebrated as one of the Breakout TV Stars of the Year by Entertainment Weekly (2010) and named as one of the Top Young Power Women Under 40 by Verve Magazine (2011).
In addition to her work as an actress, Archie has dedicated herself to several philanthropic endeavors globally. In 2011, she was appointed the first Pratham USA Ambassador representing the largest educational movement in India. Additional highlights include: Rotary International in partnership with UNICEF, The Gates Foundation, The CDC and WHO for the ”We are this Close” international campaign to eradicate the last 1% of polio left in the world, The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and partner organizations for their national campaign, The Heart Truth®, where the campaign's goal is to increase awareness of the danger of heart disease, the #1 killer of women. 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. In 2011, she accepted an invitation to participate in Harvard University’s prestigious Artist in Residence Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts and received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater Brunel University in England.
Born in the United Kingdom (Edgware, Middlesex, England), Panjabi spent a portion of her childhood in Mumbai (Bombay) India and considers herself “part Bombayite, part British”. With a great love of travel, she enjoys exploring new countries and cultures identifying causes and issues to which she can lend her support.
A graduate from Brunel University in England, with a degree in Management Studies, Archie had always wanted to become an actress. She wrote a letter to actor Nick Berry of EastEnders, hired an agent and her career began. Ms. Panjabi currently resides in New York and London.