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|Born:||May 31, 1972|
Archana "Archie" Panjabi (born 31 May 1972) is a British actress recognized for her roles in the 1999 film East is East, the 2002 comedy film Bend It Like Beckham and as Kalinda Sharma on the current CBS television series The Good Wife.
 Personal life
Archie Panjabi (Archana Punjabi) was born in London. Her parents Govind and Padma Panjabi are from India. At the age of 26, she married fellow Sindhi Rajesh Nihalani, a tailor.
Panjabi has taken acting roles in both film and television, from early appearances in the 1999 comedy film East is East to the recent 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 2007, Panjabi appeared 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. Panjabi has also provided the voices for several characters in the British children's television animation Postman Pat. Panjabi 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. Her most recent film role is as Saamiya Nasir in the British comedy The Infidel.
Her performance in A Mighty Heart earned her The Chopard Trophy for a Breakout Performance at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2005, she won the Shooting Star Award for her role as the title character in Yasmin at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Best Actress award in the same year at the Reims Film Festival. On 29 August 2010, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife.