Described by the critics as being one of the most unique, sophisticated and beautifully drawn characters on TV ever, Archie Panjabi’s Emmy Award- winning performance of the provocative Kalinda Sharma on CBS’s hit show "The Good Wife" continues to be a fan favorite with viewers and critics alike. In 2011, Panjabi was named as One of the Eight Master Performers Who turn Television into Art by The New York Times Magazine. In 2013 Panjabi was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Panjabi made her film debut as tomboy football mad Meenah Khan in the critically acclaimed and hugely popular film "East is East," which received a 10-minute standing ovation at Cannes and won a BAFTA for Best film in 2000. Panjabi went on to star in the international hit, "Bend It Like Beckham." It was nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe, and Panjabi was awarded a BBC Mega Mela for her performance. She then went onto to work with Ralph Fiennes in the John Le Carre novel "The Constant Gardener." The film was nominated for 10 BAFTAS and won an Oscar.
In her next film role, Panjabi was cast at the lead in the award-winning "Yasmin," written by the Oscar-winning writer of "Slumdog Millionaire," Simon Beaufoy. Her performance was internationally praised and she was awarded numerous Best Actress Awards including one from the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. In 2006 Ridley Scott cast her as Gemma, Russell Crowe’s scene stealing, mischievous and savvy assistant in 20th Century Fox comedy “A Good Year,” an adaptation of Peter Mayle’s popular novel. In 2007 Michael Winterbottom cast her alongside Angelina Jolie in “A Mighty Heart," based on the true story of Wall Street writer Daniel Pearl. Panjabi went on to win The Chopard Trophy for her performance at The Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
Panjabi is also dedicated to philanthropic endeavors globally. She has joined forces with Rotary International, UNICEF and The Gates Foundation, for the "We are this Close” international campaign to help eradicate polio, as well as Amnesty International to head their Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
Panjabi graduated from Brunel University in England with a degree in Management Studies and was last year bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. She was also recently participated in the very prestigious Artist in Residence Programe in Harvard University. Panjabi was born in London, spent part of her childhood in Mumbai and currently resides in New York.
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