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Archie Panjabi

Archie Panjabi

Birthday: 31 May 1972, Edgware, Middlesex, England, UK
Birth Name: Archana Panjabi
Height: 160 cm

Archie made her film debut in the British hit East Is East (1999). Since then, she has continued to work on international blockbuster films, from Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and The Constant Gardener ...Show More

Archie Panjabi
The generation that migrated to the West in the 1970s or 1960s has now lived more in the West than I Show more The generation that migrated to the West in the 1970s or 1960s has now lived more in the West than India, and India has changed so much. My parents fall into that category. Hide
I love roles where I have to transform myself. I love roles where I have to transform myself.
I like to do new things, so I always take on roles that I feel will keep me on my toes. I never want Show more I like to do new things, so I always take on roles that I feel will keep me on my toes. I never want to pigeon myself, so I always like to surprise myself. I believe in versatility and so I would play anything as long as it was a challenge. Hide
Luckily my parents were not against my ambition, they've always been very supportive. But they were Show more Luckily my parents were not against my ambition, they've always been very supportive. But they were adamant that I went to university first. Hide
I went to Brunel University and very much wanted to go on to do a PhD in management, but then my act Show more I went to Brunel University and very much wanted to go on to do a PhD in management, but then my acting career started to take off. In those days when you switched on the box there were hardly any brown or black faces. Hide
I knew what I wanted to do for my entire life, from nursery to university. I've always been geared t Show more I knew what I wanted to do for my entire life, from nursery to university. I've always been geared towards wanting to act. I've stuck with it, dedicated time to it. Hide
I have always let the lack of Indian actors in the industry drive me, not hold me back. I remember a Show more I have always let the lack of Indian actors in the industry drive me, not hold me back. I remember an agent in L.A. telling me a few years ago that an Indian actor wouldn't ever make it in Hollywood, but my ethnicity has helped me. Hide
My mother wanted to be a teacher when she was young, and my father didn't approve of it, so she foug Show more My mother wanted to be a teacher when she was young, and my father didn't approve of it, so she fought very hard to become one. And she did it. So when I said I wanted to become an actress, my mother was very supportive. She always said to me, 'There's no such thing as 'can't.' Hide
Coming to New York is like a big hug, everyone is so welcoming. There's something about here, everyo Show more Coming to New York is like a big hug, everyone is so welcoming. There's something about here, everyone makes you feel so at home. I miss my family of course, but I don't miss London that much. I was worried, but I feel really at home. Everyone says that who comes here from London, but I didn't believe them. Hide
I'd love to say I made the smart decision of picking projects that became hits, but with 'The Good W Show more I'd love to say I made the smart decision of picking projects that became hits, but with 'The Good Wife,' I read the script and something inside me said, 'I love this, I want to do this.' Hide
I'd love to do a romantic comedy. And perhaps, if the character was right and I had a good gut insti Show more I'd love to do a romantic comedy. And perhaps, if the character was right and I had a good gut instinct, a Bollywood movie. And I'd love to direct. One day. I'm learning a lot on the set of 'The Good Wife.' Hide
I had a dialect coach to get an American accent, and then another dialect coach to come off it a bit Show more I had a dialect coach to get an American accent, and then another dialect coach to come off it a bit. There is something deep and mysterious in the voice when it isn't too high-pitched American. Hide
I remember sitting in school and thinking, 'I don't know why I'm here, because I know I'm going to a Show more I remember sitting in school and thinking, 'I don't know why I'm here, because I know I'm going to act and I know I'm going to America.' Hide
You have this impression from England that New Yorkers can be quite aggressive, but certainly the pe Show more You have this impression from England that New Yorkers can be quite aggressive, but certainly the people that I've bumped into and the friends I've made here don't seem that way. Just walking down the street and asking for directions, people seem to be very helpful and happy to help. Hide
I went out for a film where they wanted seven brothers and one sister, so I was there for half a day Show more I went out for a film where they wanted seven brothers and one sister, so I was there for half a day while they were waiting for 'Archie' to read for a boy... I've had drivers come to pick me up in England looking for a blond, blue-eyed Scottish boy. Hide
When I was younger I was fat. I was never conscious of it and was content with who I was because I w Show more When I was younger I was fat. I was never conscious of it and was content with who I was because I was so loved. My mother never told me to lose weight and my father doted on me, but my agent told me. I tried, but I loved Indian food too much. Hide
I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an actor. I never even thought about other careers. The Show more I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an actor. I never even thought about other careers. The acting field is certainly not the path many Indian parents encourage their children to take, but mine were very supportive. They wanted me to have an education, but understood that this is what I wanted to do. Hide
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