Thanks to a mixture of happy coincidence and natural talent, actress Parminder Nagra began her acting career on the stages of England prior to starring in one of the most successful internationally produced films of 2002. Born and raised in the U.K. by her Indian immigrant parents, Nagra caught the attention of filmmaker Gurinder Chadhaas who caught a theater performance of the young actress and cast her as the co-lead in her next film "Bend it like Beckham" (2002). The well-received comedy-drama, about a young girl's attempt to break free from the constraints of her family's conservative traditions, brought both Nagra and co-star Keira Knightly instant worldwide recognition. Months after the film's release, she was offered a prominent role on one of American television's most revered dramas, "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). As Dr. Neela Rasgotra, Nagra soon became the actor many considered the heart and soul of the long-running series, taking over lead character status after the departure of Dr. Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney) for the final season. Possessing an inner-fire that belied her diminutive frame, Nagra continually impressed with her layered portrayals of relatable, frequently inspiring, characters.