Parminder Nagra

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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1975 in Leicester, England, GB


Actor (14)

ER 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)


Goodness Gracious Me 1999 - 2000, 2005 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)


In Your Dreams 2014 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Blacklist 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)


Horrid Henry: The Movie 2013 (Movie)

Miss Lovely (Actor)

Psych 2013 (Tv Show)


Alcatraz 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Twenty8k 2012 (Movie)


Batman: Gotham Knight 2007 (Movie)


Ella Enchanted 2004 (Movie)

Areida (Actor)

The 2003 Radio Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Bend It Like Beckham 2003 (Movie)

Jess Bharma (Actor)

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will 2003 (Movie)



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.


Kieran Creggan

Appeared together in a 1996 production of "Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards" Relationship lasted for five years No longer together

Sukha Nagra

Separated from Parminder's mother when she was a small child

Nashuter Nagra

Separated from Parminder's father when she was a small child Remarried and raised children with new husband in the Belgrave district of Leicester

James Stenson Cinematographer

Were dating for seven years when they announced in November 2008 that they were expecting first child together Married Jan. 17, 2009 Nagra filed for divorce in February 2012

Kai Stenson

Born May 19, 2009; father, James Stenson


Soar Valley College

Appeared in her first theatrical productions



Cast as the best friend to Anne Hathaway in the fantasy feature "Ella Enchanted"


Joined the tenth season of the NBC medical drama "ER" playing Dr. Neela Rasgotra


Appeared in the two-part British miniseries "Second Generation"


Breakout role, playing a teenage Sikh football (soccer) player who defies her traditional parents to pursue her dreams of playing football in director Gurinder Chadha's "Bend It Like Beckham"


Played one of the five leads in director Timeri Murari's controversial piece, "The Square Circle"


Played the part of a convenience store clerk in the TV movie "Donovan Quick," starring Colin Firth


Appeared in the three-part British drama "Turning World"


Caught the attention of director Gurinder Chadha, while performing on stage in "Oh Sweet Sita"


Landed a bit part on the British medical drama "Casualty"


First London production was as the Princess in "Sleeping Beauty" at the Theatre Royal Stratford East


Cast as a chorus member in the musical "Nimai"; a week into rehearsals, she took the place of the lead actress who had dropped out

Bonus Trivia


Parminder Nagra was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctors of Letters by the University of Leicester on July 11, 2007.


At the age of seven, Nagra suffered a burn that resulted in the scar shown in her 2002 breakout role in the internationally acclaimed film "Bend It Like Beckham" (2002). While preparing a meal, a gas stove set her trousers alight. She was taken into the bathroom by an uncle and immersed in cold water. However, when the trouser fabric was removed, it took skin with it, resulting in a large scar on her right leg.


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