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Date Of BirthOctober 5, 1975
SpouseJames Stenson
FactGave birth to her first child at age 33, a son Kai David Singh Stenson on May 19, 2009. Child's father is her ex-husband, James Stenson.

Parminder Nagra (born 5 October 1976) is a British actress. She is best known for her role as Dr. Neela Rasgotra in the NBC medical drama ER, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Early Life

Parminder Nagra was born on 5 October 1976 in Leicester, England, to Sikh parents. Her father, Amarjit, was a doctor, and her mother, Baldeep, was a teacher. She has two brothers, Raj and Amit.

Nagra was educated at Gateway Primary School and Babington Community College in Leicester. She later attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).


Nagra made her film debut in the British comedy film Bend It Like Beckham (2002). She subsequently appeared in the American action film The Black Dahlia (2006), the British drama film My Son the Fanatic (1997), and the American medical drama television series ER (1994–2009).

Nagra has also appeared in the television series The Bill (2004), Holby City (2005), and Strictly Come Dancing (2009).

In 2016, Nagra starred in the lead role of the NBC medical drama series The Night Shift.

Personal Life

Nagra married photographer James Stenson in 2011. The couple have two children.

Nagra is a vegetarian.

General Info

Full NameParminder Nagra
Date Of BirthOctober 5, 1975
Height1.58 m
EducationSoar Valley College


SpouseJames Stenson
ChildrenKai David Singh Stenson
ParentsSukha Nagra, Nashuter Nagra


NominationsBritish Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Female, European Film Audience Award for Best Actress
MoviesBend It Like Beckham, Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Second Generation, Ella Enchanted, Batman: Gotham Knight, Compulsion, In Your Dreams, Horrid Henry: The Movie, Twenty8k, Football Shootball Hai Rabba!
TV ShowsAlcatraz, The Whole Truth, ER, Always and Everyone, The Blacklist

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1On arranged marriage: When I was 18 my mother gave me a photo of a man and said I'd marry him. I told her then I was never going to have an arranged marriage. No one has ever forced me to do anything against my will. (2009)
2On her first sex scene in Compulsion (2008): I always said I'd never do a nude scene but now I have. I know there will be a huge fuss when "Compulsion" comes out. It's partly because of the fact I'm Asian. People don't expect me to do that. I never expected myself to do that. I always said 'No' and then, finally, I reached a point where I thought, 'It's now or never'. My mum will probably disapprove but I'll deal with that. I'm old enough now to make decisions like this (2009).
3About her biggest fashion disaster: When I was 13, I was really into Madonna. I'd wear leggings, short skirts, big blouses, big belts, a pearl choker, big earrings, bracelets - I was a mess. I thought I was a mini- Madonna (2007).
4When asked who was the better kisser on ER (1994): "All my cast-mates want to know that! They were both special in their own way [laughs]. John and his stubble gave me a rash. With Shane, it was more gentle and smooth. The funniest moment was directly after kissing Shane, we were eating Chinese food and drinking coffee. Then we shot more kissing scenes; we had mints on hand!" (2007).
5"I love cooking. I couldn't do any of these L.A. diets because I love my Indian food too much. If there was a Zone diet that included Indian food, maybe I'd do it...I should invent it!" (2007)
6About David Beckham and Victoria Beckham moving to L.A.: "It's so funny that people think that we would naturally be hanging out. No, not happening! I met them once, and they were lovely. I think it's kind of inevitable that they would end up here. I was like, "Wow, he's getting paid quite a lot of money!" (2007).
7When asked if people still ask her about her film Bend It Like Beckham (2002): Yeah, I met somebody at a party and they were like, "Which one of the two girls were you?" I said, "I was the brown one! (2007).
8About wanting children: "Yes. I don't want to be an old mother. I think five years is about right." (2007)
9When asked about her marriage plans for the future: "Not yet. My theory right now is that if it ain't broke...! I'm not going to leave it too long, but not just yet. There are a few things that I still want to do. And it's so much hassle trying to plan a wedding [laughts]. I just want it to be perfect." (2007)
10The top question I always get is, "What was it like to kiss Jonathan Rhys Meyers, you lucky cow?" What can I say? He was great to kiss. Good lips. It was embarrassing, actually. The first time we had that kissing scene, I actually forgot my lines, I got so lost in it. "There was silence all around me and I thought 'Why is everything so quiet?' I looked around and then said, 'Oh, it's me, isn't it?'" (on kissing Rhys-Meyers in Bend It Like Beckham (2002))


1Filed for divorce from her husband of 3 years James Stenson [February 1, 2012].
2Gave birth to her first child at age 33, a son Kai David Singh Stenson on May 19, 2009. Child's father is her ex-husband, James Stenson.
3On 11 July 2007 she was awarded an Honorary DLitt (Doctor of Letters) from Leicester University. Leicester is her home town.
4A portrait of Nagra, painted by Stuart Pearson Wright, hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery.
5In Bend It Like Beckham (2002), her character Jess' scar was actually not part of the original script. It was added in based on a real scar Nagra has on her leg. Her pants caught fire when she was young, she was placed in a tub of water so the fabric stuck to the skin. When the fabric was removed it pulled a great deal of skin with it, causing the scarring.
6Her breakthrough crossover role in America and the United Kingdom was Bend It Like Beckham (2002), which was a big box-office hit.
7She has three younger siblings.
8Her father is a bookkeeper and her mother works in a factory.
9Her parents emigrated from India to the UK in the '60s.
10She speaks fluent Punjabi.




Fortitude2017TV Series
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2016TV SeriesSenator Ellen Nadeer
Evil Men2015TV MovieSarah Killas
Kingmakers2015TV MovieRadha
NCIS: Los Angeles2015TV SeriesElla Deshai
Postman Pat: The Movie2014Nisha Bains (voice)
The Blacklist2013-2014TV SeriesMeera Malik
Psych2013TV SeriesRachael
Reckless2013TV MovieSusan
TRON: Uprising2012TV SeriesAda
Twenty8k2012Deeva Jani
Alcatraz2012TV SeriesDr. Lucy Banerjee
Horrid Henry: The Movie2011Miss Lovely
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon2011Video GameOps
The Whole Truth2010TV SeriesPilar Shirazee
Tere Ishq Nachaya2010Harpreet (Kamal's cousin) (as Parminder Kaur)
ER2003-2009TV SeriesNeela Rasgotra
Compulsion2008TV MovieAnjika Indrani
In Your Dreams2008/IICharlie
Batman: Gotham Knight2008VideoCassandra (voice)
Maya the Indian Princess2005Short voice
Ella Enchanted2004Areida
Second Generation2003TV MovieHeere Sharma / Sonali Sharma (as Parminder K. Nagra)
Twelfth Night, or What You Will2003TV MovieViola
Always and Everyone2002TV SeriesSunita Verma
Bend It Like Beckham2002Jesminder 'Jess' Kaur Bhamra
The Swap2002TV MovieHotel Receptionist (uncredited)
Judge John Deed2001TV SeriesIshbel McDonald
Holby City2000TV SeriesTina
Donovan Quick2000TV MovieRadhika (as Parminder K. Nagra)
Goodness Gracious Me2000TV SeriesVarious
Park Stories1999Short
Casualty1996-1998TV SeriesAsha Guptah / Ayisha
King Girl1998TV MovieAyshe (as Parminder K. Nagra)
Turning World1997TV SeriesSabina
Dushmani Jattan Di1991as Parminder Kaur


Bend It Like Beckham2002performer: "Hot Hot Hot" 1983


Previously On: E.R.2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Behind Your Dreams2008Video documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2008TV SeriesHerself
Balls of Steel2008TV SeriesHerself
Movie Connections2007TV Series documentaryHerself
2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2006TV SeriesHerself
The Megan Mullally Show2006TV SeriesHerself
2006 Asian Excellence Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter & Nominee
Ella Enchanted: A Red Carpet Premiere Special2004TV Movie documentaryInterviewee (as Parminder K. Nagra)
The View2003-2004TV SeriesHerself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
2003 Radio Music Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
21st Century Bard: The Making of Twelfth Night2003TV Series documentaryHerself / Viola (as Parminder K. Nagra)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003TV SeriesHerself
Le foot fait son cinéma2003TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Parminder K. Nagra)
She Shoots, She Scores: The Making of 'Bend It Like Beckham'2003Video documentary shortHerself (as Parminder K. Nagra)
GMTV2002TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

De 'Los Serrano' a 'Cuenta atrás'2007TV MovieDr. Neela Rasgotra


Won Awards

2004EMMAEthnic Multicultural Media Awards, UKBest Television ActressSecond Generation (2003)
2002Golden WaveBordeaux International Festival of Women in CinemaBest Actress (Meilleure Comédienne Long Métrage)Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Nominated Awards

2008OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2004Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Breakout TV Star - FemaleER (1994)
2003Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest NewcomerBend It Like Beckham (2002)
2002British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsMost Promising NewcomerBend It Like Beckham (2002)
2002Audience AwardEuropean Film AwardsBest European ActressBend It Like Beckham (2002)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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