Parminder Nagra

Other names of Parminder Nagra: Parminder Kaur Nagra

Parminder Nagra is a British born-Indian origin actress famous for ‘Bend It like Beckham’ (2002), ‘ER’ (2003-2009) and ‘Ella Enchanted’ (2004). Parminder was born on 5th October 1975 in Leicester, Leicestershire, London (U.K), to Sukha and Nashuter Nagra, who shifted to the UK in the 1960s. Parminder went to Northfield House Primary School in Leicester. She is the eldest of the four siblings. Nagra dropped out of High School when she was approached by Jez Simons of Theatre Company Haithizi Productions.

Her first break was in 1994 when she was cast as the Princess in Pantomime Sleeping Beauty, a stage show. She did many stage shows over the years, A Tainted Dawn, Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral, The Square Circle and River on Fire.

Parminder’s breakthrough role that brought her fame was the role of Jess Scar in Bend It like Beckham along with Keira Knightley She’s considered to be a diverse actress that hit >> Read More... . The movie was directed by Gurinder Chadha Born on January 10, 1960, Gurinder Chadha is a fam >> Read More... and was a big hit at the box office. She has received several accolades including the FIFA Presidential Award in 2002, which no other woman has ever won. She did a role in Ella Enchanted along with Anne Hathaway She must be the most popular one-film-stardom as “ >> Read More... , as a friend to Anne’s character. Nagra did two TV serials on Channel 4. Viola in ‘Twelfth Night’ and Heere Sharma in ‘Second Generation’ based on the Shakespeare’s play, King Lear. She appeared in Tenth Season of ER as a medical student of Anglo-Indian origin named Neela Rasgotra. Nagra did the role of Meera Malik in the NBC drama ‘The Blacklist’.

Nagra married James Stenson, a photographer on 17 January 2009 and divorced him in 2013. She has one child with him. Parminder has been honoured with the D. Litt (Doctor of Letters) from Leicester University.



Merle Oberon English Actress

Merle Oberon

Merle Oberon was an Anglo-Indian actress who was one of the great stars of Hollywood’s golden age. But she appeared in both American and British films. Under her belt, Merle Oberon has a diverse, if not necessarily award-winning filmography. She was nominated for an Academy Awards Oscar for best actress and she acted in many successful movies opposite leading stars of British and American cinema. She married four times in her life and had a failed marriage of three times. Born in Maharashtra on 19 February 1911, the actress often is considered to obstruct her parentage. It is however reported that Merle’s parents are Arthur Thompson and Charlotte Selby. After Arthur’s death, Merle along with Charlotte moved to Calcutta. Before her movie career, she was a telephone operator in Calcutta and preferred visiting night clubs. Later in 1929, she came across actor named Colonel Ben Finney and dated him. Though their love story was not a success, the actor influenced her to move to the country of France to fetch actor’s role in Victorine Studios. Due to her photogenic face, the studio hired her for a small role in a film named ‘The Three Passions’. Merle Oberon then moved to England in 1928 and appeared in the minuscule role in various films. This actress made her mark opposite Charles Laughton In 1933’s ‘’The Private Life of Henry VIII’’. This is the first British film to break into the American market and win an Academy Award. It is during this time Oberon fell in love with film director Alexander Korda. Later in 1939 she married him and got divorced six years later. She cemented her spot in film history by appearing in a movie “The Scarlet Pimpernel ‘’ (1934) with Leslie Howard. Korda introduced her to Hollywood filmmaker Samuel Goldwyn, and she bagged many good roles in Hollywood. Samuel Goldwyn signed her for a Hollywood film, ‘The Dark Angel’ in 1935. She was nominated for best supporting actress role in Oscar for this movie. She went to make a slew of popular movies in American and British films. Her biggest movies roles were in Samuel Goldwyn Production movie ‘Wuthering Heights’ (1939), Columbia Pictures production movie “A Song to Remember”(1945) and 20th Century Fox Production movie’ Désirée’. The mystery has always surrounded Merle Oberon’s multiple married life and even her childhood life too. For her contributions to the entertainment industry( Motion Pictures), a statue of Merle Oberon exists along with 2,500 Hollywood celebrities in ‘Hollwyood Walk of Fame’ which is located on Vine Street in Hollywood. She had a stroke at the age of 68 and passed away in California on 23 November 1979.