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
. The movie was directed by
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
, 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.