Full name Archana Punjabi
Birth date May 31, 1972
Birth place Edgware, London, England,
Panjabi has taken acting roles in both film and television, from early appearances in the 1999 comedy film East is East to the recent BBC television series Life on Mars. Her first Hollywood role was in 2005 as a British diplomat in the Oscar-winning The Constant Gardener in 2005; one of her most high-profile roles was in the 2002 comedy release Bend It Like Beckham.
In 2007, Panjabi appeared with Angelina Jolie in the movie adaptation of A Mighty Heart, a book by Mariane Pearl, wife of the journalist Daniel Pearl, playing the role of former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani.
In 2009 she portrayed an MI5 agent in the French movie Espion(s), and in the same year she joined the cast of the new television series The Good Wife as Kalinda Sharma. Her most recent film role is as Saamiya Nasir in the British comedy The Infidel.