Archie Panjabi or Archana Kaur Panjabi is a British Sikh actress born in West London in 1973. She made her breakthrough in East is East (1999) about a mixed-race family with a Pakistani father and white mother, the film was very successful for a low budget film. She has also starred in Bend It Like Beckham (2002) playing Jessi's sister Pinky Bhamra. She has also worked with Angelina Jolie in A mighty Heart (2007). In 2005 she won the Shooting Star Award for her leading role in Yasmin (2004) a film about the muslim community after the 9/11 attacks. She is a university graduate with a degree in Management Studies from Brunel University.
She is very good at accents and has put on accents in most of her films. She has recently acted in the film Traitor (2008) alongside Don Cheadle. She is is a versatile actress and has acted in both comedies like East is East and dramas like Yasmin. She is currently working on more films in Hollywood including House Husbands and Un simple espion. Lets hope she continues to land more brilliant roleas and achieves the recognition she deserves.