Since becoming a professional actress at the young age of seventeen, Parminder Nagra has built an extensive list of credits in feature films, theater and television. For six years, many watched Nagra in ER as "Dr. Neela Rasgotra." In 2003, Nagra made her feature film debut starring as "Jess" in the critically acclaimed and Golden Globe-nominated film Bend It Like Beckham. For her roles in Bend It Like Beckham and ER, Nagra was honored at the 2004 Young Hollywood Awards with the "Breakthrough Actress Award." She also was the first woman to win the FIFA Presidential Award.
Nagra's breakout performance landed her the role of "Arieda," the friend of Anne Hathaway's character in the feature film Ella Enchanted. Nagra starred opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor in the U.K.'s film version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as "Viola" and opposite Ray Winstone in the drama-thriller Compulsion. Additionally, Nagra starred in the two-part drama Second Generation for which she earned an Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy (EMMA) Award.
Other TV credits include the British TV series Always and Everyone, The Swap, Holby City, King Girl, Casualty, Judge John Deed, Goodness Gracias Me, Turning World and the Hungarian TV movie starring Academy Award®winner Colin Firth, Donavan Quick.
During the summer Nagra was seen as "Miss Lovely" in Horrid Henry: The Movie, the first British kid's film to be shot in 3D. In 2012, Nagra can be seen in the British thriller Twenty8k as "Deeva Jani."
Nagra is from Leicester, England, and currently lives in Vancouver.