They are not the typical ABCDs (American Born Confused Desi) for they have excelled in the international film circuit with their acting prowess! Not just that. With sharp features and a skin tone that the West always envied, these guys have indeed rocked Hollywood. A young generation of Indian origin actors has taken the international movie market by storm, and we simply cannot be proud of them! Check out these desi beauties in our top 5 Indian origin actress in Hollywood.
5. Nazneen Contractor
Nazneen Contractor (born August 26, 1982) is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Layla Hourani on CBC’s The Border, and, more recently, as Kayla Hassan on 24 (season 8). She is of Gujarati Parsi descent.
Born in Mumbai, India and raised in Nigeria, Africa until the age of 7, Contractor was well versed in world travels and a variety cultures at a very young age.
She married fellow Canadian actor and 24 co-star Carlo Rota on April 1, 2010. In May 2013, Contractor will appear as a devoted wife and mother facing extreme challenges in her family in the highly anticipated, Paramount feature film Star Trek into Darkness (2013).
4. Parminder Kaur Nagra
Parminder Nagra was born on October 5, 1975 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Parminder Kaur Nagra. She is an actress, known for Bend It Like Beckham (2002), ER(1994) and Ella Enchanted (2004). She played as Dr. Neela Rasgotra in the NBC medical drama ER from 2003 to 2009. She has had several other major television roles, including a starring role as Meera Malik in the NBC crime drama The Blacklist from 2013 to 2014.
She was previously married to James Stenson.
3. Noureen DeWulf
NoureenDeWulf (born February 28, 1984) is an American actress, who starred as Lacey in FX’s Anger Management. DeWulf has been seen in a number of box-office hits, including Ocean’s Thirteen, West Bank Story, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and The Back-up Plan
DeWulf began her acting career in the Academy Award-winning short film West Bank Story, where she played the lead role of Fatima, a singing and dancing Palestinian cashier who falls in love with an Israeli soldier. she played recurring roles on NBC’s Outsourced, TNT’s Hawthorne and MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger. This Indian origin actress in Hollywood appeared in the Lifetime miniseries Maneater.
2. Freida Pinto
Freida Selena Pinto has become the most well-known Indian origin actress in Hollywood after her role in Slumdog Millionaire. Hailing from a Mangalorean Catholic family, she wanted to become an actress from a young age.
Pinto rose to prominence by playing the leading lady in the 2008 British drama film Slumdog Millionaire, a film that marked her debut. Her performance was well received, and she won the “Breakthrough Performance Award” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In addition, she was nominated at various award ceremonies such as British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) and MTV Movie Awards. Since then she has starred in a number of British and American productions, notably You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Immortals (2011), and Trishna (2011), where she played the titular character.
Pinto is a part of the Agassi Foundation, a philanthropic organization started by Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf which looks after providing education for deprived children.
Archana “Archie” Panjabi (born 31 May 1972) is a British actress, best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife. Her portrayal has earned her a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010 and an NAACP Image Award in 2012, as well as two further Emmy nominations, one Golden Globe nomination, and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations shared with the cast. Her other notable roles include Yasmin Husseini in Yasmin (2005), Pinky Bhamra in Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Asra Nomani in A Mighty Heart (2007).
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