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Actress, producer

Sean T. Krishnan

Years active
2001 - present

Azad Oommen

Poorna Jagannathan

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Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female

Delhi Belly, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deew, Thanks for Sharing, Peace - Love & Misunderstanding, Awake

22 December 1972 (age 48), Tunis, Tunisia

Sendhil Ramamurthy, Amara Karan, Shenaz Treasury


Alma mater
University of Maryland

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Poorna Jagannathan is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Safar Khan in HBO's Emmy nominated show, The Night Of, as well as playing the unconventional lead in the Bollywood film Delhi Belly. She also initiated and produced the play Nirbhaya, written and directed by Yael Farber, which dealt with breaking the silence around sexual violence. Her play won the '2013 Amnesty International Award' and was called by The Telegraph as the "One of the most powerful pieces of theater you'll ever see". Jagannathan was featured among the top 10 in Femina magazine's "India's 50 most beautiful women" in 2012 and in 2014, she was named among the top 50 most powerful women in India. She was most recently a series regular on Gypsy, a Netflix original series.


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Early life

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The daughter of an Indian diplomat, Jagannathan was born in Tunis, Tunisia, and grew up in Pakistan, Ireland, India, Brazil and Argentina. She began her college education at the University of Brasilia, Brazil but graduated in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. On scholarship, she started her master's from The Actor's Studio, one of the world's top drama schools, but left after the first year.


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Jagannathan has appeared on several TV shows including House of Cards, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her film credits include Thanks For Sharing by Stuart Blumburg and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, which went on to become one of the highest grossing films in Bollywood history.

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Jagannathan is an established theater actress and is part of The Barrow Group in New York City. In 2012, reported that Jagannathan had joined the cast of HBO's new show The Night Of as a series regular. The ensemble cast was led by James Gandolfini and was written and directed by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price. The project was shot at the end of 2012 but was shelved by HBO. It got revived in May 2013 and was slated to start shooting again with Gandolfini in 2014. After Gandolfini's death, Oscar winner Robert De Niro initially stepped in to take over the role originally played by the beloved Sopranos star in the pilot. Due to schedule conflicts, John Turturro replaced De Niro. Filming resumed August 2014 and ended in March 2015 in New York City. The Night Of released on HBO on July 10th, 2016 to critical acclaim. On Metacritic, it currently has a score of 90%, indicating "universal acclaim" based on 40 reviews. It currently has a score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 8.5/10 based on 56 reviews; its consensus reads, "The Night Of is a richly crafted, exquisitely performed mystery that will keep viewers enthralled and leave them devastated."

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On September 2016, it was announced that Jagannathan was joining the cast of Gypsy as a series regular. The Netflix produced series was led by Naomi Watts and released on June 30th, 2017. In August 2017, Netflix announced it would not renew Gypsy for another season.

Moved by a sensational gang rape and murder in Delhi on December 16, 2012, Jagannathan initiated and produced a testimonial play called Nirbhaya ("Fearless", a pseudonym given to the victim). The play uses the rape and death of Jyoti Singh Pandey as a catalyst to break the silence around sexual violence. She collaborated with internationally acclaimed playwright and director, Yael Farber. Nirbhaya opened at the Assembly Hall in August 2013 during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It won the coveted 2013 Amnesty International Award as well as the Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards. It got 5 star reviews from The Independent, The Telegraph and The Herald. It got 4 star reviews from The Times, The Scotsman, the London Evening Standard and Time Out. The Sunday Herald called Nirbhaya "One of the most powerful and urgent pieces of human rights theatre ever made". In March 2014, Nirbhaya was the centerpiece performance for Southbank's "Women of the World" festival where it played to sold out houses in the UK. After a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund an India tour, Nirbhaya opened to critical acclaim in India on March 17, 2014, playing to sold out houses in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. In August 2014, The Guardian audiences voted Nirbhaya among the top 10 "best fringe moments" in the Edinburgh Festival's history. Nirbhaya opened to rave reviews at The Culture Project in New York City in May 2015, and rose to become the NYT Critics' Pick. The play toured for three years in multiple cities in Ireland, Canada, the UK, India and the U.S. Many reviewers stated that it was one of the most political and deeply moving pieces of theater ever made.

Jagannathan won critical acclaim for her role as a spunky, irreverent journalist in the film Delhi Belly. The Village Voice said "For all this censor-board razzing, the most enjoyably subversive element is Poorna Jagannathan as the self-sufficient bachelorette who waylays Tashi on his way to the altar. Rangy, corkscrew-haired, with a wary demeanor that can’t long be upset by anything, she’s a happy departure from the usual run of Xeroxed, pedestaled beauties." Mumbai Mirror said, "Poorna Jagannathan, an offbeat choice, is remarkably subtle and does a brilliant job." The Daily News and Analysis said that Jagannathan shines in the film, and that "her bohemian sex appeal" is "a refreshing change from the prim and proper 'heroine' we are used to watching." The editor of Outlook Lounge said that Jagannathan's performance was a "masterclass in effortless acting".

For her performance in Delhi Belly, Jagannathan won the Stardust award for Best Supporting Actress and the L'Oreal Femina Award for Breakthrough Performance in 2012.

  • Jagannathan has been featured on the cover of Marie Claire, Femina, Jade and Exotica and covered in numerous publications like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Grazia.
  • In 2014, Verve Magazine named her among the top 50 most powerful women in India.
  • She was featured in Vogue's October 2012 anniversary issue as one of 8 women who are changing the face of beauty in India.
  • Jagannathan was featured among the top 10 in Femina magazine's "India's 50 most beautiful women" in 2012.
  • Vogue included her in their list of most stylish women in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
  • Grazia awarded Jagannathan the "Best Dressed Award" for 2014.
  • She was ranked Most Fashionable Indian Woman by Cosmopolitan in their October 2013 and 2012 issues.
  • She was included in Verve's "2012's Best dressed Women" issue.
  • Italian Marie Claire named Jagannathan as one of the 12 women from the East impacting Western cinema in 2012
  • She was included in Elle magazine's hot 100 list for 2011.
  • She was voted among the Top 50 Coolest Indians From Around The World for 2013 and 2011 by Desiclub.
  • She is also a brand ambassador for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).


    Deli Boys (TV Series) (post-production) as
    Goodrich (completed)
    Turtles All the Way Down (completed)
    Wolfs (completed)
    The Out-Laws as
    Rehan Zakaryan
    Ten Year Old Tom (TV Series) as
    Rahul's Mom
    - Therapy Dog/The Nurse's Baby (2023) - (voice)
    - Landscaper on the Couch/Nurse's Wedding (2021) - (voice)
    - Art Class/Problem Moms (2021) - (voice)
    - Tomz Lemonade/A Tale of Two Lunch Ladies (2021) - (voice)
    - A Yearbook to Disremember/Trust Me, I'm a Nurse (2021) - (voice)
    - The Spelling Bee is Rigged/Dakota's Dad (2021) - Rahul's Mom (voice)
    Never Have I Ever (TV Series) as
    Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -said goodbye (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -gone to prom (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -set my mom up (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -had an identity crisis (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -wrecked my future (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -had my dream stolen (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -liked a bad boy (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -been to New Jersey (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -gotten sweet revenge (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -lost my virginity (2023) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -lived the dream (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -had an Indian boyfriend (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -hooked up with my boyfriend (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -cheated (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -had a breakdown (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -been ghosted (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -made someone jealous (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -had a valentine (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -had my own troll (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -been slut-shamed (2022) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -been a perfect girl (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -stalked my own mother (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -been Daisy Buchanan (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -begged for forgiveness (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -betrayed a friend (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -ruined someone's life (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -had an Indian frenemy (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -opened a textbook (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -thrown a rager (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -been a playa (2021) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -said I'm sorry (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -had to be on my best behavior (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -pissed off everyone I know (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -been a big, fat liar (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -been the loneliest boy in the world (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -started a nuclear war (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -felt super Indian (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -gotten drunk with the popular kids (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - -had sex with Paxton Hall-Yoshida (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    - Pilot (2020) - Nalini Vishwakumar
    I'll Show You Mine as
    Priya Sura
    House Comes with a Bird (Short) as
    Alia's Birth as
    The Wilds (TV Series) as
    Rana Jadmani
    - Day Seven (2020) - Rana Jadmani
    Defending Jacob (TV Mini Series) as
    Elizabeth Vogel
    - Wishful Thinking (2020) - Elizabeth Vogel
    - Visitors (2020) - Elizabeth Vogel
    - Damage Control (2020) - Elizabeth Vogel
    - Poker Faces (2020) - Elizabeth Vogel
    Messiah (TV Series) as
    Sanjana Mirza
    - It Came to Pass as It Was Spoken (2020) - Sanjana Mirza
    - We Will Not All Sleep (2020) - Sanjana Mirza
    - Trial (2020) - Sanjana Mirza
    Big Little Lies (TV Series) as
    Katie Richmond
    - I Want to Know (2019) - Katie Richmond
    - The Bad Mother (2019) - Katie Richmond
    - Kill Me (2019) - Katie Richmond
    Ramy (TV Series) as
    - Saving Mikaela (2019) - Salma
    - Do the Ramadan (2019) - Salma
    The Act (TV Mini Series) as
    Dr. Lakshmi Chandra
    - Teeth (2019) - Dr. Lakshmi Chandra
    Share as
    Kerri Lundy
    Sorry for Your Loss (TV Series) as
    - 17 Unheard Messages (2018) - Therapist
    The Dead Center as
    Sarah Grey
    Better Call Saul (TV Series) as
    Dr. Maureen Bruckner
    - Something Stupid (2018) - Dr. Maureen Bruckner
    - Breathe (2018) - Dr. Maureen Bruckner
    An Actor Prepares as
    Dr. Fisher
    Mile 22 as
    Dorothy Brady
    Taken (TV Series) as
    Judith Chapman
    - ACGT (2018) - Judith Chapman
    The Blacklist (TV Series) as
    Nirah Ahmad
    - The Endling (No. 44) (2017) - Nirah Ahmad
    Daisy Winters as
    Annabel Kumar
    Room 104 (TV Series) as
    - The Internet (2017) - Divya (voice)
    Gypsy (TV Series) as
    Larin Inamdar
    - Black Barn (2017) - Larin Inamdar (credit only)
    - Neverland (2017) - Larin Inamdar
    - Marfa (2017) - Larin Inamdar
    - Euphoria (2017) - Larin Inamdar (credit only)
    - Vagabond Hotel (2017) - Larin Inamdar
    - The Commune (2017) - Larin Inamdar
    - 309 (2017) - Larin Inamdar
    - Driftwood Lane (2017) - Larin Inamdar
    - Morgan Stop (2017) - Larin Inamdar
    - The Rabbit Hole (2017) - Larin Inamdar
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) as
    Maya Samra
    - Sanctuary (2017) - Maya Samra
    - American Dream (2017) - Maya Samra
    The Circle as
    Dr. Villalobos
    How to Beat Your Sister-in-Law (at everything) (TV Series) as
    - The Race (2017) - Teacher
    Carrie Pilby as
    The Night Of (TV Mini Series) as
    Safar Khan
    - The Call of the Wild (2016) - Safar Khan
    - Ordinary Death (2016) - Safar Khan
    - Samson and Delilah (2016) - Safar Khan
    - The Art of War (2016) - Safar Khan
    - A Dark Crate (2016) - Safar Khan
    - Subtle Beast (2016) - Safar Khan
    - The Beach (2016) - Safar Khan
    Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series) as
    Mrs. Jalbani
    - Dangerous Curve Ahead (2016) - Mrs. Jalbani
    NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series) as
    Dr. Nitya Agarwal
    - Core Values (2016) - Dr. Nitya Agarwal
    Growing Up Smith as
    Nalini Bhatnagar
    House of Cards (TV Series) as
    Dr. Lanjawni
    - Chapter 27 (2015) - Dr. Lanjawni
    Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani as
    Thanks for Sharing as
    Dr. Kazhani
    Peace, Love & Misunderstanding as
    Delhi Belly as
    Royal Pains (TV Series) as
    - Fight or Flight (2011) - Saya
    - The Hankover (2010) - Saya
    Numb3rs (TV Series) as
    Tech #1
    - Con Job (2009) - Tech #1
    Karma Calling as
    Quality Control Supervisor
    The Game (TV Series) as
    Dr. Diamond
    - Just the Three of Us (2008) - Dr. Diamond
    Awake as
    Dr. Neyer's Nurse
    Montclair as
    Dr. Blight
    Love Monkey (TV Series) as
    - Confidence (2006) - Director
    Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series) as
    Dr. Sikh
    - Blind Spot (2006) - Dr. Sikh
    Rescue Me (TV Series) as
    Dr. Klein
    - Satisfaction (2006) - Dr. Klein
    Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Video Game) as
    Dr. Sikh (voice)
    Modern Day Arranged Marriage (Short) as
    The Weather Man as
    NY Pedestrian
    Dealbreaker (Short) as
    Fran's girlfriend
    Starved (TV Series) as
    - The Breatharians (2005) - PJ
    Jonny Zero (TV Series) as
    Dr. Shamira
    - Who's Your Daddy (2005) - Dr. Shamira
    She Hate Me as
    Song's Girlfriend (as Poorna)
    Law & Order (TV Series) as
    Rehana Khemlani
    - Veteran's Day (2004) - Rehana Khemlani
    Land of Gold (special thanks)
    Made in Hollywood (TV Series) as
    - Transformers: Rise of the Beasts/Shooting Stars (2023) - Self
    - Three Thousand Years of Longing/The Invitation (2022) - Self
    Entertainment Tonight Canada (TV Series) as
    - Episode dated 8 June 2023 (2023) - Self
    - Episode dated 18 August 2022 (2022) - Self
    Tamron Hall (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode #4.169 (2023) - Self - Guest
    IMDb on the Scene - Interviews (TV Series) as
    - Never Have I Ever (2022) - Self
    In Creative Company (Podcast Series) as
    - Never Have I Ever with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Darren Barnet, Jaren Lewison, Richa Moorjani & more (2022) - Self
    Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso (Podcast Series) as
    - The Makings of Actor Poorna Jagannathan (2021) - Self
    Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (Podcast Series) as
    Self - Narrator (voice)


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