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Archie Panjabi- Asian British success at Emmy 2010

Published on: Tuesday, 31st August 2010 12:13 PM     By      Admin Team


An actress whose relatives told her not to pursue her dreams because they were too “lowly” has become the major British success at the 2010 Emmy Awards

Archie Panjabi won the best supporting actress award for her role as the straight-talking private detective Kalinda Sharma in the US drama The Good Wife.

The 38-year-old, who made her name in the British hit films East is East andBend it Like Beckham, appeared elated as she accepted the prestigious US television award.

Panjabi, whose family emigrated to London from India before she was born, is among only a handful of Sikh performers ever to have won an Emmy.

But she has told how her strict family were less than supportive when she announced her aspiration to become an actress because the profession is considered “lowly” by many traditional Indian communities.

“We did have a few arguments because I wanted to go to drama school,” she said previously.

“When I was younger a friend of mine’s mother said that this business was only for prostitutes. I thought, Oh my God, do I label myself as that?”

But she added that her parents had ultimately agreed to support her ambition on the condition that she went to university first.

Her 2:1 in management studies from Brunel may not have contributed much to her meteoritic success as an actress, but her parents’ scepticism about showbusiness appears to have helped keep her feet on the ground.

Panjabi, who is now married to the businessman Raj Nihalani, said in a recent interview that her favourite pastime is “simply relaxing with a candle and a book,” adding: “simple things are so important because I think in this industry…it’s like being part of a bubble.”

She has spoken often of the importance of her spirituality, and makes no secret of the fact that she carries a small, gold amulet – a gift from her guru in Malaysia – as a symbol of protection.

She said: “This business, it chews a lot of people up. It's one of the hardest professions in the world to maintain any kind of stability. But my spirituality helps with that.”

In her acceptance speech at the ceremony in Los Angeles she paid tribute to Angelina Jolie, with whom she worked on the 2007 film A Mighty Heart.

 


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