Poorna Jagannathan

actress, Netflix’s Never Have I Ever, comedy The Out-Laws, named among the top 100 Most Impactful Asians by Goldhouse

  • She appears in Netflix comedy THE OUT-LAWS alongside Nina Dobrev, Pierce Brosnan, and Adam Devine. She stars in drama romance film TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN out now on Max (May 2024). She is set to shoot a big buzzy series for Hulu called DELI BOYS, just wrapped a role opposite George Clooney & Brad Pitt in Apple TV+ feature WOLVES premiering September 20th, as well as a role opposite Mila Kunis in feature GOODRICH
  • Best known for starring as ‘Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar’ in Netflix hit series NEVER HAVE I EVER, and as ‘Safar Khan’ in HBO drama miniseries THE NIGHT OF. Other credits include Apple TV+ series DEFENDING JACOB, Netflix’s MESSIAH, HBO’s BIG LITTLE LIES, and Hulu’s RAMY
  • She is well known in India for Bollywood films like DELHI BELLY earning the Stardust award for Best Supporting Actress and the L'Oreal Femina Award for Breakthrough Performance in 2012
  • She was named among the top 100 Most Impactful Asians by Goldhouse (2021 & 2022). A lifelong vegetarian, she supports the ethical treatment of animals and has served as an ambassador to PETA. She is passionate about human rights and breaking the silence around sexual violence. She produced and acted in NIRBHAYA, a play that opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and won the coveted 2013 Amnesty International Award as well as the Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards. The Telegraph called it "one of the most powerful pieces of theater you'll ever see"
  • Before her career as an actor, she spent 15 years working in advertising at agenices like TBWA\Worldwide, Ogilvy, and Deutsch Inc. before starting her own consultancy
  • She was recently tapped for Miu Miu Tales Premiere in a film directed by Janizca Brava, made countless best dressed lists for her attendance at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party dressed in Prada, and attended the recent Dior show in Mumbai as a guest of the brand
  • Born in Tunisia, her father was an Indian diplomat. She grew up in Pakistan, Ireland, India, Brazil and Argentina and speaks Tamil, Hindi, English, Spanish and Portuguese
  • She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband
  • She appears in Netflix comedy THE OUT-LAWS alongside Nina Dobrev, Pierce Brosnan, and Adam Devine. She stars in drama romance film TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN out now on Max (May 2024). She is set to shoot a big buzzy series for Hulu called DELI BOYS, just wrapped a role opposite George Clooney & Brad Pitt in Apple TV+ feature WOLVES premiering September 20th, as well as a role opposite Mila Kunis in feature GOODRICH
  • Best known for starring as ‘Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar’ in Netflix hit series NEVER HAVE I EVER, and as ‘Safar Khan’ in HBO drama miniseries THE NIGHT OF. Other credits include Apple TV+ series DEFENDING JACOB, Netflix’s MESSIAH, HBO’s BIG LITTLE LIES, and Hulu’s RAMY
  • She is well known in India for Bollywood films like DELHI BELLY earning the Stardust award for Best Supporting Actress and the L'Oreal Femina Award for Breakthrough Performance in 2012
  • She was named among the top 100 Most Impactful Asians by Goldhouse (2021 & 2022). A lifelong vegetarian, she supports the ethical treatment of animals and has served as an ambassador to PETA. She is passionate about human rights and breaking the silence around sexual violence. She produced and acted in NIRBHAYA, a play that opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and won the coveted 2013 Amnesty International Award as well as the Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards. The Telegraph called it "one of the most powerful pieces of theater you'll ever see"
  • Before her career as an actor, she spent 15 years working in advertising at agenices like TBWA\Worldwide, Ogilvy, and Deutsch Inc. before starting her own consultancy
  • She was recently tapped for Miu Miu Tales Premiere in a film directed by Janizca Brava, made countless best dressed lists for her attendance at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party dressed in Prada, and attended the recent Dior show in Mumbai as a guest of the brand
  • Born in Tunisia, her father was an Indian diplomat. She grew up in Pakistan, Ireland, India, Brazil and Argentina and speaks Tamil, Hindi, English, Spanish and Portuguese
  • She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband
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Poorna Jagannathan is best known for the role of ‘Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar,’ a dermatologist and mother to the central character, ‘Devi Vishwakumar’ in Netflix’s #1 hit comedy series NEVER HAVE I EVER, which is produced by Mindy Kaling. The show just debuted its fourth and final season on Netflix. Next up, Poorna will be in production for the Onyx/Hulu series, DELI BOYS which is produced by Nisha Ganatra, Jenni Konner, and Vali Chandrasekaran.

On the feature side, the actress recently wrapped production on Jon Watts’ Apple feature, WOLVES, opposite George Clooney and Brad Pitt and feature GOODRICH opposite Mila Kunis. Additionally, she took a turn as a over-sexualized villain in Happy Madison/Netflix comedy THE OUT-LAWS opposite Adam Devine, Pierce Brosnan, and Nina Dobrev which released July 7, 2023; as well as, the film adaptation of TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, directed by Hannah Marks for New Line. 

Poorna first drew attention for her role in HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated show, THE NIGHT OF, opposite Riz Ahmed. Since then, she has had many memorable television roles in shows such as Hulu’s Emmy-winning limited series THE ACT, HBO’s BIG LITTLE LIES, Hulu’s RAMY, and Apple’s DEFENDING JACOB. 

Additional film credits include the A24 feature SHARE directed by Pippa Bianco, which was distributed by HBO after premiering at Cannes, as well as the Bollywood cult film DEHLI BELLY. 

Born in Tunisia, Father was an Indian diplomat, she grew up in Pakistan, Ireland, India, Brazil and Argentina and speaks Tamil, Hindi, English, Spanish and Portuguese. Before her career as an actor, Poorna spent 15 years working in advertising at agencies like TBWA\Worldwide, Ogilvy, and Deutsch Inc. before starting her own consultancy, Cowgirls & Indians.

In 2014, Verve magazine named her among the top 50 most powerful women in India. In 2021 and 2022, she was named among the top 100 Most Impactful Asians by Goldhouse. Jagannathan has also been featured on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Femina, Jade and Exotica and covered in numerous publications like Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Grazia.

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