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