Young Achievers - Parminder Nagra
Parminder Nagra, the girl who made it big and got popular from Bend it Like Beckham, is a Sikh, Punjabi girl born and brought up in England.india Updated: Nov 06, 2012 12:17 IST
Parminder Nagra, the girl who made it big and got popular from Bend it Like Beckham, is a Sikh, Punjabi girl born and brought up in England.
Her family moved from India to England in the 1960s. She was born and raised in Leicester, and has a younger sister and two younger brothers. Her parents divorced when she was young. Her biological father is a foundry worker, stepfather is a book keeper for his cousin's transport business, and her mother works as a packer in a factory.
Parminder has had no formal acting training. In education apart from completing "A" levels, Nagra has done GCSEs in music and drama at Soar Valley Community College, Leicester.
Her family supported her to become a professional actress when she was 17 years old. She started acting mostly in theater and television productions.
She came to the limelight in the 2002 movie Bend It Like Beckham where she starred as Jesminder 'Jess' Bhamra. She worked hard to fit into Jess' role and practiced with England's only pro girls soccer team to prepare for the role. The film was a box office hit in both the United States and United Kingdom.
Nagra can speak fluent Punjabi and a bit of Hindi. Holly Hunter, Jodie Foster and Edward Norton are her role models in acting.
Did you know?
Parminder Nagra had never kicked a soccer ball before starring as a soccer-crazed teen in Bend It Like Beckham.
Parminder was named to the "Britain's 100 most eligible women" list by The Daily Mirror on July 8, 2003.
The other side
"I’d say that I am somebody who is hardworking and keen to learn -- although I do have my lazy days!"
"The character of Jess is very close to me. She is honest, steadfast and a little fighter on the pitch, much like me. She also follows her heart, which is something that I do too." (CelebnCeleb.com)
"Trust your instincts." (Variety magazine)