Blindspot

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Archie Pan­jabi’s char­ac­ters have a thing for boots. As bi­sex­ual lawyer Kalinda Sharma, she was suited and reg­u­larly booted with leather jack­ets in drama se­ries The Good Wife (2009-2016) from 2009 un­til 2014, but there was no hang­ing them up to dry when she quit the show. She’s now play­ing Nas Ka­mal, the rough-and-tum­ble head of a se­cret NSA divi­sion in the sec­ond sea­son of ac­tion thriller Blindspot (2015-cur­rent), and her pro­duc­ers kit­ted her out in knee-high boots. “At least this time they’re brown and suede,” jokes the 44-year-old Brit. “And they fit – we tried on 100 pairs!”

Don’t ex­pect to see Archie walk­ing 1

around in boots ev­ery­day though – “I’m more of a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl,” she smiles.

She knew from an early age that 2

she wanted to act, say­ing that “I’d sit in school and think, ‘I don’t know what I’m do­ing here, be­cause I want to act”. She’s also a trained bal­le­rina.

It took a while for her dreams to 3

come true though and she had to make do with small one-episode roles un­til 1999, when she got a main role in Pak­istan-Bri­tish themed com­edy film East Is East and in 2002 she worked with Keira Knight­ley in soc­cer-themed movie Bend It Like Beck­ham (2002).

She says that she can eas­ily switch 4

be­tween In­dian, Scot­tish and US ac­cents, “But my Ir­ish needs work”.

Archie mar­ried Ra­jesh Ni­ha­lani in 5

an ar­ranged mar­riage cer­e­mony in 1998 and she’s known to storm out of in­ter­views when pushed to talk about it, of­ten telling re­porters that “my pri­vate life is none of your busi­ness”.

She doesn’t mind talk­ing about 6

her char­ity work though – she’s an ad­vo­cate and sup­porter of the End Po­lio Now cam­paign.

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