Poorna Jagannathan (born 22 December 1972) is an American actress who plays Saya Katdare on USA's Royal Pains.[1] She came to prominence after starring in the Bollywood film Delhi Belly opposite Imran Khan.

Early life

Jagannathan was born in Tunis, Tunisia but grew up in Argentina, Ireland, Brazil and Pakistan.[2] She graduated in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She started her Master's from The Actor's Studio but left after the first year.[3]


Jagannathan portrays Saya Katdare on USA network’s Royal Pains. She has also appeared on TV shows like Law & Order, Rescue Me, Love Monkey and The Game. She was recently was seen as Mira in Peace, Love and Misunderstanding starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener, directed by Oscar winner Bruce Beresford. She also joined the ensemble cast of Thanks For Sharing starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo directed by Oscar Nominee Stuart Blumberg which releases in 2013. Jagannathan is an established theater actress and is part of The Barrow Group in New York City. recently reported that Jagannathan had joined the cast of HBO's new show "Criminal Justice" as a series regular. The ensemble cast is led by James Gandolphini and is written and directed by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price.

Jagannathan won critical acclaim for her role as a spunky, irreverent journalist in the film Delhi Belly. The Village Voice said "For all this censor-board razzing, the most enjoyably subversive element is Poorna Jagannathan as the self-sufficient bachelorette who waylays Tashi on his way to the altar. Rangy, corkscrew-haired, with a wary demeanor that can’t long be upset by anything, she’s a happy departure from the usual run of Xeroxed, pedestaled beauties."[4] Mumbai Mirror said, "Poorna Jagannathan, an offbeat choice, is remarkably subtle and does a brilliant job."[5] The Daily News and Analysis was of the opinion that Jagannathan shines in the film, and that "her bohemian sex appeal" is "a refreshing change from the prim and proper 'heroine' we are used to watching.".[6] The editor of Outlook Lounge said that Jagannathan's performance was a "masterclass in effortless acting".

For her performance in Delhi Belly, Jagannathan won the Stardust award for Best Supporting Actress and the L'Oreal Femina Award for Breakthrough Performance in 2012.

-Jagannathan has been featured on the cover of Marie Claire, Femina, Jade, Exotica and covered in numerous publication like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Grazia.

-She was featured in Vogue's October 2012 anniversary issue as one of 8 women who are changing the face of beauty in India.

-Jagannathan was featured among the top 10 in Femina magazine's "India's 50 most beautiful women" in 2012.

-She was included in Verve's "2012's Best dressed Women" issue.

-She was ranked #6 Most Fashionable Indian Woman by Cosmopolitan Magazine in their October, 2012 issue

-Vogue included her in their list of 50 best red carpet looks for 2012

-Italian Marie Claire named Jagannathan as one of the 12 women from the East impacting Western cinema in 2012

-She was included in Elle Magazine's hot 100 list for 2011.

-She was voted among the top 50 Indians From Around The World for 2011 by Desiclub.

She is a brand ambassador for PETA in India (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).


Year Film/TV series
2004 Law & Order
2004 She Hate Me
2005 Law & Order
2005 Johny Zero
2005 Dealbreaker
2005 The Weather Man
2005 Modern Day Arranged Marriage
2006 Love Monkey
2006 Rescue Me
2006 Law & Order
2007 Montclair[disambiguation needed]
2007 Awake
2008 The Game
2009 Karma Calling
2009 Numb3rs
2010–2011 Royal Pains
2011 Peace, Love and Misunderstanding
2011 Delhi Belly
2012 Thanks For Sharing
2012 Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
2012 Criminal Justice


Award Category
L'Oreal Femina Women Awards 2012 Winner of Breakthrough Performance
10th Annual Kamala Pasand Max Stardust Awards Winner of Breakthrough Supporting Performance (Female)
18th Annual Colors Screen Awards Nominated for Best Debut Actor (Female)
Zee Cine Awards 2012 Nominated for Best Debut Actor (Female)
18th Annual Colors Screen Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Female)


  1. Poorna Jagannathan at the Internet Movie Database
  2. Banerjee, Debesh (9 July 2011). The Belly Button. The Indian Express. Retrieved on 2011-08-17.
  3. Tsering, Lisa (5 July 2011). Poorna dishes on steamy scene in 'Delhi Belly'. The Times of India. Retrieved on 2011-07-13.
  4. Pinkerton, Nick (29 June 2011). Bollywood Gets Raunchy in Delhi Belly. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2011-07-13.
  5. Anshuman, Karan (2 July 2011). "Effing great". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  6. Guha, Aniruddha (1 July 2011). "Review: Delhi Belly will have you laughing your a$$ off". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 

External links

Official Site for Actor Poorna Jagannathan

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