Anita Devi "Annet" Mahendru (born August 21, 1989) is an Indian-Russian-American actress, best known for her role as Nina Sergeevna Krilova on the FX period drama series The Americans (2013–16), for which she garnered a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2014.
Anita Devi Mahendru
August 21, 1989
Early life and educationEdit
Mahendru was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her mother Olga is a Russian businesswoman and artist, and her father Ghanshan "Ken" Mahendru is a Hindu Indian educator and journalist. She had what she calls a "gypsy" childhood, regularly travelling between St. Petersburg and Frankfurt before moving with her father to East Meadow, New York at age 13 after her parents separated.
Mahendru attended East Meadow High School, where she was active in competitive cheerleading and kick line teams; she graduated in 2004. She went on to earn an English degree from St. John's University in New York City.
Mahendru is fluent in German, Russian and English, and also speaks Hindi, French and Persian. She initially wanted to use what she has called her "ethnic ambiguity" to work for the United Nations. She was enrolled at New York University for a master's degree in international relations, but dropped out to pursue acting. She then moved to Los Angeles and studied improv at The Groundlings.
Mahendru began her acting career in 2006, appearing in an episode of the sitcom Love Monkey, an episode of the drama Conviction, a Law & Order spinoff, and the short film "The Art of Love". The following year, she appeared in an episode of the HBO comedy-drama Entourage. Her next significant roles came in 2011, in episodes of the sitcoms Big Time Rush and 2 Broke Girls. In 2012, she starred in an episode of the sitcom Mike & Molly.
In 2013, Mahendru began playing the recurring character Nina Sergeevna Krilova on the FX drama The Americans, appeared in an episode of the crime series White Collar, and played Agent Rosen in two episodes of the crime drama The Blacklist. She also starred in her first film, the fantasy horror Escape from Tomorrow, which drew attention because most of it was filmed on location at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland without permission from The Walt Disney Company, owner and operator of both parks.
In 2014, Mahendru was promoted to a series regular for the second season of The Americans. She also starred in the comedy-drama film Bridge and Tunnel, had a voice role in the 2014 animated film Penguins of Madagascar, and guest-starred in the 2016 X-Files miniseries as Sveta, a possible UFO abductee. She played Nafisa Al-Qadi on the FX series Tyrant.
|2006||The Art of Love||Kala||Short film|
|2008||El Padrino 2||Serge's Wife|
|2009||Erza: Fear of a Faceless God||Erza|
|2010||Duel of the Overmen||Ausler||Short film|
|2011||El Padrino II: Border Intrusion||Serge's Wife|
|2011||American Badass: Bernie's Back!||Janet|
|2011||The Hollow||Katie||Short film|
|2011||Missed Call||Steph||Short film|
|2012||Got Rights?||Afghani Female||Short film|
|2012||Captain Planet 4||Scripty||Short film|
|2013||Escape from Tomorrow||Isabelle|
|2013||Metropolitan Stories||Esmeralda||Short film|
|2014||Bridge and Tunnel||Kelly Jones|
|2014||Smokey Eyes||Barbara||Short film|
|2014||Penguins of Madagascar||Eva||Voice|
|2015||Sally Pacholok||Sally Pacholok|
|2006||Love Monkey||Groupie||Episode: "The Onone That Got Away"|
|2007||Entourage||French Girlfriend||Episode: "The Cannes Kids"|
|2011||Torchwood: Web of Lies||Pilot||Voice|
Episode: "Missing Day: Part 1"
|2011||Big Time Rush||Princess Svetlana||Episode: "Big Time Wedding"|
|2011||2 Broke Girls||Robin||Episode: "And the Pop-Up Sale"|
|2012||Mike & Molly||Flight Attendant||Episode: "The Honeymoon is Over"|
|2013–2016||The Americans||Nina Sergeevna Krilova||35 episodes|
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
|2013||The Blacklist||Agent Rosen||2 episodes|
|2013||White Collar||Katya||Episode: "Ice Breaker"|
|2014||Grey's Anatomy||Ana||Episode: "Only Mama Knows"|
|2015||The Following||Eliza||4 episodes|
|2016||The X-Files||Sveta||Episode: "My Struggle: Part 1"|
|2016||Tyrant||Nafisa Al-Qadi||8 episodes|
|2017||Neo Yokio||Mila Malevich||2 episodes|
|2018||Lethal Weapon||Layla Khudari||Episode: "Get the Picture"|
|2018||The Romanoffs||Elena Evanovich||Episode: "End of the Line"|
|2020–present||The Walking Dead: World Beyond||Huck||Main role|
|2020||Prodigal Son||Fiona||Episode: "Scheherazade"|
- Lovece, Frank (May 4, 2014). "Fast Chat: Annet Mahendru". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. p. 91. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
...dad Ghanshan 'Ken' Mahendru.... Currently in Baltimore shooting the title role of the fact-based medical drama 'Sally Pacholok'..."
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- Zeitchik, Steven (January 19, 2013). "Sundance 2013: How did a newbie make an unapproved film in Disney parks?". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 25, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
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- "Sally Pacholok". DC Independent Film Festival. 2015. Archived from the original on April 3, 2016.
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- Justin Grant (January 2, 2019). ""The Romanoffs" Actress Annet Mahendru Draws On Her Relationship To Her Character and More". Cliche Mag. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
- Nikitha Menon (January 28, 2019). "Toggling Between Two Cultures: An Interview with Annet Mahendru". Brown Girl Magazine. Retrieved December 2, 2019.