Annet Mahendru

Anita Devi "Annet" Mahendru[1] (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.

Annet Mahendru
Anita Devi Mahendru

(1989-08-21) August 21, 1989 (age 30)
Years active2006–present

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[1] is a Hindu[2] Indian educator and journalist.[1][3] 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.[4]

Mahendru attended East Meadow High School, where she was active in competitive cheerleading and kick line teams; she graduated in 2004.[1][5] She went on to earn an English degree from St. John's University in New York City.[6]

Mahendru is fluent in German, Russian and English, and also speaks Hindi, French and Persian.[7] She initially wanted to use what she has called her "ethnic ambiguity" to work for the United Nations.[8] She was enrolled at New York University for a master's degree in international relations, but dropped out to pursue acting.[4] She then moved to Los Angeles and studied improv at The Groundlings.[4]


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.[3][9]

In 2014, Mahendru was promoted to a series regular for the second season of The Americans.[10] 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.

Mahendru stars in the title role of the independent feature film Sally Pacholok (2015), which premiered at and won Best Feature at the DC Independent Film Festival, in Washington, DC.[11][12]

Mahendru stars in the seventh episode of the anthology series The Romanoffs, which began streaming on Amazon Video on November 16, 2018.

She will play a lead role in the upcoming AMC series The Walking Dead: World Beyond, which premiers in 2020.

Private lifeEdit

Mahendru is married to Lucian "Louie" Gibson, an Australian writer and director and a son of Mel Gibson. They live in Los Angeles with their son.[13][14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Art of Love Kala Short film
2008 El Padrino 2 Serge's Wife
2009 Erza: Fear of a Faceless God Erza
2010 Ungu Narrator Short film
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
2011 Love, Gloria Katie
2011 Almaz Natasha 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[1] Sally Pacholok


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Love Monkey Groupie Episode: "The Onone That Got Away"
2006 Conviction Waitress Episode: "180.80"
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"


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  2. ^ Guy, Mike (April 8, 2015). "Annet Mahendru on Playing 'The Americans'' Seductress". Maxim. Archived from the original on January 10, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Goldman, Eric (April 16, 2013). "Annet Mahendru Discusses Nina's Future on The Americans and Covertly Filming Escape From Tomorrow at Walt Disney World". Archived from the original on May 13, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Leeds, Sarene (April 2, 2014). "Annet Mahendru: 'The Americans' International Woman of Mystery". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 3, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Graduation 2004". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. June 19, 2004. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Rorke, Robert (March 15, 2014). "'Americans' star a perfect fit as Russian double agent". New York Post. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "Annet Mahendru". (Resume) Actors Access (Breakdown Services, Ltd.). Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Annet Mahendru: A Funny Joke from a Beautiful Woman". Esquire. Archived from the original on January 12, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (May 7, 2013). "FX's The Americans Promotes Two for Season 2". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Sally Pacholok". DC Independent Film Festival. 2015. Archived from the original on April 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "Chevy Chase filmmaker takes 'Best Feature'". The Gazette. Maryland: Post Community Media, LLC. March 18, 2015. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015.
  13. ^ Robert Rorke (March 15, 2014). "'Americans' star a perfect fit as Russian double agent". New York Post. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Nikitha Menon (January 28, 2019). "Toggling Between Two Cultures: An Interview with Annet Mahendru". Brown Girl Magazine. Retrieved December 2, 2019.

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