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Annet Mahendru has become a highly sought-after performer for both film and television. Perhaps best known for her critically-acclaimed role on the Golden Globe & Emmy winning FX series The Americans, where she played Nina, the mysterious spy opposite FBI Agent Stan (Noah Emmerich). Her portrayal of Nina earned her a Critic's Choice Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a Gold Derby TV Award Nomination for Drama Guest Actress. She was awarded Showbiz India's Trailblazer award, recognizing her for an 'Emerging Leader' as a rising South Asian Female Actor in Hollywood.
Annet's upcoming show is the highly anticipated The Walking Dead: World Beyond limited series, which is set to premiere later this year. She is portraying a new character named Huck, a tough-as-nails campus security guard who goes on a mission to rebuild what's left of the world. Annet has also teamed up with the filmmakers of Happy Hunting to star in their next feature, Manifest West, where she will play Alice Hayes, the family’s loving but ultimately mentally unstable mother.
Annet has established a notable television resume with other credits including The Romanoffs, Prodigal Son, The X-Files, Tyrant, The Following, Lethal Weapon, Grey's Anatomy, White Collar, 2 Broke Girls, and The Blacklist.
In addition to her television work, Annet starred in the Sundance film Escape From Tomorrow, played the title role in Sally Pacholok, and appeared in Bridge And Tunnel, and Love Gloria. She was the voice of Eva in the Penguins of Madagascar movie co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Annet also starred in the dystopian SYFY thriller The Slows, which marks Marvel scribe Nicole Perlman’s directorial debut. It is currently appearing at international film festivals and has been selected as Vimeo's Staff Pick Premiere .
On stage, Annet performed in Seven, a play about Afghan refugee Farida Aziza at the LA Theatre Works. A collaboration between 7 playwrights and 7 female activists from around the globe that tells inspiring stories of overcoming adversity to effect real change and improve the lives of women.
Born in Afghanistan to an East Indian father and Russian mother, Annet spent her early years learning 6 languages in the Middle East & Europe. She finished high school in New York, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy at St. John's University. Then proceeded for a Master’s degree at NYU’s Global Affairs Program. Annet studied acting with a renowned Russian actor in St. Petersburg, the HB Studio in New York, at the Groundlings and Diana Castle in Hollywood. She is highly trained in Mixed Martial Arts and Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam.
Annet currently resides in Los Angeles with her director husband Louie Gibson and their son. She is part of the local charity BreastfeedLA where she advocates for the importance of breastfeeding to help families meet their goals.