Poorna Jagannathan, Age, Height, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Education: BA With A Major In Journalism
Husband: Azad Oommen
Age: 47 Years

Poorna Jagannathan

NicknamePorn [1]NPR
ProfessionActress & Producer
Physical Stats & More
Height [2]IMDbin centimeters- 169 cm
in meters- 1.69 m
in feet & inches- 5' 6½"
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutHollywood: She Hate Me (2004) as 'Song’s Girlfriend'
She Hate Me (2004)
Bollywood: Delhi Belly (2011) as ‘Menaka Vashist’
Poorna Jagannathan in a Scene from 'Delhi Belly' (2011)
TV: Law & Order (2004) as ‘Rehana Khemlani’
Law & Order (2004)
Awards, Honours, Achievements 2014: Annual Kamala Pasand Max Stardust Awards
2014: Verve magazine named her among the top 50 most powerful women in India
2014: Best Dressed Award by Grazia Magazine
2013: Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award
2013: Scotsman Fringe First Award
2013: Herald Angel Award
• Most Fashionable Indian Woman by Cosmopolitan in 2013 and 2012
2012: Winner L’Oreal Femina Women Awards in 2012
2012: Featured in Femina magazine’s “India’s 50 Most Beautiful Women” List in 2012
Personal Life
Date of Birth22 December 1972 (Friday)
Age (as in 2019) 47 Years
BirthplaceTunis, Tunisia
Zodiac signCapricorn
HometownShe grew up in Pakistan, Ireland, India, Brazil, and Argentina.
School• While travelling from one country to the other, she did her schooling in Pakistan, Ireland, India, Brazil, and Argentina.
• Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi
College/University• University of Brasilia, Brazil
• University of Maryland, College Park
• The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, New York
Educational Qualification(s)• BA with a Major in Journalism and Minor in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park
• Master of Fine Arts from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, New York (Dropped out after a year)
EthnicitySouth Indian American [3]Times of India
Food HabitVegetarian [4]PETA India
HobbiesWatching Movies, Reading, and Watching Theatre Plays
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Husband/SpouseAzad Oommen
Poorna Jagannathan with her Husband
ChildrenSon- Anav Oommen
Poorna Jagannathan's Husband and Son
ParentsFather- Krish Krishnan (Indian Diplomat)
Mother- Vasantha Krishnan
Poorna Jagannathan's Parents
SiblingsSister- Sharada (Elder)
Childhood Picture of Poorna Jagannathan wilth her Sister
Favourite Things
Actor(s)James Gandolfini, Aamir Khan
Actress(s)Kalki Koechlin , Shabana Azmi
Play(s)• Our Town by Thornton Wilder
• Amajuba by Yaël Farber
WriterDave Eggers

Poorna Jagannathan

Some Lesser Known Facts About Poorna Jagannathan

  • Poorna Jagannathan belongs to a Tamil family, and both her parents are from Chennai.
  • She attended the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University to pursue a master of arts, but, after a year, she dropped out of her course and continued to learn acting from her teacher, Elizabeth Kamp who she had met when she was studying in the college.
  • She has acted in supporting roles in many popular Bollywood and American films, such as The Weather Man (2005), Awake (2007), Peace, Love, and Misnderstandings (2011) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Growing Up Smith (2015), Carrie Pilby (2016), THe Circle (2017), Mile 22 (2018), Share (2019), and Alia’s Birth (2020).
  • After acting in minor roles in the TV series, Rescue Me (2006), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2006), The Game (2008), Numbers (2009), Royal Pains (2010), House of Cards (2015), and NCIS: Los Angeles (2016), she made her breakthrough with the role of ‘Safar Khan’ in the serial, The Night Of (2016).

    Poorna Jagannathan in a Scene from 'The Night Of' (2017)

    Poorna Jagannathan in a Scene from ‘The Night Of’ (2017)

  • She has also acted in many popular American TV series, such as Gypsy (2017), The Blacklist (2017), The Act (2019), Big Little Lies (2019), Defending Jacob (2020), and Never Have I Ever (2020).
  • She is an established theatre artist and is a board and company member of The Borrow Group, a non-profit Off-Broadway theatre company in New York City.
  • She produced and acted in the play titled “Nirbhaya,” which was inspired by the Delhi gang rape and murder on 16 December 2012. The play was written and directed by Yaël Farber, a South African director & playwright, and it opened at the Assembly Hall in August 2013 during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play breaks the silence on sexual violence and won Amnesty International Award, Scotsman Fringe First, and Herald Angel Award in 2013.

    Poorna Jagannathan in a Scene from 'Nirbhaya'

    Poorna Jagannathan in a Scene from ‘Nirbhaya’

  • Before starting her career as an actress, Poorna was working in the advertising field.
  • Poorna has featured on the cover of various magazines, such as Marie Claire, Femina, Jade and Exotica and covered in numerous publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Grazia.
    Poorna Jagannathan on the Cover of Femina
  • She was been featured in Vogue magazine as one of 8 women who are changing the face of beauty in India in 2012 and in their list of most stylish women in 2012, 2014, and 2015.
  • She is also a brand ambassador for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

    Poorna Jagannathan at PETA Fundraiser Event

    Poorna Jagannathan at PETA Fundraiser Event

  • She is an avid dog lover and owns a pet dog.

    Poorna Jagannathan's Instagram Post About her Pet

    Poorna Jagannathan’s Instagram Post About her Pet