Poorna Jagannathan Biography, Age, Networth, Family & More

Biography of Poorna Jagannathan

Poorna Jagannathan is a producer and actor from the United States. She is most recognized for her roles as Safar Khan in HBO’s drama miniseries “The Night Of” and Nalini Vishwakumar in Mindy Kaling’s “Never Have I Ever.”

Jagannathan grew raised in Pakistan, Ireland, India, Brazil, and Argentina after being born in Tunis, Tunisia. She studied journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, and acting at Pace University’s Actors Studio Drama School.

Jagannathan worked in advertising for 15 years before becoming an actor, with companies such as TBWA Worldwide, Ogilvy, and Deutsch Inc.

Jagannathan appears as Blacklister #44 on “The Blacklist” and as the guest leads on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” during the show’s 18th season’s double-season finale episodes. She was one of the stars in A24’s film Share in 2017, which won Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. HBO purchased the stock right away.

Jagannathan received critical accolades for her performance in the 2011 Bollywood film “Delhi Belly” as a lively, irreverent journalist. According to the Village Voice, “Poorna Jagannathan as the self-sufficient bachelorette who waylays Tashi on his way to the altar is the most enjoyably subversive aspect.” In 2019, Film Companion named “Delhi Belly” one of the top 25 Bollywood films of the decade.

Poorna Jagannathan cute smile

In 2012, Poorna Jagannathan was cast as a series regular on “The Night Of.” She also performs in the theater and is on the board of “The Barrow Group” in New York City.

Jagannathan was revealed as a series regular in the cast of “Gypsy” in September 2016. The Netflix-produced series, which starred Naomi Watts, was not renewed for a second season.

In May 2018, Deadline reported that he has been cast as a recurring character named Katie Richmond in the HBO series “Big Little Lies.” Critics lauded Jagannathan’s comedic performance in Room 104.

Poorna Jagannathan’s performance as Nalini Vishwakumar was praised by critics, and her nuanced portrayal of an immigrant lady was hailed as revolutionary and television first. She is presently a series regular on Mindy Kaling’s new program “Never Have I Ever,” which received a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes for its first season and a 97 percent for its second season.

Jagannathan provided her voice for three podcasts in the “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” series, which is based on New York Times Best Seller list novels. She studied the biographies of Mary Kom, Margaret Hamilton, and Madam C. J. Walker. The series was named one of the 50 best podcasts of 2018 by Time, and it won the 2019 People’s Choice Podcast Award in the Education category.

Jagannathan’s play Nirbhaya (Fearless) is based on the rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi in 2012. Rape is used in the play to shatter the silence around sexual assault. It received the prestigious Amnesty International Award in 2013 and the Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards. Nirbhaya traveled for three years in Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and the United States.

Short Information

  • Known As – Poorna, and Porn
  • Current Age – 49 years old as of 2022.
  • Birthdate – 22 December 1972.
  • Profession – Actress, and Producer.

Personal Information

  • BirthName – Poorna Jagannathan
  • Known As – Poorna, and Porn.
  • Date of Birth – 22 December 1972.
  • Current Age – 49 years old as of 2022.
  • Birth Place – Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Hometown – Pakistan, Ireland, India, Brazil, and Argentina.
  • Profession – Actress, and Producer.
  • Zodiac Sign – Sagittarius.
  • Religion – Indian.
  • Nationality – American
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Physical Stats

● Height –

  • In meters – 1.69 m
  • In centimeters – 169 cm
  • In feet & inches – 5 feet 6.5 inches.

● Weight –

  • In kilograms – 60 kgs
  • In pounds – 133 lbs

● Body Dimension

  • Breast – 34 inches.
  • Waist – 25 inches.
  • Hips – 33 inches.

● Eye Color – Black

● Hair Color – Black

Education | Qualification

  • School – Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi.
  • College – The University of Brasília, The University of Maryland, College Park, The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.
  • Qualification – B.A. with a Major in Journalism and Minor in Theater from The University of Maryland, College Park, and Master of Fine Arts from  The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

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Family | Relative

  • Father – Krish Krishnan
  • Mother – Vasantha Krishnan.
  • Brother – N/A
  • Sister – Sharada
  • Son – Anav Oommen.
  • Daughter – N/A
  • GF/BF – N/A
  • Husband – Azad Oommen

Relationship Status

Poorna Jagannathan with her family
  • Husband – Azad Oommen

Net Worth

  • Total net worth – $200,000 USD
  • Car Collection – N/A
  • Bike Collection – N/A
  • House – N/A


  • Poorna Jagannathan was sexually assaulted at the age of 9 in India.

Facts About Poorna Jagannathan

  • She was raised, in several countries including Argentina, Ireland, Pakistan, and Brazil
  • She spent several years in the advertising sector before pursuing a career as an actor.
  • Cowgirls and Indians are her own brand consultancy business.
  • In 2011, she made her Bollywood debut.
  • Is fluent in Tamil, Hindi, English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • Is an ambassador for PETA India.
  • In 2021, she assisted in raising donations for the GiveIndia Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing healthcare to India’s disadvantaged populations.

Quotes by Her

  • I’ve always wanted to be an actor, but I didn’t know how to become one.


  • Delhi Belly (2011)
  • Montclair (2007)
  • Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
  • Growing Up Smith (2015)
  • The Weather Man (2005)
  • Carrie Pilby (2016)
  • Awake (2007)
  • Karma Calling (2009)
  • Thanks for Sharing (2012)
  • Daisy Winters (2017)
  • Mile 22 (2018)
  • Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011)
  • The Dead Center (2018)
  • Share 1 (2019)
  • The Circle 1 (2017)

Television Shows

  • Better Call Saul (2015–2022)
  • House of Cards (2013–2018)
  • Big Little Lies (2017–2019)
  • Rescue Me (2004–2011)
  • The Blacklist (2013– )
  • Ramy (2019– )
  • Law & Order (1990– )
  • Never Have I Ever (2020–2023)
  • Starved (2005)
  • Love Monkey (2006)
  • Jonny Zero (2005)
  • Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)
  • Messiah (2020)
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)
  • Sorry for Your Loss (2018–2019)
Poorna Jagannathan looking beautiful

Awards | Achievements


  • Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award (2013)
  • Scotsman Fringe First Award (2013) 
  • Herald Angel Award (2013)
  • L’Oreal Femina Women Awards: Breakthrough Performance (2012)           
  • 10th Annual Kamala Pasand Max Stardust Awards: Breakthrough Supporting Performance (Female)


  • 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards: Best Debut Actor (Female)
  • Zee Cine Awards: Best Debut Actor (Female) (2012)
  • 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Female)

Favorite Things:-

  • Favorite Actors – James Gandolfini, and Aamir Khan.
  • Favorite Actress – Kalki Koechlin, and Shabana Azmi.
  • Favorite Plays – Our Town by Thornton Wilder, and Amajuba by Yael Farber.
  • Favorite Writer – Dave Eggers.

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Frequently Asked Question

Q.1 How many languages does Poorna Jagannathan speak?

Ans: She is multilingual as she grew up in many countries Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland, and India. She can speak Portuguese, Hindi, English, Spanish, and Tamil.

Ans: Azad Oommen is Poorna Jagannathan’s husband.

Ans: Poorna Jagannathan is from Tunis, Tunisia and she was also born there.

Ans: Poorna Jagannathan’s net worth is to be estimated at around $200,000 USD.

Ans: “Delhi Belly” was Poorna Jagannathan’s first Bollywood movie.

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