• Rajesh Nihalani is a bespoke tailor with a net worth of over $500,000
• He is married to Archie Panjabi, an actress with a net worth of $3 million
• He is a bespoke tailor who creates clothing based on the buyer's specifications
• Rajesh and Archie had an arranged marriage by their parents
• He has no strong online presence and was arrested in 2010 for allegedly stealing from an electronics store

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Short Info

Date Of BirthMay 31, 1972
SpouseRajesh Nihalani
FactAwarded the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2005 for Yasmin (2004). She was selected from hundreds of actors to represent the UK.

Who is Rajesh Nihalani

Rajesh Nihalani was born in India, and is a designer as well as a bespoke tailor, but perhaps best known for being the husband of actress Archie Panjabi, who became famous for her role as Kalinda Sharma in the show “The Good Wife”. Aside from that role, other notable projects she’s worked on include “Bend it Like Beckham”, and “Yasmin”.

The Riches of Rajesh Nihalani

How rich is Rajesh Nihalani? As of mid-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $500,000, earned through a successful career in tailoring. His wealth is also potentially elevated thanks to the success of his wife, who has a net worth estimated to be over $3 million. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Career

There is almost no information available about Rajesh, as he’s managed to keep his life out of the spotlight. There are no details regarding his family, childhood, and education. It is known that he would later become a bespoke tailor which is a specific type of tailor who creates clothing based on the buyer’s specifications.

Rajesh Nihalani and rchie Panjabi

It is the opposite of ready-to-wear clothing which is very popular in present times. It usually begins with a pattern created for scratch and then a cloth made to fit a person exactly would be designed. Due to the nature of bespoke clothing being rarer in today’s times, it is more expensive to have a tailor work on a customer specifically and it usually means a high amount of quality within the work. New technologies have also made it possible to create clothes using digital patterning and lean manufacturing. The word bespoke means “made to order”, and was popular within the English language during the peak of this type of clothing.

Wife – Archie Panjabi

Nihalani’s wife was born in London, England on 31 May 1972, after both of her parents emigrated from India. She didn’t initially pursue a career in acting, having completed a management studies degree while also training in ballet at a young age. It was 1999 when she started to appear on television and in films, mostly in local productions. Some of her earlier projects include “East is East” and “Life on Mars”, and one of her first notable roles came a few years later in the comedy “Bend it Like Beckham”, which would lead to more high profile projects.

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She then appeared in the romantic comedy “A Good Year” alongside Russell Crowe, playing the character Gemma who is an office colleague in the film. In 2007, she worked with Angelina Jolie in the film “A Mighty Heart, based on the book of the same name by Mariane Pearl. She’s also done voice acting work, and has voiced several characters in British children’s animation. She worked on “Postman Pat”, and even for the video game “Dead Space: Extraction.” She continued contributing to film hits such as “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Loves of Others”.

The Good Wife and Archie’s Recent Projects

In 2009, Panjabi became one of the cast members of the television series “The Good Wife”. The show is a legal and political series following a wife of the Cook County State’s Attorney who returns to her career after her husband gets involved in a public corruption and sex scandal. She gained considerable fame for her role, which led to several awards, however, she left the show after several seasons realizing that the role was starting to affect her personal life. Her next project would be the series “The Fall”, in which she played a pathologist. She also made a guest appearance in the show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.

In 2016, she worked on the pilot for the show “The Jury”, and then joined the cast of the NBC show “Blindspot”, which focuses on a mysterious tattooed woman who has no recollection of her identity or her past, so the FBI try to decipher her tattoos which contain clues to crimes. Aside from her acting work, she’s been noted for being outspoken about diversity in Hollywood, stating that an agent even told her once that an Indian woman like her could never have a Hollywood career.

Personal Life and Social Media

For her personal life, it is known that Rajesh married Archie in 1998, an arranged marriage set up by their parents, but they didn’t disagree as it is still a tradition for most Indian families to marry in this manner. The two have stayed married since then, indicating that they’ve had a successful relationship – they haven’t any children, and will not likely have any due to their respective ages.

One of the reasons why there is very limited information about Rajesh is due to the lack of any strong online presence. He does not have accounts on any of the major social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In 2010, he made news when he was arrested for allegedly stealing from an electronics store. He used his credit card to pay for electronics and then later declared his card to be stolen. There wasn’t anything negative to have come out from the arrest. as there have been no subsequent news reports. According to the report, the business he runs is called Imperial Tailoring.

General Info

Full NameArchie Panjabi
Date Of BirthMay 31, 1972
Height1.6 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationBrunel University London


SpouseRajesh Nihalani
ParentsPadma Panjabi, Govind Panjabi
SiblingsAshwin Panjabi


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for B...
MoviesSan Andreas, A Mighty Heart, East Is East, Bend It Like Beckham, The Constant Gardener, A Good Year, I Origins, Yasmin, Traitor, The Infidel, Espion(s), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, The Happiness Salesman, Love Triangle, The Secret, My World, Be G...
TV ShowsThe Fall, The Good Wife, Postman Pat, Personal Affairs, Sea of Souls, Blindspot, Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show, Grease Monkeys

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1When I was younger I was fat. I was never conscious of it and was content with who I was because I was so loved. My mother never told me to lose weight and my father doted on me, but my agent told me. I tried, but I loved Indian food too much.
2You have this impression from England that New Yorkers can be quite aggressive, but certainly the people that I've bumped into and the friends I've made here don't seem that way. Just walking down the street and asking for directions, people seem to be very helpful and happy to help.
3I went out for a film where they wanted seven brothers and one sister, so I was there for half a day while they were waiting for 'Archie' to read for a boy... I've had drivers come to pick me up in England looking for a blond, blue-eyed Scottish boy.
4I went to Brunel University and very much wanted to go on to do a PhD in management, but then my acting career started to take off. In those days when you switched on the box there were hardly any brown or black faces.
5The generation that migrated to the West in the 1970s or 1960s has now lived more in the West than India, and India has changed so much. My parents fall into that category.
6My mother wanted to be a teacher when she was young, and my father didn't approve of it, so she fought very hard to become one. And she did it. So when I said I wanted to become an actress, my mother was very supportive. She always said to me, 'There's no such thing as 'can't.'
7I'd love to say I made the smart decision of picking projects that became hits, but with 'The Good Wife,' I read the script and something inside me said, 'I love this, I want to do this.'
8Coming to New York is like a big hug, everyone is so welcoming. There's something about here, everyone makes you feel so at home. I miss my family of course, but I don't miss London that much. I was worried, but I feel really at home. Everyone says that who comes here from London, but I didn't believe them.
9I had a dialect coach to get an American accent, and then another dialect coach to come off it a bit. There is something deep and mysterious in the voice when it isn't too high-pitched American.
10I have always let the lack of Indian actors in the industry drive me, not hold me back. I remember an agent in L.A. telling me a few years ago that an Indian actor wouldn't ever make it in Hollywood, but my ethnicity has helped me.
11I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an actor. I never even thought about other careers. The acting field is certainly not the path many Indian parents encourage their children to take, but mine were very supportive. They wanted me to have an education, but understood that this is what I wanted to do.
12Luckily my parents were not against my ambition, they've always been very supportive. But they were adamant that I went to university first.
13I knew what I wanted to do for my entire life, from nursery to university. I've always been geared towards wanting to act. I've stuck with it, dedicated time to it.
14I love roles where I have to transform myself.
15I remember sitting in school and thinking, 'I don't know why I'm here, because I know I'm going to act and I know I'm going to America.'
16I like to do new things, so I always take on roles that I feel will keep me on my toes. I never want to pigeon myself, so I always like to surprise myself. I believe in versatility and so I would play anything as long as it was a challenge.
17I'd love to do a romantic comedy. And perhaps, if the character was right and I had a good gut instinct, a Bollywood movie. And I'd love to direct. One day. I'm learning a lot on the set of 'The Good Wife.'


1Both of her parents were schoolteachers.
2For her role on The Good Wife (2009), she was named one of the "Eight Actors Who Turn Television into Art", in the cover story of The New York Times Magazine (9/11/11). Also named as one of the Top 10 Faces on TV to Watch. (Variety, 2009).
3Won Best Actress for her role in Yasmin (2004) at the Reims Festival in 2006.
4Awarded the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2005 for Yasmin (2004). She was selected from hundreds of actors to represent the UK.
5She spent part of her childhood in Mumbai (Bombay), which is why she considers herself "Part Bombayite, part British." She based the character Gemma/Jessminder in Ridley Scott's A Good Year (2006) on someone she knew in Mumbai.




The Good Wife2009-2015TV SeriesKalinda Sharma
The Fall2013-2014TV SeriesReed Smith
The Widower2014TV Mini-SeriesSimone Banerjee
I Origins2014Priya Varma
Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service2008-2013TV SeriesMeera Bains / Nisha Bains / Meera Baines / ...
The Happiness Salesman2010ShortKaren
The Infidel2010Saamiya Nasir
Be Good2009ShortAnimal Adoption Officer
Personal Affairs2009TV SeriesJane Lesser
Dead Space: Extraction2009Video GameCatherine 'Karen' Howel / Additional Voices (voice)
My World2008/IShortTeacher
Traitor2008Chandra Dawkin
Love Triangle2007TV ShortFriend (voice)
Silent Witness2007TV SeriesAmita Joshi
A Mighty Heart2007Asra
I Could Never Be Your Woman2007Casting Girl
Life on Mars2006-2007TV SeriesMaya Roy
Lezioni di volo2007Sharmila
Postman Pat2004-2006TV SeriesMeera Baines Nisha Baines Meera Bains ...
A Good Year2006Gemma
A Very Social Secretary2005TV MovieAshley
The Constant Gardener2005Ghita Pearson
Grease Monkeys2003-2004TV SeriesRita Dhillon
Yasmin2004Yasmin Husseini
Sea of Souls2004TV SeriesMegan Sharma
Cross My Heart2003Sumi
Canterbury Tales2003TV Mini-SeriesClare
Code 462003Check In
Final Demand2003TV MovieFarida
This Little Life2003TV MovieNiala
Arranged Marriage2002ShortShashi
White Teeth2002TV Mini-SeriesAlsana
My Family2002TV SeriesDental Assistant
Tough Love2002TV MovieChandra (Mr Jones)
Holby City2002TV SeriesAli Saffron
The Secret2002TV SeriesNadia's Probation Officer
Bend It Like Beckham2002Pinky Bhamra
Black Nor White2002ShortSangeeta
Single Voices2002TV Series
Ivor the Invisible2001TV MovieLeila (voice)
Delilah2001ShortAdult Pim
The Bill2001TV SeriesShanaz Azad / Shanaz Arad
Murder in Mind2001TV SeriesWPC Jill Evans
A Mind to Kill2001TV SeriesLamisa Khan
Brand Spanking New Show2000TV SeriesVarious roles
In the Beginning2000TV Mini-SeriesBasya, Pharaoh's Daughter
East Is East1999Meenah Khan
Escape to Somerset1998ShortSamina
Dad1997TV Series
The Thin Blue Line1996TV SeriesNazia Habib
Under the Moon1995TV MovieHeena (as Archie Panabi)
Siren Spirits1994TV Mini-SeriesJoyoti
London's Burning1993TV SeriesYasmin
Blindspot2016-2017TV SeriesNas Kamal
Power Monkeys2016TV Mini-SeriesPreeya
Shetland2016TV SeriesAsha Israni
The Jury2016TV MovieKim
Brooklyn Nine-Nine2015TV SeriesLieutenant Singh
San Andreas2015Serena Johnson


Bend It Like Beckham2002performer: "Hot Hot Hot" 1983


Today2017TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Behind the Seams: An Insider's Look at Costume Design2013TV ShortHerself
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
70th Golden Globe Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
CBS This Morning2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rachael Ray2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
43rd NAACP Image Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul2011TV MovieHerself
America in Primetime2011TV Series documentaryHerself / Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife
The Education of Alicia Florrick: Making Season One2010Video documentaryHerself
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Britain's First Suicide Bombers2006TV Movie documentaryTahira Tabassum

Archive Footage

How TV Changed Britain2008TV Series documentaryMaya Roy
My Family2004TV SeriesDental Assistant


Won Awards

2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2007Chopard TrophyCannes Film FestivalFemale Revelation
2006Best ActressReims International Television DaysYasmin (2004)
2005EFP Shooting StarBerlin International Film FestivalUnited Kingdom.
2005Prix Ciné FemmeMons International Festival of Love FilmsBest ActressYasmin (2004)

Nominated Awards

2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2013Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Good Wife (2009)
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2012DaggerCrime Thriller Awards, UKBest Supporting ActressThe Good Wife (2009)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2012ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2011Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2011Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Supporting ActressThe Good Wife (2009)
2011OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)
2010Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Good Wife (2009)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)

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