Won Best Actress for her role in Yasmin (2004) at the Reims Festival in 2006.
She spent part of her childhood in Mumbai (Bombay), which is why she considers herself "Part Bombayite, part British". In fact she based the character Gemma/Jessminder in Ridley Scott's A Good Year (2006) on someone she knew in Mumbai.
For 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).
Awarded Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2005 for Yasmin (2004). She was selected from hundreds of actors to represent the UK.
Both of her parents were schoolteachers.