Actress Annet Mahendru plays Nina, formerly a low level KGB officer stationed at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C. She was both Stan Beeman's lover and his informant on the inner workings of the KGB Rezidentura. But in a crisis of conscience, Nina revealed her treachery to the KGB and started using her relationship with Stan to help the Soviets stay one step ahead of the FBI. Convinced that Stan was in love with her, the KGB forced him to choose between Nina's life and his loyalty to the United States. When Stan chose his country over his heart, Nina was sent back to the Soviet Union, where she has been forced to use her gifts of persuasion to suit her captors' needs. Nina is skilled at rooting out secrets, but her conscience gnaws at her.
Mahendru was born to an East Indian father (a journalist and professor) and Russian mother (a businesswoman and artist). Mahendru finished high school in New York and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. John's University. After school, drawn by her passion for acting, she took classes at the HB studio, and performed in plays and independent films. While pursuing a Master's degree in Global Affairs at NYU, Mahendru reached a crossroads in her life. Dropping out of NYU, she moved to the west coast in pursuit of another degree, this one in Storytelling. A longtime fan of improvisation, she began studying at the Groundlings School and took on several comedy projects thereafter. Mahendru also studied at the Imagined Life in Hollywood.
Mahendru recently wrapped production on the highly anticipated return of The X-Files. She will play "Sveta" alongside David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
Mahendru can soon be seen in the short she starred in and produced, Kill Until Killed. The film finished after five consecutive shoot days. Mahendru plays "Lisa Tina" alongside Charlie Schlatter, Michael Borne, Ryan Masson and Cornell Womack.
Mahendru's mesmerizing performance as "Nina," a KGB officer on the FX series The Americans, earned her a 2014 Critics' Choice Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Mahendru can be heard in the DreamWorks Animation comedy Penguins Of Madagascar. Mahendru voiced "Eva," the snow owl analyst and North Wind agent. Based on the penguins in Madagascar, the film was released in 2014.
Mahendru also stars in the independent film Sally Pacholok from ELProductions. Mahendru plays Sally Pacholok, a feisty ER nurse that takes on the medical establishment when she uncovers an epidemic of misdiagnoses. The film was named "Best Feature" at the Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival.
Mahendru's other television credits include guest roles on 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Big Time Rush and The Blacklist. She has also appeared in the feature films Escape From Tomorrow and Love Gloria.