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Mindy Kaling stars in "The Mindy Project" on FOX as Mindy Lahiri.

Kaling previously starred in "The Office" as the chatty and bubbly Kelly Kapoor. Kaling is also a writer and producer for the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning NBC show. Additionally, she had a two-year development deal with NBC Universal, making her a triple threat to reckon with in Hollywood. 

Mindy Kaling has written over 24 episodes of "The Office," including "Niagara," which scored her an Emmy nod. Not only does
Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project"
Mindy Kaling The Mindy Project
she write for the show, but she has also ventured into being a director. She debuted as a director with the episode "Subtle Sexuality" in 2009. In early 2004, she was hired as a writer and performer for the American version of "The Office." Originally, executive producer Greg Daniels wasn't sure where to use her onscreen in the series, until the point in the episode "Diversity Day," where Steve Carell's insensitive character, Michael Scott, needed to be slapped by a minority character. In a 2007 interview with The A.V. Club, Kaling stated that the Kelly character is "an exaggerated version of what I think the upper-level writers believe my personality is." After the "Diwali" episode, Kaling appeared with Daniels on NPR's "Fresh Air."

"The Office" has been nominated and won multiple awards including: Writers Guild of America Awards, Television Critics Association Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Emmy Awards. Kaling was singled out when she was nominated for a 2008 Image Award in the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category for "The Office" episode "Branch Wars." Most recently, "The Office" has been nominated for a 2010 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Furthermore, Mindy and the writers of "The Office" were nominated for a 2010 Writers Guild Award for outstanding achievement in television in the comedy series.

Prior to working on "The Office," Mindy Kaling co-wrote and co-starred in the hit off-Broadway play "Matt & Ben," which won the New York International Fringe Festival's Best Play prize and went on to be a featured selection at the 2003 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. The play was on Rolling Stone's Hot List and was listed as one of Time Magazine's top ten theatrical events of 2003.

Kaling's past TV appearances also include a 2005 episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," in which Kaling played Richard Lewis's assistant. Kaling further exemplified her comedic skills with her standup comedy featured on the CD "Comedy Death Ray," as well as with her guest writing for one episode of "Saturday Night Live" in April 2006. If that wasn't evidence enough, Kaling has been featured in Entertainment Weekly's list of the "10 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood"; Rolling Stone's "Hot List" as "Hot Hyphenate" in 2007 for writing and acting on "The Office"; and in 2009 for "Hot Network Hope" for her deal with NBC. She was most recently featured as one of Variety's "10 Screenwriters to Watch."

Kaling was recently seen on the big screen opposite Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in "No Strings Attached" and with Ben Stiller and Amy Adams in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." She made her film debut as the object of Paul Rudd's unwanted affections in the Judd Apatow-directed comedy "The 40 Year Old Virgin." She followed up by voicing the character of Tourist Mom in the blockbuster animated comedy "Despicable Me." She also made an appearance in the film "Unaccompanied Minors" as a waitress. In 2007 she played a small part in "License to Wed," starring fellow "The Office" actors John Krasinski, Angela Kinsey and Brian Baumgartner.

In fall of 2011, Kaling will release her first book, entitled "The Contents of My Purse," which will be published by Random House's Crown imprint. The book will be a collection of comic essays detailing moments from a woman's life, including everything from relationships to fashion. Kaling is currently penning "The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie" with fellow "The Office" writer Brent Forrester. In addition to co-writing the romantic comedy, she will also star in a supporting role and executive-produce.

On the side, Kaling writes about shopping in a blog called "Things I Bought That I Love." It recently was featured in Esquire under "Women We Love: The Endorsements—Things We Are Riveted By, Intrigued With, And Incapable of Not Adoring."

Kaling currently resides in Los Angeles.


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Age: 37 years old
Birthday: June 24, 1979
Height: 5' 4"
Full Name / Real Name: Vera Chokalingam
Birthplace: Cambridge, MA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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