Next of Kin, a six-part ITV drama, features Archie as Mona, a family woman and ‘a doctor, so my parents are very proud’.
Mona’s life is suddenly blown apart, however, when her brother Kareem (Navin Chowdhry) is brutally murdered while working for a medical charity overseas.
‘I remember as a child always being fascinated by people,’ she says.
She moved to LA two years ago after leaving The Good Wife, for which she was based in New York for six years. ‘New York is similar to London because of the culture and the weather and the fact that everything is easy to get to, but I also like LA. All I can say is, thank goodness for Spanx.’She’s talking nonsense, of course.
Obviously, the weather is gorgeous and it’s a little more laidback. Archie is petite and looks a good decade younger than her 45 years.
It definitely toughened me up.’Rejection may have been valuable for Archie, but it certainly hasn’t been a recurring theme in her career.
Having first captured the attention of British audiences in her breakout role as football-mad Meenah in the acclaimed 1999 indie movie East is East, she has gone from strength to strength, playing the feisty sister to Parminder Nagra’s football-playing lead in Bend It Like Beckham, before starring with Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart as well as opposite Russell Crowe in the comedy A Good Year.
We’re both married, so we fell into the roles of husband and wife naturally.