Parveen Kaur is a Canadian actress, whose fame is due to her role as Saanvi Bahl in the supernatural, sci-fi television series “Manifest”, broadcast on NBC.
Early life and education
Parveen Kaur – of Indian and Canadian descent – was born on October 17, 1988 in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Her parents are immigrants who come from Mumbai, India. There is no information about her education except that she dropped out of school to pursue another interest.
At the age of 19, living alone in the big city of Toronto, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a film and television actor. She began auditioning for roles, even TV commercials, and in 2013 was tapped by the J. Walter Thompson Agency to become the girl in Tim Horton’s national TV ad for the holiday season entitled “Hello.” In 2014, she had a minor role in a Canadian-American TV sitcom, “Working the English”, but it was canceled after 12 episodes in Canada and only five episodes aired in the US.
While it didn’t last as long as she’d hoped, it was a great start to her TV career.
In 2015, she had a recurring role in the second season of “The Strain”, based on a horror novel trilogy of the same name created by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, which aired on FX network until 2017. That same year, she was chosen to be Dr. To play Asha Mirani, a supporting role in Season 4 of the Canadian medical-supernatural TV series titled ‘Saving Hope’, which aired for five seasons from 2015 to 2017.
It was picked up in the US by NBC, but only for one season.
Parveen also had a supporting role in another supernatural TV drama series, “Beyond”, in 2016, which aired on the Freeform Network and was subsequently available for streaming on the Freeform app; the show ran for two seasons before being canceled in 2018.
However, 2018 turned out to be her lucky year as she was part of the regular cast of the American supernatural television series titled ‘Manifest’ which aired on NBC.
She played the role of a medical examiner, Saanvi Bahl, who was a passenger on a plane that supposedly disappeared and was all presumed dead for about five years. Her research would prove important in explaining what happened to the five years they were supposedly lost. The pilot episode aired in September 2018 and received mixed reviews from TV critics, but was watched by 18.4 million viewers. It was renewed for a second season and had its finale on April 6, 2020.
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The network hasn’t released any news about its third season renewal, but conversations between cast and crew indicate it has a high chance of being renewed.
While doing episodes for “ManifestoParveen also had guest appearances in many TV shows, most notably “American Gods” in 2017 as a young Persian woman, “9-1-1” emergency drama series, and as Lucy Crushner in “Workin’ Moms” both in 2018 .
Praveen also completed a Canadian drama film titled ‘Through Black Spruce’, an adaptation of the novel of the same name directed by Don McKellar.
She was also in the cast of the movie entitled “Acquainted”, with Adelaide Kane and Giacomo Guianniotti. It premiered on December 1, 2018 at the Whistler Film Festival in Canada, and had a limited theatrical release on April 5, 2019. The film producers also entered it at the SOHO International Film Festival in the US.
Little else is known about Parveen’s personal life. She rarely talks about her family, except that she left home and school when she turned 18, trying to “find herself” in Toronto.
She said during an interview with online fan site “Fear Forever” that what she wanted most of all was to leave the small town in Okanagan Valley and find other options in life. Coincidentally, everything fell into place when she moved to Toronto. She is single and not engaged to anyone; there are no rumored boyfriends or dating history.
Interesting facts and rumours
- When she played a doctor on the TV series “Saving Hope,” she shadowed her family doctor at the hospital and watched him perform a cesarean section in the emergency room. This was to ensure that she could mimic a doctor’s habit during consultations and operations. She found the experience both thrilling and surreal.
- Praveen received the 2017 Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF) award for her active role in representing women of color in TV and films. One of her ways to raise awareness is to say “no” to projects that don’t clearly and honestly represent her community. It’s her way of starting a dialogue and explaining why it seemed unfair from her point of view. She believes that the more she can educate people in the entertainment industry about it, the more they will understand it better.
- She was extremely excited when she was offered a role in the TV series ‘The Strain’ as it was her first major project where she had to deliver more than one line. Parveen was also incredibly impressed with the set’s design and believed it would be her job if she wasn’t an actor.
Parveen is 1.61 m tall and weighs about 50 kg. She has black hair and brown eyes.
Sources estimated her net worth as of April 2020 to be approximately $300,000, with an estimated salary of $40,000 per episode of her “Manifest” role.