Born abroad and raised in New York City, Purva Bedi is a multi-lingual actress of film, television and stage and also a deviser of new work. A true craftswoman, she jumps headfirst into her projects across all media and looks for the personal truth and authenticity in every character she plays thus bringing variety and dynamism to every performance.
TV Guest Star & Recurring: She's Gotta Have It, Madam Secretary, Person of Interest, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, Law & Order (Criminal Intent, SVU, and original), Gossip Girl, Cashmere Mafia, House M.D., The West Wing, The Drew Carey Show, Boston Legal, Alias, Strong Medicine, Fastlane, ER and Natural Reboot (Series Regular Host).
TV Pilots: Imaginary Friend, Mother's Day, DesiCiti, Shrinkage.
Feature Films: Sully, Equity, My Cousin Sister's Wedding, Queen of Glory, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Adjustment Bureau, Kumare, Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn, Green Card Fever, The Emperor's Club, Ball & Chain, Love 'N Dancing, Wings of Hope and American Desi.
Theater: Dance Nation (dir. Lee Sunday Evans Playwrights Horizons), An Ordinary Muslim (dir. Jo Bonney New York Theatre Workshop ), Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project), Idiot (HERE dir. Kristin Marting), Assembled Identity (HERE), Veil'd (Womens Project), There or Here, Parts & Parts of Stitches, East is East (dir. Scott Elliott MTC/New Group), My Wandering Boy (dir. Bill Rauch South Coast Rep), The Rise of Dorothy Hale (St Lukes’s), Rice Boy(Mark Taper Forum Taper Too). With Target Margin Theatre: Reread Another, The Tempest, Second Language, Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, Old Comedy, These Very Serious Jokes, The 5 Hysterical Girls Theorem, The Seagull, Sonoma.
In Fall 2018 Purva will star in the world premiere of Jaclyn Backhaus' Horton Foote Prize-winning play India Pale Ale at Manhattan Theatre Club (directed by Will Davis).
Purva loves to workshop new plays and has done so at at theaters which include The Public, A.C.T., Playwrights Horizons, Long Wharf Theatre, The Lark, New Dramatists, Ars Nova and The Atlantic Theatre
Purva is a member of The Actor's Center Workshop Company, an Associate Artist with Target Margin Theatre and Founding member of Disha Theatre. She studied at Williams College, The British American Drama Academy and the Public Theatre Shakespeare Lab. Purva also teaches acting at the Anthony Meindl Acting Workshop.
Purva lives with her best collaborator and husband, David Andrew Stoler, where she plays her most challenging and favorite role: mother to their 7 year old daughter.