Anita Devi "Annet" Mahendru (born August 21, 1989) is an Indian-Russian-American actress, best known for her role as Nina Sergeevna Krilova on the FX period drama series The Americans (2013–16), for which she garnered a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2014.
Mahendru was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her mother Olga is a Russian businesswoman and artist, and her father Ghanshan "Ken" Mahendru is a Hindu Indian educator and journalist. She had what she calls a "gypsy" childhood, regularly travelling between St. Petersburg and Frankfurt before moving with her father to East Meadow, New York at age 13 after her parents separated.
Mahendru attended East Meadow High School, where she was active in competitive cheerleading and kick line teams; she graduated in 2004. She went on to earn an English degree from St. John's University in New York City.