Mindy Kaling Biography

Mindy Kaling is an American actress, writer, and producer. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her life.

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Birthday: June 24, 1979

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 40 Years, 40 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Cancer

Also Known As: Vera Mindy Chokalingam

Born in: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Females


father: Avu Chokalingam

mother: Swati Roysircar

siblings: Vijay Chokalingam

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Dartmouth College

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Mindy Kaling, born as Vera Mindy Chokalingam, is an American actress, writer and producer. She is known for appearing in the hit sitcom ‘The Office’ as well as for starring in her own TV show ‘The Mindy Project’. The Emmy-nominated actress has also acted in a number of movies, the popular ones being ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’, ‘License to Wed’, ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ and ‘No Strings Attached’. She has also co-written the famous play ‘Matt & Ben’. A graduate of Dartmouth College, the American comedic star used to contribute to a comic strip for her college’s daily newspaper. Very few people know that Kaling is also a voice actress who has voiced many characters in her entertainment career. She has lent her voice to characters in the movies ‘Inside Out’, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and ‘Despicable Me’. Today Kaling has become one of the biggest female comedic personalities of Hollywood. She has received many honors and accolades till date. In 2012, she was enlisted by ‘Time Magazine’ in its list of ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’. The following year, she was placed in the list of ‘50 Coolest and Most Creative Entertainers’ of Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. With her talent and superb comedy skills, Kaling is sure to reach further heights in her acting career in the coming future.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Mindy Kaling was born on June 24, 1979 to parents Swati, an obstetrician/gynecologist and Avu Chokalingam, an architect, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both her parents belong to India. They met while working in a hospital in Nigeria. Kaling’s family moved to US in 1979, the same year she was born.
  • Kaling graduated in 1997 from Buckingham Browne & Nichols in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A year later, she was enrolled at Dartmouth College.
  • At Dartmouth, she became a part of the college’s comedy troupe named ‘The Dog Day Players’. There she also did writing work for the campus’ daily newspaper and humor magazine. In 2001, Kaling graduated from the college with a bachelor's degree in playwriting.
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  • Mindy Kaling interned on the ‘Late Night with Conan O'Brien’ while she was still at Dartmouth. She then made her acting debut in an off-Broadway play ‘Matt & Ben’ in 2002. She had also co-written the play along with her friend Brenda Withers. This play was a huge hit and was named as one of the ‘Top Ten Theatrical Events of The Year’ by ‘Time’ magazine.
  • In 2005, Kaling landed the recurring role of Kelly Kapoor in the TV sitcom ‘The Office’. The same year, she appeared in the series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ as well as in her first film ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’.
  • From the year 2006 to 2010, she did a few movies including ‘Unaccompanied Minors’, ‘License to Wed’, ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ and ‘Despicable Me’.
  • In 2011, she got featured in the flick ‘No Strings Attached’. In addition, she published a memoir titled ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ which became a New York Times best-seller.
  • A year later, in 2012, she did the movie ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ and gave voice to a character in the flick ‘Wreck-It Ralph’. The same year, she also started her TV show ‘The Mindy Project’.
  • Then the American actress got featured as herself in an episode of the show ‘Sesame Street’.
  • In the year 2015, she lent her voice to the characters of the movie ‘Inside Out’ and short film ‘Riley's First Date’. She also portrayed the role of Sarah in the flick ‘The Night Before’. The same year, Kaling appeared in the episode ‘Single all the Way’ of ‘The Muppets’. During this time, her second book titled ‘Why Not Me’ also got published.
  • As of October 2017, Kaling has completed shooting for her movies ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and ‘Ocean's Eight’. These movies are in post-production and will be released in 2018.
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Major Works
  • At the age of 24, Mindy Kaling joined the team of ‘The Office’ and debuted in the show’s 2nd episode titled ‘Diversity Day’ as Kelly Kapoor. She co-wrote the episode ‘Niagara’ for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award.
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  • She directed a few webisodes for ‘The Office,’ including ‘The 3rd Floor.’ She made her television directorial debut with the Season 6 episode titled ‘Body Language’. On September 15, 2011, Kaling signed a new contract with the show and was promoted to a full executive producer.
Awards & Achievements
  • Mindy Kaling has earned five Emmy Award nominations for her contribution to the series ‘The Office’.
  • In 2012, she was named by ‘Time Magazine’ in their list of ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’. The following year, she earned a place in the list of ‘50 Coolest and Most Creative Entertainers’ of Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly.
  • In 2014, the actress was listed as one of the ‘Women of the Year’ by ‘Glamour’ magazine.
Personal Life
  • Mindy Kaling is the daughter of Swati Chokalingam and Avu Chokalingam. She has a brother named Vijay Jojo Chokalingam who is an educational consultant. Kaling’s mother died in the year 2012 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
  • She was closely linked to B.J. Novak whom she met while working for ‘The Office’. The couple had an on-and-off relationship.
  • On August 15, 2017, the American comedic actress announced her pregnancy.
  • Mindy Kaling is of Indian descent.
  • Her middle name ‘Mindy’ was taken by her parents from the television show ‘Mork & Mindy’. This was the only show her mother used to watch in Nigeria while she was pregnant with her.
  • Kaling was the first female to join the writing staff of ‘The Office’.
  • She once said that all the men want to have sex with her all the time. She also said that she used to face nonstop sexual harassment at her workplace every day.

1. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

  (Comedy, Romance)

2. This Is the End (2013)

  (Fantasy, Comedy)

3. Late Night (2019)

  (Comedy, Drama)

4. The Night Before (2015)

  (Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy)

5. No Strings Attached (2011)

  (Romance, Comedy)

6. The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

  (Romance, Comedy)

7. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

  (Fantasy, Family, Comedy, Adventure)

8. License to Wed (2007)

  (Comedy, Romance)

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