AGAM DARSHI is an award winning storyteller: actress/writer/director and producer.
Born in England and raised all over Canada, she is currently residing in Los Angeles, California.
Agam has a BFA in visual arts and theatre from the University of Calgary, and has been a professional actress for over sixteen years, working internationally and garnering awards.
She recently wrapped as a lead on Deepa Mehta’s newest film FUNNY BOY based on Shyam Selvadurai’s best selling novel. This year Agam was nominated for best supporting actress in the feature film KINGSWAY, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bruce Sweeney, which premiered at TIFF. In 2018 Agam won her third Leo Award for her role in DIRK GENTLY HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY (BBC), starring Elijha Wood. Agam has starred in numerous TV series such as PLAYED (CTV), SANCTUARY (SYFY) and DAN FOR MAYOR (CTV). She was also a lead in Emmy-winner Jason Katims’ pilot COUNTY (NBC) and worked alongside actors such as Michael B. Jordan, Carrie Anne Moss, Jason Ritter, Jessica Alba and many others. Agam can be seen recurring on YOU ME HER (DIRECT TV), and the GOOD DOCTOR (ABC), and THE GIFTED (CW).
Agam has always been a writer. First writing for theatre, then over time for film. To date, Agam has written, produced or directed five short films. PREETI AND SWEETY’S CANADIAN CHRISTMAS is an excerpt of a feature film she co-wrote, which Agam co-directed and stars. In 2013, Agam wrote and directed the Leo nominated film FADE OUT, which was a recipient of a BRAVO!FACT grant. In 2008 Agam wrote, produced and starred in BOLLYWOOD BECKONS a short film that went onto screen at numerous festivals nationally and internationally. Agam is currently editing her first documentary short, about her grandfather, aptly titled NANAJI.
Agam is a recipient of the illustrious Film Independent Project Involve 2020 Fellowship as a writer.
In 2018 Agam’s screenplay, INDIANS IN COWTOWN was one of only six scripts accepted into the WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL’S PRAXIS SCREENWRITING LAB, and is currently in development.
In 2017 Agam returned to the stage with her one-person show she wrote entitled, KAUR at the Railtown Actors Studio to sold out audiences. The play will be returning as a part of the Monsoon Festival in 2020.
As an activist for race equality in media, Agam Darshi co-founded the INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (VISAFF). Currently in its eighth year, the festival focuses on ‘bridging the gap’ between South Asian talent and mainstream audiences, by breaking stereotypes and expanding North American views on South Asian culture.
- 2020 Leo Award Nominee for best actress in a short film: Unkept
- 2020 Film Independant Fellowship recipient
- 2018 Recipient of Whistler Film Festival Praxis Screenwriting Lab for Indians in Cowtown
- 2018 Leo Award Winner for Best Guest star in a series: Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency (BBCAmerica)
- 2016 Recipient of Whistler Film Festival Stars to Watch
- 2014 Leo Award Nominee for best supporting actress in a seriesPlayed
- 2013 Leo Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress in a feature film, Crimes of Mike Recket
- 2012 Recipient of BRAVOFACT grant for the short film FADE OUT (for which I wrote/directed)
- 2010 recipient of TV Week’s Most Beautiful People in BC.
- 2010 and 2011 Constellation Award Nominee for best supporting actress in a TV series Sanctuary.
- 2010 Leo Award Nominee for best supporting actress in the feature film ‘Excited’.
- 2010 Canadian Comedy Award Nominee for best Ensemble cast for Dan for Mayor (CTV)
- 2010 Canadian Comedy Award Nominee best Ensemble cast for Almost Audrey.
- 2008 Recipient of Anokhi Magazine’s ‘Sexy & Successful List’.