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Archie Panjabi to depart 'The Good Wife'

The actress has portrayed Kalinda Sharma on the CBS drama for six seasons.

By Annie Martin
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Archie Panjabi to depart 'The Good Wife'
Archie Panjabi will depart 'The Good Wife' after season six. (UPI/Danny Moloshok) | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Archie Panjabi is leaving The Good Wife.

The 42-year-old actress has portrayed private investigator Kalinda Sharma on the CBS drama since its debut in 2009, and will depart the series after season six. Panjabi is exiting the program in order to star in a new pilot for 20th Century Fox TV.

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"Archie is an Emmy award-winning dramatic actress, and rightly so," 20th Century Fox TV executive vice president of casting Sharon Klein lauded. "Her work on The Good Wife has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own. We couldn't be happier that it will be with us."

"Archie is an amazing actress who helped build Kalinda from the ground up as an enigmatic, powerful and sexy character," The Good Wife showrunners Robert and Michelle King added. "It's been a pleasure to write for her, and we'll be sad to see her go... We look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen. But either way, we're keeping the boots."

The Good Wife follows lead character Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) as she returns to her previous job as a litigator after her husband, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), is put in jail. The series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS, and has not yet been renewed for a seventh season.

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Panjabi has appeared in such films as The Constant Gardener, A Good Year and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and will next star alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in San Andreas.

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