The actress's Sikh ceremony comes weeks after she announced her pregnancy

By Howard Breuer
January 19, 2009 07:00 PM
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Parminder Nagra and her longtime boyfriend, celebrity photographer James Stenson, were married Saturday afternoon in Hollywood, the actress’s rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Nagra, 33, who plays Neela Rasgotra on NBC’s medical drama ER, wed Stenson, 34, her beau of seven years, in a traditional Sikh ceremony known as “Anand Karaj,” which means “blissful event or occasion” and is considered a holy union between two souls.

Nagra was born and raised in Leicester, England, although her family traces its roots to the state of Punjab in India. She met Stenson “on a couple of jobs I did before I came out [to the U.S.],” she told PEOPLE in 2007.

In December, the Bend It Like Beckham star announced that she and Stenson were expecting their first child together this summer.

That fact will actually benefit the fifteenth and last season of ER, according to show executive producer John Wells, who told reporters at the Television Critics Association press conference on Thursday that her pregnancy will be incorporated in some final episodes.

“We were trying to juggle how that was going to work because she is starting to show,” Wells said, “and what seemed sort of tragic at first when we talked about it there was a tremendous feeling of, ‘Oh, there’s this one [story] that we haven’t done,’ so it’s actually very exciting.”