The actress will depart the CBS drama at season's end

By Lynette Rice
Updated December 01, 2020 11:45 PM
Credit: Eike Schroter/CBS

Kalinda’s boots were made for walking. And that’s just what they’ll do.

The Good Wife‘s Archie Panjabi – the 42-year-old British actress who has played Kalinda Sharma since the drama launched in 2009 – will leave the CBS show at the end of the season.

Panjabi’s contract ends in May. She’s already lined up a new gig to star in a yet-to-be-determined pilot for 20th Century Fox TV.

“Archie is an amazing actress who helped build Kalinda from the ground up as an enigmatic, powerful, and sexy character,” Robert and Michelle King, the drama’s creators, said in a statement.

“It’s been a pleasure to write for her, and we’ll be sad to see her go; but we still have her for the rest of season six, so let’s not exhaust our good-byes yet. We look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen. But either way, we’re keeping the boots.”

Kalinda is the second major character to depart the series this year. In March, Will Gardner, played by Josh Charles, was killed off after the actor indicated that he didn’t want to renew his contract.

Panjabi won an Emmy in 2010 for playing Kalinda, a shrewd investigator.

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