Azita Ghanizada

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Azita Ghanizada
Born Azita Ghanizada
(1979-11-17) November 17, 1979 (age 35)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Azita Ghanizada (pronounced "Ghani-za-da";[1] born November 17,[2] 1979)[3] is an American actress in the United States who has appeared in a number of television series.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, her family fled her birth country when she was still a baby in the wake of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.[4][5] They travelled to the United States and were granted asylum as political refugees.[6] Raised in a multi-cultural conservative family, she has two sisters; her parents separated when she was in middle school.[4] Ghanizada is a graduate of James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia[3] and has a degree in English and Communications from Virginia Tech.[5][7]

Ghanizada learned to speak English from watching sitcoms; that combined with the family's regular trips to a local cinema that showed Bollywood movies, and her mother's love of Indian and American film stars, inspired her to become an actress.[8] She relocated to Los Angeles and began her on-air camera career by getting work in television commercials due to her multi-ethnicity which enabled her to play Meditterean, Indian, Arabic and All-American girl next door roles.[8] In the Laura Neri film A Kiss on the Nose, Ghanizada played the lead role of Chiara, a performance for which she received a film festival best actress nomination. Her television guest-starring roles include How I Met Your Mother, Entourage, Veronica Mars, The Wedding Bells, The Mentalist ,NUMB3RS, Bones, Psych, Ghost Whisperer, and Castle. She had a supporting role in the 2009 science fiction action film Blood Shot,[9] and the independent comedy You, Only Better... (2009).

In 2008, Ghanizada joined the cast of the General Hospital prime-time spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift for season 2 as Dr. Saira Batra, a specialist in holistic medicine.[3] In 2009, Ghanizada played Kelly, a Prada sales girl on HBO's Entourage (season 6, episode 2) and joined the cast of the television pilot Tough Trade from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, and executive producer T Bone Burnett.

In 2011/2012, she was a primary cast member of the American Syfy Channel series Alphas where she played Rachel Pirzad, a woman with enhanced sensory abilities.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Kiss on the Nose, AA Kiss on the Nose Chiara Short film
2007 X's & O's Anita
2009 Why Men Go Gay in L.A.
2010 You, Only Better... Kali Parker
2011 Blood Shot Zahra
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Closer, TheThe Closer Neighbor Episode: "Batter Up"
2006 Numb3rs Prita Episode: "Harvest"
2007 Bones Girlfriend Episode: "The Man in the Mansion"
2007 Wedding Bells, TheThe Wedding Bells Jody Episode: "Wedding from Hell"
2007 Veronica Mars Amira Krimani Episode: "Un-American Graffiti"
2008 General Hospital: Night Shift Dr. Saira Batra 14 episodes
2009 How I Met Your Mother Sexy Female Cop Episode: "As Fast as She Can"
2009 Entourage Kelly Episode: "Amongst Friends"
2009 Psych Mina Episode: "Bollywood Homicide"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Charee Episode: "Devil's Bargain"
2010 Tough Trade Sabina TV movie
2010 Castle Mistress Sapphire Episode: "The Mistress Always Spanks Twice"
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Rochelle Stanton Episode: "Disorder"
2011 Friends with Benefits Tasi Episode: "The Benefit of Full Disclosure"
2011–2012 Alphas Rachel Pirzad Main role
2012 Body of Proof Annabelle Kip Episode: "Cold Blooded"
2012 Up All Night Natasha Episode: "The Game of Life"
2013 The Mentalist Defiance Episode: "Green Thumb"


  1. ^ Lane, Laura (2011). "Esquire + Me in My Place: Azita Ghanizada". Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Unknown. "Status Update". Alpha Media. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved Aug 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Krystal, Becky (2008-10-05). "At This 'Hospital,' Virginia Doctors Are In". The Washington Post (Washington DC: WPC). ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 26 July 2011. Ghanizada, 29 
  4. ^ a b c Radish, Christina (2011-07-08). "Azita Ghanizada Interview ALPHAS". Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Actress has traveled from Afghanistan to 'Alphas'". 2011-07-01. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Stout, Chris (2011-03-01). "Azita Ghanizada Interview". Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cast Biographies for Alphas: Azita Ghanizada". 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Grundey, Adam (2011-05-01). "Azita Ghanizada’s Rise to Alpha Female". Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Interview With Actress Azita Ghanizada". 2008-02-12. Retrieved 26 July 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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