Nadia Dajani, Fran Drescher and Todd Graff
December 26, 1965 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Early life and education
Nadia Dajani was born in Los Angeles, California on December 26, 1965. She grew up the youngest of four children in Greenwich Village, New York City, and is of Irish and Palestinian ancestry. Dajani attended P.S. 41 elementary school, before attending I.S. 70 junior high school in New York with fellow actor Liev Schreiber.
For two seasons (1995–1997), she starred as Amanda Moyer in the Fox TV sitcom Ned & Stacey. She starred in numerous television pilots. She appeared on Emily's Reasons Why Not opposite Heather Graham and the Adult Swim cult hit Delocated, as well as successful appearances on Aaron Sorkin projects such as Tina Lake on Sports Night and as the First Lady's Chief of Staff, Lily Mays, on The West Wing.
Dajani has appeared in a variety of television episodes on such shows as Sex and the City ("Critical Condition") and its prequel The Carrie Diaries (where she plays a completely different, yet more major role), Ugly Betty, King of Queens, Body of Proof, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and starred in the TV movie The Lost Valentine alongside Betty White. She played Gerry Red Wilson's sister-in-law Catherine in ABC's That's Life in 1998. She had a recurring role on the Showtime series The Big C.
Dajani is a founding member of Malaparte Theatre Company, whose artistic director was Ethan Hawke. In 1993 she appeared alongside Calista Flockhart, Ethan Hawke, Steve Zahn in an off-Broadway play, Sophistry. In 2002 Dajani appeared as Bev in Tom Donaghy's Boys and Girls.
She sings backing vocals on Jimmy Fallon's album The Bathroom Wall. In 2011, Dajani appears in Brady Kiernan's Stuck Between Stations alongside Josh Hartnett and Michael Imperioli. She had a recurring role on USA Network's Necessary Roughness. She also has a recurring role on the CBS show The Good Wife. In 2011 she appeared in Society Hill, an episode of Body of Proof.
Dajani is an avid baseball fan and has played in several Celebrity/Legends games for Major League Baseball at the All Star Game. She has a baseball comedy web series "Caught Off Base with Nadia". Her best friend is Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, the two met at P.S. 41 elementary school.
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