Nadia Dajani

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Nadia Dajani
NadiaDajani Fran Drescher Todd Graff.jpg
Dajani, Fran Drescher, and Todd Graff in July 2006
Born (1965-12-26) December 26, 1965 (age 49)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present

Nadia Dajani (born December 26, 1965)[1] is an American actress. She hosts the baseball comedy web series Caught Off Base with Nadia.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[citation needed] Dajani attended P.S. 41 elementary school, before attending I.S. 70 junior high school in New York with fellow actor Liev Schreiber.[2]

Acting career[edit]

From 1995 to 1997, Dajani starred as Amanda Moyer in the Fox sitcom Ned & Stacey for two seasons. She starred in numerous television pilots.[3] She appeared on Emily's Reasons Why Not opposite Heather Graham[3][4] 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")[5] and its prequel The Carrie Diaries (where she played a completely different, yet more major role), Ugly Betty, The King of Queens, Body of Proof, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and starred in the CBS film The Lost Valentine alongside Betty White.[6] She played Gerry Red Wilson's sister-in-law Catherine in ABC's That's Life in 1998.[7][8] She had a recurring role on the Showtime series The Big C.[5][9]

She has had roles in films such as This Is Not a Film, Flirting with Disaster, Happy Accidents,[10] View from the Top,[3] and the Edward Burns' film Sidewalks of New York.[3][11]

Dajani is a founding member of Malaparte Theatre Company, whose artistic director was Ethan Hawke.[citation needed] In 1993 she appeared alongside Calista Flockhart, Ethan Hawke, Steve Zahn in an off-Broadway play, Sophistry.[12] In 2002 Dajani appeared as Bev in Tom Donaghy's Boys and Girls.[13]

She sings backing vocals on Jimmy Fallon's album The Bathroom Wall.[14] Dajani appears in Brady Kiernan's 2011 romantic drama film Stuck Between Stations alongside Josh Hartnett and Michael Imperioli. She had a recurring role on USA Network's Necessary Roughness. In 2011, Dajani appeared the Body of Proof episode "Society Hill". The following year, she guest-starred in an episode of the CBS series The Good Wife.

Personal life[edit]

Dajani is an avid baseball fan[15] and has played in several Celebrity/Legends games for Major League Baseball at the All Star Game.[citation needed] She has a baseball comedy web series titled Caught Off Base with Nadia.[5] Her best friend is Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, the two met at P.S. 41 elementary school.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Flirting with Disaster Jill
1996 Breathing Room Claire
1997 Tupperware Party Becca Short film
1997 Dinner and Driving Samantha
1999 Seven Girlfriends Naomi
2000 Happy Accidents Gretchen
2001 Sidewalks of New York Hilary
2002 Balkanization Nadia Harding Short film
2002 You Stupid Man Jasmine
2003 This Is Not a Film Nadia / Grace / Patty
2003 View from the Top Paige
2005 Game 6 Renee Simons
2005 Alchemy Jane
2008 Gone to the Dogs Bianca Short film
2009 Bob Funk Jean
2010 Little Help, AA Little Help Angela Behar
2011 Lost Valentine, TheThe Lost Valentine Julie Oliver Television film
2011 Stuck Between Stations Sheila
2014 Take Care Fallon
2014 Opposite Sex, TheThe Opposite Sex Nancy
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special Nancy Episode: "Flour Babies"
1991 Woman Named Jackie, AA Woman Named Jackie Christina Onassis Miniseries
1995–97 Ned & Stacey Amanda Moyer Main cast; 35 episodes
1997 Dellaventura Marybeth Fallon Episode: "Joe Fallon's Daughter"
1998 That's Life Catherine Main cast; 5 episodes
1998 Conrad Bloom N/A Episode: "Pilot"
1999 King of Queens, TheThe King of Queens Sophia Episode: "Maybe Baby"
1999 Sports Night Tina Lake Episode: "Kyle Whitaker's Got Two Sacks"
1999 Oh, Grow Up Emily Episode: "Duckboy Flies Again"
2000 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Lilli Mays Episode: "The White House Pro-Am"
2000 King of Queens, TheThe King of Queens Lisa Episode: "Class Struggle"
2000 Welcome to New York Cathy Episode: "It's Hard to Meet Intelligent Women"
2002 Sex and the City Nina Katz Episode: "Critical Condition"
2002 MDs N/A Episode: "Time of Death"
2006 Emily's Reasons Why Not Reilly Harvey Main cast; 7 episodes
2006 Law & Order Ellie Harper Episode: "Public Service Homicide"
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Paula Episode: "The Bat Mitzvah"
2009–10 Delocated Susan Main cast (seasons 1–2); 12 episodes
2009 Sherri Tonya Episode: "There Is No 'I' in Church"
2009–10 Ugly Betty Denise Ludwig 2 episodes
2010–11 Big C, TheThe Big C Tina 4 episodes
2011 Body of Proof Lauren Matthews Episode: "Society Hill"
2011 Necessary Roughness Margo Ciccero 3 episodes
2012 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Sara Gardner Episode: "After the Fall"
2012 Delocated Mom Episode: "Reunion Show"
2012 Suits Elaine Cohen Episode: "The Choice"
2013 Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries Deb 6 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Officer Ryan Quinn Episode: "Internal Affairs"
2014 Elementary Dr. Grannis Episode: "Rip Off"
2015 2 Broke Girls Marie Prower Episode: "And the Look of the Irish"
2015 Younger Megyn Vernoff Episode: "Hot Mitzvah"
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Paul the Male Matchmaker Maureen 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Today in History - Dec. 26". The Associated Press (MSNBC). 26 December 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Jahr, John (2002). "Liev Schreiber". Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles. University of California. p. 107. ISBN 0-520-23377-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Dajani Says 'Why Not' to CBS Comedy". Zap2it.com. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Champagne, Christine (January 2006). "Gay Best Friend". Out. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Norton, Al (27 September 2010). "411mania Interviews: Nadia Dajani (The Big C)". 411mania.com. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (30 January 2011). ""Lost Valentine," with Betty White and Next to Normal's Meghann Fahy, Airs on CBS Jan. 30". Playbill. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Fretts, Bruce (13 March 1998). "Partners and Ned and Stacey are dead, but their casts live on in eerily familiar sitcoms". Remote Patrol (Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Mink, Eric (9 March 1998). "Three's Miserable Sitcom Company". New York Daily News. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  9. ^ Simpson, Melody (19 September 2010). "Interview: Nadia Dajani on Showtime's The Big C". Hollywood The Write Way. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Holden, Stephen (24 August 2001). "A 'Sex and the City' With Grunge Added". New York Times. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  11. ^ Germain, David (24 November 2001). "'Sidewalks' is cracked compared to Burns' other films". Associated Press. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  12. ^ Simon, John (25 October 1993). "Sophomoric Seniors". New York Magazine. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  13. ^ Brantley, Ben (29 May 2002). "Hairpin Turns on a Road to Maturity, Each Sex to Its Own". New York Times. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jimmy Fallon - Bathroom Wall CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Contact Nadia Dajani for all your terminology needs". Pulse of the Postseason (mlb.com). 30 October 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 

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