Nadia Dajani

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Nadia Dajani
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Nadia Dajani, Fran Drescher and Todd Graff
Born (1965-12-26) December 26, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present

Nadia Dajani (born December 26, 1965)[1] is an American actress. She currently 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]

For two seasons (1995–1997), she starred as Amanda Moyer in the Fox TV sitcom Ned & Stacey. 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 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.[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] 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.

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 "Caught Off Base with Nadia".[5] Her best friend is Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, the two met at P.S. 41 elementary school.


  1. ^ a b "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". 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)". 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 ( 30 October 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 

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