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February 14, 1962 |
Manhattan, New York. U.S.
Jaffrey was born in Manhattan, New York, the youngest daughter of Madhur Jaffrey and Saeed Jaffrey. Her parents divorced when she was three years old, and she grew up estranged from her father who subsequently moved to the United Kingdom. She graduated from Vassar College in 1984. She studied Mandarin Chinese at the college, originally planning to be a translator before she became an actress.
Jaffrey appeared with her father in the film Masala (1991) and with her mother in The Perfect Murder (1988). In 2002 she appeared in The Truth About Charlie starring Mark Wahlberg. Along with her son Cassius Wilkinson and daughter Jamila Wilkinson, she appeared in the Kate Hudson film Raising Helen (2004) and in The Ode (2008). She stars as Linda Vasquez, the White House Chief of Staff, in the Netflix series House of Cards (2013). In 2014, it was announced that she would be appearing in the second season of Fox's television series Sleepy Hollow as Leena Reyes, the new sheriff.
|1988||The Perfect Murder||Neena Lal|
|1989||Slaves of New York||Willfredo's receptionist|
|1995||The Indian in the Cupboard||Lucy|
|1996||Daylight||Kit's passenger #1|
|2001||Revolution No. 9||Dr. Ray|
|2001||The Mystic Masseur||Suruj Mooma|
|2002||The Guru||Young Woman in Dance Class|
|2002||The Truth About Charlie||Sylvia|
|2003||American Made||N/A||Short film|
|2004||Raising Helen||Nilma Prasad|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Mysterious Arabic Woman|
|2006||Hiding Divya||Dr. Sharma|
|2007||Where God Left His Shoes||Doctor|
|2007||The Nanny Diaries||Sima|
|2007||Before the Devil Knows You're Dead||Manager|
|2008||Definitely, Maybe||School Mom|
|2008||The Toe Tactic||Lacticia Utt|
|2010||Nevermind Nirvana||Dr. Sarita Matto||Television film|
|2012||The Domino Effect||Serena|
|2013||The Necklace||Sunira||Short film|
|2000||Law & Order||Dr. Balikrishan||Episode: "Endurance"|
|2003–2005||Third Watch||Dr. Hickman||16 episodes|
|2004||Sex and the City||Rama Patel||Episode: "Splat!"|
|2004||Law & Order||Roya Koutal||Episode: "Caviar Emptor"|
|2006||Heroes||Mrs. Suresh||2 episodes|
|2007||What Goes On||Asha||Episode: "Blue"|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Geeta Chanoor||Episode: "Outsider"|
|2011||Blue Bloods||Mrs. Demir||Episode: "Thanksgiving"|
|2012||Girls||Gynecologist||Episode: "Vagina Panic"|
|2013–2014||House of Cards||Linda Vasquez||18 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2014–2015||Sleepy Hollow||Sheriff Leena Reyes||5 episodes|
|2014||Madam Secretary||Foreign Minister Chondita Samant||Episode: "Passage"|
- Sid Adilman (February 2, 1992). "The three faces of Saeed Jaffrey". Toronto Star. p. C1.
- Kay Renz (July 4, 2004). "Actress Sakina Jaffrey: Getting Used to the Red Carpet". Boca Raton News. p. 8V.
- Roots, Kimerbly (November 8, 2014). "Sleepy Hollow Sheriff Sakina Jaffrey on When — or if — Reyes Will Learn What's Up: 'I Want to Go to That Party!". TV Line. Retrieved November 11, 2014.