Sakina Jaffrey

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Sakina Jaffrey
Born (1962-02-14) February 14, 1962 (age 52)
Manhattan, New York. U.S.
Years active 1988–present

Sakina Jaffrey (Punjabi: ਸਕੀਨਾ ਜਾਫ਼ਰੀ, Hindi: सकीना जाफ़री; born February 14, 1962) is an American actress.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]


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.


  1. ^ Sid Adilman (February 2, 1992). "The three faces of Saeed Jaffrey". Toronto Star. p. C1. 
  2. ^ Kay Renz (July 4, 2004). "Actress Sakina Jaffrey: Getting Used to the Red Carpet". Boca Raton News. p. 8V. 

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