Angela Sarafyan

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Angela Sarafyan
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Sarafyan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1983-06-30) June 30, 1983 (age 39)
Other namesAngela Sarafian
Years active2000–present

Angela Sarafyan (Armenian: Անժելա Սարաֆյան; June 30, 1983), sometimes credited as Angela Sarafian, is an Armenian-American actress. She has appeared as a guest star in several television series and has acted in the feature films: Kabluey (2007), On the Doll (2007), A Beautiful Life (2008), The Informers (2008), A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011), Lost & Found in Armenia (2012), and Reminiscence (2021). Sarafyan earned supporting roles in blockbuster films such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012).

From 2016, she portrayed Clementine Pennyfeather on the HBO series Westworld.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sarafyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, which was then a part of the Armenian SSR, Soviet Union. When she was four, she moved with her parents to the United States, settling in Los Angeles. Her father, Grigor Sarafyan, is an actor, and her mother is a painter. She studied ballet and played piano as a child. She attended Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.[2][3]


Early work (2000–2006)[edit]

Sarafyan made her acting debut on Judging Amy as Aisha Al-Jamal in the episode "Culture Clash" in 2000. She also appeared in the music video for Britney Spears' song "Stronger", and later appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Lori in 2002. She made her film debut in The Last Run as Lauren in 2004 and continued to appear in other television series including The Shield, The Division, Wanted, South of Nowhere, 24, and CSI: NY.

Later work (2007–2015)[edit]

After appearing on Cold Case, Sarafyan continued to appear in films including Kabluey and On the Doll in 2007. In 2008, she had a recurring role in the USA Network series In Plain Sight while appearing in A Beautiful Life as Maggie, and The Informers as Mary and a guest appearance on The Mentalist. Sarafyan portrayed Stormy in the web series Sex Ed: The Series followed by small supporting roles in Repo Chick and Love Hurts in 2009. In 2010, Sarafyan joined the cast of The Good Guys, playing offbeat and socially awkward Samantha Evans.[4]

In 2011 she played Willow Talbot in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and had roles on Criminal Minds and Nikita. Sarafyan went on to appear in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as Egyptian vampire Tia, the mate of vampire Benjamin, and as Ani in Lost & Found in Armenia in 2012.[5][6] She later starred in Paranoia featuring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, and Harrison Ford in 2013. The film bombed at the box office and received negative reviews from critics.[7][8][9]

Career breakthrough and Westworld (2016–present)[edit]

Sarafyan at Toronto International Film Festival 2016

After guest starring on CBS' Blue Bloods and FX's American Horror Story, Sarafyan appeared in The Promise, a film about the Armenian genocide in 2016.[10] The same year, Sarafyan was cast as a main cast member on HBO's Westworld as Clementine Pennyfeather.[11]

Following Westworld, Sarafyan received acclaim for her role in the 2018 short film Pin-Up.[12][13] The short follows Lana Freeman, a celebrated photographer, and her relationship with Sunny. Sarafyan earned over four award wins for her performance. She starred as the lead role of Francesca in We Are Boats, followed by a supporting role as Joanna in the Netflix thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and the role of Max in the video game Telling Lies.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Last Run Lauren
2005 Halfway Decent Liberty Edwards
2007 Kabluey Ramona
On the Doll Tara
2008 A Beautiful Life Maggie
The Informers Mary
2009 Half Truth Trig Short film
Repo Chick Giggli
Love Hurts Layla
Velvet Beatrice Short film
Foolishly Seeking True Love Belle Short film
2011 American Animal Not Blonde Angela
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Willow Talbot
2012 Speed Demons Lala
Drift Short film
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Tia
Lost & Found in Armenia Ani
2013 Noise Matters Sandy
The Immigrant Magda Cybulska
Paranoia Allison
2014 Night Vet Franny & Zoey Short film
Never Rachel
2015 1915 Angela
Me Him Her Heather
Me You and Five Bucks Pam
Blackbird Angel Short film
2016 Mercury Plains Alyssa
The Promise Maral
2018 We Are Boats Francesca Film
Pin-Up Sunny Short film
2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Joanna
A Nasty Piece of Work Tatum
2021 Reminiscence Elsa Carine
King Knight Willow
Caged Amber Reid
A House on the Bayou Jessica Chambers


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Judging Amy Aisha Al-Jamal Episode: "Culture Clash"
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lori Episode: "Him"
2002 Paranormal Girl Crystal Television film
2004 The Shield Sosi Episode: "All In"
2004 The Division Madison Grant Episodes: "Zero Tolerance: Parts 1 & 2"
2005 Wanted Natalia Episode: "Sex Pistols"
2006 South of Nowhere Paige Episode: "Say It Ain't So, Spencer"
2006 24 Inessa Kovalevsky Episode: "Day 5: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m."
2006 CSI: NY Sara Jackson Episode: "Open and Shut"
2007 Lincoln Heights Opal Woodford Episode: "Baby Doe"
2007 Cold Case Philippa 'Phil' Abruzzi (1919) Episode: "Torn"
2008 In Plain Sight Tasha Turischeva Episodes: Pilot, "To Serge with Love"
2008 The Mentalist Adrianna Jonovic Episode: "Ladies in Red"
2008 Ernesto Sydney Television film
2009 Hot Sluts Helena / Alena Recurring role
2009 Eastwick Jenna Episode: "Red Ants and Widows"
2009 Floored and Lifted Jade Episode: "Merde"
2010 Childrens Hospital Olga Episode: "Give a Painted Brother a Break"
2010 The Good Guys Samantha Evans Main role
2011 Criminal Minds Lucy Episode: "Supply and Demand"
2011 Nikita Oksana Episode: "Fair Trade"
2012 Let's Big Happy Olive Main role
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anna Episode: "Acceptable Loss"
2013 I Am Victor Cucumber Television film
2014 Blue Bloods Frannie Ferguson Episode: "Custody Battle"
2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Alice Episodes: "Magical Thinking", "Show Stoppers"
2016–2022 Westworld Clementine Pennyfeather Main role
2019 Into the Dark Tatum Episode: "A Nasty Piece of Work"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Telling Lies Max

Music videos[edit]

Year Artists Song Notes
2000 Britney Spears "Stronger"
2017 Vance Joy Lay It On Me


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Sex Ed: The Series Stormy Web series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Result Award Film/TV Refs
2017 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Westworld [14]
2018 International Independent Film Awards Won Best Actress In A Supporting Role Pin-Up [15]
IndieFEST Film Awards Won Best Supporting Actress [16]
Global Film Festival Awards Won Best Supporting Actress [17]


  1. ^ "Get Ready to Be Infatuated by the Star of HBO's New Show 'Westworld'". Town & Country Magazine. September 29, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Angela Sarafyan (Actress) interviewed by Joan Quin". YouTube. July 5, 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-05-22. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Comingore, Aly (October 19, 2016). "Angela Sarafyan On 'Westworld,' 'The Promise,' And How To Dream Big". Nylon. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Angela Sarafyan Joins The Good Guys". Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "Casting Update: Twilight's 'Breaking Dawn'". Deadline Hollywood. October 13, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  6. ^ "Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan Star In 'Lost And Found In Armenia'". Asbarez. March 23, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
  7. ^ "Paranoia (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-08-17.-video/
  8. ^ "Paranoia (2013)". The Numbers. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Paranoia (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  10. ^ "The Promise's Angela Sarafyan Shares Her Story". Asbarez. March 17, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Wigler, Josh (November 14, 2016). "'Westworld' Star on Clementine's Heartbreaking Reveal: "I Didn't Know That This Would Happen"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Exclusive Clip of the Psychological Drama Pin-Up with plot summary & rundown of awards at
  13. ^ Pin-Up synopsis & credits at
  14. ^ "Westworld nominated for 3 Golden Globes, 2 SAG Awards" at
  15. ^ Winners (Winter 2018) at
  16. ^ Winners May 2018 at
  17. ^ Winners June 2018 at

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