|Other names||Angela Sarafian|
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.
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.
Early work (2000–2006)
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)
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.
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. 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.
Career breakthrough and Westworld (2016–present)
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. The same year, Sarafyan was cast as a main cast member on HBO's Westworld as Clementine Pennyfeather.
Following Westworld, Sarafyan received acclaim for her role in the 2018 short film Pin-Up. 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.
|2004||The Last Run||Lauren|
|2005||Halfway Decent||Liberty Edwards|
|On the Doll||Tara|
|2008||A Beautiful Life||Maggie|
|2009||Half Truth||Trig||Short film|
|Foolishly Seeking True Love||Belle||Short film|
|2011||American Animal||Not Blonde Angela|
|A Good Old Fashioned Orgy||Willow Talbot|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||Tia|
|Lost & Found in Armenia||Ani|
|The Immigrant||Magda Cybulska|
|2014||Night Vet||Franny & Zoey||Short film|
|Me Him Her||Heather|
|Me You and Five Bucks||Pam|
|2018||We Are Boats||Francesca||Film|
|2019||Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile||Joanna|
|A Nasty Piece of Work||Tatum|
|A House on the Bayou||Jessica Chambers|
|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"|
|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"|
|2017||Vance Joy||Lay It On Me|
|2009||Sex Ed: The Series||Stormy||Web series|
Awards and nominations
|2017||23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast)||Westworld|||
|2018||International Independent Film Awards||Won||Best Actress In A Supporting Role||Pin-Up|||
|IndieFEST Film Awards||Won||Best Supporting Actress|||
|Global Film Festival Awards||Won||Best Supporting Actress|||
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- ^ "Angela Sarafyan (Actress) interviewed by Joan Quin". YouTube. July 5, 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-05-22. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- ^ Comingore, Aly (October 19, 2016). "Angela Sarafyan On 'Westworld,' 'The Promise,' And How To Dream Big". Nylon. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
- ^ "Exclusive: Angela Sarafyan Joins The Good Guys". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- ^ "Casting Update: Twilight's 'Breaking Dawn'". Deadline Hollywood. October 13, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
- ^ "Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan Star In 'Lost And Found In Armenia'". Asbarez. March 23, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
- ^ "Paranoia (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-08-17.-video/
- ^ "Paranoia (2013)". The Numbers. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- ^ "Paranoia (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
- ^ "The Promise's Angela Sarafyan Shares Her Story". Asbarez. March 17, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Exclusive Clip of the Psychological Drama Pin-Up with plot summary & rundown of awards at www.advocate.com
- ^ Pin-Up synopsis & credits at www.radiotimes.com
- ^ "Westworld nominated for 3 Golden Globes, 2 SAG Awards" at signalscv.com
- ^ Winners (Winter 2018) at www.iifilmawards.com
- ^ Winners May 2018 at theindiefest.com
- ^ Winners June 2018 at www.gffawards.com