Necar Zadegan

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Necar Zadegan
Born (1982-06-20) June 20, 1982 (age 38)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2005–present
Notable credit(s)
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
as Delia Banai
as Dalia Hassan
NCIS: New Orleans
as Hannah Khoury

Necar Zadegan (Persian: نکار زادگان/nɪˈkɑːr ˈzædɪɡæn/; born June 20, 1982) is an American[citation needed] actress. She became known for her recurring role as First Lady (and then President) Dalia Hassan on the eighth season of 24 [1] and Delia Banai on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. Zadegan made her Broadway debut alongside Robin Williams in the Pulitzer Prize–nominated production Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in 2011. She is fluent in English, German and Persian languages.

Early life[edit]

Zadegan is of Iranian origin. She was born in Heidelberg, West Germany, on June 20, 1982, and raised in San Francisco, California.[2] She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA degree in Literature.[2] She also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris.


Necar Zadegan appeared as Dalia Hassan in the Fox TV series 24 for Season 8.

In 2009 Zadegan originated the role[clarify] of 'The Leper' in Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which moved to Broadway in 2011.

Zadegan returned to television as resident villainess Isabel on the NBC series The Event. She then took on the series regular role of Dr. Gina Bandari on the 2012 series Emily Owens M.D.. She appeared as Scarlet Leon, the female lead, opposite Greg Kinnear in the 2014 American version of the comedy Rake.

Later that same year she rounded out the all female-lead cast for Bravo's first scripted series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce in the role of Delia Banai. The show went on to be the first ever to get a three season pickup and ran for five seasons before premiering its final season in Spring 2018.[citation needed]

In 2015 Zadegan continued to appear in other television roles such as Extant, Legends and as the Queen of Iran opposite Michael Sheen for Showtime's critical success Masters of Sex.

From 2005 to 2009, Zadegan amassed a number of television credits namely The Bernie Mac Show, Nip/Tuck, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, The Unit, How I Met Your Mother, Big Shots, Lost, The Shield, and CSI: Miami.

In 2009, Zadegan appeared in the Persian language stage production of From Satellite with Love "Az Mahvareh Ta Eshgh", touring in the U.S. and Europe.[3]

Zadegan appeared in the 2010 film Elena Undone in the title role of Elena Winters for FilmMcQueen that amassed critical attention at festivals worldwide. That same year she also appeared opposite Michael Sheen and Samuel L. Jackson in the role of Jehan Younger in the Columbia Tri Star psychological thriller, Unthinkable.

Zadegan joined the cast of NCIS: New Orleans in October 2018 playing the role of Special Agent Hannah Khoury, the senior agent in the NCIS New Orleans office.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Touch Kerime Short film
2008 In Another Life Mira Short film
2010 Unthinkable Jehan Younger Theatrical film
2010 When the Voices Fade Nadia Short film
2010 Elena Undone Elena Independent film
2010 The Deal TBA Short film
2011 Joshua Tree Angelina
2011 Meth Head Maia
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Sales associate 1 episode
2006 Nip/Tuck Nastran 1 episode
2007 NCIS Lt. Rihama Shaheen (uncredited) 1 episode
2007 The Unit Pari 1 episode
2007 How I Met Your Mother Girl #2 Episode: "Moving Day" (S02E18)
2007 Big Shots Prostitute Pilot episode
2008 Lost Translator Episode: "Confirmed Dead"
2008 The Shield Dr. Lucine 1 episode
2009 Floored and Lifted Caroline 2 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Salumeh Farooq 1 episode
2010 24 Dalia Hassan Recurring role, 20 episodes
2010 Outlaw Patty Friedman 2 episodes
2010–11 The Event Isabel 5 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Madeline Fahn 1 episode
2012 Harry's Law Sarita Radan 1 episode
2012 Major Crimes Roma Strauss Episode: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"
2012–13 Emily Owens, M.D. Gina Bandhari Main role
2013 The Fosters Gretchen 1 episode ("Clean")
2014 Rake Scarlet Leon Main Role
2014 Legends Ana Paulanos 2 episodes
2014–2018 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Delia Main role
2014–2015 Extant Shayna Velez 6 episodes
2015 Masters of Sex Queen of Iran 1 Episode ("Three's a Crowd")
2018 The Good Doctor Dr. Ko 2 episodes
2018 Here and Now Layla Shokrani 10 Episodes
2018–present NCIS: New Orleans Special Agent Hannah Khoury Main Cast
2019 Documentary Now! Ra-Sharir 2 episodes
2020 Star Trek: Picard Bjayzl 1 episode


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