June 20, 1982 |
|Notable credit(s)||Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
as Delia Banai
as Dalia Hassan
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (56 kg)|
Necar Zadegan (/ /) is a German born American film and television actress of Iranian origin. She is best known for her recurring role as First Lady (and then President) Dalia Hassan on the eighth season of 24  and Delia Banai on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. Zadegan made her Broadway debut alongside Robin Williams in Pulitzer nominated “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” in 2011.
Zadegan is of Iranian origin. She was born in Heidelberg, Germany on June 20, 1982 and raised in San Francisco, California, USA. She attended Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. She later graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA degree in Literature. She also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Necar Zadegan is best known for her role as Dalia Hassan in the Fox TV series, '24' for Season 8. Her star level turn in the series earned her reviews: "Breakout star of the season," "Absolutely amazing," "Necar Zadegan makes the scene here, with her boiling hatred for Suberov contained, but visible," "special mention should go to the quality of acting overall, in particular Cherry Jones, Necar Zadegan and Mary Lynn Rajskub, who all produced some emotional and heavy scenes."
In 2009, Zadegan originated the role of the Leper in Rajiv Joseph's “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”, which moved to Broadway in 2011.
Zadegan returned to television to recur 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.” for the CW, then returned to Fox television as Scarlet Leon, the female lead, opposite Greg Kinnear in the 2014 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 whopping 3 season pickup and ran for 5 seasons before premiering its final season in Spring 2018.
In 2015, Zadegan continued to appear in other television roles for series like “Extant”, “Legends” and in a very memorable turn 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.
Zadegan appeared in the 2010 film “Elena Undone” in the title role of Elena Winters for Film McQueen 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”.
|2007||Touch, TheThe 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||Deal, TheThe Deal||TBA||Short film|
|2005||The Bernie Mac Show||Sales associate||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|
|2014||Rake||Scarlet Leon||Main Role|
|2014||Legends||Ana Paulanos||2 episodes|
|2014–present||Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce||Delia||Main role|
|2014–2015||Extant||Shayna Velez||6 episodes|
|2016||The Fosters||Gretchen||1 Episode ("Clean")|
|2018||The Good Doctor||Dr. Ko||2 episodes|
- Exclusive: 24 Star Necar Zadegan Talks First Lady Dalia Hassan, and the Series Finale By Adam Wright of TV.com Archived October 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Necar Zadegan: A Force of Nature By Jose Martinez – Venice magazine Archived November 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Interview with Necar Zadegan – Hollywood (September 25, 2009), Parstimes.com
The Primetime Powerhouse Allure of Necar Zadegan by Kaye Cloutman Published Date: February 1, 2006 gevmag.com