|Born||February 14, 1962|
New York City, U.S.
Sakina Jaffrey is an American actress.
Jaffrey was born on February 14, 1962 in New York City, the youngest daughter of Indian-born parents, actress and food and travel writer Madhur Jaffrey, and actor 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.
Jaffrey picked up her love of Chinese culture from her elder sister, Meera. She graduated from Vassar College in 1984, with a major in Chinese Language and Literature at the college, originally planning to be a translator before she became an actress.
She lives in Nyack, New York with her husband, Francis Wilkinson, a journalist, and their two children, Cassius and Jamila.
She 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. Her children Cassius and Jamila appear with her in Raising Helen (2004) and in The Ode (2008).
She starred 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.
|1988||The Perfect Murder||Neena Lal|
|1989||Slaves of New York||Willfredo's receptionist|
|1995||The Indian in the Cupboard||Lucy|
|1996||Daylight||Kit's passenger #1|
|2001||Revolution No. 9||Dr. Ray|
|2001||The Mystic Masseur||Suruj Mooma|
|2002||The Guru||Young Woman in Dance Class|
|2002||The Truth About Charlie||Sylvia|
|2003||American Made||—||Short film|
|2004||Raising Helen||Nilma Prasad|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Mysterious Arabic Woman|
|2006||Hiding Divya||Dr. Sharma|
|2007||Where God Left His Shoes||Doctor|
|2007||The Nanny Diaries||Sima|
|2007||Before the Devil Knows You're Dead||Manager|
|2008||Definitely, Maybe||School Mom|
|2008||The Toe Tactic||Lacticia Utt|
|2010||Nevermind Nirvana||Dr. Sarita Matto||Television film|
|2012||The Domino Effect||Serena|
|2013||The Necklace||Sunita||Short film|
|2016||Claire in Motion||Maya|
|2017||The Meyerowitz Stories||Dr. Soni|
|2018||Red Sparrow||Trish Forsyth|
|2018||Behold My Heart||Jane|
|2018||The Equalizer 2||Fatima|
|2019||Late Night||Mrs. Patel|
|2021||The Hating Game||Helen|
|2000||Law & Order||Dr. Balikrishan||Episode: "Endurance"|
|2003–05||Third Watch||Dr. Hickman||16 episodes|
|2004||Sex and the City||Rama Patel||Episode: "Splat!"|
|2004||Law & Order||Roya Koutal||Episode: "Caviar Emptor"|
|2006||Heroes||Mrs. Suresh||2 episodes|
|2007||What Goes On||Asha||Episode: "Blue"|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Geeta Chanoor||Episode: "Outsider"|
|2011||Blue Bloods||Mrs. Demir||Episode: "Thanksgiving"|
|2012||Girls||Gynecologist||Episode: "Vagina Panic"|
|2013–18||House of Cards||Linda Vasquez||19 episodes|
|2014–15||Sleepy Hollow||Sheriff Leena Reyes||5 episodes|
|2014–18||Madam Secretary||Chondita Samant||2 episodes|
|2015–17||Mr. Robot||Antara Nayar||7 episodes|
|2015||Halal in the Family||Fatima Qu'osby||4 episodes|
|2015–16||The Mindy Project||Sonu Lahiri||6 episodes|
|2016||Blindspot||Susan Albright||Episode: "Cease Forcing Enemy"|
|2016–18||Timeless||Agent Denise Christopher||26 episodes|
|2017||The Problem with Apu||Herself||Documentary film|
|2018||Homeland||Dr. Meyer||3 episodes|
|2019||American Gods||Mama-Ji||2 episodes|
|2019||Lost in Space||Captain Kamal||5 episodes|
|2020||Defending Jacob||Lynn Canavan||Main role|
|2021||Snowpiercer||Dr Headwood||Season 2|
|2022||Billions||Daevisha ‘Dave’ Mahar||Season 6|
|2022||Ms. Marvel||Auntie Shirin||1 episode|
|1979||Marie and Bruce||Public Theatre||Professional acting debut|
|1988||George Washington Slept Here||Apple Corps Theatre|||
|2009||The River Crosses Rivers: Short Plays by Women of Color||Castillo Theatre||Production of New Federal Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||House of Cards||Nominated|
- "Sakina Jaffrey". Woody King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre. Retrieved June 12, 2022.
Grew up in Greenwich Village, where she attended PS-41. Later attended and graduated from Nightingale-Bamford School and graduated from Vassar College with a High Honors degree in Chinese Language and Literature..
- "'House of Cards' actress Sakina Jaffrey feels '100% New Yorker'". CNN. May 21, 2019.
- Sid Adilman (February 2, 1992). "The three faces of Saeed Jaffrey". Toronto Star. p. C1.
- Kay Renz (July 4, 2004). "Actress Sakina Jaffrey: Getting Used to the Red Carpet". Boca Raton News. p. 8V.
- Woo, Elaine (November 17, 2015). "Saeed Jaffrey dies at 86; Actor exuded flair and versatility from Bollywood to Britain". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
- Goodman, Tim (January 26, 2013). "House of Cards: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
- "Sleepy Hollow Casting Scoop: House of Cards Star Is the New Sheriff in Season 2". E! Online. May 27, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
- Nelsen, Don (July 22, 1988). "Hart-Kaufman Play is Mossy". Daily News. New York, New York.
- Kissell, Howard (December 16, 1988). "'Phaedra' Seems to Be Out to Lunch". Daily News. New York, New York.