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Sakina Jaffrey (born February 14, 1962) is an American actress.
Jaffrey was born 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.
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Jaffrey 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||N/A||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|
|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|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||House of Cards||Nominated|
- 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.