Zuleikha Robinson

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Zuleikha Robinson
Zuleikha Robinson 2010.jpg
Robinson in 2010
Born (1977-06-29) June 29, 1977 (age 39)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1999–present

Zuleikha Robinson (born June 29, 1977) is a British actress and singer. She has appeared in films Hidalgo (2004), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and The Namesake (2006). Robinson later was regular cast member on the ABC series Lost (2009-2010), Showtime political thriller Homeland (2012), and Fox drama The Following (2015). In 2016, she began starring in the ABC period drama Still Star-Crossed.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born in London and brought up in Thailand and Malaysia by a Burmese-Indian-Malay mother and an English father. She is also of Scottish and Iranian descent.[1][2][3][4] She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. She is the sister of British field botanist Dr. Alastair Robinson.[3]


Robinson has made her film debut in the 2000 experimental film Timecode. She gained attention on the 2001 series The Lone Gunmen, part of The X-Files franchise. She played Yves Adele Harlow, a mysterious thief who often aided (and sometimes hindered) the starring trio.

Robinson's first lead role brought her to Morocco, playing a 19th-century Arabian princess named Jazira, opposite Viggo Mortensen and Omar Sharif, in Disney's $80 million Western epic Hidalgo (2004), directed by Joe Johnston. The film tells the true story of long-distance endurance horse rider, Frank Hopkins.[1][4] In 2006, she played a Bengali character called Moushumi Mazumdar in Mira Nair's acclaimed film The Namesake, based on the book of the same name.

In 2007, Robinson had a supporting role in the HBO series Rome, and the following year played Eva Marquez, a NYPD detective, in the Fox police drama New Amsterdam. Robinson joined the cast of Lost in 2009 during its fifth season, as recurring character Ilana Verdansky,[5] and was promoted to series regular for the sixth season. In 2012, she was cast in the second season of Homeland in a recurring role as journalist and secret al-Qaeda operative Roya Hammad. Robinson also played a supporting role in the drama thriller film The Boy.[6]

In 2016, Robinson was cast as Lady Capulet in the ABC period drama Still Star-Crossed produced by ShondaLand.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Benefactor: Scenes from an Arrangement Hope Crowley Short film
2000 Timecode Lester Moore's Assistant
2002 Slash Suzie
2004 Hidalgo Jazira
2004 The Merchant of Venice Jessica
2006 The Namesake Moushumi Mazumdar
2009 Fist Full of Love Short film, also writer
2014 Ask Me Anything Afreen
2015 The Boy Mom
2016 American Fable Vera


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Lone Gunmen Yves Adele Harlow Series regular, 13 episodes
2002 The X Files Yves Adele Harlow / Lois Runce Episode: "Jump the Shark"
2007 Rome Gaia Recurring role, 7 episodes
2008 New Amsterdam Eva Marquez Series regular, 8 episodes
2009-2010 Lost Ilana Verdansky Series regular, 16 episodes
Nominated — Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for Outstanding Actress - Drama Series (2010)
2012 Homeland Roya Hammad Recurring role, 9 episodes
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013)
2013 The Mentalist Dr. Sonia Kidd Episode: "Red in Tooth and Claw"
2013 Covert Affairs Bianca Manning Recurring role, 4 episodes
2014 Intelligence Amelia Vaughn Recurring role, 3 episodes
2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Amara Recurring role, 4 episodes
2014 Kingdom Allison Recurring role, 3 episodes
2015 The Following Gwen Series regular, 15 episodes
2016 Still Star-Crossed Lady Capulet Series regular
2016 Once Upon a Time Amara Episode: The Savior


  1. ^ a b "Zuleikha Robinson". Zuleikha Robinson Online. 2005. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Sengupta, Reshmi (30 May 2005). "Living up to her namesake...". The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Evening Standard Magazine (11 Dec 2009)
  4. ^ a b Abeel, Erica (2005). "Zuleikha Robinson". Zuleikha Robinson Online. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Mitovich, Matt (4 September 2008). "Lost Gives New Amsterdam Star New Role". TV Guide. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  6. ^ Mitovich, Matt (4 September 2008). "The Boy cast also includes CLOVERFIELD's Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson and WE ARE WHAT WE ARE's Bill Sage;". Fangoria. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "'Still Star-Crossed': ABC Pilot Casts Zuleikha Robinson, Finds Female Lead - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 

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