Zuleikha Robinson

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Zuleikha Robinson
Born (1977-06-29) 29 June 1977 (age 38)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2000–present

Zuleikha Robinson (born 29 June 1977) is a British actress and singer. She is best known for her performances in the film Hidalgo and for recurring roles on the television series Lost, Homeland and The Following.

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 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.

Her 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. Robinson had a supporting role in the HBO series Rome, and played Eva Marquez, a NYPD detective, in the Fox television 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. 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]





  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. 

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