29 June 1977 |
London, England, United Kingdom
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.
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. 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.
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.
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, 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.
- The Lone Gunmen (2001), Yves Adele Harlow
- The X-Files (2002), Yves Adele Harlow/Lois Runce – Episode 9-15 "Jump The Shark"
- Rome (2007), Gaia
- New Amsterdam (2008), Det. Eva Marquez
- Lost (2009–10), Ilana Verdansky
- Homeland (2012), Roya Hammad
- The Mentalist (2013), Dr. Sonia Kidd – Episode 5-14 "Red in Tooth and Claw"
- Covert Affairs (2013), Bianca Manning - Episode 4.09 "Hang Wire"
- Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (2013), Sorceress Amara
- Intelligence (2014), Amelia
- The Following (2015), Gwen
- Timecode (2000), Lester Moore's assistant
- Slash (2002), Suzie
- The Merchant of Venice (2004), Jessica
- Hidalgo (2004), Jazira
- The Namesake (2007), Moushumi Mazumdar
- Ask Me Anything (2014), Affie
- The Boy (2015)
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