Sakina Jaffrey

Sakina Jaffrey
Born (1962-02-14) February 14, 1962
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present

Sakina Jaffrey (born February 14, 1962) is an American actress.

Early life

Jaffrey was born in New York City, New York, 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.[1] She graduated from Vassar College in 1984. She studied Mandarin Chinese at the college, originally planning to be a translator before she became an actress.[2]


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. With her son Cassius Wilkinson and daughter Jamila Wilkinson, she appeared in Raising Helen (2004) and in The Ode (2008).

She stars 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.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Perfect Murder Neena Lal
1989 Slaves of New York Willfredo's receptionist
1992 Masala Rita Solanki
1995 The Indian in the Cupboard Lucy
1996 Daylight Kit's passenger #1
1999 Chutney Popcorn Sarita
1999 Cotton Mary Rosie
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 Ash Tuesday June
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 Dharini Kiran Short film
2007 Waking Dreams Rajani
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
2008 The Understudy Nurse
2008 The Ode Parin
2009 Company Retreat Sareeta
2010 Nevermind Nirvana Dr. Sarita Matto Television film
2011 Breakaway Livleen Singh
2012 The Domino Effect Serena
2013 The Necklace Sunita Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Law & Order Dr. Balikrishan Episode: "Endurance"
2003–2005 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"
2013–2014 House of Cards Linda Vasquez 18 episodes
2014–2015 Sleepy Hollow Sheriff Leena Reyes 5 episodes
2014 Madam Secretary Foreign Minister Chondita Samant Episode: "Passage"
2015-2016 Mr. Robot Antara Nayar 3 episodes
2015 Halal In The Family Fatima Qu'osby 4 episodes
2015–2016 The Mindy Project Sonu Lahiri 3 episodes
2016 Blindspot Susan Albright Episode: "Cease Forcing Enemy"
2016 Timeless Agent Denise Christopher 2 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House of Cards Nominated


  1. Sid Adilman (February 2, 1992). "The three faces of Saeed Jaffrey". Toronto Star. p. C1.
  2. Kay Renz (July 4, 2004). "Actress Sakina Jaffrey: Getting Used to the Red Carpet". Boca Raton News. p. 8V.

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