Azita Ghanizada (pronounced "Ghani-za-da"; born November 17, 1979) is an Afghan American actress in the United States who has appeared in a number of television series.
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Azita Ghanizada (pronounced "Ghani-za-da"; born November 17 1979) is an Afghan American actress in the United States who has appeared in a number of television series. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, her family fled her native country when she was still a baby in the wake of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. They travelled to the United States and were granted asylum as political refugees. Raised by a conservative family, she has two sisters; her parents separated when she was in middle school. Ghanizada is a graduate of James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia and has a degree in English and Communications from Virginia Tech.
Ghanizada learned to speak English from watching television; that combined with the family's regular trips to a local cinema that showed Bollywood movies inspired her to become an actress. She relocated to Los Angeles and began her on-air camera career by getting work in television commercials due to her non-descript ethnicity which enabled her to play Mediterranean, Indian, and Arabic roles. In the Laura Neri film A Kiss on the Nose, Ghanizada played the lead role of Chiara, a performance for which she received a film festival best actress nomination. Her television guest-starring roles include How I Met Your Mother, Entourage, Veronica Mars, The Wedding Bells, NUMB3RS, Bones, Psych and Castle. She had a supporting role in the 2009 science fiction action film Blood Shot, and the independent comedies, "You, Only Better" (2009).
In 2008, Ghanizada joined the cast of the General Hospital prime-time spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift for season 2 as Dr. Saira Batra, a specialist in holistic medicine. In 2009, Ghanizada played Kelly, a Prada sales girl on HBO's Entourage (season 6, episode 2) and joined the cast of the television pilot Tough Trade from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, and executive producer T Bone Burnett.
She is currently a primary cast member of the American Syfy Channel series Alphas where she plays Rachel Pirzad, a woman with enhanced sensory abilities.
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James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia
Virginia Tech for a Degree in English and Communications
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Luber Roklin Entertainment
(2005) TV commercial for "Bausch & Lomb", with director Mark Pellington (2005)., (2007) International TV commercial for "Dodge Caliber", with director Dave Meyers (2007)., (2008) TV commercial for "Taco Bell", with director Pam Thomas (2008)., TV commercial for Virgin Mobile (2004), (2006) TV commercial for "Meetic UK & France" with director Pam Thomas (2006).
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