Sarah Shahi

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Actress • Model • Cheerleader

Birth Name: Aahoo Jahansouz Shahi

Birth Date: January 10, 1980

Age: 44 years old

Birth Place: Euless, Texas

Actress Sarah Shahi earned a following after a pair of turns on two of cable television's most acclaimed and controversial series. She was the Mexican-American DJ romanced and dumped by her lesbian lover on "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09), and she played a savvy stripper who enjoys a peyote-fueled fling with Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) in the final season of "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007). The widespread exposure that came with both parts, combined with her earthy sexuality-which was captured in several mens' magazine spreads, such as Maxim-greatly raised her profile.

Costarring roles in the crime dramas "Life" (NBC 2007-09) and "Person of Interest" (CBS 2011-16) led to her first starring role in an updated reboot of the beloved children's literature crime solver Nancy Drew in the series "Drew" (CBS 2016- ).

Born Aahoo Jahansouzshahi to Spanish and Persian parents - her lineage on the latter side could be traced to a 19th-century shah - in Euless, TX on Jan. 10, 1980, Shahi was an overachiever at an early age, participating in sports and beauty pageants, training as an opera singer, and earning a brown belt in karate. In addition to her outside interests, she excelled at school, going on to graduate at the top of her class from Southern Methodist University. After winning the Miss Fort Worth competition in 1997, she tired of the pageant routine and considered becoming a country singer. While exploring that venue, Shahi joined up with the iconic Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from 1999-2000, ending up as the first rookie to ever grace the cover of their calendar. During this time, she also appeared in layouts for Muscle and Fitness and Curve magazines, and toured the Balkans and Southern Europe as part of the U.S.O.

While working as an extra on "Dr. T. and the Women" (2000), Shahi met director Robert Altman, who encouraged her to pursue acting. She relocated to Los Angeles and began working almost immediately in television and film. Shahi graduated quickly from bit parts, to recurring roles on series like "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06) and "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1999-2003). A turn in the 2003 theatrical comedy "Old School" also showcased her comedy chops. In 2005, Shahi joined the cast of "The L Word" as Carmen de la Pica Morales, a budding D.J. who plays roommates Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig) and Jenny (Mia Kershner) off each other in an attempt to win Shane's affections. Eventually, she becomes involved with Shane, but the relationship ends up tumultuous, with much of the conflict over issues of fidelity. Their romance climaxes with Shane abandoning Carmen on the day of their wedding.

Shahi had a small role in Christopher Guest's mockumentary "For Your Consideration" (2007), but her most noteworthy turn of that year came in the "Sopranos" episode titled "Kennedy and Heidi." In it, she played Sonya Aragon, a savvy Las Vegas-based woman paying her way through college by stripping, who also happens to be a friend of Tony's cousin and loyal crew member Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). Tony arrives in Vegas to deliver the news of Christopher's death - which he caused - to Sonya, and becomes physically involved with her. The pair spend a hedonistic weekend together, capped off by the use of peyote, which appeared to have a profound affect on the guilt-ridden Mafia chieftain.

Shahi followed this with starring roles in the crime drama "Life" (NBC 2007-09) and legal comedy-drama "Fairly Legal" (USA 2011-12), as well as a story arc on the procedural drama "Chicago Fire" (NBC 2012- ). After a stint as a recurring former assassin on the crime drama "Person of Interest" (CBS 2011-16), Shahi joined the cast full time in the series' third season, following the departure of actress Taraji P. Henson. In February 2016, CBS announced that Shahi had been cast as a 30-ish Nancy Drew in the upcoming reboot series "Drew" (CBS 2016- ).

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Max: Black Adam: Pierce Brosnan

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Halfway There

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Divine Access

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Sameen Shaw
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Sameen Shaw
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Shades of Ray

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Farrah
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News aboutSarah Shahi

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Kelly Clarkson & Reba McEntire, Niecy Nash, Dolly Parton

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Sarah Shahi and Adam Demos in 'Sex/Life' Season 2

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Sarah Shahi in 'Sex/Life' Season 2

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Sarah Shahi attends the UK Premiere of 'Black Adam'

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Sarah Shahi and Adam Demos in 'Sex/Life' Season 2
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‘Sex/Life’ Stars Talk That Fairy Tale Ending & Possible Season 3

Adam Demos and Sarah Shahi in 'Sex/Life' Season 2
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‘Sex/Life’ Season 2 Stars Explain the Long Delay & Tease Drama to Come

Sarah Shahi & Darius Homayoun in 'Sex/Life' Season 2

Billie, Brad & Cooper All Have New Lovers in ‘Sex/Life’ Season 2 Trailer (VIDEO)

Adam Demos & Sarah Shahi in 'Sex/Life' Season 2

Billie & Brad Reunite (A Lot) in Steamy ‘Sex/Life’ Season 2 Teaser (VIDEO)

Sex/Life Season 1 key art

Everything We Know About ‘Sex/Life’ Season 2

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‘Sex/Life’ Adds New Recurring Cast & Announces Returning Stars for Season 2

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The Cast of ‘Sex/Life’ Bares All for Netflix’s Steamy New Drama (VIDEO)

Sex/Life - Sarah Shahi
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Sarah Shahi Talks the Female Point of View of Netflix’s Steamy ‘Sex/Life’

Mike Vogel and Sarah Shahi in Sex/Life

Sarah Shahi Gets Steamy in First ‘Sex/Life’ Trailer for Netflix (VIDEO)

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TV News Roundup: Sarah Shahi & Katharine McPhee on Netflix, ‘SNL’s Cecily Strong Heads to Apple

'The L Word' Stars, 'The L Word: Generation Q'

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‘Reverie’: Sarah Shahi’s Hostage Negotiator Takes a Trip to Dream Land (VIDEO)

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Sarah Shahi Says New NBC Series ‘Reverie’ Is ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Meets ‘Inception’

Reverie - Season Pilot - Sarah Shahi and Dennis Haysbert

Watch Sarah Shahi Conquer Dreams in a New Trailer for NBC’s ‘Reverie’ (VIDEO)

Sarah Shahi as Renee, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide in 'Chicago Fire' Season 1
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Will Lieutenant Severide & Renee Reignite on ‘Chicago Fire’? The Cast Weighs In

Sarah Shahi from the film 'Halfway There' attends the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Sarah Shahi Returning to ‘Chicago Fire’ in Multiple Episodes

Behind the scenes of 'Person of Interest' with Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi, and Michael Emerson

‘Person of Interest’s Sarah Shahi on a Potential Spinoff

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‘Person of Interest’s Final Season: ‘Every Episode Feels Like a Finale’

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Shaw and Root Reunite on ‘Person of Interest’ (PHOTO)

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