Sakina Jaffrey was born in Manhattan, New York, USA. Daughter of actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey and actor Saeed Jaffrey. Stepfather Sanford Allen, a violinist, was the first African American musician in the New York Philharmonic. She is an actress, known for House of Cards (2013), The Mindy Project (2012) and Mr. Robot (2015).