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Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Dallas Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As a teenager, she won several beauty contests, and took first place in the Miss Fort Worth USA pageant in 1997. She joined the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and was part of the 1999-2000 squad. She also appeared on the cover of their 2000 calendar.

While working as an extra on the set of Dr. T and the Women (2000), she met director Robert Altman, who encouraged her to move to Hollywood to pursue a career as an actress. Although uncredited by most sources, Sarah also appeared in the Jackie Chan film, Rush Hour 3 (2007), as one of the girls being handcuffed along with Mia Tyler for traffic offense by Chris Tucker early in the film. Sarah speaks English, Farsi and some Spanish, and has a brown belt in karate.

Known For


Cast Credits

The Jennifer Hudson Show (2022)
Guest starring as Sarah Shahi
Sex/Life (2021)
Starring as Billie Connelly (14 episodes)
Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (2019)
Guest starring as Lucy Jane
The Kelly Clarkson Show (2019)
Guest starring as Sarah Shahi (2 episodes)
City on a Hill (2019)
Guest starring as Rachel Benham (9 episodes)
The Rookie (2018)
Guest starring as Jessica Russo (7 episodes)
  • Episode 2x07: Safety (Nov 10, 2019)
  • Episode 2x06: Fallout (Nov 3, 2019)
  • Episode 2x03: The Bet (Oct 13, 2019)
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Reverie (2018)
Starring as Mara Kint (10 episodes)
Pitch (2016)
Guest starring as Natalie (2 episodes)
Ray Donovan (2013)
Guest starring as Hasmig
Chicago Fire (2012)
Guest starring as Renee Royce (10 episodes)
Person of Interest (2011)
Starring as Sameen Shaw (45 episodes)
Guest starring as Sameen Shaw (4 episodes)
Fairly Legal (2011)
Starring as Kate Reed (23 episodes)
Life (2007)
Starring as Detective Dani Reese (32 episodes)
Psych (2006)
Guest starring as Ruby
Teachers (2006)
Starring as Tina Torres (6 episodes)
  • Episode 1x06: Prom (May 2, 2006)
  • Episode 1x05: Testing (Apr 25, 2006)
  • Episode 1x04: Golf (Apr 18, 2006)
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Made in Hollywood (2005)
Guest starring as Sarah Shahi (2 episodes)
Supernatural (2005)
Guest starring as Constance Welch
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (Sep 13, 2005)
The L Word (2004)
Starring as Carmen de la Pica Morales (25 episodes)
Coupling (2003)
Guest starring as Brenda
Maybe It's Me (2001)
Guest starring as Rosa
Reba (2001)
Guest starring as Bridget
Alias (2001)
Guest starring as Jenny (7 episodes)
Boston Public (2000)
Guest starring as Laura
Dawson's Creek (1998)
Guest starring as Sadia Shaw (3 episodes)
Frasier (1993)
Guest starring as Leila the Reservationist
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