Sakina Jaffrey is an American actress who is well-known in the entertainment industry for the portrayal of the role of Doctor Hickman in the American crime drama television series, ‘Third Watch’. She is also immensely popular for appearing with the recurring role of Linda Vasquez in the American political thriller streaming television series, ‘House of Cards’ and for appearing with the role of Agent Denise Christopher in the American science fiction television series, ‘Timeless’.

For her contribution to ‘House of Cards’, she was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild Awards alongside the show’s cast. Moreover, she has also starred alongside her mother in the 1988 English language Indian movie, ‘The Perfect Murder’ and alongside her father in the 1991 Canadian drama movie, ‘Masala’.

Quick Info
Full NameSakina Jaffrey
Date of BirthFebruary 14, 1962
Birth PlaceNew York City, New York, United States
NationalityAmerican and Indian
Parent(s)Saeed Jaffrey(Father),
Madhur Jaffrey(Mother)
Age59 years old
Height5 feet and 8 inches (1.74m
Spouse(s)/Partner(s)Francis Wilkinson
ChildrenCassius Wilkinson and Jamila Wilkinson
Net worth$3 Million

Early Life and Bio

Sakina Jaffrey was born on 14 February 1962 in New York City, New York, the United States to a mother whose name is Madhur Jaffrey and to a father whose name is Saeed Jaffrey. Her mother worked as an actress and a food and travel writer and her father was also an actor by profession. Unfortunately, her parents separated when she was just three years old and her mother raised her alongside her sister whose name is Meera Jaffrey in New York. Besides this, she is currently 59 years old with the zodiac sign of Aquarius.

Sakina Jaffrey
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Nationality and Physical Stats

Sakina Jaffrey holds an Indian as well as an American nationality and descends from Indian ancestry. She is a Roman Catholic and she practices Christianity as her religion. Besides this, she stands at a height of 5 feet and 8 inches (1.74m/174cms) tall and weighs around 61kgs (134lbs). She has a slim body figure with a body measurement of 32-26-32 inches respectively. In addition to this, she has a pair of beautiful brown colored eyes with medium brown hair color.


Sakina Jaffrey studied and graduated with a major in the Chinese language from the Vassar College, a private liberal arts college located in Poughkeepsie, New York. She was interested in the language and the culture of the Chinese people through her sister from a very young age. Initially, she did not even have any plans of pursuing acting as her career and was deciding on working as a translator. Unfortunately, there is no information regarding her schooling years and it is assumed that she completed her education at some local schools in the country.


Sakina Jaffrey gave her debut performance in the entertainment industry in the year 1988 when she portrayed the role of Neena Lal alongside her mother in the English language Indian movie, ‘The Perfect Murder’. Following this role, she went on to play the role of Wilfredo’s receptionist in the 1989 American comedy-drama movie, ‘Slaves of New York’ and the role of Rita Solanki alongside her father in the 1991 Canadian drama movie, ‘Masala’.

Likewise, she is also known for portraying the role of Lucy in the 1995 American family fantasy drama movie, ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’, the role of a passenger in the 1996 American action thriller disaster movie, ‘Daylight’, the role of Sarita in the 1999 comedy-drama movie, ‘Chutney Popcorn’ and the role of Rosie in the 1999 movie, ‘Cotton Mary’.

In the year 2001, she played the role of Doctor Ray in the movie, ‘Revolution Number 9’ and the role of Suruj Mooma in the Merchant Ivory movie, ‘The Mystic Masseur’ and in the year 2002, she appeared with the role of a young woman in the dance class in the sex comedy movie, ‘The Guru’ and with the role of Sylvia in the mystery movie, ‘The Truth About Charlie’.

Moreover, she can also be seen in movies and short movies like ‘Ash Tuesday’, ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, ‘Where God Left His Shoes’, ‘The Nanny Diaries’, ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead’, ‘The Toe Tactic’, ‘The Domino Effect’ and ‘The Necklace’.

In between the years 2016 and 2018, she has appeared as Maya in the American drama movie, ‘Claire in Motion’, as Doctor Soni in the American comedy-drama movie, ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’, as Trish Forsyth in the American spy thriller movie, ‘Red Sparrow’, as Jane in the American drama movie, ‘Dark was the Night’ and as Fatima in the American vigilante crime drama action thriller movie, ‘The Equalizer 2’.

She also appeared as Mrs. Patel in the 2019 American comedy-drama movie, ‘Late Night’ and her most recent work came in the year 2020 when she lent her voice for the role of Doctor in the American computer-animated fantasy comedy-drama movie, ‘Soul’.

Sakina Jaffrey
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Tv shows

Sakina Jaffrey gave her debut performance on television with the role of Doctor Balikrishan for an episode of the 2000 American police procedural and legal drama television series, ‘Law and Order’. Likewise, she has appeared for an episode each in series like ‘Sex and the City, ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, ‘Blue Bloods’, ‘Girls’ and ‘Blindspot’.

Moreover, she has had recurring roles in series like ‘Third Watch’, ‘House of Cards, ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Mr. Robot’, ‘Halal in the Family’, ‘The Mindy Project’, ‘Timeless’ and ‘Lost in Space’. She has also had the main role of Lynn Canavan in the American crime drama streaming television miniseries, ‘Defending Jacob’ and her most recent work came in the year 2021 when she appeared as Doctor Hardwood in the second season of the American post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller television drama series, ‘Snowpiercer’.

She has shared screens with many stars including George Dzundza, Michael Beach, Kim Cattrall, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg, Tim Robbins, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, and many more.

Awards and Achievements

Sakina Jaffrey was nominated alongside the cast of ‘House of Cards by the Screen Actors Guild Awards for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Personal Life: Husband, Kids

Sakina Jaffrey is currently married to her husband who’s name is Francis Wilkinson. He is a journalist by profession and the couple has been blessed with two children whose names are Cassius Wilkinson and Jamila Wilkinson. The family currently resides happily in Nyack, New York.

What is Sakina Jaffrey’s Net Worth?

As of the year 2020, Sakina Jaffrey has an approximate net worth of $3 million.

Sakina Jaffrey
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Social Media  Presence

Sakina Jaffrey is active on social media platforms. Her official Instagram account (@sakinajaffrey) has over 6.4 thousand followers and her official Twitter account (@sakinajaffrey) has well over 17.8 thousand followers.


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