Person Details

Birthday: 1980-11-29 10:25:09

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Joliet, Illinois, USA

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Movie Involvements: 16

TV Involvements: 8


Most Famous Work

Biography

Janina Zione Gavankar (born November 29, 1983) is an American actress and musician of mixed Indian and Dutch descent. Gavankar is also trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gavankar's is known for her more notable roles as Papi, a promiscuous lesbian in The L Word, Leigh Turner, a cop with a big secret on "The Gates", and Ms. Dewey, the personification of a Microsoft branded search engine who comments about the user's searches. Gavankar has appeared in theatre, commercials, short films, independent films, as well as Barbershop and its sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business. Description above from the Wikipedia article Janina Gavankar, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Most Famous Work

Arrow
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7

Arrow

(2012) Detective McKenna Hall
The Morning Show
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8

The Morning Show

(2019) Alison Namazi
The L Word
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8

The L Word

(2004) Eva "Papi" Torres
Stargate Atlantis
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8

Stargate Atlantis

(2004) Sgt. 'Dusty' Mehra
True Blood
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8

True Blood

(2008) Luna
Sleepy Hollow
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7

Sleepy Hollow

(2013) Diana Thomas
The Way Back
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7

The Way Back

(2020) Angela
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
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7

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2021 Piya
2020 Hannah Howard
Angela
2019 Alison Namazi
J
Mumee
2018 Val
Gina
Tina
2017 N/A
2016 Party Guest
2014 Meredith Bose
Dr. Sharma
Vanessa Martinez
Vanessa
Madame Counselor
2013 Diana Thomas
Katia
Detective Hostetler
Michelle
2012 Detective McKenna Hall
2011 Kerry
Ms. Rime
2010 Leigh Turner
2009 Shiva
N/A
2008 Luna
Maria
2005 Iona
2004 Sgt. 'Dusty' Mehra
Field Reporter
Eva "Papi" Torres
2003 Kaya
N/A
2002 Fine Woman
2000 N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Commander Knoxx
Year Character Movie/Tv

Directing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2019 Director
Year Role Movie/Tv

Production

Year Role Movie/Tv
2019 Executive Producer
Year Role Movie/Tv

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2019 Writer
Year Role Movie/Tv

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