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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.

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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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 23

Birthday 1980-11-29

Place of Birth Joliet, Illinois, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

White Orchid as Tina
2018 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall as Gina
2018 Blindspotting as Val
2016 Pee-wee's Big Holiday as Party Guest
2014 The Mysteries of Laura(38 episodes) as Meredith
2014 Think Like a Man Too as Vanessa Martinez
2014 FUTURESTATES: Code Academy as Madame Counselor
2013 Sleepy Hollow(13 episodes) as Diana Thomas
2013 Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? as Katia
2013 The Final Moments of Karl Brant as Detective Hostetler
2013 Satellite of Love as Michelle
2012 Arrow(4 episodes) as Detective McKenna Hall
2010 The Gates(13 episodes) as Leigh Turner
2009 The League(26 episodes) as Shiva
2009 Three Rivers(1 episode)
2008 True Blood(24 episodes) as Luna
2008 True Blood(13 episodes)
2008 Shattered! as Maria
2005 Cup of my Blood as Iona
2004 Stargate Atlantis(1 episode) as Sgt. 'Dusty' Mehra
2004 The L Word(13 episodes) as Eva "Papi" Torres
2003 NCIS(1 episode)
2000 Girlfriends(1 episode)
2000 Strong Medicine(1 episode)

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