Janina Gavankar

Born Nov 29, 1980

Janina Zione Gavankar is an Indian-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.… Read More

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  • 'true Blood' Star Janina Gavankar: Making Music Is Sexy
    Fox News - Apr 14, 2015
  • Ode To The Vampire Diaries' Silas: Why We Want Him To Stay
    Seattle Pi - Nov 08, 2013
  • Joan Sweeny: Paul Reubens Returns To The Screen
    Huffington Post - Aug 06, 2013
  • Goodbye 'true Blood,' Hello 'vampire Diaries'
    Huffington Post - Aug 03, 2013


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1980 Birth Born on November 29, 1980.


2006 25 Years Old She regularly appears in Funny or Die shorts In 2006 she joined the cast of The L Word as a series regular, and shot all of the clips used for Ms. Dewey.
2007 26 Years Old In 2007, she landed a lead in CW pilot 'Dash 4 Cash' In 2008, Gavankar appeared in TV series Stargate Atlantis, Grey's Anatomy and NCIS, My Boys, and Factory.
2009 28 Years Old In 2009, she appeared in TV shows The Cleaner, Dollhouse,Three RiversThe League, as well as indie movies 'Men, Interrupted', 'Indian Gangster', and Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey. … Read More


2011 30 Years Old 1 More Event
As of 2011 Gavankar has become a series regular in HBO's True Blood. … Read More
2012 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Her indie movie "Satellite of Love" premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival in 2012, and her 2012 indie "I'm Afraid of Virginia Wolf" is currently in post production.
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