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'''Nazneen Contractor''' played [[Kayla Hassan]] during [[Season 8]] of ''[[24]]''.
 
'''Nazneen Contractor''' played [[Kayla Hassan]] during [[Season 8]] of ''[[24]]''.
   
Born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and raised and educated in Nigeria and London, Nazneen immigrated to Toronto, Canada with her family at the age of ten. She spent her early youth excelling in her academics and training as a classical ballerina. After almost ten years of dance training, she discovered her true love was performing and turned her energies towards acting. She immediately found success at the prestigious world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival. During her fortunate time at the Festival Nazneen played lead roles in Shakespeare's "Pericles" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," along with six other productions in her two seasons at the Festival, becoming the first woman of Indian descent to play a lead role in the Festival in its fifty-year history. Contractor then focused her energies on her degree in Sociology, Psychology and Theatre at the University of Toronto as well as trying to make her mark in the world of film and television. After playing a few guest star and recurring roles on Canadian and American television shows, she landed the lead role of Layla Hourani on ''The Border,'' Canada's number one drama. Actors she worked with on ''The Border'' include [[Al Sapienza]].
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== Biography ==
   
She is married to [[Carlo Rota]], known to ''[[24]]'' fans for playing [[Morris O'Brian]], with whom she appeared in a 2008 production of ''Othello''. An adherent to Zoroastrianism, she is one of approximately 150,000 Parsis remaining in the world.
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Nazneen was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India but was raised and educated in Nigeria and London. When she was ten, Nazneen and her family emigrated to Toronto, Canada. During her youth, she studied and trained to be a classical ballerina. After almost ten years of dance training, she decided to become an actress. Nazneen started performing at plays gaining recognition at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where she performed the lead roles in several Shakespeare plays.
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After her success at the stage, Nazneen dedicated herself to completing degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Theatre at the University of Toronto. During these times, she performed a few guest star and recurring roles on Canadian and American television. She then landed the lead role of Layla Hourani on ''The Border'', a popular drama in Canada. During her stint at the show, she worked with fellow 24-alum [[Al Sapienza]].
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Nazneen is married to [[Carlo Rota]], who has played [[Morris O'Brian]] during two seasons of ''[[24]]''. They also appeared together in a 2008 production of ''Othello''.
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An adherent to Zoroastrianism, Nazneen is one of approximately 150,000 Parsis remaining in the world.
   
 
== Selected filmography ==
 
== Selected filmography ==
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=== Television appearances ===
 
=== Television appearances ===
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* ''24'' (2010)
 
* ''The Border'' (2008-2009)
 
* ''The Border'' (2008-2009)
   

Revision as of 17:44, March 12, 2010

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Nazneen Contractor played Kayla Hassan during Season 8 of 24.

Biography

Nazneen was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India but was raised and educated in Nigeria and London. When she was ten, Nazneen and her family emigrated to Toronto, Canada. During her youth, she studied and trained to be a classical ballerina. After almost ten years of dance training, she decided to become an actress. Nazneen started performing at plays gaining recognition at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where she performed the lead roles in several Shakespeare plays.

After her success at the stage, Nazneen dedicated herself to completing degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Theatre at the University of Toronto. During these times, she performed a few guest star and recurring roles on Canadian and American television. She then landed the lead role of Layla Hourani on The Border, a popular drama in Canada. During her stint at the show, she worked with fellow 24-alum Al Sapienza.

Nazneen is married to Carlo Rota, who has played Morris O'Brian during two seasons of 24. They also appeared together in a 2008 production of Othello.

An adherent to Zoroastrianism, Nazneen is one of approximately 150,000 Parsis remaining in the world.

Selected filmography

  • Love Letters (2010)
  • Othello (2008)

Television appearances

  • 24 (2010)
  • The Border (2008-2009)

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