Sikh Art & Film Foundation


Navi Rawat - Film & TV Actress

Navi Rawat is a lead actress in the Annual Sikh Film Festival 2008's Feature Presentation - Ocean of Pearls.

Born in Malibu, California, Navi is an American actress of Indian and German descent. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Originally interested in writing, she later turned to acting and decided to make a move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She quickly landed her her first acting job on television, as a guest in a February 2000 episode of the WB teen dramedy series "Popular."

She is best known for her role as Theresa Diaz on the hit drama The O.C. and Amita Ramanujan on Numb3rs. She had a guest role as Melanie in the first season of 24. Her acting career in film includes the sci-fi Thoughtcrimes (2003). She landed her first film role, as Ruby, in writer/director Bobby Roth's drama comedy, Jack the Dog then appeared in the Project Greenlight film Feast (2005) and the indie romantic comedy Loveless in Los Angeles (2006). She has also had smaller roles including playing Dana, a psychotic vampire slayer, on the Buffy spinoff, Angel. She also appeared in an episode of the sci-fi teen drama series "Roswell" and played a role in the made-for-television movie The Princess & The Marine.

In 2003, Rawat was cast alongside Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly in Vadim Perelman's Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Andre Dubus III's 1999 novel, House of Sand and Fog. In the highly-praised film, she played the daughter of an Iranian (Persian) immigrant father (played by Kingsley). Recently, Rawat played an Indian girl in Glasgow Phillips' comedic Western/Suspense horror movie, Undead or Alive: a Zombedy, alongside Chris Kattan, James Denton, Chris Coppola and Billy Zane.

She appeared in the TV movie version of John Grisham's book, The Street Lawyer. Rawat continued working in films. She played a role in writer/director Ron Carlson's comedy Tom 51 and Jason Winer's 15-minute comedy The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend (starring Hayes MacArthur and Jason Winer; both in 2005), in which she played an exotic ethnic woman.

Adding to her TV and film works, Rawat also has worked on stage. Her theater works including "The Maids," "The Bald Soprano," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Savage Love" and "Much Ado About Nothing."


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