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Zarif Kabier

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Zarif Kabier
BornZarif Muhammed Sadiqi
(1988-02-25) February 25, 1988 (age 32)
Kabul, Afghanistan
🏡 ResidenceLos Angeles, United States
🏳️ NationalityAfghan
🎓 Alma materColumbia University MFA
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2009–present
👩 Spouse(s)Anne Carson Pursley (fiancée)
👪 RelativesDr. Mo Sadiqi, Dr. Arzoo Sadiqi, Sharif Sadiqi

Zarif Kabier (Pashto/Dari: ظريف كبير‎ ; born on 25 February 1988) the second son to Muhammed Kabier Sadiqi (a medical doctor and an Afghan National Army General) and to Jameela Sadiqi (née Monsef) a school-teacher and home-maker, is an Afghan born American stage, film, and television actor.

Zarif was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and spent the first twelve years of his life there, having lived through the on-going civil war there, including most of the four-year Taliban regime.[1] In August 1992 he witnessed his father die in their family garden from a shrapnel wound due to a mortar explosion that was launched by the Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.[2] Zarif and his family emigrated to the United States in September, 2000. After graduating from Ygnacio Valley High School he was introduced to acting by a friend, he then trained at Diablo Valley College for three years. [3]

In 2009, Zarif made his professional stage debut with Golden Thread Productions Joyce Van Dyke's critically acclaimed play A Girl's War. Zarif lead the play as Ilyas, a young Azeri soldier, in love with an Armenian fashion model during the long-running conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. [4] Later that year he appeared in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner at San Jose Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company adapted by Matthew Spangler. He drew on his childhood memories of having lived under the Taliban and portrayed the central antagonist Assef to critical acclaim in productions at Actor's Theatre of Louisville and Cleveland Playhouse.[1]

Zarif made his television debut on Weeds. [5] Followed by guest starring as the lead antagonist in the first episode of Touch directed by Francis Lawrence.

In 2011, he became the first Afghan to be accepted to Columbia University's Graduate acting program where he attained his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting after being awarded the Dean's Scholarship Award. Columbia University waived their requirement of students having a bachelor's degree prior to a MFA degree due to Zarif's previous professional acting work.[6]

After graduating school he played the lead in Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer winning Disgraced directed by Femi Euba.[7] He starred Off-Broadway in the world premier of Shesh Yak at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.[8] He was directed by Lindsey Turner at the Guthrie Theatre in Enemy of the People.[9]


  • 2011: Weeds Television debut
  • 2011: Cellular (Won Best Short) Roxbury Film Festival Lead Role
  • 2012: Touch 1 Episode
  • 2015: Madam Secretary 1 Episode
  • 2015: Person of Interest 1 Episode
  • 2015: The Blacklist 1 Episode
  • 2016: Shades of Blue 1 Episode
  • 2016: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Film debut
  • 2018: Write When You Get Work Supporting role
  • 2018: Jack Ryan 5 Episodes


  1. 1.0 1.1 Vivian, Goodman (2010-10-10). "Cast of The Kite Runner at Cleveland Play House includes an Afghan actor". WKSU. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  2. Sadiqi, Arzoo (2015-06-11). "To a patient: Stay strong. Don't lose hope". KevinMD. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  3. Lee, Jimin (2008-05-06). "American identity explored in "Clash and Celebration of Cultures"". DVCInquirer. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  4. Vivian, Goodman (2010-10-10). "Don't miss: 'Girl's War'". SFGate. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  5. Nick, Andersen (2011-07-18). "'Weeds,' Season 7, Episode 4, 'A Hole in Her Niqab'". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  6. CUG Arts (2014-02-25). "Columbia University Actors Graduate Theatre Acting". Columbia University. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  7. Robin, Miller (2015-10-06). "The New American Male". The Advocate. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  8. Alexis, Soloski (2015-02-01). "A Politically Charged Piece Meditates on Civil Liberty". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  9. Karen, Bovard (2018-05-11). "A Brand New Look for AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE". Broadway World. Retrieved 2018-09-07.

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