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Zenobia Shroff

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Zenobia Shroff is an Indian-American actress appearing in film, theater and television. Shroff is best known for her breakthrough role in 2017's The Big Sick[1] and can currently be seen on Showtime's The Affair.[2]


Encouraged by theater actress Pearl Padamsee, Shroff left her native Mumbai in her teens to pursue acting at New York City’s Circle in the Square theater school.[3][4] Shroff has acted in Hollywood and Bollywood films. She and her The Big Sick co-stars shared a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.[5]

She has also branched into television, including recurring parts on The Resident on Fox and Showtime’s The Affair; in the latter role, The New York Times said Shroff "goes from funny to almost frightening in her intensity."[6]

Shroff's first one-woman stage show, "Exotic Observations," was performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater[7] and the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival.[8] Her 2016 one-woman show, "How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor," garnered nominations for best actor and best director at the Planet Connections Festival awards.[9]

Shroff, who holds a master's degree in psychology, has also spent time teaching acting and movement to disadvantaged children in the New York City area.[10] Shroff is a member of the Parsi community.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Percy Veera
2008 Little Zizou Roxanne Winner of National Film Award for best film on family values[11]
2010 When Harry Tries to Marry Geeta
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Nicole Braganza
2016 Misaligned Nadia's mother
2017 The Big Sick Sharmeen Nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award


Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Resident Himaya Pravesh
2018 The Affair Priya Ullah
2018 Madam Secretary Prime Minister Vanya Kharti
2018 The Greatest American Hero Leena Unaired pilot[12] [13]


  1. "Scene Stealer: Zenobia Shroff as Kumail Nanjiani's Mother in 'The Big Sick'". Variety.com. 2017-12-08.
  2. Collins, Sean T. (2018-06-17). "'The Affair' Season 4 Premiere Recap: California Dreamin'". The New York Times.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Zenobia Shroff: The Big Sick changed the game for me". Elle India. 2018-05-30.
  4. "Little Zizou's Zenobia Shroff Stands Up". Lassi With Lavina. 2010-10-01.
  5. "SAG Awards: 'Three Billboards,' 'Big Little Lies' Top Nominees". Hollywood Reporter. 2017-12-13.
  6. Collins, Sean T. (2018-07-01). "The Affair' Season 4, Episode 3 Recap: Playing the Savior'". The New York Times.
  7. "'Exotic Observations': Zenobia Shroff Joins SPANK at the UCB Theater". The Huffington Post. 2011-06-27.
  8. "South Asian International Performing Arts Festivals Opens for the First Time Ever in New York City". India.com. 2011-07-25.
  9. "Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards Come to Cherry Lane This Weekend; Nominees Announced". BroadwayWorld. 2016-08-08.
  10. "Exotic Observations". Indo American Arts Council. 2010-08-12.
  11. "President presents 56th National Film Awards". The Hindu. 2010-03-20.
  12. "'The Greatest American Hero': George Wendt, Gia Sandhu & Zenobia Shroff Cast In ABC Reboot, Christine Gernon To Direct". Deadline.com. 2018-02-13.
  13. "Cancelled Before They Began: The Greatest American Hero, Wayward Sisters, and More Recent Pilots That Did Not Fly". Cancelled Sc Fi. 2019-06-20.

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