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Angela Sarafyan
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Sarafyan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1983-06-30) June 30, 1983 (age 40)
Other names Angela Sarafian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present

Angela Sarafyan (Armenian: Անժելա Սարաֆյան; June 30, 1983), sometimes credited as Angela Sarafian, is an Armenian-American actress. She has appeared as a guest star in several television series and has acted in the feature films: Kabluey (2007), On the Doll (2007), A Beautiful Life (2008), The Informers (2008), Lost & Found in Armenia (2012), and Reminiscence (2021). Sarafyan earned supporting roles in blockbuster films such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012).

Since 2016, she has portrayed Clementine Pennyfeather on the HBO series Westworld.

Personal life

Sarafyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, which was then a part of the Armenian SSR, Soviet Union. When she was four, she moved with her parents to the United States, settling in Los Angeles. Her father, Grigor Sarafyan, is an actor, and her mother is a painter. She studied ballet and played piano as a child. She attended Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Angela married fellow Armenian, Narek Ghaplanyan, while on the set of Lost & Found in Armenia (2012) and later divorced in 2017. Currently Angela is in a relationship (2021) with Colin Carrier, the widower of Tatiana Carrier.

Career

Early work (2000–2006)

Sarafyan made her acting debut on Judging Amy as Aisha Al-Jamal in the episode "Culture Clash" in 2000. She also appeared in the music video for Britney Spears' song "Stronger", and later appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Lori in 2002. She made her film debut in The Last Run as Lauren in 2004 and continued to appear in other television series including The Shield, The Division, Wanted, South of Nowhere, 24, and CSI: NY.

Later work (2007–2015)

After appearing on Cold Case, Sarafyan continued to appear in films including Kabluey and On the Doll in 2007. In 2008, she had a recurring role in the USA Network series In Plain Sight while appearing in Beautiful Life, AA Beautiful Life as Maggie, and Informers, TheThe Informers as Mary and a guest appearance on The Mentalist. In 2010, Sarafyan joined the cast of The Good Guys, playing offbeat and socially awkward Samantha Evans.

In 2011 she had roles on Criminal Minds and Nikita. Sarafyan went on to appear in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as Egyptian vampire Tia, the mate of vampire Benjamin, and as Ani in Lost & Found in Armenia in 2012. She later starred in Paranoia featuring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, and Harrison Ford in 2013. The film bombed at the box office and received negative reviews from critics.

Career breakthrough and Westworld (2016–present)

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Sarafyan at Toronto International Film Festival 2016

After guest starring on CBS' Blue Bloods and FX's American Horror Story, Sarafyan appeared in The Promise, a film about the Armenian genocide in 2016. The same year, Sarafyan was cast as a main cast member on HBO's Westworld as Clementine Pennyfeather.

Following Westworld, Sarafyan received acclaim for her role in the 2018 short film Pin-Up. The short follows Lana Freeman, a celebrated photographer, and her relationship with Sunny. Sarafyan earned over four award wins for her performance. She starred as the lead role of Francesca in We Are Boats, followed by a supporting role as Joanna in the Netflix thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and the role of Max in the video game Telling Lies.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Last Run Lauren
2005 Halfway Decent Liberty Edwards
2007 Kabluey Ramona
2007 On the Doll Tara
2008 Beautiful Life, AA Beautiful Life Maggie
2008 Informers, TheThe Informers Mary
2009 Half Truth Trig Short film
2009 Repo Chick Giggli
2009 Love Hurts Layla
2009 Velvet Beatrice Short film
2009 Foolishly Seeking True Love Belle Short film
2011 American Animal Not Blonde Angela
2012 Speed Demons Lala
2012 Drift Short film
2012 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Tia
2012 Lost & Found in Armenia Ani
2013 Noise Matters Sandy
2013 Immigrant, TheThe Immigrant Magda Cybulska
2013 Paranoia Allison
2014 Night Vet Franny & Zoey Short film
2014 Never Rachel
2015 1915 Angela
2015 Me Him Her Heather
2015 Me You and Five Bucks Pam
2015 Blackbird Angel Short film
2016 Mercury Plains Alyssa
2016 Promise, TheThe Promise Maral
2018 We Are Boats Francesca Film
2018 Pin-Up Sunny Short film
2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Joanna
2019 A Nasty Piece of Work Tatum
2021 Reminiscence Elsa Carine
2021 King Knight Willow
2021 Caged Amber Reid
2021 A House on the Bayou Jessica Chambers

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Judging Amy Aisha Al-Jamal Episode: "Culture Clash"
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lori Episode: "Him"
2002 Paranormal Girl Crystal Television film
2004 Shield, TheThe Shield Sosi Episode: "All In"
2004 Division, TheThe Division Madison Grant Episodes: "Zero Tolerance: Parts 1 & 2"
2005 Wanted Natalia Episode
2006 South of Nowhere Paige Episode: "Say It Ain't So, Spencer"
2006 24 Inessa Kovalevsky Episode: "Day 5: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m."
2006 CSI: NY Sara Jackson Episode: "Open and Shut"
2007 Lincoln Heights Opal Woodford Episode: "Baby Doe"
2007 Cold Case Philippa 'Phil' Abruzzi (1919) Episode: "Torn"
2008 In Plain Sight Tasha Turischeva Episodes: Pilot, "To Serge with Love"
2008 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Adrianna Jonovic Episode: "Ladies in Red"
2008 Ernesto Sydney Television film
2009 Eastwick Jenna Episode: "Red Ants and Widows"
2009 Floored and Lifted Jade Episode: "Merde"
2010 Childrens Hospital Olga Episode: "Give a Painted Brother a Break"
2010 Good Guys, TheThe Good Guys Samantha Evans Main role
2011 Criminal Minds Lucy Episode: "Supply and Demand"
2011 Nikita Oksana Episode: "Fair Trade"
2012 Let's Big Happy Olive Main role
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anna Episode: "Acceptable Loss"
2013 I Am Victor Cucumber Television film
2014 Blue Bloods Frannie Ferguson Episode: "Custody Battle"
2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Alice Episodes: "Magical Thinking", "Show Stoppers"
2016–2022 Westworld Clementine Pennyfeather Main role
2019 Into the Dark Tatum Episode: "A Nasty Piece of Work"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Telling Lies Max

Music videos

Year Artists Song Notes
2000 Britney Spears "Stronger"
2017 Vance Joy Lay It On Me

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2009 *** Ed: The Series Stormy Web series

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Result Award Film/TV Refs
2017 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Westworld
2018 International Independent Film Awards Won Best Actress In A Supporting Role Pin-Up
IndieFEST Film Awards Won Best Supporting Actress
Global Film Festival Awards Won Best Supporting Actress

See also

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