Janina Gavankar is a popular American actress. She is famous for providing her voice to ‘FERO’, one of the lead characters in ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ promo event –‘Hunt the Truth'.
Date of birth
Janina Gavankar was born as Janina Zione Gavankar on November 29, 1980 in Joliet, Illinois, USA.
Her father Peter Ganesh was an engineer from Pune, Maharashtra. Her mother, Mohra Gavankar is half-Dutch and half-Indian. She has a sister named Sonya Gavankar who is a world famous journalist as well as the former Miss District of Columbia (1997). Janina is also a grandniece of documentary editor Sadanand Desai and sound recordist Mangesh Desai, and great grandniece of music composer/director Vasant Desai.
She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Janina Gavankar started her acting career in 2001. She first appeared in ‘Why Is God’ followed by MGM’s ‘Barbershop’.
In 2006, she joined the cast of ‘Ms. Dewey’. A year later, she was offered the TV series ‘The L Word’ where she portrayed the character of Papi.
After this, she appeared in a number of television shows till 2009. The actress did ‘Shattered’, ‘Factory’, ‘My Boys’, ‘Stargate Atlantis’, ‘Grey's Anatomy’ and ‘NCIS’.
Gavankar got featured in the series ‘Dollhouse’, ‘The Cleaner’, ‘Three Rivers’ and ‘The League’ in 2009. She also provided her voice to the character of Nikki in the animated flick ‘Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey’ and did the independent movie ‘Indian Gangster’ that year.
Soon after this, she was cast as Shivakamini Somakandarkram for the television series ‘The League’ which ran from 2009–15.
In the year 2011, Gavankar became a part of several acting projects. She did the independent movies ‘The Custom Mary’, ‘Victory or Death’ and ‘Satellite of Love’. She got featured in the TV series ‘Traffic Light’, ‘The Exes’, ‘Attack of the Show’ and ‘True Blood’. The American actress also started doing work on ‘Funny or Die shorts’ that year.
The following year, she joined the team of the TV series ‘Arrow’, to play the role of Mckenna Hall.
In 2013, Gavankar acted as Qetsiyah/Tessa in the series ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and as Hannah in the series ‘The Goodwin Games’. That year, she also did a few web series namely ‘Just Face It’, ‘The N&N Files’ and ‘Husbands’.
A year later, the American multitalented star got featured in the TV series ‘Garfunkel and Oates’ as Dr. Sharma. She also began portraying the character of Meredith Bose on series ‘The Mysteries of Laura’ from that year onward till 2016.
In the year 2017, Gavankar was cast as Diana Thomas in the TV series ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and as Gina in ‘Sidney Hall’.
Janina Gavankar contributed to the cover of Kanye West's track ‘Love Lockdown’. Besides this, she has played marimba and provided vocals for many film scores. She also got featured in the music videos of Ella Leya and San Francisco-based music group Recliner.
In 2011, she developed a free template for Hollywood people to help them control their presence on social media.
In 2012, Janina Gavankar lent her voice to various characters of the web series ‘Do's and Don't’. She also acted in the web series ‘The Q Side’ and ‘Squad 85’ that year. During that time, she released the single for her EP titled ‘Waiting for Godot’ as well.
In 2015, she lent her voice to ‘FERO’, one of the lead characters in ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ promo event –‘Hunt the Truth’. The same year, she also performed percussion duet at the Carnegie Hall for ‘Best Buddies’ charity benefit. Her music video ‘Don't Look Down-#JustAddDrumCorps Edition’ was also released during same year.
Awards and Nominations
Janina Gavankar was nominated for an ‘Asian Excellence Award’ in the year 2008.
In 2012, she was awarded with the ‘Gravity Summit Award’ under the category Excellence in Social Media.