1. Jaffrey was born in New York City, New York, the youngest daughter of Indian-born parents, actress and food and travel writer Madhur Jaffrey and actor Saeed Jaffrey.
2. Her parents divorced when she was three years old, and she grew up estranged from her father, who subsequently moved to the United Kingdom. She graduated from Vassar College in 1984.
3. She studied Mandarin Chinese at the college, originally planning to be a translator before she became an actress.
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5. In 2002, she appeared in The Truth About Charlie starring Mark Wahlberg.
6. She stars as Linda Vasquez, the White House Chief of Staff, in the Netflix series House of Cards .
7. In 2016 and 2017, she starred in the NBC TV show Timeless as an FBI agent named Denise Christopher.