Anna Khaja

ANNA KHAJA is the 2011 winner of the Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Play for Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto (also nominated for Best Production of the Year) which she wrote and performed in both LA and NY. Anna also played the “The Academic” in the U.S. Premiere of David Hare’s Stuff Happens at the Mark Taper Forum (Ovation Nomination). So controversial was her portrayal, the L.A. Times published a Special Opinion piece solely about her character and performance. In 2007, she originated the role of the Iraqi mother “Nerjas,” delivering a 45 minute monologue in the US Premiere of Canadian playwright Judith Thompson’s Palace Of The End. For her performance she received an LA Weekly Award for Solo Performance as well as a nomination for a Lead Actress Ovation Award. She has received outstanding notices from and features in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Backstage West, Backstage NYC, NYTheater.com, NPR/WNYC Radio, Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, Audrey Magazine and Variety. Anna first gained recognition on the big screen in King of California, as the unyielding but vulnerable cop who faces off with – and is eventually seduced by – Michael Douglas. Then, in six more features, Anna plays an eclectic mix of roles alongside Jim Carrey and Bradley Cooper (Yes Man), Chris McDonald (Reunion), JK Simmons and Alexis Bledel (Post Grad), Milo Ventimiglia (Order of Chaos). She recently shot California Solo with Robert Carlyle and Danny Masterson
as well as Admissions with James Cromwell – both due out in 2012. Her television appearances include The Closer, House M.D., Private Practice, This Might Hurt, Flash Forward, Numb3rs, Sleeper Cell, Dirt, Weeds and the new NBC half hour comedy, BENT. Watch for her recurring role on the upcoming season True Blood on HBO.

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