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Nazneen Contractor Biography

Birth Place:
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Fast Facts

  • Born into the religion of Zoroastrianism
  • Traveled extensively during her childhood because of her father's work, living in India, Nigeria and London before her family settled in Toronto when she was 10
  • Trained as a classical ballerina as a teenager, before deciding to become an actor at age 16
  • Dropped out of university after going to an open audition for the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where she landed the lead role in the play Pericles
  • Enrolled in Stratford's conservatory program before joining the company in the role of Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Met her future husband, actor Carlo Rota, on the set of Relic Hunter in 2001; the pair both starred in 24, though in separate seasons
  • Supports the homeless charity Second Harvest, Toronto, and Look Good Feel Better, which supports women with cancer