Layla Alizada is an Afghan actress, best known for playing Feda in Henry Hughes-directed short film ‘Day One’ which received a nomination at the ‘Academy Awards.’ After making her acting debut at a young age, Alizada went on to appear in popular television series, such as ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ‘The Muppets,’ ‘Shut Eye,’ and ‘Days of Our Lives.’ In 2004, she played an Afghan refugee named Meena in Don McBrearty-directed television movie ‘Chasing Freedom.’ Her role in the film earned her ‘Gracie Award’ for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Special’ and a nomination at the 2005 ‘Gemini Awards.’ Layla Alizada is active on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram where she has many followers. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California along with her husband Noel Fisher.
Childhood & Early Life
Layla Alizada was born on August 10, 1977, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Montreal, Canada where she spent most of her childhood. She then moved to Vancouver along with her family.
Alizada expressed interest in acting at a young age. She joined a drama club while studying in high school and took part in several school plays. At the age of 13, she was spotted by a talent agent who gave her an opportunity to audition for an acting role. Subsequently, she landed an important role in a Canadian TV show titled ‘KidZone.’
After appearing in ‘KidZone,’ she fell in love with acting and hence decided to pursue a career in the field of entertainment. She attended the prestigious theatre training school ‘Studio 58’ in Vancouver, Canada where she learned acting.
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Layla Alizada made her American television debut in 1995 when she was cast to play Carol in one of the episodes of ‘Fox’ network's mystery-drama series ‘Strange Luck.’ She made her film debut in the 1999 John McTiernan-directed historical fiction action film ‘The 13th Warrior.’ In the same year, she was also seen in a Canadian police procedural television series titled ‘Cold Squad.’
Alizada received her breakthrough role in 2004 when she was cast to play Meena in a television film titled ‘Chasing Freedom.’ She played an Afghan immigrant seeking asylum in the US and her performance earned her a nomination at the 2005 ‘Gemini Awards.’ She also won the ‘Gracie Award’ for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Special.’
In 2004, she was also seen in four television series, namely ‘Tru Calling,’ ‘The 4400,’ ‘Dead Like Me,’ and ‘Da Vinci's Inquest.’ She played Constable Gloria Walker in the Canadian dramatic television series ‘Da Vinci's Inquest’ in which she appeared in five episodes.
From 2005 to 2006, she played Rajni Haideri in four episodes of Canadian comedy-drama television series ‘Godiva's.’ While shooting for the series, she met Canadian actor Noel Fisher whom she would later marry. ‘Godiva's’ became a critical success and received several nominations at ‘Leo Awards,’ ‘Canadian Screen Awards,’ and ‘Gemini Awards.’
In 2006, she played Susan Watts in an episode titled ‘Bumped from the Ball’ in ‘CBC’ network's dramatic television series ‘Da Vinci's City Hall.’ In the same year, she played Officer Heiden in the American police procedural drama series ‘The Evidence.’
She played Lucy in the 2007 Ron Underwood-directed television movie ‘Holiday in Handcuffs.’ In 2011, she played the lead role of Shalini in Rahul Nath-directed drama film ‘Compromise.’ In the same year, she played another lead role in Jake Thornton-directed short film ‘Blood Soldiers: Interrogation.’
In 2012, Alizada played a minor role in an episode titled ‘Red is the New Black’ in the popular American drama television series ‘The Mentalist.’ She also played Mindy in the famous sitcom television series ‘Melissa & Joey.’ The following year, she played lead roles in a couple of short films, namely ‘Terp’ and ‘Son Simon.’
She landed the recurring role of Kelly in 2014 when she became part of the long-running American daytime soap opera ‘Days of Our Lives’ (DOOL). In 2015, she played Feda in Henry Hughes-directed short film ‘Day One.’ Her performance as an Afghan-American woman in ‘Day One’ earned her accolades from critics.
In 2015, she was cast to play Betty in five episodes of American television comedy series ‘The Muppets.’ She also played a minor role in one of the episodes of ‘TNT’ network's television series ‘Rizzoli & Isles.’ In 2016, she played Phoebe in ‘ABC’ network's crime-comedy-drama series ‘Castle’ and then played Deedee Willis in a science fiction crime drama series titled ‘Stitchers.’
In 2016, she was also cast to play Simza in a drama web television series titled ‘Shut Eye.’ She played the role from 2016 to 2017, appearing in 15 episodes. In 2017, she played Elena in four episodes of ‘NBC’ network's crime drama series ‘Taken.’
Family & Personal Life
Layla Alizada started dating Canadian actor Noel Fisher in 2005. She got engaged to him in 2014 and married him on July 15, 2017. Alizada and Fisher currently live in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Alizada has a penchant for languages and is fluent in Farsi, French, Turkish, and English. She learned these languages at a young age. She is also fond of animals and supports various organizations that strive towards protecting stray animals.
She is active on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram where she has thousands of followers. She often posts pictures depicting her personal life on her social media pages.