Azie Tesfai

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Azie Tesfai is an American actress and entrepreneur.

She is known for her television roles, including Jane The Virgin.

Early life and education[edit]

Tesfai was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Eritrean immigrants.[1] She is an only child. Tesfai received a degree in business administration from UC Berkeley.[citation needed] While at Berkeley she began attending auditions and acting classes.[2]


Tesfai's first role was Cherry Milton in Wicked Wicked Games on FOX, where she appeared in 30 episodes over two seasons. She has appeared in Melrose Place, Law & Order: SVU, Franklin & Bash and Royal Pains. In 2014 she was cast as recurring detective Nadine Hanson in the CW's Jane The Virgin. She appeared in season 3 of Silicon Valley in 2016.

She was cast as Kelly Olsen, the sister of DC Comics character James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), on the fourth season of The CW series Supergirl.[3] Prior to her debut appearance in the fourth season, it was announced that Tesfai would be promoted to series regular for the fifth season.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2006-2007 Wicked Wicked Games Cherry Milton Main (30 episodes)
2007 Sands of Oblivion Jamie (TV Movie)
2008 The Cleaner Ananda Guest (1 episode)
2009 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead Zadeska (Movie)
Sutures Kristen (Movie)
2009-2010 Melrose Place Nurse Mandy Guest (3 episodes)
2010 Acts of Violence Betsy (Movie)
15 Minutes Arora (TV Movie)
Nathan vs. Nurture Julie (TV Movie)
2011 Two for Hollywood Vicky (Short)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kendra Guest (1 episode)
2012 Harry's Law Debbie Guest (1 episode)
This American Housewife Nellie Swift Guest (1 episode)
Breakout Kings Chelsea Guest (2 episodes)
2014 Franklin & Bash Meg Guest (4 episodes)
Backlash Michelle (Short)
2014-2016 Jane The Virgin Nadine Hanson Recurring (21 episodes, Seasons 1-2)
2015 Me Him Her Kempy Blook (Movie)
A Kind of Magic Lacy (Movie)
Home & Family Unknown Guest (1 episode)
Royal Pains Aubrey Wolfhouse Guest (1 episode)
2016 Silicon Valley Dawn Simon Guest (1 episode)
Powers Dr. Michelle Marrs Recurring (2 episodes)
Rosewood Lil Kim Guest (1 episode)
Superstore Naomi Guest (1 episode)
2017 Knock Knock Head Lock Misty Copeland (Short)
The Real O'Neals Heather Guest (1 episode)
Ghosted Kirsten Guest (1 episode)
2017-2018 NCIS: Los Angeles Dana King Guest (2 episodes)
2018 The Kominsky Method Lynda Guest (2 episodes)
2019-present Supergirl Kelly Olsen Recurring (Season 4)
Main (Season 5)

Fortuned Culture[edit]

Tesfai founded jewelry company Fortuned Culture in Los Angeles.[5] Proceeds from sales help children in developing countries like Mexico, Ethiopia and Cambodia.[6]


  1. ^ Sprankles, Julie (31 January 2015). "Jane the Virgin's Azie Tesfai opens up about the reality of living in a third-world country". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  2. ^ Editor, Adrian Gomez. "Azie Tesfai finds strength, soul in 'Jane the Virgin'". Retrieved 10 April 2019. Text " Journal Arts and Entertainment" ignored (help)
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (October 19, 2018). "'Supergirl': Azie Tesfai To Play James Olsen's Sister On the CW's DC Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (March 15, 2019). "'Supergirl': Azie Tesfai Upped To Series Regular For Season 5". Deadline. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Own 'Jane the Virgin' Star's Handmade Jewelry, Help Kids in Five Countries". TakePart. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  6. ^ "WELCOME TO FORTUNED CULTURE". Retrieved 10 April 2019.