Aahoo Jahansouz "Sarah" Shahi Persian: آهو جهانسوز سارا شاهی (born January 10, 1980) is an American television actress and former NFL Cheerleader. She played Kate Reed in the USAlegal drama Fairly Legal from 2011-2012 and currently stars as Samantha Shaw on the CBS crime drama Person of Interest. She has also appeared as the female main role in Life, and in supporting roles in The L Word and Alias.
Shahi was born and grew up in Euless, Texas. She is the daughter of Mah Monir, an interior designer, and Abbas Jahansouz Shahi. Her father is from Iran, and her mother is from Spain.She has one older brother and a younger sister. Her father's family left Iran two years before the Iranian Revolution. Her birth name, Aahoo (Persian: آهو) means "gazelle" in Persian.She is a descendant of Fath-Ali Shah Qajar of the Qajar Dynasty, who ruled Iran from 1797-1834.
Shahi adopted Sarah as her name in second grade, after hearing the song "Sarah", because she was "tormented" by other children. At her father's behest she grew up speaking Persian, in addition to English. Shahi's parents began entering her in beauty pageants at the age of eight. Her parents divorced when she was 10. Shahi attended Trinity High School, where she was captain of the volleyball and basketball teams, and Dallas' Southern Methodist University, majoring in English and Theater. Shahi won the Miss Fort Worth pageant in 1997; hoping to become an actress, she joined the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 1999–2000 squad despite not having cheered before, and appeared on the cover of the squad's 2000 calendar before moving to Los Angeles.Shahi at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Television Festival
While working as an extra on the set of Dr. T and the Women in Texas, Shahi met director Robert Altman, who encouraged her to move to Hollywood, where she received roles in several series, including Alias, Dawson's Creek, Reba, and Supernatural. She may be best known for her role as DJ Carmen de la Pica Morales on The L Word, which she joined in its second season. Shahi did not renew her contract with the series for the fourth season, and consequently her character was written out. She also played Farah in the second season of Sleeper Cell, and also appeared in HBO's The Sopranos, in the Season 6b episode "Kennedy and Heidi" as "Sonya Aragon", a stripper and college student who spends a weekend with Tony after a death in his family.
In October 2009, Shahi landed the lead role in the USA Network pilot, Facing Kate. Shahi began filming in November 2009. The show follows the life of Kate Reed, a legal mediator who is frustrated with the bureaucracy and injustice she witnesses in the legal system. The series title was later changed to Fairly Legal. The show was cancelled after two seasons in November 2012.
Shahi was cast as a recurring love interest for Taylor Kinney's character Lt. Kelly Severide on NBC's show Chicago Fire in October, 2012. She was also cast as the possibly recurring character of Sam Shaw on Person of Interest. She was featured in the sixteenth episode of the second season, "Relevance", which aired in February 2013. In May, 2013 CBS PresidentNina Tassler announced that Shahi would be added as a series regular for its third season.
Shahi was named no. 90 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list; she moved up to no. 66 in 2006  and rose to no. 36 in 2012. She appeared on the cover of Maxim's 2012 'TV's Hottest Girls' Issue in October 2012. She ranked no. 5 on the AfterEllen.com hot list in 2007.
|2000||Dr. T and the Women||Cheerleader||Uncredited|
|2003||Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde||Becky, Delta Nu sister||Uncredited|
|2005||A Lot Like Love||Starlet|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Sanchez|
|2006||The Dog Problem||Candy|
|2007||Rush Hour 3||Zoe||Uncredited|
|2008||Shades of Ray||Sana Khaliq|
|2009||Crossing Over||Pooneh Baraheri|
|2011||East Fifth Bliss||Hattie Skunk / Hattie Rockworth|
|2011||I Don't Know How She Does It||Janine LoPietro|
|2013||Bullet to the Head||Lisa|
|2013||Road to Paloma||Eva|
|2013||The Adventures of Beatle||Carla|
|2000||City Guys||Cheerleader||Episode: "Shock Treatment"|
|2000||Spin City||Bachelorette||Episode: "Blind Faith"|
|2001||Boston Public||Laura||Episode: "Chapter Eleven"|
|2001||Off Centre||Angelica||Episode: "A Cute Triangle"|
|2001||Maybe It's Me||Rosa||Episode: "The Exchange-Student Episode"|
|2001–2002||Alias||Jenny||Episodes: "So It Begins", "A Broken Heart", "Reckoning", "Color Blind", "Spirit", "The Box: Part 1", and "Page 47"|
|2002||Class of ‘06||Meg||Television film|
|2002||My Adventures in Television||TV Diva||Episode: "The Chinese Baby"|
|2003||Frasier||Reservationist||Episode: "Door Jam"|
|2003||Dawson's Creek||Sadie Shaw / Mystery Girl||Episodes: "Catch-22", "Sex and Violence", and "All the Right Moves"|
|2003||ER||Tara King||Episode: "The Greater Good"|
|2004||Century City||Ms. Morris||Episode: "Sweet Child of Mine"|
|2004–2007||Reba||Bridget / Kate||Episodes: "Cheyenne‘s Rival" and "To Tell You the Truth"|
|2005||Plan B||Bronwyn||Television film|
|2005||Supernatural||Constance Welch / The Woman in White||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2005–2009||The L Word||Carmen de la Pica Morales||Supporting Role character in 26 (of 70) episodes|
|2005||The Drop||Herself||Episode: "2.49"|
|2006||Sleeper Cell||Farrah||Episodes: "Faith" and "Torture"|
|2007||The Sopranos||Sonya Aragon||Episode: "Kennedy and Heidi"|
|2007–2009||Life||Dani Reese||Main character|
|2010||Psych||Ruby||Episode: "Thrill Seekers and Hell Raisers"|
|2011–2012||Fairly Legal||Kate Reed||Main character|
|2011||Young Justice||Killer Frost||Episode: "Terrors"|
|2012-2013||Chicago Fire||Renee Royce||7 episodes|
|2013–present||Person of Interest||Samantha Shaw||Episodes: "Relevance", "Trojan Horse", "Zero Day" and "God Mode"; promoted to regular for the third season |