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Nazneen Contractor

Nazneen Contractor is a well-known actress from Canada. Moreover, Nazneen Contractor is best known for her role as Layla Hourani on CBC’s “The Border,” and as Kayla Hassan on “24” in 2010.

Early Life

On the 26th of August 1982, in Bombay, Maharashtra, India, Nazneen Contractor was born. As of now, she is 41 years old and holds Canadian nationality. Similarly, she has a zodiac sign of Virgo and she has her belief in the Parsi (Zoroastrianism) religion. In addition, she belongs to the Parsi ethnicity.

She is the daughter of Yasmin Contractor (mother) while her father’s name is still unknown. She was raised along with her elder brother whose name is unknown.

When she was just 7 years old, her family moved to Nigeria and finally settled in Toronto, she spent the majority of her childhood and young adulthood. Sadly, her father died in the year 2011.

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Caption: Nazneen Contractor’s childhood photo with her parents and her brother (Source: Instagram)


Talking about her early education, she might have attended a local junior school in Mumbai. After moving to Canada, she might have completed her middle school education at a local middle school in Toronto.

After that, she enrolled herself at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto. For over 10 years, she attended dance classes and in 1998, she decided to switch her interest. Moreover, she did a BA in drama from the University of Toronto, after which she also majored in stage drama.

Professional Career


During his first years of college, Nazneen Contractor learned about auditions at Stratford Shakespeare Festival and auditioned for “Pericles.” She did not think much and auditions for it and got selected to perform the lead role.

Talking about her professional acting career,  she began her acting journey in the 2000 science fiction television series “Starhunter” portraying the role of Ire in the episodes of Siren’s Song. The next year, she played the role of Princess Alia in the 2001 TV series “Relic Hunter” appearing in the episode of The Star of Nadir.

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Caption: Nazneen Contractor in the Canadian drama series, The Border (Source: Fanart. tv)

In 2002, she played the role of Shima in the television film “The Matthew Shepherd Story.” That same year, she appeared in the television series “Street Time.”  She played the role of Blanca in the 2008 television film “Othello the Tragedy of the Moor.” She acted in the main role of Layla Hourani in the Canadian drama “The Border” (2008-2009). In 2010, she played the recurring role of Kayla Hassan in the American action drama television series “24.”

From 2011 to 2017, she appeared in several television series and television films. “The Paul Reiser Show” (2012) as Kuma D’Bu, “XIII: The Series” (2012) as Elsy, “Revenge” (2013-2014) as Jess, “Bones” (2014) as Sari Nazeri, “Person of Interest” (2014) as Maria Martinez, “Castle” (2015) as Layla Nazif, “The Carmichael Show” (2016), and “Major Crimes” (2017).

Recent television works

In the 2017 animated series “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters” he lent his voice to the main character Riya Dashti/Blindstrike. From 2017 to 2019, this actress played the main role of Zara Hallam in the television series named “Ransom.” In the American 3D animated comic science fiction television series “Star Wars Resistance”(2018-2020), she lent her voice to the character Synara San.

Later, she appeared as Nahla Nasar in the episode of Assumption in the 2019 American crime drama television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In the 2020 science fiction television series “The Expanse” she appeared in the episode of Churn, portraying the role of Ashanti Avasaral.

Her recent works in 2022 include; “Letterkenny (TV series)” as Professor Tricia, “Children Ruin Everything” as Dawn, “The Perfect Pairing (TV movie)” as Cristina, and “Scentsational Christmas (TV movie)” as Ellie.


She made her film debut in Alex Wright’s 2011 horror thriller film, “Seance: The Summoning” where she portrayed the role of Eva. Next year, he appeared in another movie “Pegasus vs. Chimera” (2012) portraying the role of Philony. Similarly, she portrayed the role of Rima Harewood in the 2013 science fiction action movie “Star Trek Into Darkness” directed by J.J. Abrams.

In 2017, she landed in two movies; “Tiny House of Terror” portraying the role of Jackie, and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”  playing the role of Melina Nassour (Ass’t. D.A.). Recently in 2021, she appeared in two movies; “Trigger Point” and “Spiral” portraying the role of Chada. She has also lent her voice to the character Jade/various others in the 2015 video game “Dying Light.”


In 2012, she won the Grand Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the movie “Seance: The Summoning.” Other than this, she has not yet earned or won any awards or gotten any nominations.

Nazneen Contractor – Net Worth 2024

From her acting career, she has earned a huge sum of money in her profession. As of 2024, her net worth is estimated at around $5 million and she makes a sum amount of money through her acting roles. However, his salary and income are still under review.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Nazneen Contractor with her family (Source: Instagram)

Coming toward her personal life, Nazneen Contractor married Canadian actor, Carlo Rota on the 1st of April 2010. With the marriage, the couple has two kids, whose names are Avalucia and Darius. The family lives a happy life and there is no sign of their separation at the moment. Similarly, this celeb is out of any kind of controversy and has a clean image.

Body Measurements

Following her body measurement, Nazneen Contractor stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 56 kg. Moreover, she has brown eyes with black hair, and her body measurement measures 34-24-34 inches. She wears a bra size of 34B (US) and a dress size of 6 (US).

Nazneen Contractor – Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@msnazneencontractor’ there are over 13.1k followers. Likewise, there are over 5.3k followers on her Twitter page ‘@MsNazContractor’ and over 1.2k followers on her Facebook page.