The daughter of a German mother and Indian father, actress Navi Rawat grew up in California before moving to New York to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her first big break came in 2003, when she won the recurring role of Theresa Diaz on the hit series The O.C. Later that same year, she appeared in the critically acclaimed film House of Sand and Fog, but she would become even more well known to audiences in 2005, when she was cast as Amita Ramanujan on the procedural show Numb3rs.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Is a self-proclaimed bookworm who originally wanted to be a writer.
- Big break came when she was cast as a drug lord's girlfriend on the first season of 24.
- Played Ben Kingsley's daughter in 2003's House of Sand and Fog.
- Had a recurring role on Fox's soap-drama The O.C. in the early 2000s as sometime girlfriend of Ryan Atwood (series star Benjamin McKenzie).
- The New York Daily News named her a "Hot Face to Watch" in 2005.
- Her O.C. character, Theresa, coped with an unexpected pregnancy on the show and Rawat, during her time on the show, made a point of speaking out on the very topic that plot development highlighted: the consequences of unwise choices among teens.
- Played math expert Amita Ramanujan on the CBS crime drama NUMB3RS, which aired from 2005 to 2010.
- Appeared on the popular USA Network drama Burn Notice in 2010 as a mystery woman who gets close to lead character Michael Western (series star Jeffrey Donovan). As Rawat has lived in Miami, she kidded to TVGuide.com that she was able to give restaurant tips to the cast, as the series is filmed there.