Sarah Shahi was born on January 10, 1980 in Euless, Texas. Her father is from Iran and her mother is Spanish. Her birth name Ahou means "gazzelle" in Persian. She is a descendant of Fath-Ali Shah Qajar of th Qajar Turk Dynasty who ruled Iran from 1797-1834. Her father's family left Iran two years before the Iranian Revolution. She grew up speaking Persian in addition to English. Her parents began entering her to beauty pageants at the age of 8 and they got divorced when she was 10. She is married to actor Steve Howey and they have a son William Wolf Howey born on July 8, 2009. Sarah played Kate Reed in the USA legal drama Fairly Legal from 2011-2012. She also appeared in supporting roles in The L Word and Life. She currently plays Sameen Shaw on Person of Interest.