Janina Gavankar
Janina Gavankar
Joliet, Illinois
November 29, 1980

Janina Gavankar plays Leigh in The Gates, a television series that explores the many mysteries housed in an exclusive gated community. As a police officer, Leigh is sharp, focused and good at her job. However, when it comes to matters of the heart, she's suffered from some really bad luck.

Gavankar is best known for her role as the promiscuous Papi in "The L Word." Other television credits include "Stargate Atlantis," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Cleaner," "Dollhouse," "NCIS" and "Three Rivers." She also appeared in an ad campaign for Microsoft, playing Ms. Dewey in a 2006 promotion for the interactive search engine,

A native of Joliet, Illinois, Gavankar is an accomplished pianist, vocalist and orchestral percussionist. Once a member of the girl group Endera, she has had several of her songs licensed for various films and television series.