Lavi at the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, 2012
|Born||(1986-10-27) October 27, 1986
Ramat Gan, Israel
|Alma mater||Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute|
Inbar Lavi (Hebrew: ענבר לביא, born October 27, 1986) is an Israeli-American actress. She is known for portraying Raviva on the 2012 MTV series Underemployed and Vee on the 2014 Fox television series Gang Related, and for her starring role in the 2017 Bravo television series Imposters.
Lavi was born and raised in Ramat Gan, Israel. Her parents are both Israeli-born. Her mother is of Moroccan-Jewish descent, while her father is of Polish-Jewish descent. As a child, she suffered from asthma, and had to use a nebulizer for 45 minutes at a time. During that time, she watched movies, and “fell in love with cinema”. One of her early inspirations was the performance of Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional. Another of her role models was Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer.
In 2004, at the age of 17, Lavi moved to New York City, where she performed in various off-Broadway productions. After eight months, she moved to Los Angeles, after being accepted with a full scholarship to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Among her earliest English-speaking roles was Cordelia in a 2006 production of King Lear, starring and directed by Tom Badal.
Starting in 2009, Lavi began making guest appearances on television shows including Entourage, The Closer, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami and In Plain Sight. She has also appeared in films including Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010), Street Kings 2: Motor City (2011) and House of Dust (2013).
Lavi starred in the 2012 MTV television series Underemployed as Raviva, a pregnant aspiring singer. She portrayed Veronica “Vee” Dotsen in the 2014 Fox television series Gang Related. She appeared in the seventh season of Sons of Anarchy as street prostitute Winsome.
In 2015 Lavi was cast in the lead role in the Bravo television series Imposters (originally titled My So Called Wife), playing “a Machiavellian con-artist and master of disguise”; the series premiered in February 2017. She was cast in the recurring role of Ravit Bivas, a highly-trained Israeli soldier, on the second season of the TNT naval drama The Last Ship in summer 2015. In 2016 Lavi joined the Prison Break revival in the role of Sheeba, a Yemeni activist.
|2010||Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire||Alana|
|2011||Street Kings 2: Motor City||Leilah Sullivan||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Getting That Girl||Jenna Jeffries|
|2012||For the Love of Money||Talia|
|2013||House of Dust||Emma|
|2015||Last Witch Hunter, TheThe Last Witch Hunter||Sonia|
|2008||Privileged||Fiona||Episode: “All about Honesty”|
|2009||Closer, TheThe Closer||Vanessa Almassian||Episode: “Maternal Instincts”|
|2009||Entourage||Sadie||Episode: “Security Briefs”|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Brianna||Episode: “See No Evil”|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Gina King||Episode: “The Performer”|
|2009||Crash||Sydney||Episode: “Master of Puppets”|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Maya Farooq||Episode: “Dishonor”|
|2010||In Plain Sight||Flora Montero||Episode: “A Priest Walks into a Bar”|
|2011||Charlie’s Angels||Dominique Berry||Episode: “Royal Angels”|
|2012||Immigrants||Miri Yechiel||Television film|
|2012||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Chastity/Heather Tile||Episode: “Strip Maul”|
|2014||Gang Related||Veronica “Vee” Dotsen||Main role|
|2014||Sons of Anarchy||Winsome||Episodes: “Greensleeves”, “Faith and Despondency”|
|2015||Castle||Farrah Darwaza||Episode: “In Plane Sight”|
|2015||Last Ship, TheThe Last Ship||Lt. Ravit Bivas||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2017||Prison Break: Resurrection||Sheba||Main role|