Angel Desai returns to CBS with “FBI: Most Wanted,” described as a high-stakes drama that focuses on the Fugitive Task Force, which relentlessly tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the Bureau’s Most Wanted list.
Desai was recently seen as Dr. Beth Tanaka in CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans.” In “FBI: Most Wanted,” Desai plays the role of nurse Augustin.
Accrding to her IMBd profile, Desai, whose father is Indian and mother is Filipino, was born in Philadelphia, PA where her father and mother met while completing their medical training. The family moved to Riverdale in the Bronx, and then to Binghamton, New York where she was raised.
An accomplished musician, Desai started studying music at age four, piano from age six, and violin from age nine. She participated extensively in musical programs at Binghamton High School, including serving as concert mistress of the orchestra and as the solo vocalist in the jazz band.
She attended Oberlin College, majoring in biopsychology and psychology, and was very active in the Conservatory, including as a member of the Oberlin Orchestra and as the vocal soloist with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble. She obtained her MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program.
Desai got her television break on “Law & Order” in 1990, with a guest starring role, and was thereafter brought back for several guest appearances on the show and two of its spin-offs. She has since had recurring roles on “Damage” (2007), “The Event” (2010), “Dollhouse” (2009), and “Kings” (2009) and guest appearances on “Being Mary Jane” (2013), “Do No Harm” (2013), “The Good Wife” (2009) and “Eleventh Hour” (2008), among others. Her film credits include “Heights” (2005), “Black Knight” (2001), “Robot Stories” (2003), and “The War Within” (2005).
She has been cast in several world premieres, including works by David Schulner, Sunil Kuruvilla, Karen Hartman and Charles Fuller. In 2006, Desai played Marta in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Company.”
Desai has also been a soloist in several concerts and benefits, including the 2011 Lincoln Center Benefit for the Philippine Development Foundation and the 2011 International Theater Festival in Bucharest, Romania. Her jazz quartet, the Angel Desai/Oscar Perez Quartet, has performed in several venues around New York.
She is a founding member of AAPAC, the Asian American Performers Action Coalition, dedicated to expanding the perception of Asian American performers in order to increase their access to and representation on New York Stages. She volunteers with the 52nd St Project, a non-profit organization in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York which provides theatrical education and opportunities for the children of that neighborhood.