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Kathreen Khavari is an American actress, writer, and producer who first gained attention[1] when her sketch Brain of Terror, in which she played eleven different characters, went viral after it was featured on Upworthy.[2] She's best known for her role as Issa Rae's co-worker Patricia on HBO's Insecure, Samantha on HBO's Big Little Lies, and for voicing Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) in Avengers Assemble on Disney XD.[3][4][5]

Kathreen Khavari
Kathreen Khavari by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Khavari at the 2019 WonderCon
Oakland, California, United States
OccupationActress, writer, producer, voice actress


Early lifeEdit

Khavari was born and raised in Oakland, California to Iranian immigrant parents. After graduating from Skyline High School, she attended the University of California, Berkeley, studying public health, then later earned a Master's degree from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in Control of Infectious Diseases.[6]

Career and activismEdit

Khavari realized her childhood passion of acting was unwavering, and upon returning home from London, she took small acting jobs while working in the public health field.[7]

In response to Trump's "Muslim Ban," Khavari made headlines at the premier of Big Little Lies when she wore a dress that read "My Iranian Mother Teaches Your Kids How to Read".[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Khavari's satirical sketches, which she posts to her YouTube channel Brain of Terror, touch on various social justice issues, including gun control, Islamophobia, women's reproductive rights, and police brutality against black men in America.[14][15]


  1. ^ King, Jamilah. "Iranian-American Actress Gets Fed Up With Hollywood's Racism". Color Lines. Race Forward. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Lamour, Joseph. "This actress is having the most entertaining identity crisis I've seen in a while". Upworthy. Upworthy. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Women of Marvel Podcast Kat Khavari". Marvel.
  4. ^ Damore, Meagan. "NYCC: Marvel Animation Promises More Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, Venom". CBR. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Dietsch, TJ. "'MARVEL'S AVENGERS: ULTRON REVOLUTION' PLUNGES INTO CIVIL WAR". Marvel. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Episode 12: The Importance of Persistence in Acting and Business with Kathreen Khavari". The Asian American Voice.
  7. ^ Khavari, Kathreen. "Author Kathreen Khavari". Huffington Post.
  8. ^ Jensen, Erin. "Reese Witherspoon, daughter Ava Phillippe are twins at 'Big Little Lies' premiere". USA Today. USA Today. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  9. ^ Patel, Arti. "Actress Kathreen Khavari Has A Pretty Blunt Message For Trump On Her Dress". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Michallon, Clemence. "'My Iranian immigrant mother teaches your kids how to read': Big Little Lies star wears powerful message against President Trump's travel ban on her dress at show's star-studded premiere". Daily Mail. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Ongley, Hannah. "Actress Kathreen Khavari Wears a Bold Political Message To Her Latest Premiere". i-D. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  12. ^ Fuller, Gillian. "Kathreen Khavari of 'Big Little Lies' Wore a Scathing Anti-Trump Dress on the Red Carpet". Allure. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  13. ^ Wood, Zoe. "The fashion world speaks out: 'Without immigration, we'd be selling potato sacks'". The Guardian. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  14. ^ Aran, Isha. "The voice of Ms. Marvel is a superhero in her own right". Splinter News. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  15. ^ Sayed, Kelli. "Muslim Ms. Marvel Issues Reigh of Terror". Alt Muslimah. Retrieved November 7, 2016.

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