Zehra Fazal
NationalityAmerican
OccupationVoice actress
Years active2007–present

Zehra Fazal is an American voice actress, known for voicing Nadia Rizavi in Voltron: Legendary Defender and Halo and Bluebird in Young Justice: Outsiders.[1][2][3] Greg Weisman, the co-creator of Young Justice: Outsiders said "I wrote the role with her in mind. She plays Halo, but she also plays about a dozen other characters."[4]

Career

Prior to her voice acting career, Fazal, who is Muslim-American and of Pakistani descent, was known for her irreverent comedy often poking fun at Muslim identity.[5] Her one-woman musical comedy show Headscarf and the Angry Bitch which she described as partly fictional and partly autobiographical, created Muslim parodies of holiday comedy songs The Ramadan Song instead of The Hanukkah Song and discussed living in America with a "hyphenated identity."[6][7] Fazal, who self describes as "the Muslim Weird Al", explains that the show explores the fact that "the definition of what it is to be Muslim is expanding and it's okay to be vocal about it."[8][9] She created the show's character, Zed Headscarf, as "her tougher, bolder, prouder side" partly in response to post-9/11 Islamaphobia she encountered.[10] Her performance won the "best solo performance award" at the Capital Fringe Festival in 2009 and was sold out throughout its New York International Fringe Festival run in 2010.[11][12]

Fazal has also portrayed Adolf Hitler in an adaptation of Yukio Mishima’s play, My Friend Hitler.[13] She studied with Japan’s Takarazuka Revue Company as a research intern in 2004. On her return to the U.S., she translated and staged Takarazuka Revue's The Rose of Versailles at Wellesley College where she was a student.[14] Fazal explains "I have a knack for taking something that already exists and making it fit into a new mold."[14] Fazal also protrayed doctor Amanda Jain in the video comedy series F#@K I Love U.

Personal life

Fazal has a B.A. from Wellesley College.[15] She speaks Japanese, French and Urdu.[16] Fazal is a passionate supporter of Paani Project, a nonprofit that works with community partners and institutions in the United States and Pakistan to help alleviate clean water inaccessibility, advocate for gender equity, and address a variety of pressing health disparities in rural South Asian communities.[17]

As a kid, she was a fan of the Disney animated show Darkwing Duck; she drew on inspiration on the titular character for her performance as General Yunan on Disney's Amphibia.[18]

Filmography

Animation

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source
2018 Voltron: Legendary Defender Nadia Rizavi, Hunk’s Mother [1][19]
2018–present Craig of the Creek Faraday, Shannon, Aggie (The Squashinator) [20][21]
2019 Young Justice: Outsiders Halo, Cassandra Savage, Harper Row, Hawkwoman, Lian Nguyen-Harper, Windfall, Trajectory, Antonia "Big Words" Rodriguez, Madia Daou, Evelyn Fox [22][23][24][25]
2019 Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Celine Starburst, Timpani [22][16]
2019 Pinky Malinky Aisha Episode: "Advanced" [22][26]
2019–20 She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Mara 4 episodes [27]
2019–21 Big Hero 6: The Series Basemax, Officer Flynn [22][28]
2019 Bojack Horseman Demi, Ilana and Ilana Episode: “Surprise!” [29][30][31]
2020 Glitch Techs Zahra, Sabrina [32]
2020 Where’s Waldo? Film Director Episode: “Mumbai Dance Party” [33]
2020–2022 Amphibia General Yunan 5 episodes [34]
2020 Vampirina Dr. Millweed [35]

Web series

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source
2018-2019 Kuroba Mari 1st Voice [36]

Film

List of voice performances in film
Year Title Role Notes Source
2018 The Laws of the Universe Part I Zamza English dub [37]
2020 Batman: Death in the Family Talia al Ghul Direct-to-video [38]
2022 Catwoman: Hunted Talia al Ghul, Nosferata Direct-to-video

Video games

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source
2016 Blade & Soul Soha, Jinsoyung, Sunyung English dub [16]
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End French Auction Guest, Additional voices [22][16]
2016 Titanfall 2 Lifeboat & Systems AI [22][2]
2017 Final Fantasy XV Townspeople English dub [16]
2019 Apex Legends AI announcer, Narrator [22][39]
2019 Crackdown 3 Additional voices [40]
2019 League of Legends Kayle [41]
2019 Fallout 76: Wild Appalachia ARIC-4, Nia [42]
2019 Eliza Rae [43][44]
2019 Until You Fall Runesmith [45]
2019 Borderlands 3 Amara [22][46]
2019 Rage 2: Rise of the Ghosts Eden HQ AI, Metro Station Guard, Metro Station Civilian [47][48]
2019 Destiny 2: Shadowkeep [49]
2019 Indivisible Thorani [22][50][51]
2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Ousa [22]
2019 Shenmue III Li Feng, Niao Sun English dub [22][52]
2020 Maneater Female NPCs [22]
2020 Destiny 2: Beyond Light Guardian: Exo Female [53]
2021 Legends of Runeterra Taliyah [54]
2021 Shin Megami Tensei V Cleopatra [55]
2022 Marvel's Avengers Jane Foster / The Mighty Thor [56]

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated for Result Ref.
2019 Voice Arts Awards Outstanding Promo Campaign - TV or Web, Best Voiceover Fox Sports FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Nominated

[57][58][59]

Outstanding Animation Character - TV or Web, Best Voiceover Young Justice Outsiders - Halo Won
Outstanding Body of Work, Best Voice Actor N/A Won

References

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  20. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "So excited to share that my first episode of Craig of the Creek is now airing on Cartoon Network! You can always count on my girl Faraday…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  21. ^ "Zehra Fazal's Instagram profile post: "New episodes of #CraigoftheCreek are airing on @cartoonnetworkofficial! Love playing The Squashinator. So much fun singing her operatic…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
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  26. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "New episodes of #PinkyMalinky are now streaming on #Netflix, and you can catch me voicing this bright and passionate gal, Aisha!…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  27. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "FOR THE HONOR OF GRAYSKULL! I'm thrilled to join the PHENOMENAL cast of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Season 3 now streaming on…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
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  29. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "🎶 Back in the '19...I was in a very famous tv showwww 🎶 I've been a HUGE fan of @bojackhorseman since it's [sic] first season and I can't…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
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  32. ^ Milano, Dan [@DanMilano] (2020-01-22). "FINALLY its the main cast of #GlitchTechs Ricardo Hurtado as High Five, Monica Ray as Miko, Luke Youngblood as Mitch, Sandeep Parikh as Haneesh, Zehra Fazal as Zahra, Josh Sussman as Bergy, Eric Lopez as Papi, me as BITT and Scott Kreamer as Phil with many more! t.co/PodevL7jlH" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2021-06-14 – via Twitter.
  33. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "I'm told the new episodes of #WheresWaldo are only available on NBC's new streaming service the Peacock...which is only available to a…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  34. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "Did you catch my #Amphibia debut last night? I love this gal so much. Now if only I could recall her name... #amphibia #generalyunnan…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  35. ^ "Zehra Fazal (@zehrafazal) posted on Instagram: "That time I gave @iamwandasykes a lollipop. Thanks for having me on to play, Vampirina! 🍭🧛♀️🦇 #vampirina #disney #disneyjr #animated…" • Oct 14, 2020 at 6:29pm UTC". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
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  40. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "Friday BOOM! 💥 ⠀ ⠀ Crackdown 3, starring the singular @terrycrews, is out today. You'll hear me screaming my head off in there somewhere.…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  41. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "THE UNRIGHTEOUS WILL BURN! So freaking stoked to join the @leagueoflegends family. Teaser of the Kayle and Morgana rework featuring the…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
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  46. ^ Fazal, Zehra [@ZehraFazal] (2019-05-01). "Well, the biceps are out of the bag...I'm thrilled to announce I play Amara the Siren in #Borderlands3! Congratulations to the team at @Borderlands and @GearboxOfficial for a job well done! Honored to help bring your badass desi siren to life. t.co/gZhoaSDbEq" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2021-02-08. Retrieved 2021-06-14 – via Twitter.
  47. ^ Fazal, Zehra [@ZehraFazal] (2019-10-22). "Had a blast doing some additional voices for the new @rage 2 DLC Rise of the Ghosts! #rage2 t.co/TZkTyVTCQ9" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2019-11-12. Retrieved 2021-06-14 – via Twitter.
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  54. ^ Legends of Runeterra [@PlayRuneterra] (2021-02-22). "We love working with @ericalindbeck - you'll hear her voice all over LoR. However, we made the decision to recast Taliyah's voice actor to the extremely talented @ZehraFazal to remain as authentic to her character and heritage as possible" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2021-06-14 – via Twitter.
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  56. ^ "Marvel's Avengers on Twitter: "Please give a hearty welcome to @ZehraFazal, the voice of our Jane Foster: the Mighty Thor!". Twitter. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
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