Andrea Gabriel is an American actress best known for her recurring role as Nadia, Sayid's former childhood friend and long lost love, on the television drama series Lost, from 2004-2010.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Manhattan, Gabriel made her screen debut at the age of seven in a guest episode of the soapie All My Children, in 1986.
Her next screen appearance was nine years later, in an episode of Another World.
Born to two soap opera actors, Gabriel claims she always wanted to be an actress, especially after she saw the Broadway production of Les Miserables.
Most of her early career was spent in theatre, primarily in shows off-off-Broadway. Her first off-Broadway play was It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To, starring F. Murray Abraham.
She originated the role of Teresa in David Rabe's play The Dog Problem and played a royal Turkish girl circa 1918 in Pera Palas.
In 1996 she appeared in an episode of Saturday Night Live and in the same year had another soapie guest appearance, this time on Guiding Light.
She played a minor role on the 1999 episode of Law & Order entitled "Sundown" (Season 10, Episode 9) and in 2002 made her feature film debut in Hyper.
In 2003 she played the role of Regina Bonfiglio in the episode of Strong Medicine entitled "PMS, Lies and Red Tape" (Season 3, Episode 16).
The following year she acted in the made-for-TV movie Foster Hall (2004) and later that year portrayed her first Iraqi role on JAG; a young mother giving testimony about the Americans bombing of a residential area in Iraq, which according to Gabriel set the stage for the role of Nadia on Lost.
She first appeared on Lost in a Sayid flashback in the episode entitled "Solitary" (Season 1, Episode 9). Since then she has appeared in five more episodes, across all three seasons to date.
In 2006 Gabriel made guest appearances in episodes of Criminal Minds and Just Legal.
She currently lives in Los Angeles.