Sheilah Shah is a film and television actress, best known for her appearances in The WiseGuys, The Tortured and the Saw franchise.

She played Special Agent Cowan in Saw V.

Early Life

Sheila Shah grew up in Montreal, Canada, and relocated to Toronto when she was 13 years old. Sheila speaks fluent Farsi, French and English. Shah's true calling was evident throughout her early years, from dance performances to theatre and modeling, and in 2001, she won the title of Miss Iran, Canada. Late in 2007, she decided to relocate to Los Angeles to finally pursue acting full time.

The sister of twin brothers, one with cerebral palsy, Shah has become the Ambassador of March of Dimes and helped create awareness for the disease. She is also an Advocate for CARE to help fight poverty by empowering women and girls and has also helped other organization such as the David Lynch Foundation and Go Campaign.

Prior to dedicating herself to acting and having come from conservative parents, Shah was persuaded to study medicine. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, a Post Graduate Degree in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs and subsequently worked in the pharmaceutical industry in both Toronto and Miami. While in Los Angeles, she realized another passion of hers, graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree in Merchandise Marketing from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.


Shah landed her first role as FBI Agent Cowan in the fifth installment of the popular Saw franchise, Saw V in 2008, directed by David Hackl. Since then, she has appeared in other films and TV shows, such as the action feature film Mafia playing opposite Ving Rhames and Pam Grier, FOX's drama feature Heart of The Country with Gerald McRaney and the CBS TV show How to be a Gentleman. Shah continues to hone her craft, training with acting coach Aaron Speiser.



Year Title Role
2008 Saw V Special Agent Cowan
2010 The Tortured Coffee Server
2012 Mafia Mad
Btd Dr. Sheila Stinson
2013 Heart of the Country Maria
Beyond Me Isabel
2014 Crossroads Damari
2017 Rendel Julia


Year Title Role
2011 Futch Tube Greek's Hostess
How to Be a Gentleman Hot Bartender
2014-2016 The WiseGuys Pepper Anderson


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