Persian Artists

It's a list of actresses and actors that have been born in Iran but are acting in other countries.
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Shiva Negar
Actress / Model / Musician Shiva Negar comes from a very diverse background. Born in Iran and raised in Turkey and Canada, Shiva started her career as a child performer. Musically inclined, she began by performing at piano and guitar recitals and in singing competitions. In high school, Shiva was involved in several school plays and did a lot of theatre...
 
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Nazanin Boniadi
Actress, Homeland
Nazanin Boniadi is rapidly making her mark in both film and television. She co-starred as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi on seasons three and four of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama "Homeland," for which she shared a 2015 SAG Award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category...
 
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Golshifteh Farahani
Actress, Body of Lies
Golshifteh started her acting career in theater at the age of 6 and has always kept a strong link with theater, but it was at the age of 14 that she acted in her first film The Pear Tree, for which she won the prize for the Best Actress from the international section of the Fajr film festival, immediately making her one of the stars of Iranian cinema...
 
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Sheila Vand
Actress, Argo
 
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Ramin Niami
Producer, Paris
 
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Jasmin Tabatabai
She played in the woman-band "Even Cowgirls get the blues", which also helped her to play her part in the movie Bandits. She wrote most of the songs for the Soundtrack of "Bandits". On 3rd December 2002, her first child, a girl named Angelina Sherri Rose, was born. Father of the child is the American musician Tico Zamora, who lives in Berlin with Jasmin...
 
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Navid Negahban
Navid, though sometimes called "the man of a thousand faces," is still most widely regarded as Abu Nazir, the enigmatic al-Qaeda leader he played for two seasons on Showtime's Emmy-winning original series "Homeland." Among his many fans are Israeli president Shimon Peres and U.S. president Barack Obama...
 
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Reza Badiyi
Miscellaneous Crew, Hawaii Five-O
 
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Nicholas Guilak
Nicholas Guilak was born in Houston,Texas and raised in La Jolla, California, moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and received his Bachelors of Arts from USC in Theatre, Humanities and Film. He then studied in London then Scotland were he performed in thirteen different shows, 168 performances and received...
 
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Habib Zargarpour
Habib Zargarpour graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design with Distinction after receiving a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He started his film career on 3D IMAX films in Los Angeles...
 
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David Diaan
David Diaan has built an impressive career as an acclaimed Iranian American Actor, Writer, and Producer. David came to the United States as a teenager and completed high school in the Midwest. He then studied Radio, Television, & Journalism at the University of Missouri Columbia. David's first endeavor...
 
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Bahar Soomekh
Actress, Saw III
Bahar Soomekh was born on March 30, 1975 in Tehran, Iran, to a Persian Jewish family. She is the daughter of Manijeh and Hamid Soomekh, who owned a women's high fashion company. She has a sister, Saba Soomekh. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1979, to escape the Iranian revolution. She attended a yeshiva...
 
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Shaun Toub
Actor, Iron Man
Shaun Toub was born in Tehran, Iran, to a Persian Jewish family. He was raised in Manchester, England. At the age of 14, he moved to Switzerland and after a two year stay, he crossed the Atlantic to Nashua, New Hampshire, to finish his last year of high school. After two years of college in Massachusetts...
 
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Bobby Naderi
Born in Tehran, Naderi had an cultured childhood having being raised between Iran, Europe, Canada and the U.S. Bobby by sheer chance found his way into the Arts in his early 20s which led him to study with Judith Weston then began working on stage and the indie film. He gained notice for his lead role in Sundance Festival Hit...
 
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Daryush Shokof
Writer, Breathful
Daryush Shokof introduced the methods of "Amenic Filmmaking", in Berlin, Germany in 2011. He made more than 5 feature films under his method of "Amenic" in which he simply explained these films are first finished and screened and then the "script" is written. Babylon Cinemas in Berlin, Germany showed his "Amenic" films in a short festival presentation with Flushers...
 
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Darius Khondji
Cinematographer, Se7en
 
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Sarah Shahi
Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Dallas Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As a teenager...
 
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Kami Asgar
Sound Department, Zombieland
 
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Omid Djalili
Actor, Gladiator
Omid Djalili is a British Iranian stand-up comedian and actor. Omid had great success performing A Strange Bit of History, which won the Spirit of The Fringe award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, Omid has since become a fringe favorite with a string of sell-out shows. In 1995 it was with Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son...
 
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Catherine Bell
Actress, JAG
Catherine was born in London, but moved to California with her Iranian mother at age 2. Her mother still acts as her personal assistant. As a child, she acted in various TV adverts. She went to UCLA to study biology, but dropped out to become a model in Japan. She moved back into acting with a Mexican...
 
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Bob Yari
Producer, Crash
 
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Marshall Manesh
Actor, True Lies
Marshall Manesh was born in Iran. He lost his father at an early age and was raised by his beloved mother, whom he feels he got his strength from to make it in show biz. He came to America in the mid "70s" and joined the Persian Theater Group and traveled extensively through out The United States, Canada and Europe for 8 years...
 
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Adrian Pasdar
Adrian Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Rosemarie Pasdar (née Sbresny), who owns a travel agency, and Homayoon Pasdar, a prominent heart surgeon. His father is Iranian and his mother, who was born in Germany, is of German, and some Polish, descent. At the age of 2, his father moved the family to Powelton...
 
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Max Amini
Actor, Heroes
Max Amini was born in Tucson Arizona, from an Iranian heritage. He was raised on the East Coast and graduated from UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. As an actor, Max has numerous film and television credits including NBC's Heroes, regular appearances on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, and a leading role in the upcoming film Beer Pong...
 
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Amir Mokri
Cinematographer, Man of Steel
 
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Hossein Amini
Writer, Drive
Hossein Amini was born in Iran, and when he was 11 years old, he and his family moved to England. Amini's first screenplay was for the 1994 TV movie The Dying of the Light, which was directed by Peter Kosminsky. The TV movie covered the murder of Sean Devereux, an aid worker who was murdered in Somalia in 1993 for criticizing arms sales...
 
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Travis Cody Aimer
Travis Cody, the second of six brothers, was born in Laguna Beach California. His father is an Airline Captain, and his mother a Gospel Singer. He started acting in Church and school plays at age two; his first role was as Baby Jesus! When he was cast in American Pie, he was sixteen, and was therefore not allowed to see his own first "R" rated movie...
 
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Omid Abtahi
Actor, Argo
 
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David Ackert
David Ackert has been an entrepreneur and business development mentor to service firms for nearly two decades. He is the president of the Ackert Advisory, which delivers business development consulting and technology solutions to lawyers and other service professionals worldwide. He is also the founder of Practice Boomers...
 
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Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdashloo was born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar on May 11, 1952, in Tehran, Iran. In the 1970s at age 20, she achieved nationwide stardom in her homeland of Iran, starring in some prominent pictures such as The Report (The Report) directed by the renowned Abbas Kiarostami, which won critics awards at the Moscow Film Festival...
 
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Dan Ahdoot
Actor, Kickin' It
Dan Ahdoot is a stand-up comic, actor, writer and producer based out of New York City and Los Angeles. Dan is a national headliner who has been a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, and is an actor on the NBC series Bajillion Dollar Properties, airing in March of 2016. He has been on ABC's Super Fun Night with Rebel Wilson...
 
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Nadia Bjorlin
Nadia Bjorlin was born the fifth out of six children. Her parents Ulf Björlin (a Swedish conductor and composer, known to be the worlds most active opera composer during the 20th century) and Fary Bjorlin. Her siblings are Katja, Kaj, Kamilla, Ulf J:r and Jean Paul. (Each sibling have a history of artistic or creative work in their background...
 
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Khadijah
Actress, Sky High
 
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Cyrus Karema
Miscellaneous Crew, The Constant Gardener
 
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Kamshad Kooshan
Kamshad Kooshan is an Iranian-American Movie Writer and Director. Iranian-born & Bay Area film director, screenwriter and film producer, Kamshad Kooshan, immigrated to the United States at the age of Sixteen. He has been involved with photography since the age of 12 and has had many exhibitions. Additionally...
 
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Rosie Malek-Yonan
Actress, Rendition
Rosie Malek-Yonan was born on the fourth of July, 1955 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, director, producer, published author, documentary filmmaker, a classically trained pianist, composer and a human rights activist. She is a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent Assyrian Christian families from the Middle-East...
 
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Mozhan Marnò
Marnò was born in Los Angeles, and went to boarding school at Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts. She then received a BA in Comparative Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MFA in Acting at the Yale School of Drama. She has received additional training at the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota and at the Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab in New York...
 
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Cyrus Nowrasteh
Of Iranian descent, he was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from Madison West High School and was a city boys high school tennis champion. Nowrasteh attended New Mexico State University on an athletic scholarship and later transferred to the University of Southern California to attend the School of Cinematic Arts...
 
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Elie Tahari
Miscellaneous Crew, Rachael Ray
 
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Shiva Rose
Actress, David & Layla
Shiva Rose was born in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. An American of Irish and Iranian decent, she was raised in Iran until the age of ten when she and her family were forced to escape to Paris, then to Los Angeles. She began her stage career at 15 at several theaters in Santa Monica. She attended UCLA and then married actor Dylan McDermott...
 
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Maryam Tarami
Actress, February
Maryam Taram is an Iranian-born actress and film producer. Maryam got into acting in her teenage years. She took acting classes at the drama school in the Netherlands and later trained at several acting schools in the United States. After years of theater experience, she made her film debut as Samira in the Dutch love story Shame (2010) opposite Joop Keesmaat...