my favorite Iranian women in the business

by roxanalantoor | created - 20 Jan 2012 | updated - 20 Jan 2012 | Public

these are women from Iran working successfully in the industry as entertainers

1. Taies Farzan

Actress | Argo

Taies Farzan was born in Tehran, Iran. Her family moved to Turkey and thereafter to Germany. She speaks Persian, Turkish, German, English, Kurdish. She was on stage at the age of 14 in Cologne Germany and appeared in lead positions in more than 15 stage pieces until she met Daryush Shokof in a ...

2. 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...

3. Atoosa Rubenstein

Actress | Miss Seventeen

Atoosa Rubenstein was born on January 13, 1972 in Tehran, Iran as Atoosa Behnegar. She is an actress, known for Miss Seventeen (2005), American Dreams (2002) and America's Next Top Model (2003). She has been married to Ari Rubenstein since August 29, 1998. They have one child.

4. Narges Rashidi

Actress | Under the Shadow

Narges Rashidi was born in Iran, settled in 1987 with her family at first in Turkey and a year later to Germany. After graduation she moved to Berlin and studied acting. In 2005 she attended in Los Angeles the Master Class with MK Lewis. In 2007 she received the award for Best Young Actress at the ...

5. Golshifteh Farahani

Actress | Paterson

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 (1998), for which she won the prize for the Best Actress from the international section of the Fajr film ...

6. 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 ...

7. Simin Daneshvar

Writer | Zelzele-ye dovom

She attended an English language school and in eighth grade published her first article, "Winter Is Not Unlike Our Life," in a local newspaper. She studied Tehran University where she planned to study Persian literature. After her father's death, she left school to work for Radio Tehran because of ...

8. Yasmine Aker

Actress | 12 Strong

Yasmine Aker is an actress, singer and songwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. She was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Iranian parents and later moved to Canada. She began performing at an early age, starring in school plays and community events. She sang soprano with the Voices of ...

9. Yasmina Reza

Writer | Carnage

Yasmina Reza was born on May 1, 1959 in Paris, France. She is a writer and actress, known for Carnage (2011), Chicas (2010) and Jusqu'à la nuit (1985).

10. Leila Hatami

Actress | Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Award-winning actress, Leila Hatami, was born on October 1, 1972 in Tehran, Iran, to legendary Iranian Director, Ali Hatami, and actress mother, Zari Khoshkam (Zahra Hatami). During her childhood, she appeared in several of her father's films including the historical TV series, Hezardastan (1988), ...

11. Pegah Ahangarani

Actress | Darband

Pegah Ahangarani is an actress and director, known for Trapped (2013), The Girl in the Sneakers (1999) and No Men Allowed (2011).

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