Tahra has worked in the field of creature and costume effects for film, television, live events and theatre, creating space costumes, aliens, animals and puppets. She frequently headed up departments for projects, including a long relationship with The Jim Henson Creature Shop. Freelance projects include, for film: Star Wars VII The Force Awakens,... See full bio »

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Known For

Morbius Special Effects
The Fifth Element Special Effects
Annihilation Special Effects
Lost in Space Costume and Wardrobe Department


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 2022 Morbius (prosthetics fabricator)
 2019 Moon and Me (TV Series) (puppet development and build supervisor - 10 episodes)
- Hoppity Hop, Across the Bridge! (2019) ... (puppet development and build supervisor)
- Lets Have a Race! (2019) ... (puppet development and build supervisor)
- The Silly Song (2019) ... (puppet development and build supervisor)
- Big Walk, Little Walk (2019) ... (puppet development and build supervisor)
- Humpty Onion (2019) ... (puppet development and build supervisor)
 2018/I Annihilation (lead fabricator)
 2015 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (senior animatronic designer)
 2011-2012 The Adventures of Abney & Teal (TV Series) (puppet maker - 26 episodes)
- The Leaf Sweep (2012) ... (puppet maker - uncredited)
- The Woolly Tangle (2012) ... (puppet maker - uncredited)
- Abney's Magic Show (2012) ... (puppet maker - uncredited)
- The Artwork (2012) ... (puppet maker - uncredited)
- The Perfect Tree (2011) ... (puppet maker - uncredited)
 2011-2012 ZingZillas (TV Series) (fabrication supervisor - 26 episodes)
- Counting the Pennies (2012) ... (fabrication supervisor)
- Shake it (2012) ... (fabrication supervisor)
- Chugging on a train (2012) ... (fabrication supervisor)
- My Lazy Afternoon (2012) ... (fabrication supervisor)
- Orangutango (2012) ... (fabrication supervisor)
 2011 X-Men: First Class (fabricator)
 2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army (creature effects - uncredited)
 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (fabricator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop - as Tahra Kharibian-Zafar)
 1997 The Fifth Element (key animatronic effects: Tahra Kharibian)
Show Show Costume designer (1 credit)
Show Show Costume and Wardrobe Department (8 credits)
Show Show Makeup Department (1 credit)

Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Tahra Kharibian | Tahra Kharibian-Zafar | Tahra Kharibien


James Zafar  (his death)

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Oversaw the manufacture of 23,000 for the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and closing Ceremonies in London 2012. Equivalent to a fresh set of clothes each day for 63 years of a persons life.

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