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Shohreh Aghdashloo

Highest Rated:   100% Chess of the Wind (1976)
Lowest Rated:   16% Last Knights (2015)
Birthplace:   Tehran, Iran
An Iranian actress whose strong political beliefs almost led her to a career as a journalist, Shohreh Aghdashloo decided instead that she could reach more people by working in film and theater -- and with her Oscar-nominated role in the tragedy House of Sand and Fog, she found an audience the size of which she never dreamed possible. Born in Tehran in 1952 to an intellectual, creative family, Aghdashloo was drawn to the theater at an early age, and by her twenties was performing in various cutting-edge performance groups, among them the acclaimed Drama Workshop of Tehran. Filmmakers often drew upon talent from the Workshop, and Aghdashloo was cast by directors Abbas Kiarostami and Ali Hatami -- two towering figures of the nascent Iranian New Wave -- to play starring roles in several of their formally adventurous, socially progressive productions, including 1977's Gozaresh and Sutedelan.But in the late '70s, with the Ayatollah Khomeini reintroducing an era of strict rule based on religious doctrine, Aghdashloo's work as a performer was either censored or forbidden outright. Eager to escape the turmoil of the Iranian Revolution, Aghdashloo left her husband and her career to go to London, where she earned a degree in international relations. She was on the verge of accepting a position at a newspaper when a friend presented her with a play, called Rainbow, about the Revolution and its discontents. He had written a role specifically for her, and Aghdashloo believed in the project enough to put her journalism career on hold -- for what would turn out to be an indefinite length of time. Rainbow was such a success, it toured the United States, where Aghdashloo was reunited with a Workshop colleague of hers, Houshang Touzie; a romance soon developed, and two married in Los Angeles in the late '80s.Discouraged by the dearth of non-stereotyped roles for Middle Eastern women in Hollywood, Aghdashloo focused her attention instead on stage work, even creating a traveling theater troupe with her husband that performed plays in Farsi for Iranian audiences. Her occasional film work included roles in such topical dramas as America So Beautiful and Maryam, both about the struggle of Iranian immigrants in the U.S. It was such work that caught the attention of director Vadim Perelman, who was looking to cast the supporting role of Nadi in his big-screen adaptation of the bestseller House of Sand and Fog. Perelman and his casting agent contacted Aghdashloo directly -- at the time, the actress had no agent or manager -- and were soon convinced that she was the woman for the part. Having read the book upon its release, Aghdashloo had long envisioned ways that she could play Nadi, a strong but subservient Iranian-American wife and mother caught between her husband's wishes and her own conscience. Opposite the formidable Ben Kingsley in a cast of established performers, Aghdashloo's subtle, simmering performance brought her kudos from the New York Film Critics and Los Angeles Film Critics Associations, both of whom named her 2003's Best Supporting Actress. The Academy followed suit, nominating her against such Hollywood stalwarts as Renée Zellweger and Holly Hunter.Following a recurring role on the wildly popular television hit 24 that served well to introduce the increasingly prominant actress to audiences outside of the art-house circuit, Aghdashloo turned in impressive supporting performances in such popular wide release films as The Exorcism of Emily Rose, American Dreamz, and X-Men: The Last Stand. In 2006 Aghdashloo would heed the call of Hollywood once again to take a featured role as the best friend of Sandra Bullock's lonely character in the romantic fantasy remake The Lake House. She went on appear in The Stoning of Soraya M., The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and House of Saddam, and narrated the documentaries Iranium and For Neda.


Highest Rated Movies



78% The Cuban
  • Bano Ayoub
73% Run Sweetheart Run
  • Actor
85% A Simple Wedding
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
92% Intent to Destroy
  • Actor
92% Window Horses
  • Actor
51% The Promise
  • Marta
$8.2M 2017
86% Star Trek Beyond
  • High Command of the Federation
$158.9M 2016
31% Enemy Territory (Septembers Of Shiraz)
  • Habibeh
16% Last Knights
  • Maria
76% Rosewater
  • Moloojoon
No Score Yet Rosewater: Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Live
  • Actor
42% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  • Oracle
$68.6M 2013
No Score Yet Gozaresh (The Report)
  • Actor
36% The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • Actor
$51.9M 2012
No Score Yet For Neda
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Iranium
  • Narrator
No Score Yet In NorthWood
  • Actor
65% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  • Prof. Nasrim Mehani
$44.1M 2008
37% The Nativity Story
  • Elizabeth
$37.7M 2006
35% The Lake House
  • Dr. Anna Klyczynski
$52.4M 2006
57% X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Dr. Kavita Rao
$234.3M 2006
38% American Dreamz
  • Nazneen Riza
$7.2M 2006
44% The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • Dr. Adani
$75.1M 2005
74% House of Sand and Fog
  • Nadi
$13M 2003
78% Maryam
  • Homa Armin
No Score Yet Mystic Iran: The Unseen World
  • Narrator
33% America So Beautiful
  • Exiled Actress
100% Chess of the Wind
  • Actor


94% The Expanse
  • Chrisjen Avasarala
  • 2022
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
95% Elementary
  • Liliane Bellerose
  • 2015
61% Scorpion
  • Dr. Cassandra Davis
  • 2015
  • 2014
90% Bones
  • Azita Vaziri
  • 2014
No Score Yet Le don
  • Actor
  • 2014
89% Grimm
  • Stefania
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
  • Guest
  • 2013
21% The Mob Doctor
  • Dr. Lauren Baylor
  • 2012
90% House
  • Afsoun Hamidi
  • 2011
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Det. Saliyah "Sunni" Qadri
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet NCIS
  • Miriam Bawali
  • 2011
87% 24
  • Dina Araz
  • 2010
  • 2005
80% FlashForward
  • Nhadra Udaya
  • 2009
60% House of Saddam
  • Sajida Khairallah Talfah
  • 2008
85% The Simpsons
  • Voice
  • 2008
84% Grey's Anatomy
  • Helen Crawford
  • 2007
  • 2006
50% Smith
  • Charlie
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet ER
  • Riza Kardatay
  • 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
  • Pam
  • 2006

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