Shohreh Aghdashloo Biography And Filmography

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Actress, Producer
Born: Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar 11 May 1952 in Tehran, Iran

A prominent actress on both stage and screen, Shohreh Aghdashloo has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career, most notably her prodigious performance as ‘Nadi’ in “House of Sand and Fog,” which earned her an Academy Award nomination. Shohreh Aghdashloo was most recently seen on the big screen in a featured performance in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” alongside America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel. She recently completed work on the BBC/HBO mini-series “House of Saddam,” in which she portrays Sadaam Hussein’s wife Sajida.  The mini-series explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein’s family and his relationship with his closest advisers.

In “The Nativity Story,” directed by Catherine HardwickeShohreh Aghdashloo transformed herself as Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.  The film looks at the life of the Virgin Mary before the birth of Christ, following Mary and Joseph’s lives including their relationships with other Biblical characters, such as Elizabeth, who is Mary’s cousin.  Other notable roles for Aghdashloo include: “The Lake House” starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, “American Dreamz” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” During the 2005-2006 television season, Shohreh Aghdashloo captured audiences on the small screen as a guest star on two popular television series, “ER” and “Will & Grace.”  Prior to these appearances she was a critically-acclaimed guest star on Fox’s award-winning television drama, “24,” opposite Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winning Kiefer Sutherland.

Born in Tehran in 1952 to an intellectual, creative family, Aghdashloo spent her twenties performing in various cutting-edge performance groups, among them the acclaimed Drama Workshop of Tehran. Based upon her work there, Shohreh Aghdashloo was cast by directors Abbas Kiarostami and Ali Hatami — two towering figures of the nascent Iranian New Wave — to play starring roles in 1977′s “Gozaresh” and “Sute-Delan.”

In the late ’70s, Shohreh Aghdashloo left Iran for London, England, 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 Iranian Revolution and its discontents. Shohreh Aghdashloo 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 Shohreh Aghdashloo was reunited with Drama Workshop colleague Houshang Touzie.  The two married in Los Angeles in the late ’80s.

It was her work on film, in topical dramas such as “America So Beautiful” and “Maryam” — both about the struggle of Iranian immigrants in the U.S — 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 bestselling book, “House of Sand and Fog.” Shohreh Aghdashloo subtle, simmering performance brought her kudos from the Independent Spirit Awards, the New York Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics associations, all of which named her 2003′s Best Supporting Actress. The Academy followed suit, nominating Shohreh as an Oscar® contender.Having found notoriety in the world of film,Shohreh Aghdashloo continues to indulge her passion for the stage, working alongside Houshang Touzie to write, perform and produce Farsi language theater for an Iranian audience through her traveling theatre group, Drama Workshop ’79.
Aghdashloo currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Shohreh Aghdashloo Filmography

Different Kind of Love 2011
Mass Effect 3 2011
Dr House (TV series)
2011 On the Inside 2011
New York – Unité spéciale (TV series) 2010
Lonesdale 2009 FlashForward (TV series) 2008
Les Simpson (TV series)2008
The Stoning of Soraya M. 2008
House of Saddam (TV mini-series) 2008
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
2006-2007 Dossier Smith (TV series) 2007
Grey’s Anatomy (TV series) 2006
La nativité – Catherine Hardwicke 2006
Entre deux rives 2006
X-Men : The Last Stand - Brett Ratner 2006
Will & Grace (TV series) 2006
Urgences (TV series)2006
American Dreamz – Paul Weitz 2005
The Exorcism of Emily Rose – Scott Derrickson 2005
24 heures chrono (TV series) 2005
Babak & Friends: A First Norooz (video short) 2004
The Secret Service (TV movie) 2003
House of Sand and Fog – Vadim Perelman2002
Possessed (short) Woman 2002
Maryam 2001
America So Beautiful 2000
Surviving Paradise 1993
Martin (TV series) 1993
Twenty Bucks Ghada Holiday 1991
Raha 1990
Matlock (TV series) 1989
Guests of Hotel Astoria 1978
Sooteh-Delan 1977
Le rapport 1976
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