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Shohreh Aghdashloo (Persian: شهره آغداشلو, IPA: [ʃohˈɾe ɒɢdɒːʃˈluː]; born May 11, 1952) is an Iranian American actress.
After establishing a theater and film career in Iran, Aghdashloo moved to England during the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and she subsequently became a citizen of the United States. After several years playing supporting roles in television and film, her performance in House of Sand and Fog (2003) brought her several film critics' awards and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has continued to play supporting and character roles in film and television, and she won an Emmy Award for her work in the television drama House of Saddam (2008).
Aghdashloo was born in Tehran, Iran, as Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar ("Aghdashloo" is the family name of her former husband, Iranian painter Aydin Aghdashloo), to a wealthy Muslim family. Aghdashloo started acting at the age of 18. Following numerous starring roles on the stage, she was offered her first film role in Gozāresh (The Report), directed by Abbas Kiarostami, which won the Critics Award at the Moscow Film Festival. Her next film was Shatranje Bad (loosely translated: Chess With the Wind), directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani, which screened at several film festivals. Both films were banned in her home country, but in 1978, Aghdashloo won acclaim for her performance in Sooteh Delan (Broken Hearts), directed by the late Iranian filmmaker Ali Hatami, which established her as one of Iran's leading actresses.
During the 1979 Revolution, Aghdashloo left Iran for Windermere, Cumbria, England, in 1978, where she completed her education. Aghdashloo still owns a separate vacation villa that she attends during most summer parts of the year. She earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations. She continued to pursue her acting career, however, which brought her to Los Angeles. In 1987, Aghdashloo married actor/playwright Houshang Touzie. They had a daughter in 1989. She has since performed in a number of Touzie's plays, successfully taking them to national and international stages, primarily in the Iranian community.
Aghdashloo narrated a documentary called Iranium, which documents the development of Iran's nuclear threat, beginning with the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the ideology installed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini. The documentary also tracks Iran's use of terror as a tool of policy, beginning with the 444 day seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, through Iran's insurgent actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it details the brutal nature of the Iranian regime to its own citizens and the Iranian people's desire to rejoin the international community. Finally, it outlines the various scenarios the greater Middle East and the Western world may face should Iran cross the nuclear threshold. She came under heavy criticism for her role in the movie from organizations in the Iranian diaspora, such as the National Iranian American Council. Criticism of the movie and her role in it were also documented by BBC Persian.
|1989||Guests of Hotel Astoria||Mrs. Pori Karemnia||first American film role|
|1993||Twenty Bucks||Ghada Holiday|
|2000||Surviving Paradise (راز بهشت)||Pari||First English language Iranian-American feature film distributed theatrically in the United States, written and directed by Kamshad Kooshan|
|2001||America So Beautiful||Exiled Actress|
|2002||Maryam||Mrs. Homa Armin|
|2003||Possessed||Woman||Short film by Shirin Neshat|
|Pulse||Woman||Short film by Shirin Neshat|
|Mystic Iran||Narrator||Documentary film by Aryana Farshad|
|House of Sand and Fog||Nadereh 'Nadi' Behrani|| Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
|2005||The Exorcism of Emily Rose||Dr. Sadira Adani|
|Babak and Friends - A First Norooz||Farah||Animated movie|
|2006||American Dreamz||Mrs. Nazneen Riza|
|The Lake House||Dr. Anna Klyczynski|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||Dr. Kavita Rao|
|The Nativity Story||Elizabeth|
|2008||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2||Prof. Nasrin Mehani|
|The Stoning of Soraya M.||Zahra||Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama|
|2010||The Adjustment Bureau||(Role was cut from finished version)|
|The No Game||Aunt Laila|
|2011||Iranium||Narrator||Documentary film by Alex Traiman|
|On the Inside||Dr. Lofton|
|2012||The Odd Life of Timothy Green||Evette Onat|
|2001||The Honduran Suburbs||Zereshk||2 episodes|
|2004||The Secret Service||Lila Ravan||TV Film|
|2005||24||Dina Araz|| 12 episodes: Day 4|
Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|Will & Grace||Pam||1 episode|
|ER||Mrs. Riza Kardatay||1 episode|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Helen Crawford||1 episode|
|2008||House of Saddam||Sajida Khairallah Talfah|| 4 episodes|
Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
|The Simpsons||Mina||1 episode: "Mypods and Boomsticks"|
|2009||FlashForward||Nhadra Udaya||3 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective Saliyah "Sunny" Qadri||1 episode|
|House M.D.||Afsoun Hamidi||1 episode: "Moving On"|
|NCIS||Mariam Bawali||1 episode: "Safe Harbor"|
|2012||Portlandia||Author||1 episode: "Cool Wedding"|
|Mob Doctor||Dr. Jayana Baylor||Recurring role (begins in episode 4)|
|Season 2 Appearances|
|Season 3 Appearances|