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    نازنین بنیادی

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    Nazanin Boniadi (1980-05-22) 22 May 1980 (age 34) Tehran, Iran

    Nazanin Boniadi (English /ˈnɑːzəniːn ˈboʊnjɑːˌdiː/, Persian: نازنین بنیادی‎, IPA: ; born 22 May 1980) is an Iranian-British actress currently living and working in the United States.


    Early life

    Boniadi was born in Tehran, Iran. Her parents moved to London when she was an infant. She performed violin and ballet as a young girl.

    She attended a private high school and later moved to the US where she earned a Bachelor''s Degree, with Honors, in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. At UCI, she won the Chang Pin-Chun Undergraduate Research Award for molecular research involving cancer treatment and heart transplant rejection. She was also Assistant Editor-in-Chief of MedTimes, UCI''s undergraduate medical newspaper.


    Boniadi changed her career path from medicine and started pursuing acting in 2006. Her first major acting role was as Leyla Mir on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama General Hospital and its SOAPnet spin-off series General Hospital: Night Shift, making her the first contract actor to play a Middle Eastern character in American daytime television history. She is also the first Iranian-born actress to ever be on contract on an American soap opera.

    She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 2008 for her role in General Hospital.

    Boniadi has also landed supporting roles in several major Hollywood film productions, such as Charlie Wilson''s War directed by Mike Nichols, Iron Man directed by Jon Favreau, and The Next Three Days directed by Paul Haggis.

    She played Nora, a love interest for Neil Patrick Harris''s character Barney Stinson, on the sixth season of the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She reprised this role during the show''s seventh and ninth seasons.

    She appeared opposite George Clooney in a European spot for Nespresso, called The Swap, directed by Grant Heslov.

    In May 2013, Boniadi joined the cast of Homeland season 3, as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi. and was promoted to series regular for the show''s fourth season

    Boniadi also appeared in an 8 episode arc on season 3 of Scandal as antagonist Adnan Salif.


    Boniadi is a spokesperson for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), with a focus on the unjust conviction and treatment of Iranian youth, women and prisoners of conscience.

    She has her own official blog page on the Amnesty International USA website and has written op-eds for media outlets such as CNN and The Huffington Post

    Boniadi provided a voiceover to AIUSA''s "Power of Words" public service announcement with Morgan Freeman, which won a Webby Award; campaigned with the organisation for the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA); has served as a panellist and emcee for events related to Iranian rights, and spearheaded The Neda Project with AIUSA in May/June 2010.

    In December 2010, she initiated an Amnesty International petition for Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, who were convicted of "propaganda against the state". The petition was co-signed by prominent Hollywood directors and industry leaders such as Paul Haggis, Martin Scorsese, Sean Penn, Harvey Weinstein, Ron Howard and others, and generated more than 21,000 signatures. On 8 June 2011, Boniadi joined a delegation of Hollywood luminaries, lead by Haggis and AIUSA Executive Director Larry Cox, to deliver the petition to the Iran Mission to the United Nations in New York.

    On 3 June 2011, Boniadi joined Sarah Shourd in a rolling hunger strike in solidarity with Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal and wrote an article in support of the Free The Hikers campaign.

    Boniadi received the 2011 Social Cinema Award at the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival for her human rights work with Amnesty International.

    On 9 April 2012, Boniadi returned to her alma mater University of California, Irvine, with Rainn Wilson in support of the Education Under Fire campaign, calling for an end to discrimination against and persecution of Baha''is in Iran.

    Boniadi delivered the keynote closing remarks at the 2012 XX Factor, Amnesty International USA''s annual town hall meeting on women''s rights, in Washington, D.C.

    She helped launch an Amnesty International petition and campaign with Roxana Saberi in December 2012, to free wrongfully imprisoned filmmaker Behrouz Ghobadi, brother of acclaimed filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, in Iran. The petition was signed by prominent Hollywood directors such as Martin Scorsese and Paul Haggis, actors such as Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, James Franco and Adrien Brody, as well as major film industry organisations and festivals. On 22 January 2013, Amnesty International announced that Behrouz Ghobadi had been released on bail from prison in Iran.

    She was a keynote speaker at Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson''s 13th annual ''A World of Women for World Peace'' conference in Dallas, Texas.

    Personal life

    Boniadi is fluent in English and Persian.

    Filmography Television Year Title Role Notes
    2007 The Game Josie 2 Episodes
    General Hospital: Night Shift Leyla Mir 13 Episodes
    2007–2009 General Hospital Leyla Mir 119 Episodes
    2010 The Deep End Heather Mosson Episode: "To Have and to Hold"
    24 Blonde Woman 2 Episodes
    Hawthorne Aneesa Amara Episode: "Final Curtain"
    2011 Suits Lauren Pearl Episode: "Errors and Omissions"
    2011, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Nora Season 6–7 (recurring; 9 episodes) Season 9 (guest; 1 episode)
    2012 CSI Nurse Lauren Episode: "Seeing Red"
    Best Friends Forever Naya 2 Episodes
    2013 Go On Hannah Episode: "Gooooaaaallll Doll!"
    Grey''s Anatomy Amrita Episode: "The Face of Change"
    2013–present Homeland Fara Sherazi Season 3 (recurring; 6 episodes) Season 4 (series regular)
    2014 Scandal Adnan Salif 7 Episodes
    Film Year Film Role Notes
    2006 Kal: Yesterday & Tomorrow Simmi Short Film
    2007 Gameface Taylor
    2008 Charlie Wilson''s War Afghan Refugee Woman Uncredited
    Iron Man Amira Ahmed
    2009 Diplomacy Persian Interpreter Short Film
    2010 The Next Three Days Elaine
    2012 Shirin in Love Shirin
    2015 Desert Dancer Parisa Ghaffarian

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