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Shohreh Aghdashloo

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Tehran, Iran

Fast Facts

  • A well-known actor in her native Iran, she fled the country in 1978, a few months before the Shah was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when she discovered the acting workshop she attended had been closed by religious fundamentalists
  • Studied to be a journalist in England, earning a B
  • A
  • in 1983
  • Returned to acting in the mid-'80s in a Farsi-language play and met the man who would become her second husband, actor and playwright Houshang Touzie, a fellow Iranian expatriate
  • With Touzie, opened Drama Workshop '79, a Los Angeles-based theater company devoted to producing works in Farsi
  • A 25-year ban on her name in the Iranian media was lifted after her Oscar nomination for House of Sand and Fog (2003)
  • Voiced a character in the video game Mass Effect 2 (2010)


  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2004Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: winner
  • 2003Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2003Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2003National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 2003New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner