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Shohreh Aghdashloo

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Shohreh Aghdashloo
Aghdashloo in 2017
Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar

(1952-05-11) May 11, 1952 (age 72)
Years active1976–present
(m. 1972; div. 1979)

Houshang Touzie
(m. 1987)

Shohreh Aghdashloo (Persian: شهره آغداشلو) (born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar; May 11, 1952) is an Iranian actress. Her first major part was in 1977 on the movie The Report. She became well known for her part in House of Sand and Fog which she was considered for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Aghdashloo currently has a starring role in The Expanse.[1] In 2013, she wrote a book about herself called The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Aghdashloo was born in Tehran, Iran. Her parents were Effie al-Sadat and Anushiravan Vaziri-Tabar and she has three brothers: Shahram, Shahriar and Shahrokh. At the age of 19, Aghdashloo married painter Aydin Aghdashloo in 1972. During this time, she went to classes on theater even though her parents did not approve. She and Aydin divorced in 1979 when she left Iran for England during the Iranian Revolution.

She went to Brunel University and earned a Bachelor's degree in international relations. Later, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. She later became a U.S. Citizen. In 1987, she married actor and playwright Houshang Touzie. She was born to a Muslim family, but says she never practiced the religion.[3]

Filmography[change | change source]

Films[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Shatranje Bad
1977 The Report
1978 Sooteh-Delan Aghdas
1989 Guests of Hotel Astoria Mrs. Pori Karemnia First American film role
1991 Raha Raha
1993 Twenty Bucks Ghada Holiday
2000 Surviving Paradise 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
Mystic Iran Narrator Documentary film by Aryana Farshad
House of Sand and Fog Nadereh 'Nadi' Behrani Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting FemaleLos Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)

New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated – Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress

2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose Dr. Sadira Adani
Babak and Friends – A First Norooz Farah Animated film
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 Professor Nasrin Mehani
The Stoning of Soraya M. Zahra Khanum Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture
2010 The Adjustment Bureau The Chairman (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
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters The Oracle Voice role
Silk Rani Short film by Catherine Dent
2014 Rosewater Moloojoon
Still Here Farzaneh Short film by Ethan Rains
2015 Last Knights Maria
Septembers of Shiraz Habibeh
2016 Star Trek Beyond Commodore Paris
Window Horses Mehrnaz Animated film
The Promise Marta Boghosian
2018 A Simple Wedding Ziba Husseini
2020 Run Sweetheart Run

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Matlock Saleslady Episode: "Nowhere to Turn"
1993 Martin Malika Episode: "Jerome's in the House"
2001 The Honduran Suburbs Zereshk 2 episodes[4]
2004 The Secret Service Lila Ravan Television film
2005 24 Dina Araz 12 episodes: Day 4

Gold Derby TV Award - Best Drama Supporting Actress [5]

Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

2006 Smith Charlie 7 episodes
Will & Grace Pam Episode: "Cowboys and Iranians"
Curious George Hat Salesperson Episode: "The Clean, Perfect Yellow Hat"
ER Mrs. Riza Kardatay Episode: "Lost in America"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Helen Crawford Episode: "Scars and Souvenirs"
2008 House of Saddam Sajida Talfah 4 episodes

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Nominated - Gold Derby TV Award - Best Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Actress

The Simpsons Mina Episode: "MyPods and Boomsticks"
2009 FlashForward Nhadra Udaya 3 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Saliyah "Sunny" Qadri Episode "Dirty"
House M.D. Afsoun Hamidi Episode: "Moving On"
NCIS Mariam Bawali Episode: "Safe Harbor"
2012 Portlandia Nelofar Jamshidi Episode: "Cool Wedding"
The Mob Doctor Dr. Lauren Baylor 3 episodes
2013 Grimm Stefania Vaduva Popescu 7 episodes
2014 Believe Mrs. Delkash Episode: "Origin"
Bones Azita Vaziri Episode: "The Cold in the Case"
Scorpion Dr. Cassandra Davis Episode: "True Colors"
2015 Elementary Liliane Bellerose Episode: "Tag, You're Me"[6]
2015–2022 The Expanse Chrisjen Avasarala Main role

6 seasons

2016 Pearl Arlene TV film
2017 The Punisher Farah Madani 4 episodes
2019 The Lion Guard Queen Janna Voice Role; 4 episodes
2019– Impulse Fatima 2 episodes[7][8]

Video games[change | change source]

Video Games
Year Game Character
2010 Mass Effect 2 Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay (voice)
2012 Mass Effect 3
2014 Destiny Lakshmi-2 (voice)
2017 Destiny 2

Audio[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Two Princes Queen Attosa Audio drama

References[change | change source]

  1. Hibberd, James. "Syfy's 'The Expanse' space drama casts Shohreh Aghdashloo". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. World Archipelago. "The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines". HarperCollins US. Archived from the original on 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  3. Balfour, Brad (28 June 2009). "Iranian Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Speaks Out Loudly About The Stoning of Soraya M." HuffPost.
  4. TV Guide: The Honduran T.V. series makes cameos for two unusual characters in Hollywood.
  5. "Shohreh Aghdashloo". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  6. "Elementary, Episode "Tag, You're Me": Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  7. "Seven of Hearts". Impulse. Season 2. Episode 206. October 16, 2019. 2:20 minutes in. YouTube Premium.
  8. "Making Amends". Impulse. Season 2. Episode 210. October 16, 2019. 53:55 minutes in. YouTube Premium.