Aghdashloo in 2017
May 11, 1952
(m. 1972; div. 1979)
Houshang Touzie (m. 1987)
Shohreh Aghdashloo (Persian: شهره آغداشلو) (born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar; May 11, 1952) is an Iranian-American 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. In 2013, she wrote a book about herself called The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines.
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.
Filmography[change | change source]
Films[change | change source]
|1989||Guests of Hotel Astoria||Mrs. Pori Karemnia||First American film role|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|Still Here||Farzaneh||Short film by Ethan Rains|
|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]
|1990||Matlock||Saleslady||Episode: "Nowhere to Turn"|
|1993||Martin||Malika||Episode: "Jerome's in the House"|
|2001||The Honduran Suburbs||Zereshk||2 episodes|
|2004||The Secret Service||Lila Ravan||Television film|
|2005||24||Dina Araz||12 episodes: Day 4
Gold Derby TV Award - Best Drama Supporting Actress 
|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
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"|
|2015–present||The Expanse||Chrisjen Avasarala||Main role
|2017||The Punisher||Farah Madani||4 episodes|
|2019||The Lion Guard||Queen Janna||Voice Role; 4 episodes|
Video games[change | change source]
|2010||Mass Effect 2||Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay (voice)|
|2012||Mass Effect 3|
Audio[change | change source]
|2019||The Two Princes||Queen Attosa||Audio drama|
References[change | change source]
- Hibberd, James. "Syfy's 'The Expanse' space drama casts Shohreh Aghdashloo". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- World Archipelago. "The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines". HarperCollins US.
- Balfour, Brad (28 June 2009). "Iranian Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Speaks Out Loudly About The Stoning of Soraya M."
- TV Guide: The Honduran T.V. series makes cameos for two unusual characters in Hollywood.
- "Shohreh Aghdashloo". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
- "Elementary, Episode "Tag, You're Me": Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
- "Seven of Hearts". Impulse. YouTube Premium. No. 206, season 2. 2:20 minutes in.
- "Making Amends". Impulse. YouTube Premium. No. 210, season 2. 53:55 minutes in.