May. 22nd, 1980
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Actress Nazanin Boniadi is rapidly making her mark in both film and television, garnering praise in both the industry and media. This young starlet recently appeared as reporter Amira Ahmed in the 2008 Marvel blockbuster Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr. She was also handpicked by industry icon and Academy Award-winning director, Mike Nichols, for a part in the 2007 feature film Charlie Wilson's War, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
On the small screen Nazanin first became widely known for portraying Nurse Leyla Mir on ABC's Emmy Award-winning, General Hospital, for which she received a 2008 NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. Nazanin won the coveted role of Leyla in a competitive audition process after the producers had seen several hundred actresses. She first originated the role as a series regular on season one of SOAPnet's #1 rated primetime drama, General Hospital: Night Shift, in 2007.
Nazanin is credited as being the first actor in a contract role to portray a Middle Eastern character in U.S. daytime history, an accomplishment which she hopes has helped shape our social consciousness by promoting understanding.
Nazanin was able to showcase her comedic timing in her recurring role as Josie, Drew Sidora's overly interfering publicist, on the CW sit-com The Game. She has also appeared in several independent projects with new and gifted members of the entertainment community, including the Zachary Levi starrer Shades of Ray, and a lead role in Gameface, James Rhodimer's directorial debut.
Nazanin's diverse background has afforded her a versatility that has not only made her one of the most sought after Middle Eastern actresses in Hollywood, but has also allowed her to play a variety of other ethnicities, including Latin, Indian and Caucasian.
Born in Tehran at the height of the Iranian Revolution, her parents relocated to London shortly thereafter, where Nazanin was raised with an emphasis on education. By the age of ten her passion for the arts was already in full bloom when she received a merit from the Royal College of Music for her violin virtuosity, a certificate in ballet from the Vaccani School of Dance, and won the British "Yamaha Electone Festival" for her vibrant proficiency on the electric organ. After appearing in numerous high school productions, Nazanin earned her first TV credit hosting the UK's then popular children's TV show Early Bird.
Determined to rebuild the lifestyle her parents once enjoyed in their homeland, Nazanin decided to put her artistic dreams aside and instead focused on achieving a more "stable" and "secure" life as a physician. Nazanin moved to the United States to attend the University of California Irvine, where she won the competitive "Chang Pin Chun" Undergraduate Research Award (for her work in heart-transplant rejection and cancer research), and earned her Bachelor's Degree, with Honors, in Biological Sciences. Equipped with the confidence that she is capable of succeeding at anything she sets her mind to, Nazanin was no longer daunted by the prospect of pursuing her true calling- the performing arts.
Ever an artist, the sophisticated newcomer decided to immerse herself in the art of acting and test the highly competitive waters of Tinseltown. She promptly undertook its formidable auditioning process, at which she excelled, grabbing the attention of some of Hollywood's most respected casting directors, producers and directors.
Fluent in both English and Farsi, Nazanin's language skills, as well as her ability to effortlessly transition between authentic British, American and various Middle Eastern accents, have given her a universal appeal, allowing her to carve a niche in the industry all her own.
As a devoted human rights activist, Nazanin has worked at a grassroots level and has also appeared on numerous international TV and radio programs to campaign for the rights of disenfranchised populations across the world.
In particular, she has been very involved in safeguarding human rights by participating in events that bring attention to the unjust conviction and treatment of Iranian youth, women and prisoner's of conscience. She has met with political leaders, worked closely with prominent human rights attorneys and endorsed human rights petitions to the United Nations. She also makes appearances and speaks at forums sponsored by various human rights organizations.
- She is the great great granddaughter of famed 19th Century Persian Philosopher and poet, Safi Ali Shah.
- Fluent in both English and Farsi.
- She graduated with Honors from the University of California Irvine, where she received a Bacholor's Degree in Biological Sciences.
- She was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in London, England.
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