Nazanin Boniadi

Nazanin Boniadi was born in Tehran, Iran, at the height of the Iranian Revolution; her parents relocated to London shortly thereafter. She performed violin and ballet as a young girl. She attended a private high school and later moved to the United States 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. Nazanin Boniadi is rapidly making her mark in both film and television. She co-starred as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi on seasons three and four of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama Homeland (2011), for which she shared a 2015 SAG Award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category. Boniadi appeared in the 2016 MGM-Paramount remake of Ben-Hur. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the film stars Ms. Boniadi in the female lead role of Esther opposite Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman and Toby Kebbell. She will next appear in a leading role opposite Armie Hammer and Dev Patel in Anthony Maras's Hotel Mumbai. Among her many television credits, Boniadi portrayed Nora, a relatively longstanding love interest to Neil Patrick Harris's Barney Stinson, in seasons six and seven of How I Met Your Mother (2005). She also appeared as the notorious ...

Iron Man (2008)

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After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Terrence Howard  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Gwyneth Paltrow

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Terrence Howard  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Gwyneth Paltrow

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

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The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Julia Roberts  •  Amy Adams

The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Julia Roberts  •  Amy Adams

Diplomacy (2009)

Relations between the United States and Iran take an unexpected turn when two diplomats and their interpreters meet for closed-door negotiations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Goldman
CAST:  Omid Abtahi  •  Nazanin Boniadi  •  Michelle Forbes  •  Navid Negahban

Relations between the United States and Iran take an unexpected turn when two diplomats and their interpreters meet for closed-door negotiations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Goldman
CAST:  Omid Abtahi  •  Nazanin Boniadi  •  Michelle Forbes  •  Navid Negahban

Desert Dancer (2014)

Inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Raymond
CAST:  Freida Pinto  •  Reece Ritchie  •  Tom Cullen  •  Nazanin Boniadi

Inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Raymond
CAST:  Freida Pinto  •  Reece Ritchie  •  Tom Cullen  •  Nazanin Boniadi

Shirin in Love (2014)

Despite being engaged to a successful Iranian plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Shirin finds herself falling for a mysterious young man who lives in a lighthouse in northern California.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ramin Niami
CAST:  Nazanin Boniadi  •  Riley Smith  •  Maz Jobrani  •  Marshall Manesh

Despite being engaged to a successful Iranian plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Shirin finds herself falling for a mysterious young man who lives in a lighthouse in northern California.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ramin Niami
CAST:  Nazanin Boniadi  •  Riley Smith  •  Maz Jobrani  •  Marshall Manesh

Passengers (2016)

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A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morten Tyldum
CAST:  Chris Pratt  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Michael Sheen  •  Laurence Fishburne

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morten Tyldum
CAST:  Chris Pratt  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Michael Sheen  •  Laurence Fishburne

The Next Three Days (2010)

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A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of murdering her boss. Her husband John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. When the strain of being ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Haggis
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Brian Dennehy  •  RZA  •  Moran Atias

A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of murdering her boss. Her husband John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. When the strain of being ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Haggis
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Brian Dennehy  •  RZA  •  Moran Atias

Shades of Ray (2008)

American-born Ray Rehman comes home one night to find his Pakistani father on his doorstep. Ray's Caucasian mother threw him out. It's an awkward time for his father to move in as Ray just proposed to his Caucasian girlfriend - who hasn't given him an answer. While ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaffar Mahmood
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  Fran Kranz  •  Sarah Shahi  •  Bonnie Somerville

American-born Ray Rehman comes home one night to find his Pakistani father on his doorstep. Ray's Caucasian mother threw him out. It's an awkward time for his father to move in as Ray just proposed to his Caucasian girlfriend - who hasn't given him an answer. While ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaffar Mahmood
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  Fran Kranz  •  Sarah Shahi  •  Bonnie Somerville

Ben-Hur (2016)

A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Timur Bekmambetov
CAST:  Jack Huston  •  Toby Kebbell  •  Rodrigo Santoro  •  Nazanin Boniadi

A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Timur Bekmambetov
CAST:  Jack Huston  •  Toby Kebbell  •  Rodrigo Santoro  •  Nazanin Boniadi

Zoolander 2 (2016)

Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Owen Wilson  •  Will Ferrell  •  Penélope Cruz

Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Owen Wilson  •  Will Ferrell  •  Penélope Cruz

Hotel Mumbai (2019)

Mumbai, India, November 26, 2008. While several terrorists spread hatred and death through the city, others attack the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Both hotel staff and guests risk their lives, making unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and keep everyone safe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Maras
CAST:  Armie Hammer  •  Dev Patel  •  Nazanin Boniadi  •  Jason Isaacs

Mumbai, India, November 26, 2008. While several terrorists spread hatred and death through the city, others attack the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Both hotel staff and guests risk their lives, making unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and keep everyone safe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Maras
CAST:  Armie Hammer  •  Dev Patel  •  Nazanin Boniadi  •  Jason Isaacs

Bombshell (2019)

Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jay Roach
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Margot Robbie  •  John Lithgow

Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jay Roach
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Margot Robbie  •  John Lithgow

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2011)

A girl walks home alone at night and a man follows her with insidious intentions, but when he gets to her apartment, she turns the tables in the most surprising way…with her fangs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ana Lily Amirpour
CAST:  Nazanin Boniadi  •  Marshall Manesh

A girl walks home alone at night and a man follows her with insidious intentions, but when he gets to her apartment, she turns the tables in the most surprising way…with her fangs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ana Lily Amirpour
CAST:  Nazanin Boniadi  •  Marshall Manesh