The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Iranian Actors of all time. This list of famous Iranian Actors is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Iranian Actors.
With an HPI of 66.44, Shohreh Aghdashloo is the most famous Iranian Actor. Her biography has been translated into 38 different languages on wikipedia.
Shohreh Aghdashloo (Persian: شهره آغداشلو, pronounced [ʃohˈɾe ɒɢdɒʃˈluː]; born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar; May 11, 1952) is an Iranian-American actress. Following numerous starring roles on the stage, her first major film role was in The Report (Gozāresh) (1977) directed by Abbas Kiarostami, which won the Critics Award at the Moscow Film Festival. Her next film was Shatranje Bad (A Chess Game of the Wind), directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani, which screened at several film festivals. Both films were banned in her home country; but, in 1978, Aghdashloo won acclaim for her performance in Sooteh Delan (Broken-hearted), directed by Ali Hatami, which established her as one of Iran's leading actresses. After establishing a theatre and film career in Iran, Aghdashloo moved to England during the Iranian Revolution in 1979, subsequently becoming a U.S. citizen. After several years playing small roles in television and film, her performance in House of Sand and Fog (2003) brought her several film critics' awards and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has continued to play supporting and character roles in film and television, including a starring role as Chrisjen Avasarala on The Expanse (2015–present), and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her work in the HBO original miniseries House of Saddam (2008). In 2013, she released her autobiography titled The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines.
With an HPI of 61.92, Behrouz Vossoughi is the 2nd most famous Iranian Actor. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Behrouz Vossoughi (Persian: بهروز وثوقی, born Khalil Vossoughi, Persian: خلیل وثوقی, 11 March 1938) is an Iranian actor, TV host and model, with appearances in more than 90 films and plays. He has also worked in television, radio and theater. His work has earned him recognition at several international film festivals, including for Best Actor at the International Film Festival of India in 1974 and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2006.
With an HPI of 60.98, Shaun Toub is the 3rd most famous Iranian Actor. His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Shaun Toub (Persian: شان توب, born April 6, 1963) is an Iranian-American actor. He is best known for his roles as Yinsen in Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 3 (2013), Farhad in Crash (2004), Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner (2007), Majid Javadi in the Showtime TV series Homeland, and Faraz Kamali in Tehran (2020).
With an HPI of 60.35, Navid Negahban is the 4th most famous Iranian Actor. His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.
Navid Negahban (Persian: نوید نگهبان; born June 2, 1968) is an Iranian-American actor. He has appeared on 24, Homeland, Mistresses and as Amahl Farouk / Shadow King in the second and third seasons of FX's Legion. He has also starred as The Sultan in the live-action remake of Aladdin.
With an HPI of 56.76, Golshifteh Farahani is the 5th most famous Iranian Actor. Her biography has been translated into 34 different languages.
Rahavard Farahani (Persian: رهاورد فراهانی, born 10 July 1983), known professionally as Golshifteh Farahani, is an Iranian actress. She has appeared in over 30 films, many of which have received international recognition. She was nominated for the Most Promising Actress Award for The Patience Stone at the 2014 Cesar Awards in France, and won the Best Actress Award for Boutique from the 26th Nantes Three Continents Festival (France). In recent years, she has had prominent roles in movies by well-known Iranian and international directors, including Asghar Farhadi, Bahman Ghobadi, Rasoul Mollagholipour, Jim Jarmusch, Ridley Scott, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. She starred in the drama About Elly, which won Best Picture at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Due to her appearance in the Hollywood movie Body of Lies, seen by Iranian authorities as a collaboration with American propaganda and violating Islamic law by appearing without hijab, she has not been allowed to return and work in Iran since 2009 and has since resided in France.
With an HPI of 55.12, Leila Hatami is the 6th most famous Iranian Actor. Her biography has been translated into 30 different languages.
Leila Hatami (Persian: لیلا حاتمی Leylā Hātamī; born October 1, 1972) is an Iranian actress. She is known for her work in Iranian cinema, including her performance in the Academy Award-winning film A Separation, for which she won the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival.
With an HPI of 55.01, Nazanin Boniadi is the 7th most famous Iranian Actor. Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.
Nazanin Boniadi (; Persian: نازنین بنیادی, [nɑːzæˈniːn bonjɑːˈdiː]; born 22 May 1980) is an English actress. Born in Iran and raised in London, she went to university in the United States, where she landed her first major acting role as Leyla Mir in the medical drama General Hospital (2007–2009) and its spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift (2007). Since then, she is best known for playing "Nora" in the hit TV series "How I Met Your Mother", Fara Sherazi in the Showtime spy thriller series Homeland (2013–2014), Esther in the historical drama film Ben-Hur (2016), Clare Quayle in the Starz sci-fi thriller series Counterpart (2017–2018), and Zahra Kashani in the action thriller film Hotel Mumbai (2018). Boniadi was an Amnesty International spokesperson from 2009 to 2015 and has been a board member of the Center for Human Rights in Iran since 2015.
With an HPI of 53.97, Jasmin Tabatabai is the 8th most famous Iranian Actor. Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Jasmin Tabatabai (Persian: یاسمین طباطبائی [jɒːsˈmiːn tæbɒːtæbɒːˈʔiː]; born 8 June 1967 in Tehran, Iran) is a German actress and singer.
With an HPI of 53.57, Shahab Hosseini is the 9th most famous Iranian Actor. His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.
Seyyed Shahab Hosseini (Persian: سید شهاب حسینی, born 3 February 1974) is an Iranian actor and director. A popular actor in Iran, internationally he is known for collaborations with Iranian writer and director Asghar Farhadi in About Elly (2009), A Separation (2011), and The Salesman (2016). He has won the Silver Bear for Best Actor for A Separation together with the male cast in 61st Berlin International Film Festival, and the Best Actor Award in 2016 Cannes Film Festival for his role in The Salesman. Shahab Hosseini for the first time won Crystal Simorgh for Superstar movie in (2009) year. In 2013, he made his movie directing debut. In 2020, Shahab Hosseini co-founded Pol Media ("pol" translating to "bridge" in Persian) with director Kourosh Ahari and producer Alex Bretow, a distribution and production company aiming to "bridge the gap" between Iranian art, culture and cinema with that of the U.S..He is coming up with first ever Turkish-Iranian film, Mest-i Aşk. He will be in the lead role alongside Hande Erçel, Parsa Pirouzfar, İbrahim Çelikkol, Selma Ergeç, Bensu Soral and Boran Kuzum.
With an HPI of 52.55, Rosie Malek-Yonan is the 10th most famous Iranian Actor. Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.
Rosie Malek-Yonan (b. July 4, 1965) is an Assyrian-American actress, author, director, public figure and activist. Malek-Yonan became a noted pianist at an early age. Having graduated from the University of Cambridge, she settled in the United States, where she pursued a career in music and dramatic arts. As an actress she appeared in well over 30 films and television series, including Up Close & Personal (1996) and Rendition (2007), as well as, among others, Dynasty, CSI: Miami, JAG, ER and Babylon 5. She also authored The Crimson Field, a historical novel set in the times of the Assyrian genocide during World War I; the book is one of the most popular pieces of prose among modern Assyrians.
Pantheon has 15 people classified as actors born between 1938 and 1988. Of these 15, 15 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living actors include Shohreh Aghdashloo, Behrouz Vossoughi, and Shaun Toub. As of October 2020, 2 new actors have been added to Pantheon including Behrouz Vossoughi and Jasmin Tabatabai.
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