Shohreh Aghdashloo

Aghdashloo was born in Tehran, Iran, as Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar, the daughter of Effie (née al-Sadat) and Anushiravan Vaziri-Tabar. She has three brothers: Shahram, Shahriar, and Shahrokh. Her stage name is from the family name of her first husband, painter Aydin Aghdashloo. After their marriage in 1972 when she was 19 and he was 31, she began attending theatre workshops, against the wishes of her family. She had always wanted to be an actress, and soon began playing leading roles in Iranian theatre and film. They did not have children and were divorced in 1979, when she left Iran for England at the start of the Iranian Revolution.

Once she arrived in England, she earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations because of her interest in politics after having to leave her home country. She was already familiar with England, as her parents took her to London as a child. She then continued to pursue her acting career, which brought her to Los Angeles. In 1987, Aghdashloo married actor/playwright Houshang Touzie. They have a daughter, Tara Touzie, born in 1989. She has since performed in a number of Touzie's plays, successfully taking them to national and international stages, primarily in the Iranian community.

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Cast Credits

The Expanse (2015)
Starring as Chrisjen Avasarala (10 episodes)
Scorpion (2014)
Guest starring as Dr. Cassandra Davis
Believe (2014)
Guest starring as Mrs. Delkash
  • Episode 1x03: Origin (Mar 23, 2014)
Elementary (2012)
Guest starring as Donya Esfandiari
The Mob Doctor (2012)
Guest starring as Dr. Lauren Baylor (2 episodes)
Grimm (2011)
Guest starring as Stefania Vaduva Popescu (7 episodes)
House of Saddam (2008)
Starring as Sajida Talfah
Smith (2006)
Starring as Charlie
Bones (2005)
Guest starring as Azita Vaziri
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
Guest starring as Shohreh Aghdashloo
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Guest starring as Dr. Helen Crawford
House (2004)
Guest starring as Afsoun Hamidi
NCIS (2003)
Guest starring as Mariam Bawali
24 (2001)
Guest starring as Dina Araz (11 episodes)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Detective Saliyah "Sunny" Qadri (2 episodes)
  • Episode 12x14: Dirty (Jan 19, 2011)
  • Episode 12x11: Pop (Jan 5, 2011)
Will & Grace (1998)
Guest starring as Pam
The Simpsons (1989)
Guest starring as Mina