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General Hospital“, “How I Met Your Mother“, “Grey’s Anatomy” are some of the show in which she appeared. You recognize her? If not, thinking of “Homeland” and you will immediately know who is the lady in the picture. Nazanin Boniadi, the Iranian-British actress who now works in “Showtime“‘s big drama series. Now let’s find out the carrer of this beautiful and young actress. 

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Nazanin was born in Tehran, Iran, but she moved with her parents to London when she was a little baby. When she grew up she moved to USA and she got a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California Irvine. In 2006 she changed her mind and she started her carrer as actress. First of all she appeared as “Simmi” in the short film “Kal: Yesterday & Tomorrow” in 2006 then, in 2007, she portraied Josie in 2 episodes of the series “The Game“. After that, she was noticed by ABC and then she was chosen to appear in the daytime soap-opera “General Hospital” as Leyla Mir.

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She appeared for 119 episodes in the drama and she became the first contract actor to play a Middle Eastern character in the daytime television history. She also became the first Iranian-born actress to be under contract with an American Soap Opera. Thanks to this role she was nominated in 2008 for “NAAP Image Award” for “Outstanding Actress in Daytime Drama Series“. After this experience, in 2008 she appeared as Amira Ahmed, a supporting role, in the movie “Iron Man” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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In 2010 she appeared in some episodes of “24“, “Hawthorne” and “The Deep End” and in 2011 she was chosen to appear in “How I Met Your Mother“.

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She played, for 9 episodes, Nora, a love interest of Barney Stinson (Neil Patick Harris) during the sixth season of the series. She also appeared, always as Nora, during the seventh season of the show.

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And then, where did we see her? Well, do you know the brand “Nespresso“? Yes, I’m sure you know it but do you remember the commercial “The Swap“? No? Watch it below.

Have you seen someone who looks very familiar? Yes, Nazanin appeared in the Nespresso’s commercial with George Clooney in November 2011. After this experience, in 2012, Nazanin take part in an episode of “CSI” and in two episodes of “Best Friends Forever” and in 2013 she appeared also in an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” as Amrita.

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The television channel “Showtime” noticed her and her talent so they decided to cast her as Fara Sherazi in the drama series “Homeland“.

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She portrays a young and talented analyst who works with Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) and Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in a special super top secret mission.
Nazanin is not known only for her carrer but also for her activism because she is the spokeswoman for “Amnesty International USA” and she won a lot of awards for her contribution and her humanitarian work.

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In the future she will appear in the movie “Desert Dancer” directed by Richard Raymond, starring Freida Pinto and we hope that her popularity will grow a lot because she is definitely one of the best actress on the scene.

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