Nazanin Boniadi is rapidly making her mark in both film and television. For two seasons, she co-starred as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “Homeland,” for which she shared a 2015 SAG Award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category. Boniadi next stars opposite Armie Hammer and Dev Patel in the upcoming film HOTEL MUMBAI, based on the astonishing true story of the victims and survivors of the devastating attack on Mumbai’s iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. She will also star alongside J.K. Simmons in the original Starz series “Counterpart”, a spy thriller created by Justin Marks and executive produced by Marks and Morten Tyldum. Boniadi plays Clare, an enigmatic young woman of curious origin who becomes a major linchpin as the season develops.
On film, Boniadi most recently co-starred as Esther opposite Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman in the MGM-Paramount remake of BEN-HUR, directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Her credits also include Tyldum’s PASSENGERS, Paul Haggis’ THE NEXT THREE DAYS and Jon Favreau’s IRON MAN.
Among Boniadi’s many television credits, she 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.” She also appeared as the notorious Adnan Salif in season three of Shonda Rhimes’ hit political drama “Scandal”.
Born in Tehran at the height of the Iranian Revolution, Boniadi’s parents relocated to London shortly thereafter, where she was raised with an emphasis on education. While she was involved in theatre early in life, Boniadi later decided she wanted to become a physician. She moved to the United States to attend the University of California, Irvine, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree, with Honors (Dean’s Academic Achievement and Service Award) in Biological Sciences, and won the “Chang Pin Chun” Undergraduate Research Award for her work in heart-transplant rejection and cancer research.
Switching gears to pursue her first love, Boniadi then decided to study acting, which included training in Contemporary Drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London under the supervision of dramaturge Lloyd Trott.
Boniadi is fluent in both English and Persian.