Nazanin Boniadi is a British born actress of middle-eastern origin (Iran) whose rise to fame has been unprecedented. With her beauty and acting chops, she has been described as someone who inspires hope in people of similar ethnic origin. Folks look up to her, believing they can equally be successful in whatever career they choose, especially in a country that is not ingenuously theirs.
It is worthy to note that Boniadi is fluent in the Persian and English language and, that she and her mom were devout members of the Church of Scientology in the mid-2000s. More interesting facts about her below.
Bio (Age) – Who Is Nazanin Boniadi?
Nazanin Boniadi was born in Tehran, Iran, on the 22nd of May 1980 in the heat of the Iranian Revolution. As a result of this, her family decided to relocate to London to escape the violence. When the family was settled in London, Nazanin began taking violin and ballet lessons and would perform frequently whenever she had the chance.
She was also enrolled in a private high school and graduated successfully. Thereafter, she proceeded to the United States for her higher education after gaining admission into the University of California, Irvine to study Biological Sciences. While schooling, she worked as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of MedTimes, the university’s undergraduate medical newspaper. She also won an Undergraduate Research Award (Chang Pin-Chun) for her molecular research which was centered on cancer treatment and heart transplant rejection.
Coming from a high expecting family as hers, she was supposed to keep up with the pursuit of a career in science. But then, her passion for the arts was so strong that in 2006, she decided to pursue an acting career instead. Luckily for her, she soon landed a role as Leyla Mir on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama, General Hospital as well as its spinoff, General Hospital: Night Shift. The series made her the very first contract actress to portray a Middle Eastern character in the history of daytime television in the United States.
Nazanin Boniadi has been cast in a good number of supporting roles in Hollywood blockbuster movies some of which include; The Next Three Days, Iron Man, and Charlie Wilson’s War. She was featured on the sixth season of the hit CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, where she played the love interest of Niel Patrick Harris’ character, Barney Stinson. By 2013, she got a role on the 3rd season of the television series – Homeland, playing the role of Fara Sherazi, a CIA analyst. In 2016, she played Esther in the movie, Ben Hur. Recently (2018), Nazanin Bonaidi got cast as Clare Quayle in the television series, Counterparts.
Husband or Boyfriend; Is She Married or Dating?
When it comes to relationships, Nazanin Boniadi hasn’t been in many though she happens to be the crush of many because of her sheer radiance and captivating beauty. However, one relationship of hers which was quite controversial was the one she had with Tom Cruise between 2004 and 2005. As at the time the pair were dating, they were super-cool together but it soon emerged that it was a shady affair.
From what we learned, Nazanin Boniadi was a member of the Church of Scientology as well as her mum. While she was still a member of the church, Boniadi began volunteering for the Office of Special Affairs in Los Angeles. In the same period, the church official, Greg Wilhere informed her that she had been chosen for a higher assignment.
Though she was not told what the assignment was, she was asked to do the following; remove her dental braces, correct her red hair highlight to a single color, and then sign a confidentiality agreement which stated that she can’t abandon the project without approval from the church. After fulfilling all that was required of her, she was flown to New York the following month where the project was revealed. Nazanin was supposed to be a suitable girlfriend for Cruise.
She went along with it, but the relationship ended in 2005 because of claimed Cruise’s violent tendencies and temper tantrums. The church was obviously not happy with the breakup and sought to punish her by making her dig ditches at odd hours into the night as well as scrub floor tiles. She has since left the Church of Scientology and now identifies as a non-practicing Muslim.
Height and Body Measurements
Nazanin Boniadi inherited good middle-eastern body features to compliment her beauty. Being that a good body proportion comes in handy when it comes to acting, Nazanin scores well in this department. She stands at a good height of 1.62 m (5 feet 3 in) and her slim figure weighs 50kg (110 pounds).