Photo of Shohreh Aghdashloo Shohreh Aghdashloo

Born in Tehran, Iran, on May 11, 1952, Shohreh Aghdashloo left her home country for Britain during the throes of the Iranian Revolution, just as she was beginning to show promise in the Iranian cinema with a trio of feature films: Shatranje bad (1976), Gozaresh (1977) and Sooteh-Delan (1978).

Setting aside her acting aspirations for more serious pursuits, she studied to become a political journalist but returned to the theater at a friend's urging, eventually crossing paths with Iranian actor-playwright Houshang Touzie, who would later become her husband and business partner.

But it was Aghdashloo's compelling performance in House of Sand and Fog (2003) that netted the actress a slew of critical accolades and her first Oscar nomination. She has also appeared on television in "24," "Grey's Anatomy" and the miniseries House of Saddam, for which she garnered her first Emmy win.

Shohreh Aghdashloo in The Expanse

The Expanse

2015 TV-14

In this futuristic space drama, the task of finding a missing woman brings together a jaded detective and the captain of an ice freighter. But their search soon draws them into a mystery that proves far deeper than the one they set out to solve.

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