Golshifteh Farahani is an Iranian actress who has appeared in several critically acclaimed films over the years and has been recognized by the international film fraternity for being a fine performer. She is known for being bold and daring. Many of the films she has appeared in have kindled controversy in Iran. Some of her films like ‘Haft Parde’, ‘Deux fereshté’, and ‘Bab'Aziz: Le prince qui contemplait son âme’ have been banned by the Iranian government. Despite being a controversial actress, she has also received much recognition for her brilliant acting skills. Farahani has won several accolades over the course of her career, establishing her credentials as an exceptional actress in the international film scenario. She won the Best Actress Award at the Nantes Three Continents Festival as well as at the House of Cinema Festival. Farahani has also won the Prix d'Interpretation Feminine award at the Nantes Three Continents Festival.
Golshifteh Farahani started her acting career in 1997 with Dariush Mehrjui’s directorial drama movie ‘The Pear Tree (Derakht-e-Golabi)’. She was awarded the Simorgh Prize for Best Actress at the Fajr Film Festival for her portrayal of ‘Mim’ (aka Mitra) in the film. She later appeared in the controversial film ‘Haft Parde (Seven Acts)’ which was banned by the Iranian government in the country.
Her next film, ‘Deux fereshté (Two Angels)’, released in 2003, was selected at the Cannes Film Festival for the Semaine de la Critique award. This film was also banned by the Iranian government in the country. She won the Best Actress awards at the Nantes Three Continents Festival and at the House of Cinema Festival in Tehran for her role of ‘Eti’ in the film ‘Boutique’ (2003). She also won an award at the Kazan international Film Festival for her role in the film ‘Ashk-e Sarma (The Tear of the Cold)’ in 2004.
Farahani has been part of many films like ‘Niwemang (Half Moon)’, ‘Bab'Aziz: Le prince qui contemplait son âme’, and ‘To Each His Cinema,’ all of which have been banned in Iran. She appeared in the American spy thriller film ‘Body of Lies’ as ‘Aisha’. This film too was heavily criticized in Iran and Farahani had to face much hatred from the citizens of her homeland. Over the next decade, Farahani appeared in many films, the most popular ones being ‘There Be Dragons’, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’, and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’.
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Family & Personal Life
Golshifteh Farahani was born in Tehran on July 10, 1983, as Rahavard Farahani. She is the daughter of Fahimeh Rahimnia and Behzad Farahani, who is a theatre director as well as an actor. She went to a music school during her childhood and graduated from the Azad University of Iran. Farahani appeared naked in the French magazine ‘Madame Figaro’ which landed her in trouble in her home country, Iran. She was told by the authorities that she will not be welcomed back in the country and that her artistic values are not appreciated by the country’s people.
Farahani has also been vocal about environmental issues and has also become an ambassador for fighting tuberculosis in Iran. After she was told not to return to her native country, she took French citizenship and has been living in Paris since then.
She married Amin Mahdavi in 2003 but the marriage ended in a divorce after ten years. After relocating to France, she married Christos Dorje Walker in 2015. The couple divorced two years later.