Most Famous Iranian Celebrities
Over the past few years, many famous Iranian celebrities have become recognized internationally. Since many Iranians intend to hide their birthplace, most people never realize they are Iranians. For example, Sam Asghari is one of the most famous Persian celebrities who informs everyone about Iran’s heritage and tries to internationalize the ancient culture of his birthplace. However, how many well-known Iranians are working internationally and considered ambassadors of Persian culture? In this article, we will mention the most prominent Iranian celebrities.
If you have even seen one episode of “Game of Thrones,” its fantastic soundtrack will undoubtedly fascinate you. This magical music is the work of German-Iranian composer Ramin Djawadi. Apart from this series, he also composed the soundtrack of Iron Man in 2008. However, Djawadi has worked as a composer in many famous series and films. Some of Djawadi’s other works include composing for the series Prison Break, Person of Interest, Jack Ryan, and Westworld, as well as the films Clash of the Titans, Pacific Rim, WarCraft, and A Wrinkle in Time. Ramin Djawadi was born in Duisburg, Germany, to an Iranian father and a German mother. It is interesting to know that Hans Zimmer, who has several academy awards in his career, discovered the talent of Ramin Javadi and worked with him. Djawadi will also compose the soundtrack for the highly expected Eternals and the Game of Thrones prequel series. Ramin Djawadi is married to Jennifer Hawkes, who also worked in music in Hollywood, and they have two twin children.
Andre Kirk Agassi
Andre Agassi is a famous American tennis player of Iranian origin who was once considered the number one tennis player in the world. Agassi has won the Grand Slam tournament eight times and has a 1996 Olympic gold medal in his career. In addition, Agassi was in the finals of Grand Slam tournaments seven more times, but he lost. At his peak, Agassi became the first male tennis player to win the Australian Open four times, a record later broken by Novak Djokovic. His father was Emmanuel “Mike” Agassi, an Iranian Olympic boxer, and his mother was Elizabeth “Betty” Agassi. Agassi’s father was an Armenian Assyrian of Iranian descent, and their last name was changed from Agassian to Agassi long ago to protect them from Turkish government genocide. Agassi’s father could immigrate from Iran to America with many difficulties at 20. Andre Agassi was engaged to the famous American actress and singer Barbra Streisand for a while, although Streisand was 28 years older than Agassi.
Christiane Amanpour is a famous Iranian-British journalist and presenter and one of the senior editors of CNN, who hosts a renowned program on this news network with his name. Amanpour was born in London, but his father’s name is Mohammad Taghi, and his mother’s name is Patricia Ann Amanpour. Christiane Amanpour’s father was from Tehran and was one of the senior managers of Homa Airlines. Christiane Amanpour moved to Tehran with her family immediately after her birth and lived in Iran until she was 11. During the Iran-Iraq war, Amanpour’s family returned to England, and then Amanpour went to the United States to study journalism. Christiane Amanpour is said to be the highest-paid journalist and presenter in the world. In 1998, the famous presenter married James Rubin, a former adviser to the secretary of state and spokesperson for the department during the presidency of Clinton, but they separated in 2018. He has a close relationship with the royal family and some senior military officers of the monarchical period. He has a child named Dariush and interviewed the most prominent world leaders.
Shohreh Aghdashloo, name Shahri Vaziri, was born in Iran in 1952. She is a famous Iranian-born actress whose first notable role was in the movie “Report” in 1355, directed by Abbas Kiarostami. she later repeated her success with the films “Chess” and “Sote Delan” and became a well-known figure in Iranian cinema. She moved to England during the Islamic Revolution and subsequently got US citizenship. Aghdashloo has played in many renowned series, the most famous of which is the House of Saddam series in 2008.
It should be noted that Aghdashloo was first married to the famous Iranian painter Aydin Aghdashloo, a marriage that took place in 1972 when Shohreh was 19 years old and Aydin Aghdashloo was 31 years old, and it was then that she chose the surname Aghdashloo. They separated in 1979, having no children. Among the films that Aghdashloo acted in after leaving Iran, Septembers of Shiraz, House of Sand and Fog, and Surviving Paradise can be mentioned. She has also starred in popular series such as 24, Will & Grace, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, The Expanse, and The Punisher.
Nazanin Boniadi is a British actress of Iranian origin. She was born in Iran and grew up in London, but she moved to the United States to continue her education. Nazanin Boniadi was born in Tehran during the Islamic revolution and moved to London with her family less than a month after her birth. As a child, Nazanin went dancing ballet and playing the violin. She graduated from the University of California with a degree in biological sciences. In 2009, she completed her studies in contemporary theater at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. After some time, she abandoned her medical studies and made a name for herself by acting in the drama series General Hospital, thus becoming the first actress to play a long-term role of a Middle Eastern character in a series.
Later, Boniadi starred in the movies Charlie Wilson’s War, Iron Man and The Next Three Days and was present in the sixth to ninth seasons of How I Met Your Mother. In 2013, Nazanin played the role of CIA analyst Fara Shirazi in the third season of Homeland and became one of the key actors in the fourth season. He also played the opposite of Ben-Hur in the failed remake of Ben-Hur in 2016. Nazanin now lives in Los Angeles and is said to be a believer in Scientology. In early 2005, Boniadi briefly dated Tom Cruise. After some time, because of the difficulties Scientology had created for Boniadi, she left the church and called herself a Muslim.
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