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SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO (Dr. Anna Klyczynski) earned critical acclaim with an Academy Award nomination and Best Supporting Actress honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the New York Film Critics and the Online Film Critics associations as well as the Independent Spirit Award, for her role as the supportive and sympathetic wife of a proud Iranian immigrant (played by Ben Kingsley) in House of Sand and Fog.

Aghdashloo, a noted film and theatre actress in her native Iran, began her career on the stage with the Drama Workshop of Tehran at the age of nineteen. She debuted on the motion picture screen a few years later in the 1977 feature Gozaresh ("The Report”) for renowned director Abbass Kiarostami, which won the Critics Award at the Moscow Film Festival. She followed this triumph with a role in Shatranje Bad ("Chess with the Wind”), also a film festival favorite. While her initial projects were banned in her home country, she scored a huge success with Sooteh-Delan ("Broken Hearts”), directed by the late Iranian filmmaker Ali Hatami, which established her as one of Iran's leading actresses.

Just as her movie career began to crest, the Shah of Iran's regime crumbled, forcing the Tehran-born talent to flee her home country during the 1978 Islamic Revolution. Aghdashloo settled in England, where she completed her education in International Relations at the International University Europe in Waterford while putting her acting career on hold. She resumed her career onstage in 1984 in a Farsi-language play that was also staged in several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, where the actress married longtime acquaintance, Iranian playwright Houshang Touzie. She has since performed in several of his works while forming Drama Workshop ‘79, a theatre company created in memory of the Revolution and dedicated to producing plays in her native language.

In addition to her stage work, Aghdashloo has appeared in several independent films, including Guests of Hotel Astoria, Twenty Bucks, Surviving Paradise, Maryam, America So Beautiful, Possessed and Pulse (the latter two are part of socially passionate filmmaker Shirin Neshat's trilogy). She co-starred in last fall's box office hit, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and will next be seen in X-Men: The Last Stand.

Aghdashloo was also critically acclaimed for her role in season four of the Emmywinning series 24, playing Dina Araz, a Muslim wife and mother involved in terrorist activities in Los Angeles.


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