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Golshifteh Farahani

Born Name: Rahavard Farahani
Date of Birth: 10 July 1983
Place of Birth: Tehran, Iran
Height: 1.69 m
Nationality: Iranian
Alma mater: Azad University
Occupation: Actress,musician,singer
Spouse(s): Amin Mahdavi (m. 2003; div. 2013), Christos Dorje Walker(m. 2015; div. 2017)
Parent(s): Behzad Farahani
Fahimeh Rahiminia
Relatives: Shaghayegh Farahani (sister)
Golshifteh Farahani (born 10 July 1983) is an Iranian actress and singer. She has appeared in 35 films, many of which have received international recognition. She was nominated for the Most Promising Actress Award for The Patience Stone at the 2014 Cesar Awards in France, and won the Best Actress Award for Boutique from the 26th Nantes Three Continents Festival (France). In recent years, she has had prominent roles in movies by well-known Iranian and international directors, including Asghar Farhadi, Bahman Ghobadi, Rasool Mollagholipoor, Jim Jarmusch, Ridley Scott, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

She starred in the drama About Elly, which won Best Picture at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Due to the questions the film raised about Iranian society, she has not worked in Iran since. She currently resides in France.

Early life
Farahani was born on 10 July 1983 in Tehran, the daughter of Behzad Farahani, a theatre director and actor, and Fahimeh Rahim Nia. Her sister is actress Shaghayegh Farahani. Golshifteh began studying music and piano at age five, and later entered a music school in Tehran. At 14, she was cast as the lead in Dariush Mehrjui's The Pear Tree, a role for which she won the Crystal Roc for Best Actress from the International Section of the 16th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.

Career
Farahani starred in The Patience Stone (2012), directed by Atiq Rahimi from his novel; it was favorably received by most reviewers. She also starred in a 2012 César Award video in the Most Promising Actors category.

In 2016, Farahani played Anna Karenina on stage in Paris and received laudatory reviews. She also played the lead role of Laura in director Jim Jarmusch's American feature film Paterson, opposite actor Adam Driver. The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews, scoring 96% approval on the movie site Rotten Tomatoes.

In 2017, she appeared in the fantasy film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales as the sea witch Shansa.

She is slated to appear in director Dariush Mehrjui's film Rumi's Kimia, which will be based on Saideh Ghods's novel "Kimia Khatoon".

Non-film work

Golshifteh Farahani during an interview with BBC Persian
Farahani is involved in environmental causes, and is an advocate for the eradication of tuberculosis in Iran.

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In December 2014, she took 6th place in the annual Independent Critics Beauty List of 2014.

Since moving to Paris, she has worked with directors Roland Joffe, Hiner Saleem and Marjane Satrapi, among others, and was a member of the international jury at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival.

Controversy
After Farahani's appearance in the U.S. film Body of Lies, it was reported that government authorities had prevented her from leaving Iran. However, this was denied by her colleagues, and she appeared at the movie's American premiere. Her last film performance in Iran was in About Elly directed by Asghar Farhadi.

In January 2012, it was reported that Farahani would not be welcome in her homeland after posing nude in the French Madame Figaro. According to Britain's Daily Telegraph, Iranian government officials told her, "Iran does not need actors or artists like you. You may offer your artistic services somewhere else." A picture from the shoot on her Facebook page initiated a lively debate about her behavior. She also appeared topless in a short black-and-white film by Jean-Baptiste Mondino called Corps et Âmes (Bodies and Souls).

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