Nazanin Boniadi is an Iranian-British actress currently living and working in the United States.
Born in Tehran, Iran at the height of the Iranian Revolution, Nazanin's parents relocated to London shortly thereafter. She is fluent in both English and Farsi. She is a dedicated human rights activist and an official spokesperson for Amnesty International USA, with a focus on women's rights and bringing attention to the unjust conviction and treatment of youth, women and prisoners of conscience in Iran.
Nazanin wanted to become a physician. She moved to the United States to attend the University of California Irvine where she received her Bachelor's Degree, with Honors (Dean's Academic Achievement and Service Award) in Biological Sciences, and won the "Chang Pin Chun" Undergraduate Research Award for her work in heart-transplant rejection and cancer research.
Boniadi changed her career path from medicine and started pursuing acting in 2006. Her first major acting role was as Leyla Mir on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama General Hospital and its SOAPnet spin-off series General Hospital: Night Shift, making her the first contract actor to play a Middle Eastern character in American daytime television history. She is also the first Iranian-born actress to ever be on contract on an American soap opera.
She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 2008 for her role in General Hospital.
Boniadi has also landed supporting roles in several major Hollywood film productions, such as Charlie Wilson's War directed by Mike Nichols, Iron Man directed by Jon Favreau, and The Next Three Days directed by Paul Haggis.
She played Nora, a love interest for Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson, on the sixth season of the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She reprised this role during the show's seventh and ninth seasons.
In May 2013, Boniadi joined the cast of Homeland season 3, as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi, and was promoted to series regular for the show's fourth season.
Boniadi also appeared in an 8 episode arc on season 3 of Scandal as antagonist Adnan Salif.