NAZANIN BONIADI (Parisa Ghaffarian) is rapidly making her
mark in both film and television. She currently co-stars as CIA analyst Fara
Sherazi on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama "Homeland". Among her
many television credits, Ms. Boniadi portrayed Nora, a relatively longstanding
love interest to Neil Patrick Harris's Barney Stinson, in seasons six
and seven of "How I Met Your Mother". She also appeared as the notorious Adnan
Salif in season three of ABC's hit political drama "Scandal".
On film, Ms. Boniadi appeared as Amira Ahmed in Jon Favreau's Iron Man and
portrayed a young mother, Elaine, in Paul Haggis' The Next Three Days.
Ms. Boniadi first garnered attention for her work as Nurse Leyla Mir on
"General Hospital" for which she received a 2008 NAACP Image Award nomination
for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series.
Born in Tehran at the height of the Iranian Revolution, Ms. Boniadi's parents
relocated to London shortly thereafter, where she was raised with an emphasis on
education. While she was involved in theatre early in life and earned her first
TV credit as a guest host on the children's show "Early Bird", Ms. Boniadi later
decided she 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.
Switching gears to pursue her first love, Ms. Boniadi then decided to study
acting, which included training in Contemporary Drama at the Royal Academy of
Dramatic Arts in London under the supervision of dramaturge Lloyd Trott.
Ms. Boniadi is fluent in both English and Farsi. She is a dedicated human
rights activist and an official spokesperson for Amnesty International USA.