Persian beauty Nazanin Boniadi took a considerable career turn in 2006 when she started to pursue acting instead of being a woman of Science. Although, ironically, her first significant acting project was to portray registered Nurse Leyla Mir in the SOAPnet spin-off series General Hospital: Night Shift. With the very same role, Boniadi was nominated in 2008 for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series.
Boniadi had been on hit films such as Iron Man, The Next Three Days, Hotel Mumbai, and Passengers. The ever-talented Persian actress also made her way into television series. She was widely known for her recurring portrayal of Nora, the hot co-worker and friend of Robin (Cobie Smulders). Her character evolved to one of the many love interests of the infamous playboy Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) from How I Met Your Mother.
In the most recent years of the 2000s, Boniadi gained regular roles on various television series, namely Homeland, Scandal, and Counterpart. Her role as Clare Quayle on Counterpart received praise from critics and viewers; even as the show came to an end, her character left a lasting impression on those who followed the series.
Nazanin was not only active in her acting career, but she was also a human rights activist. From 2009 to 2015, the actress served as a spokesperson for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). She aimed to bring light to the unjust conviction and treatment of Iranian youth, women, and prisoners of conscience. Boniadi worked on the Webby Award-winning project with AIUSA, providing a voiceover to a public service announcement, Power of Words with Morgan Freeman. She was an emcee and panelist for the many Iranian-related events.
Merging her two passions, Boniadi started an Amnesty International petition for Iranian film directors Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi, fighting against the accusations of propaganda against the state. Hollywood directors and actors have supported and signed the petition, ultimately allowing Boniadi to forward her cause.
In 2011, Boniadi received recognition for her activism. During the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival, she received the Social Cinema Award in acknowledgment of the actress’s contribution to Amnesty International. The actress graced the second day of the festival after being seen around in Ischia, Italy, and paparazzi snapping a photo of the actress in a sexy white bikini.
With her continuous partnership with Amnesty International USA, the actress has her own published blog page. Aside from that, she has her website, which showcases her works over the years, covering her credits in big-screen films and television series. Her website shows her hottest photos, too, including a shot of her bikini-clad upper body.
Earlier this year, Amazon Prime announced Boniadi to join the cast of The Lord of the Rings. Her role in the upcoming film remains undisclosed.