During the 1978 Islamic revolution, Aghdashloo left Iran for England, completing her education. Her interest in politics and her concern for social injustice in the world, led her to earn a B.A. degree in International Relations.
She continued to pursue her acting career, which eventually brought her to Los Angeles in 1987. She went on to marry actor/playwright Houshang Touzie, performing in a number of his plays, successfully taking them to national and international amounts. However it was not straightforward getting work in Hollywood as a middle eastern actress with an accent, she had roles in some decent though not wonderful films including “Twenty Bucks” “Surviving Paradise” and “Maryam”. She had to wait really some time to get a “Hollywood” break.
And finally, years after having read the acclaimed novel “House of sand and fog”, Dreamworks were in the generating of bringing the story to the massive screen. After having cast Ben Kingsley as Massoud Amir Behrani and Jennifer Connelly in the lead roles, they were looking for a relatively unknown Iranian actress to play Kingsley’s wife, Nadi. Shohreh Aghdashloo was duly cast. She stole the limelight and earned herself an Academy award nomination as greatest supporting actress amongst several other prestigious awards, including the Independent spirit award as best supporting actress in a feature film, The New York and Los Angeles film critics award and others.
|Date of Birth||11 May 1952|
|Place of Birth||Tehran, Iran|