Shohreh Aghdashloo stars in "The Expanse" on Syfy as Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks of Earth's governing body without once standing for election.

A prominent actress on both stage and screen, Shohreh Aghdashloo has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career, most notably her prodigious performance as Nadi in "House of Sand and Fog," which earned her an Academy Award nomination. Aghdashloo also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for the HBO miniseries "House of Saddam," in which she portrays Sadaam Hussein's wife Sajida. The miniseries explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his closest advisers.

On the big screen, Aghdashloo can be seen in "Septembers of Shiraz" with Adrien Brody and Salma Hayek, "The Last Knights" with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton, "The Stoning of Soraya M." with Jim Caviezel, and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," alongside America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel.

In "The Nativity Story," directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Aghdashloo transformed herself as Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. The film looks at the life of the Virgin Mary before the birth of Christ, following Mary and Joseph's lives including their relationships with other Biblical characters, such as Elizabeth, who is Mary's cousin.

Other notable roles for Aghdashloo include "The Lake House," starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, "American Dreamz," "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."

On television, Aghdashloo recently played the recurring role of Stefania Vaduva Popescu in NBC's "Grimm." She also recurred in FOX's "The Mob Doctor" and ABC's "FlashForward" and starred in CBS's "Smith." Recent guest appearances include "Bones," "Believe," "Portlandia," "NCIS," "House," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Simpsons" and "Grey's Anatomy."

During the 2005-2006 television season, Aghdashloo captured audiences on the small screen as a guest star on two popular television series, "ER" and "Will & Grace." Prior to these appearances she was a critically-acclaimed guest star on FOX's award-winning drama, "24," opposite Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winning Kiefer Sutherland.

Born in Tehran in 1952 to an intellectual, creative family, Aghdashloo spent her twenties performing in various cutting-edge performance groups, among them the acclaimed Drama Workshop of Tehran. Based upon her work there, Aghdashloo was cast by directors Abbas Kiarostami and Ali Hatami — two towering figures of the nascent Iranian New Wave — to play starring roles in 1977's "Gozaresh" and "Sute-Delan."

In the late 1970s, Aghdashloo left Iran for London, England, where she earned a degree in international relations. She was on the verge of accepting a position at a newspaper when a friend presented her with a play, called "Rainbow," about the Iranian Revolution and its discontents. Aghdashloo put her journalism career on hold — for what would turn out to be an indefinite length of time. "Rainbow" was such a success it toured the United States, where Aghdashloo was reunited with Drama Workshop colleague Houshang Touzie. The two married in Los Angeles in the late 1980s.

It was her work on film, in topical dramas such as "America So Beautiful" and "Maryam" — bot about the struggle of Iranian immigrants in the U.S — that caught the attention of director Vadim Perelman, who was looking to cast the supporting role of Nadi in his big-screen adaptation of the best-selling book, "House of Sand and Fog." Aghdashloo's subtle, simmering performance brought her kudos from the Independent Spirit Awards, the New York Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics associations, all of which named her 2003's Best Supporting Actress. The Academy followed suit, nominating Shohreh as an Oscar contender.

Having found notoriety in the world of film, Aghdashloo continues to indulge her passion for the stage, working alongside Houshang Touzie to write, perform and produce Farsi language theater for an Iranian audience through her traveling theater group, Drama Workshop '79.

Aghdashloo currently resides in Los Angeles wit h her husband and daughter.

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Age: 65 years old
Birthday: May 11, 1952
Height: 5' 5"
Full Name / Real Name: Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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