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Leila Hatami

Iranian actress

Leila Hatami is ...


Born 1 October 1972 in Tehran
Age 50 years, 5 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship Iran
Father Ali Hatami
Mother Zari Khoshkam
Spouse Ali Mosaffa
Occupation film actor, film director and actor
Position held Member of the Jury at the Cannes Festival, Member of the Jury at the Venice International Film Festival and President of the Jury at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema
Awards Knight of the Legion of Honour, Silver Bear for Best Actress, Honorary Cyclo d’or, Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress, Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress, Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress, Montreal World Film Festival for Best Actress and FIPRESCI Award for Best Actress at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Instagram username leilahattami
Educated at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

About Leila Hatami

Leila Hatami: The Iranian Actress Making Waves in Hollywood

Leila Hatami was born on October 1, 1972, in Tehran, Iran. She grew up in a family of artists, with her mother being a famous Iranian actress and her father a well-known director. It was no surprise that Leila would follow in their footsteps and become an actress herself.

Leila's career began in the early 1990s, with her first major role in the film "Leila" directed by Dariush Mehrjui. The film was a critical success and won several awards, including the Best Film award at the Fajr Film Festival. This was just the beginning of Leila's rise to fame.

Over the years, Leila has starred in several Iranian films, including "The Deserted Station," "A Separation," and "The Last Step." Her performances have been praised by critics and audiences alike, and she has won numerous awards for her work.

In recent years, Leila has also made a name for herself in Hollywood. She starred in the 2014 film "Rosewater," directed by Jon Stewart, and also appeared in the 2016 film "The Salesman," which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Despite her success, Leila has faced criticism in her home country for her work in Hollywood. In 2014, she was criticized by Iranian officials for kissing the president of the Cannes Film Festival on the cheek, which was seen as a violation of Iran's strict Islamic dress code.

Leila has also been an advocate for women's rights in Iran. In 2014, she was one of several Iranian actresses who spoke out against a law that required women to wear headscarves in public. She has also been vocal about the need for more female representation in the Iranian film industry.

Leila's talent and activism have made her a beloved figure in both Iran and Hollywood. She continues to inspire audiences with her performances and her dedication to social justice.


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- "Iranian Actresses Speak Out Against Headscarf Law." BBC News, BBC, 14 May

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