Bahar Soomekh

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Bahar Soomekh
بهار سومخ
Born (1975-03-30) 30 March 1975 (age 39)
Tehran, Iran
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Clayton Frech (2001–present)

Bahar Soomekh (Persian: بهار سومخ‎, born March 30, 1975) is an Iranian-American actress and environmental activist. She is best known for her roles in the films Crash and Saw III.

Early life[edit]

Bahar was born in Tehran, Iran, to a devout Persian Jewish family. She is the daughter of Manijeh and Hamid Soomekh, who owned a women's high fashion company.[1] She moved with her parents and sister, Saba Soomekh, to Los Angeles, California, United States in 1979, to escape the Iranian Revolution.[2] Bahar speaks fluent English, Persian, Spanish, and some Hebrew[citation needed]. She attended Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School,[3] where she played the violin in the school orchestra. Bahar earned a B.A. in environmental studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997. Bahar began working at a corporate job in sales while taking acting classes at night before quitting her job to pursue acting as a career.[2]

Career[edit]

In the beginning of her acting career, Bahar guest starred on several television programs, including JAG and 24. Bahar later appeared in a few films, including the Academy Award-winning movies Crash and Syriana. In 2006, Bahar was noted for portraying Davian's Translator in Mission: Impossible III and for a leading role, as Dr. Lynn Denlon, in the horror film Saw III. That same year, People's magazine listed Soomekh as one of 100 Most beautiful people in the world[citation needed]. In the next five years, she mostly worked in television, most notably as Margo on the television series Day Break from 2006-2007. Bahar also appeared in the pilots of two television shows, The Oaks (2008) and Lost & Found (2009), which were not picked up, and had guest roles in Ghost Whisperer, Miami Medical, and Castle.

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

Bahar married Clayton Frech, a business manager[citation needed], who converted to Judaism[4] in order to marry her, in 2001. The couple now have three children[citation needed].

Activism[edit]

The teaching of tikkun olam, to heal the world, guides Bahar's life. She works on environmental and children's causes. Bahar also uses her name to be involved with organizations such as the Green Cross and Rainforest Action Network.[5] With her husband, she launced the T.O. Productions to make movies about environmental and social issues.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Without a Trace Lemese Salman
JAG Jasmine (2002); Amira Sattar (2004) Episode 8.10 "The Killer" (2002); Episode 9.20 "Fighting Words" (2004)
2003 Naked Hotel Bhurka Woman
2004 Intermission Hair Wearer
Crash Dorri
A Lousy Ten Grand Najah
2005 24 Habib Marwan's Wife (deleted scenes)
Bones Sahar Masruk
Syriana Yassi (Director's Uncut Version)
2006 In Justice Neena Oponi
Mission: Impossible III Davian's Translator
The Unit Firefly Episode 2.1 "Change of Station" (2006)
Day Break Margo (2006–2007)
Saw III Lynn Denlon
2007 Saw IV Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
2008 Saw V Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
The Oaks Hollis
Ghost Whisperer Tricia Episode 4.06 "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"
2009 Saw VI Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
Lost & Found Abigail
2010 Saw 3D Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
Miami Medical Vanessa Episode 1.08 "An Arm and a Leg" (2010)
2011 Castle Nazihah Alhabi Episode 3.16 "Setup" (2011); Episode 3.17 "Countdown" (2011)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Sylvia Sloane Episode 12.10 "Genetic Dsorder" (2011)
2012 Parenthood Dr. Haryana Episode 4.3 "Everything Is Not Okay"
Just like a Woman Soha

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-jewish-scholar-breaks-stereotypes-while-studying-them/
  2. ^ a b Melamed, Karmel (2006-04-28). "Tom Cruise’s Persian Princess". Forward. Retrieved 2006-05-10. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Kathryn (2006-03-17). "So, Did You Hear The One About The Iranian Deadhead In Hollywood?". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-04-23. "With ceaseless support from her family, Bahar graduated from Beverly Hills High School to pursue a degree in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara." 
  4. ^ http://www.zimbio.com/Bahar+Soomekh/articles/hFX0Ng5pyVT/Bahar+Soomekh
  5. ^ Kantor, Robert (2006-06-16). "From Tehran to Tinseltown". World Jewish Digest. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Bahar Soomekh Is Radiant In Red". Celebrity Baby Scoop. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 

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