Fatemeh Motamed-Arya

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فاطمه معتمد آریا
Fatemeh Motamed-Arya
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Fatemeh Motamed-Arya at the Mehrafarin Charity, during a ceremony on March 3, 2008 at the Niavaran Cultural Center
Born Simin Motamed-Arya
(1961-10-29) October 29, 1961 (age 53)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Ahmad Hamed (m. 1981)
Children Nariman (b. 1982)

Fatemeh Motamed-Arya (Persian: فاطمه معتمد آریا ‎was born 29 October 1961[1] in Tehran). She is a multi-award winning[1] Iranian actress. She first got involved in theater during her teen years, and received her degree in theater from Daneshsara-ye Honar-e Tehran. She is one of the most significant actresses of post-revolutionary Iranian cinema and has been called "one of the most important actresses and filmmakers of Iran."[2] She has been nominated nine times for the best actress award at the Fajr International Film Festival and won the Crystal Simorgh four times.

Selected Filmography[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Nominee, Crystal Simorgh, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 6th Fajr Film Festival, 1988, for Jahizieh Baraye Robab
  • Crystal Simorgh, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 7th Fajr Film Festival, 1989, for Barahoot
  • Nominee, Crystal Simorgh, Best Actress, 8th Fajr Film Festival, 1990, for Reihaneh
  • Crystal Simorgh, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 10th Fajr Film Festival, 1992, for Mosaferan
  • Crystal Simorgh, Best Actress, 11th Fajr Film Festival, 1993, for Yekbar Baraye Hamisheh
  • Crystal Simorgh, Best Actress, 12th Fajr Film Festival, 1994, for Hamsar
  • Nominee, Crystal Simorgh, Best Actress, 13th Fajr Film Festival, 1995, for Blue-veiled
  • Nominee, Crystal Simorgh, Best Actress, 18th Fajr Film Festival, 2000, for Eshgh Bealaveh do
  • Nominee, Crystal Simorgh, Best Actress, 22nd Fajr Film Festival, 2004, for Naneh Gilaneh
  • Montréal Film Festival best actress prize for her role in the Iranian film “Here without Me 2011
  • Vincennes International Festival, France, Prix de Henri-Langlois for actress and "Cinema of the World", 2012[4]

Political views[edit]

Motamed-Arya was a supporter of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami and has been a supporter of 2009 Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

Fatemeh Motamed-Arya was invited to travel to Los Angeles as part of a film seminar series on Iranian films. It was reported that Iran barred Motamed-Arya and another filmmaker from leaving Iran because of their political activities.[5]

After receiving the Prix de Henri-Langlois 2012 award, at the ceremony, Motamed-Arya said, “Tonight we have a common reason for being together. Without thinking about our homeland or mother tongue, we share peace and beauty here and take our portion. Cinema taught us love, kindness and sharing of this life. To remember that despite our language, color and religion we love each other as human beings.”[6]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to film producer and script writer Ahmad-Ali Hamed. They live in Tehran and have a son together.


Fatemeh Motamed-Arya was selected as the ambassador of the Mehrafarin Charity Society during a ceremony on March 3, 2008, at the Niavaran Cultural Center.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Fatemeh Motamed Aria" (in Persian). IranActor.com. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  2. ^ Alvares, Patricia Ann. "Women breaking the mould in cinema". Herald of Goa. 
  3. ^ "‘Nabat’: Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ "Les lauréats des Prix Henri-Langlois 2012" (PDF). Ville de Vincennes. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Movie Makers Barred From Leaving Iran for AMPAS LA Film Series". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  6. ^ "Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya wins French honor". Tehran Times. 
  7. ^ "Actress Motamed-Arya appointed envoy of Mehrafarin Charity". Payvand. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 

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