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July 10, 1983
|Alma mater||Azad University|
|Occupation||Actress, musician, singer|
|Spouse(s)||Amin Mahdavi (2003–present)|
|Relatives||Behzad Farahani (Father)
Shaghayegh Farahani (Sister)
Early life 
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Golshifteh Farahani was born on 10 July 1983 in Tehran, the daughter of actor/theater director Behzad Farahani and Fahime Rahiminia and sister of actress Shaghayegh Farahani. She started studying music and playing the piano at age of five. At 12, she entered a music school in Tehran.
At 14, Golshifteh was cast as the lead in Dariush Mehrjui's The Pear Tree for which she won the Crystal Roc for Best Actress from the International Section of the 16th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.
Since then she has acted in over 20 films (current 25 films), many of which have received international awards. For Boutique she won the Best Actress award from the 26th Nantes Three Continents Festival (France). In recent years she has acted in movies by some of Iran's best directors: Dariush Mehrjui's controversial film Santouri (The Santoor Player), Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon (winner of the Golden Shell at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival), the late Rasool Mollagholipoor's M for Mother (Iran's nominee for the 2008 Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film category, and for which she won the special prize from the jury for Best Actress at the 37th Roshd International Film Festival), and Asghar Farhadi's About Elly (Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival and Best Film at the Tribeca Film Festival).
Golshifteh is highly involved in environmental activities and has also become the ambassador for fighting tuberculosis in Iran. Subsequent to her involvement in the U.S. film Body of Lies, she reportedly had been prevented by Iranian authorities from leaving Iran, but this was denied by her colleagues and she later appeared at the Body of Lies premiere in the U.S.
As her last acting experience in Iran, she appeared in About Elly directed by Asghar Farhadi. The film has been selected at the Tribeca Film Festival and won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. She now lives in Paris, France with her husband Amin Mahdavi.
In Iran, Golshifteh was part of an underground rock band named "Kooch Neshin" (Nomads) which won the 2nd Tehran Avenue underground rock competition. Since leaving Iran, Golshifteh has been able to continue her music career as well. She has teamed up with another exiled Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo. Their new album Oy was released in October 2009. They have also started an international tour with 2 concerts in Italy.
Since Golshifteh moved to Paris she has been working with directors Roland Joffe, Hiner Saleem and Marjane Satrapi. She has also been a member of the international jury at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival.
Exit from Iran 
Britain's Daily Telegraph reported that government officials told Farahani, 28, that "Iran does not need actors or artists like you. You may offer your artistic services somewhere else." The picture on her Facebook page garnered over 14,000 likes and 1,500 shares, initiating a lively debate about her behavior. She also appeared topless in a short black-and-white film by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, called Corps et Âmes, or Bodies and Souls.
|1997||Derakht e Golabie (The Pear Tree)||Mim||Best Film at Chicago Film Festival & Best Actress from International Section of Fajr International Film Festival & Best Cinematography at Fajr Film festival|
|2000||Haft Parde (Seven Acts)||The Angel||(banned in Iran)|
|2002||Jayee Digar (Somewhere Else)||Raha|
|2003||Deux fereshté (Two Angels)||Azar||(banned in Iran), Selected for the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes Film Festival|
|Boutique||Eti||Best Actress at Nantes Three Continents Festival & Critic's Choice and Best First Film at Fajr International Film Festival & Best Actress at House of Cinema Festival (Tehran)|
|2004||Ashk-e Sarma (The Tear of the Cold)||Ronak||Best Film and Best Actress at Kazan International Film Festival & selected at Fukuoka International Film Festival (Japan) & Best Actress at House of Cinema Festival (Tehran)|
|Bab'Aziz: Le prince qui contemplait son âme||Noor||(banned in Iran) Best Film at Muscat Film Festival & Best Film from the Spiritual Section of the Fajr International Film Festival|
|2005||Mahi-ha Ashegh Mishavand (Fish Fall in Love)||Touka||Selected at Rotterdam Film Festival|
|Be Nam-e Pedar (In the Name of the Father)||Habibeh||Best Film at Fajr International Film Festival|
|Niwemang (Half Moon)||Niwemang||(banned in Iran) Best film & Best Photography at San Sebastian Film Festival & People's Choice at Istanbul Film Festival & selected at Toronto Film Festival & at Tribeca Film Festival|
|2007||Mim Mesle Madar (M for Mother)||Sepideh||Best Film at Rome International Festival of Cinema and Religion & Best Actress at Kazan Film Festival|
|To Each His Cinema (short film)||Self||(banned in Iran) shown at Cannes Film Festival|
|Santouri (Santouri The Music Man)||Hanieh||(banned in Iran) People's Choice at Fajr International Film Festival|
|2008||Shirin||Self||shown at Venice Film Festival|
|Hamisheh Paye Yek Zan Dar Miyan Ast (There's Always a Woman in Between)||Mariam||People's Choice at Fajr International Film Festival|
|Divar (The Wall)||Setareh||Best Photography at Fajr International Film Festival & selected at Tokyo Film Festival & at Taormina Film Festival|
|Body of Lies||Aisha||Directed by Ridley Scott, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe|
|2009||About Elly (Darbareye Elly)||Sepideh||Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlin Film Festival & Best Film at Tribeca Film Festival & Best Director and People's Choice awards at Fajr Film Festival|
|2010||Si Tu Meurs, Je Te Tue (I'll Kill You If You Die)||Siba||Directed by Hiner Saleem (in production) with Jonathan Zaccai|
|2011||There Be Dragons||Leila||Directed by Roland Joffe (in production) with Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott and Olga Kurylenko|
|Chicken With Plums (Poulet Aux Prunes)||Iran||Directed by Marjan Satrapi with Mathieu Amalric and Isabella Rossellini|
|2012||Just Like a Woman||Directed by Rachid Bouchareb with Sienna Miller|
|2012||The Patience Stone||Directed by Atiq Rahimi|
|2013||My Sweet Pepperland|
Awards and nominations 
|1997||Fajr International Film Festival||Best Actress from the International Section||Derakhte Golabi (The Pear Tree)|
|2003||Three Continents Festival (Nantes, France)||Prix d'Interpretation Feminine||Boutique|
|2004||Fajr International Film Festival||Nominated for Best Actress||Ashk-e Sarma (Tear of the Cold)|
|House of Cinema Festival (Tehran)||Best Actress||Ashk-e Sarma (Tear of the Cold) & Boutique|
|2005||Fajr International Film Festival||Nominated for Best Supporting Actress||Mahiha Ashegh Mishavand (Fish Fall in Love)|
|2006||Kazan International Film Festival||Best Actress||Ashk-e Sarma (Tear of the Cold)|
|2007||Roshd International Film Festival (Tehran)||Special Prize for the Best Actress||Mim Mesle Madar (M for Mother)|
|Kowsar Film Festival (Mashhad)||Best Actress||Mim Mesle Madar (M for Mother)|
|2008||Fajr International Film Festival||Nominated for Best Actress||Divar (The Wall) & Hamishe Paye Yek Zan Dar Miyan Ast (There's Always a Woman in Between)|
|Kazan International Film Festival||Best Actress||Mim Mesle Madar (M for Mother)|
|2009||Asolo Film Festival (Italy)||Eleonora Duse Award||International Recognition for a Prominent Figure in Theater or Cinema|
|Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Nominated for Best Actress||Darbareye Elly (About Elly)|
Theater performance 
|2003||Mariam And Mardavij||Mariam|
|2004||The Black Narcissus||(workshop)|
|2005||Mofatesh (The Inspector)||Firoozeh||(banned in Iran)|
|2013||A Private Dream||Toured north America (March-April 2013)|
|11/09/09||Lido, Venice||With Mohsen Namjoo, during the Venice Film Festival|
|08/10/09||Sala Verdi, Milan Conservatory||With Mohsen Namjoo, presentation of the new album "Oy"|
See also 
- "Actress Golshifteh Farahani was appointed as the ambassador of TB", News, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
- Tehrani, Souraya, "Hollywood postponed : Golshifteh Farahani has been prevented from heading to the US to discuss future film roles", Guardian (UK), Friday August 22, 2008
- "Colleague denies Iran actress faced travel ban: report", AFP, Tehran, Aug 26, 2008
- "Fresh face of the week" Hollywood.com (U.S.)
- "DiCaprio co-star in Islamic hot waters", www.hollywood.com (U.S)
- "Iranian actress banned from homeland after naked magazine shoot". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "Iranian reactions to Golshifteh Farahani's nude photo". Tabeer. Retrieved 22 January 2012.