Leila Hatami

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Leila Hatami
Leila Hatami Cannes 2013.jpg
Hatami in 2013 at the Cannes Film Festival
Born (1972-10-01) October 1, 1972 (age 41)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Ali Mosaffa (m. 1998)
Children Mani (b. 2007)
Asalle (b. 2008)
Parents Ali Hatami (Father)
Zari Khoshkam (Mother)

Leila Hatami (Persian: لیلا حاتمی‎, Leylâ Hâtami born October 1, 1972) is an Iranian actress.[1] She is the daughter of director Ali Hatami and actress Zari Khoshkam, and is married to actor Ali Mosaffa.


After finishing high school, she moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and started her studies in electrical engineering at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). After two years she changed her major to French literature.[2] She completed her study of French in a couple of years, before moving back to Iran. Beside her native Persian language she is fluent in French, English and German.

After a pause of a few years which included the continuation of her studies in Switzerland she made her professional entry into cinema with Dariush Mehrjui's film Leila. Her acting in this film received rave reviews from critics and audiences.

She married her co-star in Leila (Ali Mosaffa) in 1999. They have two children: a boy named Mani (born February 2007) and a girl named Asal (born October 2008).


She had a few short appearances during her childhood which included roles in the Hezar Dastan TV series and the Kamalolmolk movie, as well as a role in 1991 as a blind Turkish princess in Delshodegan.

Having appeared in bit parts in some of her father's movies, Hatami's first lead film appearance was the title role in the 1996 film Leila, directed by Dariush Mehrjui. She received the Diploma of Honor for Best Actress from the 15th Fajr Film Festival.[3]

Her role in The Deserted Station (2002) won the best actress award from the 26th Montreal World Film Festival.[4] She has appeared in her husband's first film as a director, Portrait of a Lady Far Away (Ali Mosaffa, 2005). In 2012 A Separation won the Academy Award Oscar for best foreign film in which Hatami played the leading female role.



  • Honorary Diploma for performance in a leading role for Leila, from 15th Fajr Film Festival, 1997
  • Best Actress in a leading role for Water & Fire, from 5th ceremony of Khaneh cinema, 2001
  • Best Actress (tied) for Deserted Station, from 25th Montreal Film Festival, 2002
  • Best Actress in a leading role for Bi Pooli, from 27th Fajr Film Festival, 2009
  • Best Actress in a leading role for Har Shab Tanhayi, from Harare Film Festival, 2011
  • Best Actress for Nader and Simin, a separation, from Berlin Film Festival (with Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi), 2011
  • Best Actress for Nader and Simin, a separation, from Palm Springs Film Festival (with Sareh Bayat and SarinaFarhadi), 2011
  • Best Actress for The Last Step, from Karlovy Vary IFF Film Festival, 2012
  • Best Actress for Meeting Leila, from San Francisco Iranian Film Festival, 2013
  • Best Actress for Sealed Secret, from 31st Fajr Kermanshah Film Festival, 2013


  1. ^ Terri Ginsberg; Chris Lippard (11 March 2010). Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema. Scarecrow Press. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7364-3. 
  2. ^ Tom Vick (2007). Asian cinema: a field guide. Collins. 
  3. ^ 15th Fajr Film Festival Awards. Fajr International Film Festival, Retrieved June 25, 2006.
  4. ^ Awards 2002. World Film Festival, Retrieved June 25, 2006.

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