Mozhan Marnò

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Mozhan Marnò (Persian: مژان مارنو‎) is an Iranian-American film and television actress.

Personal life[edit]

Marnò was born in Los Angeles, California, received her BA in French and German comparative literature from Barnard College of Columbia University and her MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


Marnò played the title role in the 2008 film The Stoning of Soraya M., about a woman whose husband falsely accuses her of adultery, resulting in her death by stoning.

In addition she has had roles in a number of television series including The Paul Reiser Show, The Glades, Hung, The Mentalist, Bones, The Unit, Medium, K-ville and Standoff. Marnò also appeared in the Untitled John Wells Medical Drama Pilot, which was not aired. She also stars in Ana Lily Amirpour's directorial debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, produced by Elijah Wood, under his company, The Woodshed.

Marnò also directs and writes screenplays. Her first feature-length screenplay, When the Lights Went Out, was a quarter finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship, a finalist at the Nantucket Screenwriter's Colony, Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, and won third prize at the Cinequest Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. She has adapted When the Lights Went Out as a play and it received its first production at New York Stage & Film in July 2013 starring Laura Innes from ER.

Marnò's short film, Incoming, which she wrote and directed, was accepted to the Noor Iranian Film Festival, LA SHORTS FEST, the Asians on Film Festival, and the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival.

She can be seen as reporter Ayla Sayyad on seasons two and three of the acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards, and as Mossad Agent and assassin, Samar Navabi, in season 2 of The Blacklist.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Refugee Camp Translator #2
2008 August Ashley
2008 Traitor Leyla
2008 The Stoning of Soraya M. Soraya M. Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2009 StereoLife Gwendolyn Leeds Short film
2010 Gimme Shelter Abby Television film
2010 Apples Lucky Short film
2014 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Atti


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Unit Protocol Chief Episode: "Security"
2006 Standoff Agnacia Episode: "Life Support"
2007 Shark Maria Lutrova Episode: "Gangster Movies"
2007 K-Ville Jodi Mazetta Episode: "Ride Along"
2009 Bones Azita Jabbari Episode: "A Night at the Bones Museum"
2009 Medium Rachel Episode: "The Devil Inside, Part 2"
2009–2011 The Mentalist Nicki Weymouth 2 episodes
2010 The Glades Renee LeFleur Episode: "Cassadaga"
2010 Hung Samara Episode: "The Middle East is Complicated"
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Zeba 2 episodes
2012 In Plain Sight Charlotte Episode: "Sacrificial Lamb"
2012 Ringer Marguerite Episode: "P.S. You're an Idiot"
2014 House of Cards Ayla Sayyad 11 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2014 Madam Secretary Roxanne Majidi Episode: "Pilot"
2014–present The Blacklist Samar Navabi 20 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2009 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture The Stoning of Soraya M. Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House of Cards Nominated

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