Peyman Moaadi

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Peyman Moaadi
Payman maadi.jpg
Born Peyman Moaadi
(1971-03-05) March 5, 1971 (age 44)
New York City, New York, United States
Residence Tehran, Iran
Los Angeles, California
Nationality Iranian
Education Metallurgical Engineering
Alma mater Islamic Azad University of Karaj
Occupation Actor, Screenplay writer, Director
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Rana Hamidi (m. 2008)
Children 2
Awards Silver Bear for Best Actor 2011

Peyman Moaadi (Persian: پیمان معادی,[1] born March 5, 1971 in New York) is an Iranian actor, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for starring in the films A Separation and About Elly by director Asghar Farhadi.[2]


Moaadi started his film career as a screenwriter in late 2000 with the successful movie Swan Song. He later wrote several renowned Iranian films. He began his acting career in Asghar Farhadi's film About Elly 2009.

Two years later, he received the Silver Bear award for Best Actor in Leading Role for his performance as Nader in Farhadi A Separation 2011 from the Berlin International Film Festival.[3] He was seen in the indie drama Camp X-Ray, which was accepted into the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released October 17, 2014. Moaadi also is appearing in the HBO television series Criminal Justice.[4][5] In 2014 he was a jury member at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival.


Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Actor Role
2000 Song of the Swan No Yes No with Saeed Assadi
2002 Thirst No No No Costumes Designer
2004 Coma No Yes No
2006 Café Setaré No Yes No
2006 Wedding Dinner No Yes No Director Advisor
2007 Lipstick (short film) Yes Yes No
2009 About Elly No No Yes Peyman
2011 Mourning No No Yes Honorary presence
2011 A Separation No No Yes Nader
2013 The Snow on the Pines Yes Yes No
2014 Camp X-Ray No No Yes Ali Amir
2014 Melbourne No No Yes Amir
2014 Tales No No Yes Taxi Driver
2015 Last Knights No No Yes Emperor


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Actor A Separation Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll Best Actor Nominated
International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actor Won
Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actor Won
2013 Fajr International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Film (with Jamal Sadatian) The Snow on the Pines Won
2014 Vesoul International Film Festival Golden Wheel Nominated
Erbil International Film Festival Best Director Won


  1. ^ His surname is also spelled as Mo'adi and Maadi.
  2. ^ Soureh Cinema
  3. ^ Biography
  4. ^
  5. ^ Festival

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