Amir Jadidi

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Amir Jadidi
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Jadidi at the 38th Fajr Film Festival (2020)
Born (1984-06-20) June 20, 1984 (age 38)
Tehran, Iran
EducationAzad University (MBA)
  • Actor
Years active2010–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Amir Jadidi (Persian: امیر جدیدی; born June 20, 1984) is an Iranian actor and tennis player. He is well known in Iran for his starring roles in Crazy Rook (2015), A Dragon Arrives! (2016), The Lost Strait (2018), Cold Sweat (2018) and Day Zero (2020), whereas he is best known internationally for his role as Rahim in A Hero, which won the Grand Prix at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Jadidi has won the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actor at the 36th Fajr Film Festival for his performances in the war drama The Lost Strait and the sports drama Cold Sweat.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Jadidi got his bachelor in Industrial Engineering and was graduated from Azad University in MBA.[4][5][6]


2010–2014: Career beginnings[edit]

Jadidi debuted as an Actor in 2011 with Houman Seyedi's Africa, as a young criminal with his friends who are ordered to keep a girl inside a house until her brother pays his debts. The film was praised for its new different style and strong acting.

In 2014, he starred in Thirteen and End of the Service films, for which he earned a Honorary Diploma for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival and received praise from critics for his performances.

2015: Crazy Rook[edit]

Jadidi became known when he played Pirouz, the main character in the 2015 thriller drama Crazy Rook. The film was highly praised by critics and the audience at the 33rd Fajr Film Festival and won both Best Film and Audience Choice of Best Film, making it one of only five films in The history of cinema of Iran to win the latter (the other four are The Glass Agency, Low Heights, In Amethyst Color and Midday Adventures).

2016–2017: Rising popularity and breakthrough[edit]

In 2016 he starred in four films, In Atousa's Laughter he acted alongside Baran Kosari, Pejman Bazeghi and Mohammad Reza Foroutan.

Jadidi's performance in Soheil Beiraghi's I (2016) grabbed the industry's attention and received critical acclaim. He earned his first Crystal Simorgh, Hafez Award and Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association nominations for his acting.

His third 2016 film A Dragon Arrives! was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and received good reviews.

In Phenomenon, his last 2016 film he starred alongside Hedieh Tehrani. The film is directed by the controversial director Ali Ahmadzadeh and it's still unreleased.

In 2017 he acted in Masoud Kimiai's Domestic Killer alongside Parviz Parastui, Parviz Poorhosseini, Hamid Reza Azarang and Pegah Ahangarani. He earned his second Hafez Award nomination for his performance.

2018–2020: Wide recognition[edit]

In 2018 he starred in Bahram Tavakoli's The Lost Strait, Soheil Beiraghi's Cold Sweat and Ramtin Lavafipour's Hat-trick.

He won the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actor for his performances in Cold Sweat and The Lost Strait. Jadidi earned Hafez Award, Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association and Iran Cinema Celebration nominations for his performance as Yaser Shah Hosseini in Cold Sweat. He also received an Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association nomination for his role in The Lost Strait.

In 2019 he played his first comedy film in Rambod Javan's Murphy's Law alongside Amir Jafari. The film received mixed reviews by critics but was a commercial success.

He starred in Saeid Malekan's directing debut Day Zero (2020) and earned his third Crystal Simorgh nomination. Jadidi played a security officer who is involved in the arresting of the famous terrorist Abdolmalek Rigi.

He received his first theater acting award in 2020 at the 38th Fajr Theater Festival for his performance in Herring (2019) which he also produced.

2021: Acclaim and worldwide recognition through A Hero[edit]

In 2021 he starred in Asghar Farhadi's universally acclaimed film A Hero which was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or At the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the Grand Prix and also was selected as the Iranian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards but was not nominated. The film garnered Jadidi international recognition and earned him his first Hafez Award and Palm Springs International Film Festival award in addition to nomination for Best Performance by an Actor at the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Jadidi's performance as a single father was highly praised by critics and brought him wide recognition.

2022–present: Play directing[edit]

In 2022 he directed and also played in the 300 play on the Sa'dabad Complex stage alongside Ali Nassirian, Javad Ezzati and Tannaz Tabatabaei.

In June 2022, he was invited to be a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[7]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2011 Africa Kasra Houman Seyyedi
2013 Before Sunrise Tahmineh Bahram Alian Short film
2014 Thirteen Arash Houman Seyyedi
End of the Service Pourya Hamid Zargarnezhad
2015 Crazy Rook Pirouz Abolhassan Davoudi
Koshk Abdullah Al Kaabi Short Film
2016 Atousa's Laughter Behzad Alireza Farid
I Aria Soheil Beiraghi
A Dragon Arrives! Babak Hafizi Mani Haghighi
Phenomenon Ali Ahmadzadeh Unreleased film
2017 Domestic Killer Siavash Masoud Kimiai
2018 The Lost Strait Hasan Bahram Tavakoli
Cold Sweat Yaser Shah Hosseini Soheil Beiraghi
Hat-trick Farzad Ramtin Lavafipour
2019 Murphy's Law Farokh Rambod Javan
2020 Day Zero Reza / Siavash Saeed Malekan
Latyan Taha Ali Teymoori
2021 A Hero Rahim Asghar Farhadi Shortlisted at the 94th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
TBA Untitled Mohammad Kart Project Mohammad Kart


Year Title Director Notes
2013 Ring Seyyed Jamal Seyyed Hatami TV film

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist
2014 Why Did You Leave Me? Homayoun Shajarian


Year Title Playwright Director Stage Notes
2012 An Unfinished Narration of an Adjourned Season Houman Seyyedi Houman Seyyedi Hafez Hall
2015 Caligula Albert Camus Homayoun Ghanizadeh Vahdat Hall
2016 The Soprano Sahra Fathi, Mehdi Koushki Sahra Fathi, Mehdi Koushki Independent Theater of Tehran
2019 Herring Ahmad Solgi, Reza Baharvand Reza Baharvand Shahrzad Theater Also as producer
2022 300 Sohrab Pournazeri Amir Jadidi Sa'dabad Complex

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Nominated Work Result
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2021 Best Performance by an Actor A Hero Nominated
Fajr Film Festival 2016 Best Actor in a Supporting Role I Nominated
2018 Best Actor in a Leading Role Cold Sweat and The Lost Strait Won
2020 Day Zero Nominated
Fajr International Film Festival 2014 Best Actor in a Leading Role Thirteen and End of the Service Honorary Diploma
Fajr Theater Festival 2020 Best Actor Herring Won
Hafez Awards 2017 Best Actor – Motion Picture I Nominated
2018 Domestic Killer Nominated
2019 Cold Sweat Nominated
2021 A Hero Won
Iran Cinema Celebration 2019 Best Actor in a Leading Role Cold Sweat Nominated
Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association 2016 Best Actor in a Supporting Role I Nominated
2018 The Lost Strait Nominated
Best Actor in a Leading Role Cold Sweat Nominated
Malaysia International Film Festival 2019 Best Actor Hat-trick Nominated
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2022 FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor in an International Feature Film A Hero Won


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  2. ^ "بیوگرافی کامل و فیلم های برتر "امیر جدیدی"". نمناک (in Persian). Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  3. ^ "بیوگرافی امیر جدیدی از "پایان خدمت" تا جشنواره کن+ عکس". ایمنا (in Persian). 2021-07-17. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  4. ^ "امیر جدیدی در لتیان". ISNA (in Persian). 2 November 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ "بازیگر معروف به اردوی تیم ملی تنیس دعوت شد!". 5 April 2021.
  6. ^ "معرفی فیلم "من" با بازی لیلا حاتمی و امیر جدیدی/ یکی از شانس های پدیده شدن در جشنواره فجر". cinematicket (in Persian). Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. ^ Feinberg, Scott (2022-06-28). "Film Academy Invites 397 People to Become Members, Including Billie Eilish, Jamie Dornan, Dana Walden and Leonard Maltin". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-06-29.

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