|Native name||بهار سومخ|
30 March 1975 |
|Residence||West Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1997)|
|Notable credit(s)||Crash, Saw franchise|
|Spouse(s)||Clayton Frech (m. 2001)|
|Relatives||Saba Soomekh (sister)|
Early life and education
Bahar was born on March 30, 1975, in Tehran, Iran, to a devout Persian Jewish family. She moved with her parents and sister, Saba Soomekh, to Los Angeles, California, United States in 1979 to escape the Iranian Revolution. Soomekh attended Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School.
Following her graduation from UCSB, Soomekh worked in motivational sales while taking acting classes. In the beginning of her acting career, Soomekh guest starred on several television programs, including JAG and 24. She ultimately quit her day job to pursue acting full-time and landed her role in Crash less than three months later.
Soomekh's breakthrough role came as Dorri in the Academy Award-winning movie for Best Picture, Crash. Following her success in Crash, People magazine listed Soomekh as a member of the Class of 2006 as "New on the Scene". She followed up with roles in Syriana and Mission: Impossible III. In 2006, she had a leading role as Dr. Lynn Denlon in the horror film Saw III. Soomekh had a recurring role as Margo in the television series Day Break and guest appearances on shows such as Ghost Whisperer and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Her last film role was in Just like a Woman.
Bahar married Clayton Frech in 2001. The couple have three children. One of their children, Ezra, was born with a disability and was named as a finalist for the 2014 Sports Illustrated SportsKid of the Year.
|2002||Without a Trace||Lemese Salman|
|JAG||Jasmine||Season 8, Episode 10 "The Killer"|
|2003||Naked Hotel||Bhurka Woman|
|2004||JAG||Amira Sattar||Season 9, Episode 20 "Fighting Words"|
|A Lousy Ten Grand||Najah|
|2005||24||Habib Marwan's Wife||(deleted scenes)|
|Syriana||Yassi||(Director's Uncut Version)|
|2006||In Justice||Neena Oponi|
|Mission: Impossible III||Davian's Translator|
|The Unit||Firefly||Season 2, Episode 1 "Change of Station"|
|Saw III||Lynn Denlon|
|2007||Saw IV||Lynn Denlon||(flashbacks from Saw III)|
|2008||Saw V||Lynn Denlon||(flashbacks from Saw III)|
|The Oaks||Hollis||Unaired TV pilot|
|Ghost Whisperer||Tricia||Season 4, Episode 6 "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"|
|2009||Saw VI||Lynn Denlon||(flashbacks from Saw III)|
|Lost & Found||Abigail|
|2010||Saw 3D||Lynn Denlon||(flashbacks from Saw III)|
|Miami Medical||Vanessa||Season 1, Episode 8 "An Arm and a Leg"|
|2011||Castle||Nazihah Alhabi||Season 3, Episode 16 "Setup"; Season 3, Episode 17 "Countdown"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Sylvia Sloane||Season 12, Episode 10 "Genetic Dsorder"|
|2012||Parenthood||Dr. Haryana||Season 4, Episode 3 "Everything Is Not Okay"|
|Just like a Woman||Soha|
|2014||Perception||Yael||Season 3, Episode 5 "Eternity"|
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