Bahar Soomekh

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Bahar Soomekh
بهار سومخ
Born (1975-03-30) 30 March 1975 (age 40)
Tehran, Iran
Ethnicity Jewish
Education B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
Years active 2002–2012
Spouse(s) Clayton Frech (2001–present)
Family Saba Soomekh (sister)

Bahar Soomekh (Persian: بهار سومخ‎‎, born March 30, 1975) is an Iranian-born American actress and environmental activist. She is best known for her roles in the films Crash and Saw III.

Early life[edit]

Bahar was born 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,[1] to escape the Iranian Revolution.[2] Soomekh attended Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School,[3] where she played the violin in the school orchestra. In 1997, Soomekh earned a B.A. in environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she also did some Theater. Following her graduation, Soomekh worked as a sales motivational manager at Showtime Networks [4] while studying at the Shari Shaw Acting Studio in the evenings.[5]

Career[edit]

In the beginning of her acting career, Soomekh guest starred on several television programs, including JAG and 24. Soomekh's breakthrough role came as Dorri in the Academy Award-winning movie for Best Picture, Crash. Following her success in Crash, People's magazine listed Soomekh as one of 100 Most beautiful people in the world[citation needed]. 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 (2012 film). After a decade as an actress, Soomekh is now pursuing a real estate career in order to stay closer to her family in Los Angeles.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

Bahar married Clayton Frech, a business manager,[7] who converted to Judaism when marrying her in 2001.[8] The couple has three sons.

Activism[edit]

The Jewish teaching of tikkun olam, to heal the world, guides Bahar's life. She works on environmental and children's causes. Bahar also uses her name to be involved with organizations such as the Green Cross and Rainforest Action Network[citation needed]. With her husband, she launched the T.O. Productions to make movies about environmental and social issues.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"
Intermission Hair Wearer
Crash Dorri
A Lousy Ten Grand Najah
2005 24 Habib Marwan's Wife (deleted scenes)
Bones Sahar Masruk
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"
Day Break Margo (2006–2007)
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-jewish-scholar-breaks-stereotypes-while-studying-them/
  2. ^ Melamed, Karmel (2006-04-28). "Tom Cruise’s Persian Princess". Forward. Retrieved 2006-05-10. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Kathryn (2006-03-17). "So, Did You Hear The One About The Iranian Deadhead In Hollywood?". Retrieved 2008-04-23. With ceaseless support from her family, Bahar graduated from Beverly Hills High School to pursue a degree in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 
  4. ^ http://www.labahar.com/profile
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW45wdOpYzk&list=PLQSZo7lUlHzZc8_UhUDrD5mpYFyYrGjEJ&index=3
  6. ^ http://issuu.com/gibbonsmedia/docs/westla_chamberguide_2015
  7. ^ http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/alumni/alumni-award-winners/clayton-frech-%E2%80%9898
  8. ^ http://www.jewogle.com/article/Entertainment/Actresses/108/
  9. ^ "Bahar Soomekh Is Radiant In Red". Celebrity Baby Scoop. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-05-17.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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