Fatemeh Motamed-Arya

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فاطمه معتمد آریا
Fatemeh Motamed-Arya
Fatemeh Motamed-Arya at Cyclo d'or d'honneur2010 (cropped).jpg
Born Simin Motamed-Arya
(1961-10-29) October 29, 1961 (age 55)
Tehran, Iran
Residence Tehran, Iran
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Ahmad Hamed (m. 1981)
Children Nariman (b. 1982)
Website Official Website

Fatemeh Motamed Arya or Fatemeh Motamed Aria (Persian: فاطمه معتمد آریا ‎‎; born 29 October 1961[1] in Tehran[2]). She is a multi-award-winning[1] Iranian actress. She first got involved in theater during her teen years, and received her degree in theater from Tehran Art Institute. She is one of the most significant actresses of post-revolutionary Iranian cinema and has been called "one of the most important actresses and filmmakers of Iran."[3] She has been nominated nine times for the best actress award at the Fajr International Film Festival and won the Crystal Simorgh four times.

Selected Filmography[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Political views[edit]

Motamed-Arya was a supporter of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami and has been a supporter of 2009 Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

Fatemeh Motamed-Arya was invited to travel to Los Angeles as part of a film seminar series on Iranian films. It was reported that Iran barred Motamed-Arya and another filmmaker from leaving Iran because of their political activities.[6]

After receiving the Prix de Henri-Langlois 2012 award, at the ceremony, Motamed-Arya said, “Tonight we have a common reason for being together. Without thinking about our homeland or mother tongue, we share peace and beauty here and take our portion. Cinema taught us love, kindness and sharing of this life. To remember that despite our language, color and religion we love each other as human beings.”[7]

Motamed Arya with Rambod Javan in 17th Celebration House of Cinema

Personal life[edit]

She is married to film producer and script writer Ahmad-Ali Hamed. They live in Tehran and have a son together.


Fatemeh Motamed-Arya was selected as the ambassador of the Mehrafarin Charity Society during a ceremony on March 3, 2008, at the Niavaran Cultural Center.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Fatemeh Motamed Aria" (in Persian). IranActor.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  2. ^ Official web site.
  3. ^ Alvares, Patricia Ann. "Women breaking the mould in cinema". Herald of Goa. 
  4. ^ "‘Nabat’: Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. 
  5. ^ "Les lauréats des Prix Henri-Langlois 2012" (PDF). Ville de Vincennes. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  6. ^ "Movie Makers Barred From Leaving Iran for AMPAS LA Film Series". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  7. ^ "Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya wins French honor". Tehran Times. Archived from the original on 2015-04-04. 
  8. ^ "Actress Motamed-Arya appointed envoy of Mehrafarin Charity". Payvand. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 

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