Fatemeh Motamed-Arya

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Fatemeh Motamed-Arya
فاطمه معتمدآریا
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Motamed-Arya in Tehran 2017
Simin Motamed-Arya

(1961-10-29) 29 October 1961 (age 61)
Years active1981–present
Ahmad Hamed
(m. 1981)

Fatemeh Motamed-Arya (Persian: فاطمه معتمدآریا; born October 29, 1961[1] in Tehran[2]) 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]

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]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to film producer and script writer Ahmad-Ali Hamed. Her son, Nariman Hamed is also a filmmaker based in New York.


In 2020 Fatemeh Motamed Aria, was appointed the "Ambassador of Mental Health" by the Iranian Scientific Association of Psychiatrists and the UNESCO Chair of Health Education.[8]

She is the public face and endorser of the Iranian Diabetes Information Association.[9]

Motamed Arya is public face and endorser of the Autism Association of Iran,[10] as well as Behnam Daheshpour charity.[11]


She is an active member and public face and endorser of Mahak Society to support children with cancer and the biggest charity in Iran.[12]

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,[13] as well as World Food Program (WFP).[14]


  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. ^ "فاطمه معتمد آریا،‌ سفیر سلامت روان شد". 24 April 2020.
  9. ^ Motamed Arya, Fatmeh. "Actress". Gabric.
  10. ^ MotamedArya, Fatemeh (8 May 2016). "فصل مشترك معتمدآريا و مبتلايان به اوتيسم در دريافت نور و صدا".
  11. ^ Motamed Arya, Fatemeh. (PDF) https://behnamcharity.org.ir/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/No1.pdf. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Motamed Arya, Fatemeh. https://mahak-charity.org/%D8%AD%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B1-%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%88%D8%B1-%D9%82%D8%AF%DB%8C%D9%85%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%AD%DA%A9-%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B7%D9%85%D9%87-%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%AF-%D8%A2%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%A7/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Actress Motamed-Arya appointed envoy of Mehrafarin Charity". Payvand. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
  14. ^ Motamed Arya, Fatemeh. "Artemis: Women Purse".

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