Mozhan Marnò at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
|Born||May 3, 1980|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Residence||Brooklyn, New York|
|Education||Columbia University (BA)|
Yale University (MFA)
|Occupation||Actress, writer, director|
Early life and education
Marnò was born in Los Angeles. Her parents are from Iran and met in California. She was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. She received her BA in French and German comparative literature from Barnard College of Columbia University and her MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.
Marnò played the title role in the 2008 film The Stoning of Soraya M., about a woman whose husband falsely accuses her of adultery, resulting in her death by stoning. In addition she has had roles in a number of television series including The Paul Reiser Show, The Glades, Hung, The Mentalist, Bones, The Unit, Medium, K-ville, and Standoff. Marnò also appeared in the Untitled John Wells Medical Drama Pilot, which was not aired. She also stars in Ana Lily Amirpour's directorial debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, produced by Elijah Wood, under his company, The Woodshed. In 2011, Marnò voiced Mirabelle Ervine, a Breton mage and Master Wizard of the College of Winterhold, in the critically acclaimed video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. She can be seen as reporter Ayla Sayyad on seasons 2 and 3 of the acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards and as Mossad agent and assassin Samar Navabi in seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of The Blacklist.
Marnò also directs and writes screenplays. Her first feature-length screenplay, When the Lights Went Out, was a quarter finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship. She adapted When the Lights Went Out as a play and it was mounted at New York Stage and Film in July 2013 starring Laura Innes, and directed by Kate Whoriskey (Ruined). Marnò's short film, Incoming, which she wrote and directed, was accepted to the Noor Iranian Film Festival, LA SHORTS FEST, the Asians on Film Festival, and the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival.
|2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Refugee Camp Translator #2|
|2009||The Stoning of Soraya M.||Soraya Manutchehri||Title role|
|2014||A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night||Atti|
|2019||Wonder Woman: Bloodlines||Doctor Cyber (voice)||Direct-to-Video|
|2006||The Unit||Protocol Chief||Episode: "Security"|
|2006||Standoff||Agnacia||Episode: "Life Support"|
|2007||Shark||Maria Lutrova||Episode: "Gangster Movies"|
|2007||K-Ville||Jodi Mazetta||Episode: "Ride Along"|
|2009||Bones||Azita Jabbari||Episode: "A Night at the Bones Museum"|
|2009||Medium||Rachel||Episode: "The Devil Inside, Part 2"|
|2009–2011||The Mentalist||Nicki Weymouth||2 episodes|
|2010||The Glades||Renee LeFleur||Episode: "Cassadaga"|
|2010||Hung||Samara||Episode: "The Middle East is Complicated"|
|2011||The Paul Reiser Show||Zeba||2 episodes|
|2012||In Plain Sight||Charlotte||Episode: "Sacrificial Lamb"|
|2012||Ringer||Marguerite||Episode: "P.S. You're an Idiot"|
|2014–2015||House of Cards||Ayla Sayyad||11 episodes|
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2014||Madam Secretary||Roxanne Majidi||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014–2019||The Blacklist||Samar Navabi||103 episodes|
|2015||Hausfrau||Jill Alexander Essbaum||Narrator|
|2016||The Guest Room||Chris Bohjalian|
|2019||The Stationery Shop||Marjan Kamali||Narrator|
|2019||The Other Americans||Laila Lalami||Nora|
|2011||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||Mirabelle Ervine, Namira|
|2016||1979 Revolution||Bibi Golestan|
Awards and nominations
|2009||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||The Stoning of Soraya M.||Nominated|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||House of Cards||Nominated|
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- Plunkett, Luke. "These Are The Men And Women Who Bring Skyrim To Life". Kotaku. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
- "'The Blacklist' Season 4: Who Is The Mole In Episode 9? Synopses Of Episode 10, Episode 11 Released [Spoilers]". The Inquisitr News. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
- "'The Blacklist' season 4 episode 9 and the Mole". Latinos Health. 2017-01-08. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
- "Laura Innes, Linda Lavin, Cotter Smith, and More Join Powerhouse Theater's 2013 Season". TheaterMania.com. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
- "2016 Audie Awards® - APA". www.audiopub.org. Retrieved 2019-01-08.