Mozhan Marnò

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Mozhan Navabi
Marnò in 2015
Born (1980-05-03) May 3, 1980 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationBarnard College (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Occupation(s)Actress, writer, director
Years active2006–present

Mozhan Navabi (born May 3, 1980) is an Iranian-American film and television actress. She is known for her roles in The Blacklist and House of Cards and played Soraya Manutchehri in The Stoning of Soraya M..[1] She was previously known as Mozhan Marnò, but returned to her given last name, Navabi, in 2023.

Early life and education[edit]

Navabi was born in Los Angeles. Her parents are from Iran and met in California.[2] She was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.[3][4] She received her BA in French and German comparative literature from Barnard College and her MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.

Personal life[edit]

She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.[5] In addition to English she speaks French, German, Persian, and some Italian.[3]


Navabi 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.[5][6] 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. Navabi 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.[5] In 2011, Navabi 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.[7] She played reporter Ayla Sayyad on seasons 2 and 3 of the acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards, for which she was nominated for a SAG award. She played Mossad agent and assassin Samar in seasons 2-6 of The Blacklist.[8][9]

Navabi 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).[5][10] Navabi’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.

In February 2024, Navabi was cast in the Netflix limited series Zero Day to portray a recurring role of Melissa Kornblau.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Refugee Camp Translator #2
2008 Traitor Leyla
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
2021 iGilbert Detective Rivera


Year Title Role Notes
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
2014–2019 Madam Secretary Roxanne Majidi 2 episodes
2014–2019; 2022 The Blacklist Samar Navabi Main role (seasons 2-6)
Guest role (season 9); 104 episodes
2019 The Affair Petra 3 episodes
2021 Maid Tara 2 episodes
2022 Pam & Tommy Gail Chwatsky Miniseries
2022 Fleishman Is in Trouble Nahid Miniseries
2024 Law & Order Stacey Dean Episode: "Unintended Consequences"
TBA Zero Day Melissa Kornblau

Audio recordings[edit]

Year Title Author Role
2015 Hausfrau Jill Alexander Essbaum Narrator
2016 Missoula Jon Krakauer Narrator[12]
2016 The Guest Room Chris Bohjalian
2018 Song of a Captive Bird Jasmin Dzarnik Narrator
2019 The Stationery Shop Marjan Kamali Narrator
2019 The Other Americans Laila Lalami Nora
2020 The Paris Diversion Chris Pavone Narrator
2020 The Book of Longings Sue Monk Kidd Narrator

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Mirabelle Ervine, Namira
2016 1979 Revolution: Black Friday Bibi Golestan

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
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


  1. ^ Ehrbar, Ned (November 12, 2015). "Mohzan Marno on life in Brooklyn and moving up 'the Blacklist'". Metro. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Cathcart, Rebecca (June 18, 2009). "Iranians in California Feel a Bond With Protesters in Tehran". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Mozhan Marnò". December 8, 2014. Archived from the original on December 8, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ Aiden Mason, November 2019, TV Overmind, 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mozhan Marno, Retrieved January 26, 2020
  5. ^ a b c d "'Blacklist' and 'House of Cards' Actor Mozhan Marnò's Secret to Career Longevity". Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "'The Stoning of Soraya M.' is brutal melodrama with message". Ventura County Star. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Plunkett, Luke. "These Are The Men And Women Who Bring Skyrim To Life". Kotaku. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "'The Blacklist' Season 4: Who Is The Mole In Episode 9? Synopses Of Episode 10, Episode 11 Released [Spoilers]". The Inquisitr News. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "'The Blacklist' season 4 episode 9 and the Mole". Latinos Health. January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Laura Innes, Linda Lavin, Cotter Smith, and More Join Powerhouse Theater's 2013 Season". Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Cordero, Rosy (February 28, 2024). "'The Blacklist's Mozhan Navabi Cast In Netflix Limited Series 'Zero Day'". Deadline. Retrieved February 28, 2024.
  12. ^ "2016 Audie Awards® - APA". Retrieved January 8, 2019.

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