Narges Rashidi

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Narges Rashidi
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Rashidi at the U.S. Embassy Berlin during salute to the Berlinale 15.2.2016
Narges Rashidi

(1980-03-21) 21 March 1980 (age 39)
Years active2004–present
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse(s)Christian Straka

Narges Rashidi (Persian: نرگس رشیدی‎) is an Iranian-German actress. She was born in Iran where her father was an army colonel man. She experienced the Iran-Iraq War and spent time hiding with her mother in a building basement during bombing attacks. In 1987 she settled with her family in Turkey. A year later the family moved to Germany, and she went on to study acting in Berlin.[1] She has lived primarily in Los Angeles since 2005.

Rashidi has appeared in many independent films and television productions, primarily in Germany. She received widespread acclaim for her starring role in the 2016 film Under the Shadow by Babak Anvari, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Variety cited her as "a favorite breakthrough performance" at Sundance. The magazine hailed her "intense yet fine-grained work... as a fiercely intelligent, progressive-minded Iranian woman infuriated by the direction of her country since the Islamic Revolution," noting "Rashidi plays her character like a musical instrument going slowly out of tune; it’s a performance rich in both motherly love and scream-queen abandon."[2]



  • Best Breakthrough Actress award, A2Z, New York Independent International Film & Video Festival, 2007.[3]


  1. ^ "Narges Rashidi". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  2. ^ Staff, Variety (2016-01-30). "Sundance: 19 Biggest Breakthrough Performances". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  3. ^ "New York Film and Video Festival". 2007-04-24. Archived from the original on 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2017-03-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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