Navid Negahban

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Navid Negahban
Navid Negahban by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Negahban at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Native name نوید نگهبان
Born (1968-06-02) June 2, 1968 (age 50)
Mashhad, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Navid Negahban (Persian: نوید نگهبان‎; born June 2, 1968) is an Iranian actor. He has appeared on 24, Homeland, Mistresses and currently plays the supervillain Amahl Farouk / Shadow King on the second season of FX's Legion.

Early life[edit]

Negahban was born in Mashhad, Iran. He took a liking to theater when he was 8 years old while provoking laughter from a large audience by portraying an old man on stage.[1] He left Iran when he was 20 for Turkey and then Germany, where he spent eight-and-a-half years.[2] In Germany, he worked for a theater company, and then in 1993 he moved to the United States.[3] He is fluent in English, Persian,[1] Dari and German.[3] He also began learning French for his role on Legion.


He has appeared in The Shield, The West Wing, Lost, and CSI: Miami.[4] He has collaborated twice with Iranian-American actress Necar Zadegan, once in 24, where her on-screen husband ordered his interrogation and the torturing of his family, and also in CSI: Miami, where, as his wife, she killed him.[5]

Negahban also had two collaborations with another Iranian-American actress Mozhan Marnò in the TV series The Unit[6] and the movie The Stoning of Soraya M., where he plays the husband of Soraya (Marnò). In 2008, Negahban voiced the Dr. Challus Mercer in the survival horror game Dead Space.[4] Negahban also appeared as the main antagonist in the critically acclaimed TV series Homeland.[1] In 2011 he won the Best Actor Award for the 2009 Iranian short film, Liberation at the Noor Iranian Film Festival, and in 2012, he returned to serve as an official festival judge.

In February 2015, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed that Negahban had begun shooting the spy thriller, Damascus Cover, based on the novel by Howard Kaplan, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby and John Hurt. Negahban played the role of Syrian General Sarraj.

Film, television, videogames credits[edit]

Film credits
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Fallen Ones Ammon
2006 Broken Keith
2007 Waking Dreams Toly
Charlie Wilson's War Refugee Camp Translator
2008 Richard III Sir James Tyrrel
Djinn Djinn
The Stoning of Soraya M. Ali
2009 Powder Blue Dr. Brooks
Stellina Blue Amir Keshavarz
Dead Air Abir
Brothers Murad
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Dr. Robert Stadler
2013 The Power of Few Sahel
The Moment Malik Jamil
Words and Pictures Headmaster Rashid
2014 American Sniper Sheikh Al-Obodi
2015 Baba Joon Itzhak
2016 Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero Mohammad Mohammad-Mohammadi
Brain on Fire Dr. Souhel Najjar
Window Horses Mehran (voice)
Sniper: Ghost Shooter Robert Mothershed
2017 Sand Castle Kadir
American Assassin Behurz
2018 12 Strong General Abdul Rashid Dostum
2019 Aladdin The Sultan Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Invisible Man Oman Tariq
2002 The Shield Zayed Al-Thani
2003 The Agency Arab Driver / Palestinian Officer
JAG Jamal Bin Fahad Al-Hadi
2004 Threat Matrix Fred
The West Wing Maz
Lost Omar Episode: "Solitary"
2005 Over There Iraqi Father
24 Abdullah
2006 Las Vegas Farouk Naeem
The Unit Faheed
Without a Trace Nazar Rahim
The Path to 9/11 Khalili 2 episodes
Criminal Minds Hassan Nadir
Alias Foreman
Law & Order Imam Ibrahim
The Closer Dr. al-Thani 2 episodes
Sleeper Cell The Colonel
2007 Shark Amir Khan
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Rankesh Chanoor
NCIS Jalil Shaloub
Moonlight Amir Fayed
2009 Fringe Dr. Mailk Yusuf
2010 CSI: Miami Rahim Farooq
24 Jamot
Dark Blue Ahmad Satar
NCIS: Los Angeles Aziz Anshiri
The Whole Truth Paul Bagdazarian
2011 Covert Affairs
2011–2013 Homeland Abu Nazir 15 episodes
2013 CSI: NY Zane Kalim
The Game Zane Kalim
Arrow Al-Owal
2014 The Mentalist Hassan Zarif
Person of Interest Ali Hasan
Tatort Harun
2015 Scorpion Agent Khara
Veep Abbas
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sam Farhidi
The Messengers Afghan Prime Minister 4 episodes
2016 The Catch Qasim Halabi 2 episodes
Mistresses Jonathan Amadi 6 episodes
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Morsi Episode: "Never Wait for Seconds!"
2018 Legion Amahl Farouk / Shadow King (season 2)
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Dead Space Dr. Challus Mercer
2010 Dark Void Watcher
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Opening Poem Reader, Sandman' Additional Voices
Medal of Honor Pashto Fighter 5
2011 Assassin's Creed: Revelations Additional Voices
2012 Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Farsi Thug
Spec Ops: The Line Refugees
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Additional Voices
2016 1979 Revolution: Black Friday Asadollah Lajevardi Co-producer


  1. ^ a b c "Showtime Mini-Biography". Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Ross, Matt. "In Depth: Navid Negahban". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Laracy, Noah. "Navid Negahban: A Back Stage Exclusive". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "IMDb: Navid Negahban". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "IMDb: Dishonor (2010) "Did You Know?"". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "IMDb: "The Unit" (Security) 2006". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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