Shiva Rose

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Shiva Rose
Shiva Rose Afshar

OccupationActress, blogger, activist
Known forLayla, lead in the film David & Layla
Dylan McDermott
(m. 1995; div. 2009)

Shiva Rose Afshar is an American actress, activist, and blogger.

Early life[edit]

Shiva Rose Afshar was born in Santa Monica, California, and is of Irish and Iranian descent.[1][2]


Rose's past film credits include the 20th Century Fox feature The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, directed by Mick Jackson and HBO's original film 61*, directed by Billy Crystal. She starred in the independent film Black Days and was featured at the 2001 Slamdance Film Festival. She appeared in the features Myron's Movie and Red Roses and Petrol with Malcolm McDowell, and Silent Madness-Hollywood Babylon in which she plays the silent screen star Louise Brooks. She completed the short film DysEnchanted, playing the role of Snow White, which premiered at Sundance in January 2004.

Rose starred in the independent comedy film, David & Layla, which won Prix du Public at the Amour Film Festival. David & Layla was awarded over La Vie en Rose, 2 Days in Paris and Lady Chatterley.

Roses's television credits include The Division, Gideon's Crossing and The Practice.


While attending college at the University of California, Los Angeles, Rose founded Resource, a program to feed the homeless. She is a sponsor for VIP (Violence Intervention Program),[3] which helps abused children, and volunteers at Caring for Children and Families with AIDS (CCFA) in Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

Rose married actor Dylan McDermott in 1995 and they have two daughters. On September 27, 2007, People confirmed that Rose and McDermott had separated.[4] On May 21, 2008, Dylan filed for divorce, which was finalized on January 2, 2009.[5]


  1. ^ August/September '99 issue of Irish America, on pp. 33-37, 92
  2. ^ "A PERSIAN ROSE BLOOMS: An Interview with actress Shiva Rose McDermott".
  3. ^ "Violence Intervention Program – VIP Community Mental Health Center, Inc".
  4. ^ "Dylan McDermott and His Wife Separate". 27 September 2007.
  5. ^ No byline (2007-12-02), "McDermott to Wife: Til January Do Us Part". Retrieved on 2008-12-02

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