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22 May 1982
22 May 1982
She was educated at a private school and later moved to the US where she earned a Bachelor's Degree, with Honors, in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. At UCI, she won the Chang Pin-Chun Undergraduate Research Award for molecular research involving cancer treatment and heart transplant rejection. She was also Assistant Editor-in-Chief of MedTimes, UCI's undergraduate medical newspaper.
Boniadi decided to change her career path from medicine and started pursuing acting in 2006. Boniadi's first major acting role was as Leyla Mir on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama General Hospital and its SOAPnet spin-off series General Hospital: Night Shift, making her the first contract actor to play a Middle Eastern character in American daytime television history. She is also the first Iranian-born actress to ever be on contract on an American soap opera.
Boniadi has also landed supporting roles in several major Hollywood film productions, such as Charlie Wilson's War directed by Mike Nichols, Iron Man directed by Jon Favreau, and The Next Three Days directed by Paul Haggis.
In February 2011, she debuted as Nora, a love interest for Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson, on the sixth season of the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She reprised this role during the show's seventh and ninth seasons.
In November 2011, Boniadi appeared opposite George Clooney in a European spot for Nespresso, called The Swap, directed by Grant Heslov. In May 2013, Boniadi joined the cast of Homeland season 3, as Fara Sherazi, a capable young analyst.
Boniadi is an official spokeswoman for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), and has worked at a grass roots level and appeared on international TV and radio programs to campaign for the rights of disenfranchised populations across the world. In particular, she has been very involved in safeguarding human rights by participating in events that bring attention to the unjust conviction and treatment of Iranian youth, women and prisoners of conscience.
Boniadi provided a voiceover to AIUSA’s “Power of Words” public service announcement with Morgan Freeman, which won a Webby Award; campaigned with the organization for the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA); has served as a panelist and emcee for events related to Iranian rights, and spearheaded The Neda Project with AIUSA in May/June 2010. She has an official blog on the Amnesty International USA website, and in The Huffington Post.
In December 2010, she initiated an Amnesty International petition for Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, who were convicted of “propaganda against the state”. The petition was co-signed by prominent Hollywood directors and industry leaders such as Paul Haggis, Martin Scorsese, Sean Penn, Harvey Weinstein, Ron Howard and others, and generated more than 21,000 signatures. On June 8, 2011, Boniadi joined a delegation of Hollywood luminaries, lead by Haggis and AIUSA Executive Director Larry Cox, to deliver the petition to the Iran Mission to the United Nations in New York.
On April 9, 2012, she returned to her alma mater University of California, Irvine, with Rainn Wilson in support of the Education Under Fire campaign, calling for an end to discrimination against and persecution of Baha'is in Iran.
On October 4, 2012, Boniadi delivered the keynote closing remarks at The XX Factor, Amnesty International USA's annual town hall meeting on women's rights, in Washington, D.C.
In December, she helped launch an Amnesty International petition and campaign with Roxana Saberi, to free wrongfully imprisoned filmmaker Behrouz Ghobadi, brother of acclaimed filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, in Iran. The petition was signed by prominent Hollywood directors such as Martin Scorsese and Paul Haggis, actors such as Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, James Franco and Adrien Brody, as well as major film industry organizations and festivals. On January 22, 2013, Amnesty International announced that Behrouz Ghobadi had been released on bail from prison in Iran.
On May 4, 2013, Boniadi was a keynote speaker at Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's 13th annual 'A World of Women for World Peace' conference in Dallas, Texas.
|2007||The Game||Josie||2 Episodes|
|General Hospital: Night Shift||Leyla Mir||13 Episodes|
|2007–2009||General Hospital||Leyla Mir||119 Episodes|
|2010||The Deep End||Heather Mosson||Episode: "To Have and to Hold"|
|24||Blonde Woman||2 Episodes|
|Hawthorne||Aneesa Amara||Episode: "Final Curtain"|
|2011||Suits||Lauren Pearl||Episode: "Errors and Omissions"|
|2011, 2014||How I Met Your Mother||Nora||Season 6-7 (recurring; 9 episodes)|
Season 9 (guest; 1 episode)
|2012||CSI||Nurse Lauren||Episode: "Seeing Red"|
|Best Friends Forever||Naya||2 Episodes|
|2013||Go On||Hannah||Episode: "Gooooaaaallll Doll!"|
|Grey's Anatomy||Amrita||Episode: "The Face of Change"|
|2013–present||Homeland||Fara Sherazi||Season 3 (recurring; 6 episodes)|
Season 4 (series regular)
|2014||Scandal||Adnan Salif||7 Episodes|
|2006||Kal: Yesterday & Tomorrow||Simmi||Short Film|
|2008||Charlie Wilson's War||Afghan Refugee Woman||Uncredited|
|Iron Man||Amira Ahmed|
|2009||Diplomacy||Persian Interpreter||Short Film|
|2010||The Next Three Days||Elaine|
|2012||Shirin in Love||Shirin|
|2013||Desert Dancer||Parisa Ghaffarian|
|2014||Once Upon a Time in Wonderland||Jasmine|