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Nazanin Boniadi

Nazanin Boniadi

Nazanin Boniadi is an Iranian-born, SAG and AACTA Award-nominated actress and renowned activist. Her TV and film credits most notably include How I Met Your Mother, Homeland, Counterpart, The Lord of the Rings:The Rings of Power, Bombshell and Hotel Mumbai.

Nazanin has partnered with Amnesty International since 2008 to campaign for the rights of disenfranchised populations across the world, with a focus on the unjust conviction and treatment of Iranian youth, women and prisoners of conscience. Her opinions have been published in global media outlets including The Washington Post, CNN, Defense One and The New York Times.

Her advocacy work has taken her to the German Bundestag, the UK Parliament, the US Capitol, and more recently to the White House and the United Nations Security Council.

The Program for Torture Victims awarded Nazanin their 2014 City of Second Chances Award. In 2018, she was selected by People Magazine as one of their ’25 Women Changing the World’ and in 2022 she was named one of Marie Claire UK’s 11 Future Shapers, and Financial Times readers women of the year. She is also a recipient of the 2020 Freedom House Raising Awareness Award, the 2022 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the 2023 Society of American Law Teachers M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award. In 2020, she was selected for membership at the Council on Foreign Relations and she was appointed as an ambassador for Amnesty International UK.