Taraneh Alidoosti



Taraneh Alidoosti

Persian actress Taraneh Alidoosti was born in Tehran in 1984.  She attended Amin Tarokh’s acting school, and in 2002 starred in her first film, Man, taraneh, panzdah sal daram (I’m Taraneh, 15 Years Old).  Acting as a defiant 15 year old girl who, after a relationship failed, attempted to rear a child on her own while dealing with poverty and extreme social stigma, Alidoosti received much critical acclaim.  She won the Bronze Leopard for Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival in 2002, and the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress from the 20th Fajr Film Festival, Iran’s biggest film festival, and was the youngest ever to receive this prize.

Alidoosti is known for being selective in the acting roles she selects, preferring those that are dramatic and challenging. After her success at the age of 17, she went on to act in a number of films, and set another record when she was nominated three consecutive times for the Best Actress prize at the Fajr Film Festival for her first three films.  She has also acted in two theatrical plays.  In a poll conducted by Sanata Cinema magazine among 130 film critics, she was voted Best Iranian Actress of the Decade.

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