Nazanin Boniadi earned on-screen recognition in the mid-2000s after portraying Leyla Mir in General Hospital (2007-09). But the acting career interest was a procrastinated entry for the University of California graduate.
The Iran-born & America-based actress studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, leaving her medical career behind. It would see Nazanin roles in famous TV shows How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, and Homeland.
Moreover, the Bombshell actress added further on-screen prominence in 2022; landed the role of Bronwyn in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Swapped Medical Career To Acting
Nazanin Boniadi is a University of California Irvine graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences with Honors. At her alma mater, she even won the Chang Pin-Chun Undergraduate Research Award for heart-transplant rejection and cancer research.
But by the mid-2000s, she would go for acting, changing her career trajectory. In fact, the actress would later study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 2007, Boniaidi portrayed Leyla Mir in General Hospital (until 2009), and its spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift. It followed her cameo in Marvel’s 2008 movie Iron Man.
Then, it bestowed her with further major TV portrayals- as Nora in How I Met Your Mother (2011-14), as Fara Sherazi in Homeland (2013-14), and as Adnan Salif in Scandal (2014).
The Grey’s Anatomy and CSI actress then portrayed Clare Quayle in Counterpart (2018-19). It co-starred experienced on-screen names, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, and Harry Lloyd.
Nazanin As Bronwyn In ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’
The 2-year-long wait for the TV series adaptation of The Lord of the Rings bore fruits in 2022.
Actress Nazanin Boniadi landed the role of Bronwyn, a human mother, and healer, in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Its premiere date is September 2, 2022.
Even though the Amazon Prime series is based on the famous novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, it is not a direct continuation of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies. Why?- for legal reasons.
The official casts for the TV series were confirmed in 2020; Robert Aramayo, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Benjamin Walker, Owain Arthur, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, & more.
But it was only in February 2022 that Boniadi’s character as Bronwyn was confirmed.
After successful Season 1, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was renewed for the second season- it is already in pre-production. It will have some new faces like Gabriel Akuwudike, Amelia Kenworthy, Oliver Alvin-Wilson, and Yasen Atour among others.
Nazanin Boniadi Is From Iran- Age and Height?
Boniadi was born on May 22, 1980, in Tehran, Iran, in aftermath of the Iranian revolution. So, her parents immigrated to London when she was only 1 month old.
As of 2022, the Counter Part actress is 42 years old; her height is 5 feet 3 inches (162 cm). Nazanin holds British nationality.
As per Boniadi’s Instagram post of February 12, 2012, her parents got married 41 years ago from that day, i.e. on Feb 12, 1971. In the caption, the America-based actress expressed her gratitude to her parents, who ‘sacrificed everything as political refugees in London to give her the best.’
After attending independent school in Hampstead, London, Nazanin, at 19, moved to the United States for further studies.
Net Worth In 2022- How Much Boniadi Earns?
Nazanin Boniadi has a net worth of $4 million as of 2022- the main income source is her acting career.
With more than a decade of expertise, she gained TV fame with General Hospital, Homeland, Scandal, and How I Met Your Mother. These TV projects presumably saw her tens of thousands of dollars per episode.
Additionally, the TV star set her foot on big screens too; The Next Three Days (2010), Ben-Hur (2016), and Bombshell (2019).
Her Instagram posts show promotions of clothing & jewelry lines: NANUSHKA, Hereu, David Yurman, IRO Paris, Malone Souliers, Svelte Metals Jewelry, FRAME, Rodo, and KALLATI Jewelry, among others.
For each sponsored post, Boniadi can expect $751 – $1,252.
Ex-Girlfriend Of Hollywood Superstar Tom Cruise- Why They Broke Up?
The How I Met Your Mother actress had a brief yet famous relationship with Mission Impossible actor Tom Cruise. The two dated shortly between late 2004 to early 2005.
As per the 2015 Scientology documentary film Going Clear, the romance story for Boniadi with Cruise was a part of “auditions” of Scientologist actresses by the Church of Scientology.
According to Boniadi’s FBI testimony of January 2010, she (a then-dedicated Scientologist) was selected for a special project by the Church in late 2004.
In a confidentiality agreement, Nazanin was not to abandon the project without Church’s approval; even more, it obliged her to remove braces, correct hair highlights, and break her relationship with her then-longtime boyfriend.
And later after flying to New York, she found out that the project was to become ‘a suitable girlfriend for Tom Cruise.’
Relationship Tuned Sour & Exit From Scientology
The British actress did admit that the Top Gun star was romantic in the beginning but later began to have tempers. By January 2005, the relationship between the two ended.
Afterward, Nazanin told about the special project to her friend and a fellow church member; as a result, the Church punished her for breaking the agreement policies. Reportedly, she “had to dig ditches at midnight and scrub floor tiles… She was placed on a curfew… escorted everywhere she went”.
Later she left the Church of Scientology and currently proclaims herself as a “non-practicing Muslim”.
Interesting Fact: After leaving Scientology, Nazanin Boniadi served as a spokesperson for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) from 2009 to 2015.
Is She Dating Anyone?
So far, no report on the dating story or current boyfriend of the actress is out.