Nazanin Boniadi (Iran/United Kingdom)

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

Boniadi has partnered with Amnesty International since 2008 to campaign for the rights of disenfranchised populations worldwide, focusing 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 PostBBCCNNDefense One and The New York Times.

In December 2022, as the BBC celebrated ten years of their 100 Women series (putting women at the front and center of news stories), Boniadi was invited to speak on a panel on Iran. Her advocacy work has taken her to the German Bundestag, the UK Parliament, the US Congress, and the UN headquarters.

The Program for Torture Victims awarded Boniadi their 2014 City of Second Chances Award. In 2018, she was selected by People Magazine as one of their “25 Women Changing the World.” She also received the 2020 Freedom House Raising Awareness Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.