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Taraneh Alidoosti

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Last Updated on 19 March 2024 by Erotica Pleasure

Taraneh Alidoosti is an Iranian actress and translator. She is best known internationally for her role in The Salesman (2016), which won the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the 89th Academy Awards. She has received various accolades, including a Crystal Simorgh, an Iran Cinema Celebration Award and an Iran’s Film Critics and Writers Association Award. She is also known for starring in The Beautiful City (2003), Fireworks Wednesday (2006), About Elly (2009), Shahrzad (2015–2018).

Years active: 2002–present
Born age: 12 January 1984, 40 years old and 6 months, Tehran, Iran
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Height: 5’7″’ in / 1.68m
Measurements: 31-25-33 in / 79-64-84 cm
Bra size: 30C

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Taraneh Alidoosti


After having attended the acting school of Amin Tarokh since 2000, she had a leading role in I’m Taraneh, 15 (Rasul Sadr Ameli, 2002). Critics praised her performance as a 15-year-old girl who after a failed relationship is determined to rear a child on her own, while struggling with poverty and disapproval. She won the Bronze Leopard for Best Actress from the Locarno International Film Festival in 2002, as well as the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress from the 20th Fajr Film Festival, becoming the youngest person ever to do so. Shortly after she set another record, getting nominated three consecutive times for the best actress prize at the Fajr Film Festival for her first three films. Since then she has maintained a steady but selective workflow in both theatre and cinema. She was the lead actress for Ashgar Farhadi‘s Fireworks Wednesday in 2006, which was also screened at the Locarno Film Festival.

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Taraneh Alidoosti

Taraneh Alidoosti is mostly known for her choosy criteria in accepting dramatic roles, as exemplified by her long collaboration with Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi, making her one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation. She acted as a lead actress in The Salesman which won an Oscar in 2017. A prominent actress in Iran, she has bagged many awards and accolades.

Alidoosti played the title role during the three seasons of the hit Iranian VOD series Shahrzad.

Daily Kos has marked Alidoosti among trailblazing women of history born between 9 through 16 January along with three other Iranians, Kimia Alizadeh, Christiane Amanpour, and Nadia Maftouni.

Personal life

Religion: Islam

Brother: Pouyan Alidoosti

Spouse: Ali Mansoor (m. 2011)

Children: Hana Mansoor

Her father, Hamid Alidoosti, long played football for Iran’s national team and was the first Iranian to play for a foreign team (FSV Salmrohr, German 2. Bundesliga). Afterwards he became a professional football coach. Alidoosti’s mother, Nadereh Hakim-Elahi, is a sculptor and art tutor.

Alidoosti got married at Ali Mansoor (2011-2016) and in 2013 had a daughter. Her only brother died young, in an accident on Fireworks Wednesday (an Iranian New Year festivity).


Activism and arrest

Academy Awards boycott

On 26 January 2017, Alidoosti announced she would be boycotting the 89th Academy Awards where The Salesman had been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film to protest against upcoming stringent visa travel restrictions that the Trump administration planned to impose on Iranians.

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Taraneh Alidoosti


On 17 December 2022, Iranian authorities detained Alidoosti for making an Instagram post criticising the execution of Mohsen Shekari, which is the first known execution carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran as a direct result of the Mahsa Amini protests. The Instagram post reads, “Your silence means the support of the oppression and the oppressor. His name was Mohsen Shekari. Every international organization who is watching this bloodshed and not taking action, is a disgrace to humanity.”

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actress Taraneh Alidoosti


About 600 members of the international arts community from 30 different countries signed an open letter demanding Taraneh Alidoosti’s release. Signatories include Dame Emma Thompson, Penélope Cruz, Alfonso Cuarón, Brian Eno, John Oliver, Mark Ruffalo, Sir Ian McKellen and Julie Christie.

Robert De Niro released a statement with the Tribeca Festival demanding Taraneh Alidoosti’s immediate release. There have also been statements demanding her release by the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale, IFFR, IDFA and the European Film Academy.



On 4 JanuaryL 2023, Alidoosti was released after posting bail, reported to be around £20,000.


Debut Film: I’m Taraneh, 15

Hobbies: Listening to Music, Travelling

Languages Known – English, German, Persian



I’m Taraneh, 15 (2002), The Ziba City (2003), Jamshid and Khorshid (2005), Fireworks Wednesday (2006), Canaan (2007), Shirin (2008), Life with Closed Eyes (2008), About Elly (2008), The Secret of Taran Plain (2009), Doubt (2009), Watever God Wants (2010), At The End of 8th Street (2010), Modest Reception (2012), The Wedlock (2012), The Shallow Yellow Sky (2013), Absolute Rest (2014), Atom Heart Mother (2014), The Salesman (2016).

Taraneh Alidoosti Iranian actress and translator
Taraneh Alidoosti Iranian actress and translator


Taraneh Alidoosti was voted best Iranian movie actress of the decade by Sanate Cinema Magazine.

She is was selected as the best actress of the decade by Film Monthly Magazine.

Taraneh began her acting career at age 17 with the lead role in the film ‘I’m Taraneh, 15’ in 2002. For this movie, she won the Bronze Leopard for Best Actress from the Locamo International Film Festival in 2002 as well as the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress from the 26th Fajr Film Festival.


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