Leyla Hatami

Leyla Hatami

Born on October 1, 1972, she is an Iranian actress and daughter of director Ali Hatamí and actress Zari Khoshkam.

After finishing high school, she moved to Lausanne and began her studies in electrical engineering at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne. After two years, she decided to change her specialty to French literature. She completed her studies before returning to Iran. After a short break, busy with her studies in Switzerland, she returned professionally to the cinema with the film “Leyla” by Dariush Mehrjui. His performance in this film was very well received by both critics and audiences.

She made a few brief appearances during her childhood, such as in “Hezar Dastan,” a television series, and “Kamal ol Molk,” a feature film, as well as a 1991 role as a blind Turkish princess in “Del Shodegan,” a historical drama. After playing small roles in some of her father’s films, Hatami made her first appearance in a leading role in the 1996 film Leyla, directed by Dariush Mehrjui. She was awarded the honorary diploma for best actress at the 15th Fajr Film Festival.

In 1999, she married Ali Mosaffa, her co-star in the movie “Leila.” They have two children, a son, Maní, born in February 2007, and a daughter, Asal, born in October 2008.

Her role in “The Deserted Station” (Istgah-e Matruk) earned her the best actress award at the 26th Montreal World Film Festival. She appeared in her husband’s films “Portrait of a Distant Woman” (Sima-ye Zani Dar Durdast) 2005 and “The Last Step” (Peleh Akhar) 2012. She also designed the sets and costumes for the latter, which was nominated at the Fajr Film Festival. In 2012, “A Separation” (Jodayi Nader az Simin) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in which Hatamí played the female lead, which also won her the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival. She, moreover, in April 2014, was announced as a member of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.


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