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Bahar Soomekh
Born (1975-03-30) March 30, 1975 (age 48)
Tehran, Iran
Education University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1997)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–2014
Notable credit(s)
Crash, Saw franchise
Clayton Frech
(m. 2001)
Children 3
Relatives Saba Soomekh (sister)

Bahar Soomekh (Persian: بهار سومخ, born March 30, 1975) is an Iranian-American actress. She is best known for her roles in Crash and the Saw franchise.

Early life

Bahar was born in Tehran, Iran, to a devout Persian-Jewish family. She moved with her parents and sister, Saba Soomekh, to Los Angeles, California, United States in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Soomekh attended Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School.

Bahar later attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. She graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in environmental studies.


Following her graduation from UCSB, Soomekh worked in motivational sales while taking acting classes. In the beginning of her acting career, Soomekh guest starred on several television programs, including JAG and 24. She ultimately quit her day job to pursue acting full-time and landed her role in Crash less than three months later.

Soomekh's breakthrough role came as Dorri in the Academy Award-winning movie for Best Picture, Crash. Following her success in Crash, People magazine listed Soomekh as a member of the Class of 2006 as "New on the Scene". She followed up with roles in Syriana and Mission: Impossible III. In 2006, she had a leading role as Dr. Lynn Denlon in the horror film Saw III. Soomekh had a recurring role as Margo in the television series Day Break and guest appearances on shows such as Ghost Whisperer and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Her last film role was in Just like a Woman.

After the Southern California area experienced the loss of film industry jobs to other locations, Soomekh decided to pursue a real estate career to remain close to her family.

Personal life

Bahar married Clayton Frech in 2001. The couple have three children. One of their children, Ezra Frech, was born with a disability. He was a double silver Parapan American Games medalist in 2019 and was named as a finalist for the 2014 Sports Illustrated SportsKid of the Year.


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Without a Trace Lemese Salman
JAG Jasmine Season 8, Episode 10 "The Killer"
2003 Naked Hotel Bhurka Woman
2004 JAG Amira Sattar Season 9, Episode 20 "Fighting Words"
Intermission Hair Wearer
Crash Dorri
A Lousy Ten Grand Najah
2005 24 Habib Marwan's Wife (deleted scenes)
Bones Sahar Masruk
Syriana Yassi (Director's Uncut Version)
2006 In Justice Neena Oponi
Mission: Impossible III Davian's Translator
The Unit Firefly Season 2, Episode 1 "Change of Station"
Day Break Margo (2006–2007)
Saw III Lynn Denlon
2007 Saw IV Lynn Denlon Uncredited; archival footage
2008 Saw V Lynn Denlon Uncredited; archival footage
The Oaks Hollis Unaired TV pilot
Ghost Whisperer Tricia Season 4, Episode 6 "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"
2009 Saw VI Lynn Denlon Uncredited; archival footage
Lost & Found Abigail
2010 Saw 3D Lynn Denlon Uncredited; archival footage
Miami Medical Vanessa Season 1, Episode 8 "An Arm and a Leg"
2011 Castle Nazihah Alhabi Season 3, Episode 16 "Setup"; Season 3, Episode 17 "Countdown"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Sylvia Sloane Season 12, Episode 10 "Genetic Dsorder"
2012 Parenthood Dr. Haryana Season 4, Episode 3 "Everything Is Not Okay"
Just like a Woman Soha
2014 Perception Yael Season 3, Episode 5 "Eternity"

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