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Rashidi at the U.S. Embassy Berlin during salute to the Berlinale 15.2.2016
Narges Rashidi

21 March 1980 (1980-03-21) (age 41)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse(s) Christian Straka

Narges Rashidi (Persian: نرگس رشیدی) is an American-German actress of Iranian descent. She was born in Iran where her father was an army colonel. In 1987 she settled with her family in Turkey. A year later the family moved to Germany, where she grew up and studied acting. She has lived primarily in Los Angeles since 2005.

Rashidi has appeared in many independent films and television productions, primarily in Germany. She received widespread acclaim for her starring role in the 2016 film Under the Shadow by Babak Anvari, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Variety cited her as "a favorite breakthrough performance" at Sundance. The magazine hailed her "intense yet fine-grained work... as a fiercely intelligent, progressive-minded Iranian woman infuriated by the direction of her country since the Islamic Revolution," noting "Rashidi plays her character like a musical instrument going slowly out of tune; it’s a performance rich in both motherly love and scream-queen abandon."



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Venussian Tabutasco
2005 Aeon Flux Pregnant Woman
2006 Asudem Girl
Black Sheep Leo's Girlfriend
2007 Breathful Fuss
2008 Speed Racer Persian Announcer
2009 Meeting Laura Narges Short film
Must Love Death Isabel
2010 NOS (auf dich) Vina Short film
2011 Dating Lanzelot Zibaa
My Prince. My King. Fatima
2012 Slave Nurse
2013 Kokowääh 2 Verkäuferin
2015 Von glücklichen Schafen Elmas / mother
2016 Under the Shadow Shideh
2017 Tigermilch Noura Bashir
2019 The Manchador Mina Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Die Geschichte Mitteldeutschlands Orientalische Frau des Grafen von Gleichen Episode: "Ehe zu dritt - Die Frauen des Grafen von Gleichen"
2007 KDD – Kriminaldauerdienst Nuran Episode: "Fragen der Ehre"
2008 Schimanski Laura Episode: "Schicht im Schacht"
2009 Engel sucht Liebe Ayse TV Movie
2012 Ein Fall für zwei Ayshe Episode: "Mord im Callcenter"
Die Geisterfahrer Faiza TV Movie
2013 Nachtschicht Dalida Abdullah Episode: "Geld regiert die Welt"
2014–2015 Löwenzahn Banu 4 Episodes
2015 Sibel & Max Elif Episode: "Schief gewickelt"
Zum Sterben zu früh Dalida Medjoub TV Movie
2016–2018 Never Too Late For Justice Samira Vaziri 22 Episodes
2017 The Girlfriend Experience Darya Esford 5 Episodes
Reich oder tot Dalida Medjoub TV Movie
2019 Anatomy of Evil Leila Nymann Episode: "Sehnsucht"
Hanna Sima 2 Episodes
2020 Gangs of London Lale 7 Episodes


  • Best Breakthrough Actress award, A2Z, New York Independent International Film & Video Festival, 2007.
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