Navid Negahban
Birth Date June 2, 1968
Birthplace Iran
Twitter @NavidNegahban
Portrays Abdul Nazarri
Seasons 1

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Navid Negahban was born and raised in Mashhad, Iran. His passion for acting led him to Germany, where he spent eight years honing his theatrical skills prior to arriving in the US. Navid has been building a strong resume ever since, playing a broad range of intriguing characters for film, theatre, and television.

Navid has a powerful leading role in the stunning dramatic feature The Stoning of Soraya M., and significant supporting roles in Brothers with Tobey Maguire, directed by Jim Sheridan, Powder Blue with Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker, and Charlie Wilson's War opposite Tom Hanks, directed by Mike Nichols. On TV, Navid had a recurring role on the eighth and final season of 24, and guest appearances include Lost, CSI: Miami, Law & Order, Covert Affairs, and NCIS: Los Angeles. Navid recently (2011) appeared as Dr. Robert Stadler in Atlas Shrugged Part 1. He also shot The Power of Few in New Orleans with Christopher Walken and Christian Slater. Navid is currently (2011/2012) playing the chilling Abu Nazir on Showtime's Homeland, with Damian Lewis and Claire Danes.

Early Life and CareerEdit

Negahban was born in Mashhad, Iran. He took a liking to theater when he was 8 years old while provoking laughter from a large audience by portraying an old man on stage.[1] He left Iran when he was 20 for Turkey and then Germany, where he spent eight-and-a-half years.[2] In Germany, he worked for a theater company, and then in 1993 he moved to the United States.[3]He is fluent in English, Persian,[1] Dari and German.[3] He has appeared in The ShieldThe West WingLost, and CSI: Miami.[4] He has collaborated twice with Iranian-American actressNecar Zadegan, once in 24, where her on-screen husband ordered his interrogation and the torturing of his family, and also in CSI: Miami, where, as his wife, she killed him.[5] Negahban also had two collaborations with another Iranian-American actress Mozhan Marnò in the TV series The Unit[6] and the movie The Stoning of Soraya M., where he plays Sorya's (Marnò's) husband. In 2008, Negahban voiced the insane doctor Challus Mercer in the survival horror game Dead Space.[4] Negahban also appeared as the main antagonist in the critically acclaimed TV series Homeland.[1] In 2011 he won the Best Actor Award for the 2009 Iranian short film, Liberation at the Noor Iranian Film Festival, and in 2012, he returned to serve as an official festival judge.

In February 2015 The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed that Negahban had begun shooting the spy thriller, The Damascus Cover, based on the novel by Howard Kaplan, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby and John Hurt, Negahban in the role of Syrian General Sarraj.


Year Title Role 2005 The Fallen Ones Ammon
2006 The Path to 9/11 Khalili
Broken Keith
2007 Waking Dreams Toly
Charlie Wilson's War Refugee Camp Translator
2008 Richard III Sir James Tyrrel
Djinn Djinn
The Stoning of Soraya M. Ali
2009 Powder Blue Dr. Brooks
Stellina Blue Amir Keshavarz
Dead Air Abir
Brothers Murad
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Dr. Robert Stadler
2013 The Power of Few Sahel
The Moment Malik Jamil
2014 Words and Pictures Headmaster
American Sniper Sheikh Al-Obodi
Year Title Role
2000 The Invisible Man
2002 The Shield
2003 The Agency
2004 Threat Matrix
The West Wing
Lost Omar, Sayid's superior
2005 Over There
2006 Las Vegas
The Unit
Without a Trace
Criminal Minds Hassan Nadir
Law & Order
The Closer
Sleeper Cell
2007 Shark
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
2009 Fringe
2010 CSI: Miami
Dark Blue
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Whole Truth
2011 Homeland Abu Nazir
2013 CSI: NY Zane Kalim
Arrow Al-Owal
2014 The Mentalist Hassan Zarif
Tatort Harun
2015 "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Sam Farhidi


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