Shohreh Aghdashloo’s birthday party

Aghdashloo began acting in Iran in the late 1970s before departing during the Revolution. Her breakthrough role came in 2003’s House of Sand and Fog, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Two years later, she guest-starred in season four of 24, and in 2006 she appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand with Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer and Famke Janssen.

In 2008 she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her portrayal of Sajida Talfah in the BBC docudrama House of Saddam; she also guest-starred on The Simpsons, voicing Mina, one of the show’s first Muslim characters.