Golshifteh Farahani: Wiki, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Controversies, Family, Biography & More 2024

Golshifteh Farahani: Wiki, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Controversies, Family, Biography & More

Golshifteh Farahani: Wiki, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Controversies, Family, Biography & More-

Golshifteh Farahani, a renowned Iranian personality, is celebrated for her roles as an actress, singer, and musician. Her notable work includes portraying the character of ‘Shansa’ in the Hollywood film, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ released in 2017.

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Wiki/Biography: Golshifteh Farahani

Golshifteh Farahani was born on Sunday, 10 July 1983 (age 36 years; as in 2019), in Tehran, Iran. Her zodiac sign is Cancer. She pursued her graduation from Islamic Azad University, Tehran.

Physical Appearance

  • Height: 5′ 6½”
  • Eye Colour: Dark Brown
  • Hair Colour: Black

Family & Caste She was born into an Islamic family.

Parents & Siblings

  • Father: Behzad Farahani (Theatre director and actor)
  • Mother: Fahimeh Rahim Nia (Actress and painter)
  • Elder Sister: Shaghayegh Farahani (Actress)
  • Brother: Azarakhsh Farahani (Actor and music composer)

Relationships, Husband & Children

In 2003, Golshifteh Farahani tied the knot with the French director and producer, Amin Mahdavi. Unfortunately, their marriage concluded in divorce after eight years in 2011.

Reportedly, she entered matrimony with the French actor, Louis Garrel in 2012, but their union only endured for a brief two years.

In 2015, there were rumors of her involvement with the actor and producer, Matthew Silver.

During the same year, she exchanged vows with the Australian somatic psychotherapist, Christos Dorje Walker. However, their marriage concluded in divorce after a two-year journey.


At the tender age of 14, Golshifteh Farahani made her acting debut in the Iranian film, ‘Derakht e Golabie/The Pear Tree’ in 1998. Her talents soon garnered international recognition through various acclaimed films such as ‘Deux fereshté/Two Angels’ (2003), ‘Bab’Aziz: Le prince qui contemplait son âme’ (2004), ‘To Each His Cinema’ (2007), ‘Santouri/The Music Man’ (2007), ‘Body of Lies’ (2008), ‘Chicken With Plums/Poulet Aux Prunes’ (2011), ‘The Patience Stone’ (2012), and ‘Arab Blues’ (2019).

One of her standout performances was as ‘Shansa’ in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ (2017), which catapulted her to immense popularity.

Golshifteh Farahani also ventured into the realm of web series with the Netflix production, ‘Extraction’ (2020), portraying the character of Nik Khan. Beyond the silver screen, she has showcased her acting prowess in various theatre plays, including ‘Maryam and Mardavij’ (2003), ‘The Black Narcissus’ (2004), ‘A Private Dream’ (2013), and ‘Anna Karenina’ (2016). Additionally, she graced music videos like “Pola” (2014) and “Paradis” (2018).


Golshifteh Farahani faced restrictions in 2008, preventing her from leaving Iran to appear in the Hollywood film ‘Body of Lies’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio; however, she managed to defy the constraints and feature in the film.

In 2012, she was banned from returning to Iran after posing topless for the French magazine ‘Madame Le Figaro.’ The same year, she stirred another controversy by appearing nude in the film, “The Patience Stone.”

Awards & Honours

Fajr International Film Festival

  • 1997: Best Actress (International Section) for Derakht e Golabie (The Pear Tree)

Three Continents Festival (Nantes, France)

  • 2004: Prix d’Interpretation Feminine for Boutique

Kazan International Film Festival

  • 2008: Best Actress for Mim Mesle Madar (M for Mother)

Gijón International Film Festival

  • 2012: Best Actress for The Patience Stone

Abu Dhabi Film Festival

  • 2012: Best Actress for The Patience Stone

Note: She has many more accolades to her name.



  • Her real name is Rahavard Farahani.
  • She started learning music and piano at the age of 5, and later, she joined a music school in Tehran, Iran.
  • She revealed in an interview that she had lived like a boy when she was a kid. She said, “I had a name for myself: Ameer. Every day I went to school with the scarf, came back and changed into a boy, and went out on the streets to play basketball and live like a boy. My whole life for me was this game. It was dangerous. Had they caught me, it would have been truly serious. My parents were really worried but they couldn’t control me. The funny thing is the one big reason I gave was that I wanted to ride a bicycle without getting whistled or stared at. I wanted to become invisible. I wanted to be looked at as a human being rather than as an object of desire.”
  • In 2008, she exiled from her country Iran and then settled in Paris. In an interview, she said, “I was told by a ministry of culture and Islamic guide official that Iran does not need any actors or artists. You may offer your artistic services somewhere else.”
  • She has been working for environmental causes and is an advocate for the eradication of tuberculosis in Iran.
  • Her hobbies include playing music and watching movies.
  • She has featured on the cover of various renowned magazines.
  • When she was in Iran, she joined Kooch Neshin (Nomads), a band that won the 2nd Tehran Avenue underground rock competition.
  • After leaving Iran, she teamed up with another exiled Iranian musician, Mohsen Namjoo. They released their album ‘Oywas’ in October 2009.
  • She was a member of the international jury at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival (2010).
  • She stood 6th in the annual Independent Critics Beauty List of 2014.

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