5' 3¾" (1.62 m)
Born in Tehran at the height of the Iranian Revolution, Ms. Boniadi's parents relocated to London shortly thereafter, where she was raised with an emphasis on education. While she was involved in theatre early in life and earned her first TV credit as a guest host on the children's show "Early Bird," Ms. Boniadi later decided she wanted to become a physician. She moved to the United States to attend the University of California Irvine where she received her Bachelor's Degree, with Honors (Dean's Academic Achievement and Service Award) in Biological Sciences, and won the "Chang Pin Chun" Undergraduate Research Award for her work in heart-transplant rejection and cancer research.
Switching gears to pursue her first love, Ms. Boniadi then decided to study acting, which included training in Contemporary Drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London under the supervision of dramaturge Lloyd Trott.
Ms. Boniadi's first major credit was "General Hospital" for which she received a 2008 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series as Nurse Leyla Mir.
Ms. Boniadi's film credits include Jon Favreau's "Iron Man" in which she appeared as reporter Amira Ahmed, and Paul Haggis' "The Next Three Days" in which she portrayed a young mother, Elaine. She has also appeared in several independent features including the forthcoming culture clash romantic comedy "Shirin In Love" in which she plays the title character. Amy Madigan co-stars.
She recently portrayed Nora, a relatively longstanding love interest to Neil Patrick Harris's Barney Stinson, in seasons six and seven of "How I Met Your Mother". She also co-stars with Rosanna Arquette in "Rochelle", an original series produced by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia for their digital channel Wigs.
Ms. Boniadi is fluent in both English and Farsi. She is a devoted human rights activist and an official spokesperson for Amnesty International USA.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous
She was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in London, England.
She is the great great granddaughter of famed 19th Century Persian Philosopher and poet, Safi Ali Shah.
She graduated with Honors from the University of California Irvine, where she received a Bacholor's Degree in Biological Sciences.
Fluent in both English and Farsi.
Completed an intensive course in Contemporary Drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2009.
She is a human rights activist and an Official Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA.
Boniadi changed her career path from medicine and started pursuing acting in 2006.