Date of Birth
1 October 1972, Tehran, Iran
Award-winning actress, Leila Hatami, was born on October 1, 1972 in Tehran, Iran, to legendary Iranian Director, Ali Hatami, and actress mother, Zari Khoshkam (Zahra Hatami). During her childhood, she appeared in several of her father's films including the historical TV series, "Hezar dastan" (1978), and biopic Kamalolmolk (1984), as well as a role as Leila, the blind Turkish princess in the film The love-stricken (1992). After completing high school, she moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and started her studies in Electronic Engineering. However, after two years she changed her major to French Literature. She completed her studies in a couple of years and moved back to Iran.
After a pause in her film career of a few years which included her studies in Switzerland, she made her professional entry into cinema with Dariush Mehrjui's film Leila (1997) as the title character. Her performance in the film received rave reviews from critics and audiences worldwide. She also received the Diploma of Honor for Best Actress from the 15th Fajr Film Festival. Later, she married her co-star Ali Mosaffa in 1999. They now have two children: a son named Mani (born February 2007) and a daughter named Asal (born October 2008).
To date, Hatami has worked with some of the most celebrated Iranian directors. Moreover, her performance in The Deserted Station (2002) won the Best Actress award from the 26th Montreal World Film Festival. She also appeared in her husband's directorial debut film, Portrait of a Lady Far Away (2005). In 2011, she won the prestigious Silver Berlin Bear award at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival for the Best Actress in a Leading Role in Asghar Farhadi's internationally acclaimed film, A Separation (2011).
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After finishing high school, she moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and started her studies in Electrical Engineering Dee Lausanne (EPFL). After two years she changed her major to French Literature. She completed her study of French in a couple of years, before moving back to Iran. After a pause of a few years which included the continuation of her studies in Switzerland she made her professional entry into cinema with Dariush Mehrjui's film Leila. Her acting in this film received rave reviews from critics and audiences. She married her co-star in Leila (Ali Mosaffa) in 1999. They have two children: a boy named Mani (born February 2007) and a girl named Asal (born October 2008).
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SpouseAli Mosaffa (1 October 1999 - present) 2 children
Daughter of the late legendary Iranian director Ali Hatami and Zari Khoshkam (Zahra Hatami) who was a famous actress before the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979.
Studied Electrical Engineering in Lausanne, Switzerland and later French Literature prior to becoming an actress.
Has two children; a son named Mani (born February 2007) and a daughter named Asal (born October 2008).
Loves reading novels.
Speaks Farsi, English, French, and German, and also works as a translator.
Member of the Jury of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic) in 2006.
Has played the role of four characters with the same first name as her; Leila.