30 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Persian

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Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell at Paramount Picture’s 90th Anniversary celebration “90 Stars for 90 Years” at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Ca. Sunday, July 14, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.

Catherine Bell was born in London to a Persian mother and Scottish father. She moved to the U.S. when she was two years old.

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Age: 48

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Massage therapist, Film Producer, Model, Actor

Credits: JAG, Bruce Almighty, Army Wives, The Good Witch


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Shohreh Aghdashloo

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 04: Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo arrives at The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2011 Installation Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for HFPA)


Shohreh Aghdashloo was born in Tehran, Iran. She made her American film debut in 1989.

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Profession: Actor

Credits: X-Men: The Last Stand, 24, The Lake House, The Exorcism of Emily Rose The Nativity Story, + more

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