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Mozhan Marnò
American actress

Mozhan Marnò

Mozhan Marnò
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Intro American actress
A.K.A. Mozhan Marno
Is Actor Film actor Television actor Writer
From Iran United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender female
Birth 3 May 1980, Los Angeles, United States of America
Age 42 years
Star sign Taurus
Residence Brooklyn, United States of America
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Mozhan Marnò (born May 3, 1980) is an American film and television actress of Iranian descent. She is known for her roles in The Blacklist and House of Cards.

Early life and education

Marnò was born in Los Angeles. Her parents are from Iran and met in California. She was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. She received her BA in French and German comparative literature from Barnard College of Columbia University and her MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.

Personal life

She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Apart from English she speaks French, German, Persian, and some Italian.


Marnò played the title role in the 2008 film The Stoning of Soraya M., about a woman whose husband falsely accuses her of adultery, resulting in her death by stoning. In addition she has had roles in a number of television series including The Paul Reiser Show, The Glades, Hung, The Mentalist, Bones, The Unit, Medium, K-ville, and Standoff. Marnò also appeared in the Untitled John Wells Medical Drama Pilot, which was not aired. She also stars in Ana Lily Amirpour's directorial debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, produced by Elijah Wood, under his company, The Woodshed. In 2011, Marnò voiced Mirabelle Ervine, a Breton mage and Master Wizard of the College of Winterhold, in the critically acclaimed video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. She played reporter Ayla Sayyad on seasons 2 and 3 of the acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards, for which she was nominated for a SAG award. She played Mossad agent and assassin Samar Navabi in seasons 2-6 of The Blacklist.

Marnò also directs and writes screenplays. Her first feature-length screenplay, When the Lights Went Out, was a quarter finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship. She adapted When the Lights Went Out as a play and it was mounted at New York Stage and Film in July 2013 starring Laura Innes, and directed by Kate Whoriskey (Ruined). Marnò's short film, Incoming, which she wrote and directed, was accepted to the Noor Iranian Film Festival, LA SHORTS FEST, the Asians on Film Festival, and the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Refugee Camp Translator #2
2008 Traitor Leyla
2009 The Stoning of Soraya M. Soraya Manutchehri Title role
2014 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Atti
2019 Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Doctor Cyber (voice) Direct-to-Video
TBA iCreep Detective Rivera Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Unit Protocol Chief Episode: "Security"
2006 Standoff Agnacia Episode: "Life Support"
2007 Shark Maria Lutrova Episode: "Gangster Movies"
2007 K-Ville Jodi Mazetta Episode: "Ride Along"
2009 Bones Azita Jabbari Episode: "A Night at the Bones Museum"
2009 Medium Rachel Episode: "The Devil Inside, Part 2"
2009–2011 The Mentalist Nicki Weymouth 2 episodes
2010 The Glades Renee LeFleur Episode: "Cassadaga"
2010 Hung Samara Episode: "The Middle East is Complicated"
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Zeba 2 episodes
2012 In Plain Sight Charlotte Episode: "Sacrificial Lamb"
2012 Ringer Marguerite Episode: "P.S. You're an Idiot"
2014–2015 House of Cards Ayla Sayyad 11 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2014 Madam Secretary Roxanne Majidi Episode: "Pilot"
2014–2019 The Blacklist Samar Navabi 103 episodes

Audio recordings

Year Title Author Role
2015 Hausfrau Jill Alexander Essbaum Narrator
2016 Missoula Jon Krakauer Narrator
2016 The Guest Room Chris Bohjalian
2019 The Stationery Shop Marjan Kamali Narrator
2019 The Other Americans Laila Lalami Nora
2020 The Paris Diversion Chris Pavone Narrator

Video games

Year Title Role
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Mirabelle Ervine, Namira
2016 1979 Revolution: Black Friday Bibi Golestan

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2009 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture The Stoning of Soraya M. Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House of Cards Nominated
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