: نازنین بنیادی, pronounced Naa-za-neen Bon-yaadi
) is a British-Iranian
actress currently living and working in the US
Boniadi was born in Tehran
. Her parents moved to London
when she was an infant. She performed violin and ballet as a young girl.She was educated at a private high school and later moved to the US where she earned a Bachelor's Degree, with Honors, in Biological Sciences from the University of California Irvine
. At UCI, she won the Chang Pin-Chun Undergraduate Research Award for molecular research involving cancer treatment and heart transplant rejection. She was also Assistant Editor-in-Chief of MedTimes
, UCI's undergraduate medical newspaper.
Boniadi's first major acting role was as Leyla Mir
on the Emmy Award
-winning daytime drama General Hospital
and its SOAPnet spin-off series Night Shift
, making her the first contract actor to play a Middle Eastern
character in American daytime television history. She is also the first Iranian-born actress to ever be on contract on an American soap opera.
She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award
for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 2008 for her role in General... Read More