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Who is Nazanin Boniadi? Meet Bronwyn from ‘The Rings of Power’

The highly-anticipated series Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has finally premiered on Amazon Prime Video. The first two episodes of the fantasy series dropped on September 1, 2022, and since then, the fans of the show haven’t stopped raving over it.

The star cast of the show is amazing. Nazanin Boniadi plays the role of Bronwyn, a human mother and healer who owns an apothecary in the Southlands in the show Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Keep scrolling further to know more about the Hollywood actress.

Nazanin Boniadi hails from Iran

Nazanin Boniadi was born on May 22, 1980, in Tehran, Iran following the Iranian Revolution. She and her family left Iran when she was merely one month old. At that time, they moved to London as political refugees.

Nazanin was brought up in London. While growing up, she went to an independent school in Hampstead. After a while, she moved to the United States to attend college at the University of California, Irvine. She bagged the Chang Pin-Chun Undergraduate Research Award for molecular research involving cancer treatment and heart transplant rejection at the University.

Boniadi graduated with a bachelor’s degree, in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine. She switched her career path from science to acting in 2006. After completing her graduation, Boniadi studied a contemporary drama short course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in the year 2009.

What was Nazanin Boniadi’s first big role on the screen?

Nazanin’s first major acting role came with the daytime drama show General Hospital. She essayed the role of Leyla Mir in the show General Hospital and its spinoff show General Hospital: Night Shift.

Back in the day, Boniadi became the first actor to play a Middle Eastern character in the history of American daytime television. In 2008, she earned a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for her great performance in the show General Hospital.

Soon afterward, Nazanin appeared in films such as Charlie Wilson’s War (directed by Mike Nichols), Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, and The Next Three Days (directed by Paul Haggis). Then, she starred in the sixth season of the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother. She played the role of Nora, the love interest of Neil Patrick Harris‘ character in the show.

Boniadi joined the star cast of Showtime’s Homeland in May 2013. She appeared in the third and fourth seasons of the show and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in the year 2015.

Nazanin also got an opportunity to play the part of a villain in ABC’s Scandal. She played the role of antagonist Adnan Salif in the show. She also made a guest appearance in an episode of the show Grey’s Anatomy.

Nazanin received critical acclaim for her performance in the movie ‘Hotel Mumbai’

Yes, you read that right. Nazanin received loads of appreciation from the end of critics for her performance in the film Hotel Mumbai. She essayed the character of British-Iranian heiress Zahra Kashani in the 2018 feature film Hotel Mumbai. She bagged a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in 2019.

For those of you who are unversed, let us tell you, the movie Hotel Mumbai revolves around the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Along with Nazanin, the film also starred Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, and Tilda Cobham-Hervey in pivotal roles.

Nazanin Boniadi is also an activist

In the past, Nazanin was a spokesperson for Amnesty International USA, which works to protect human rights all over the world. At that point in time, she paid all her heed to the Iranian women and youth.

In addition to this, Boniadi has also been engaged in hunger strikes, and protests. Along with this, she has also spoken in favor of human rights over the last two decades. She was also named one of “25 Women Changing the World,” by People magazine in the year 2018.

Nazanin was involved in the field of Scientology

In the past, Nazanin Boniadi was engrossed in the field of Scientology. She followed in the footsteps of her mother and ended up becoming a scientologist in the 2000s.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power alum was romantically linked to the Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise in 2004. The two of them had a brief relationship from 2004 to 2005.

During a media interaction, Nazanin claimed that Tom was violent during their relationship and she went on to say that she confided in a fellow church member about the pair’s romance. She was punished for the same and was allegedly placed on a curfew by the church. Shortly soon, she bid adieu to the Church of Scientology.

Netizens expressed their thoughts on Nazanin’s performance in ‘Lord of the Rings’ series on social media

One user wrote, “thought everyone was brilliant in rings of power but I can’t stop thinking about how much I loved ismael cruz córdova and nazanin boniadi.” Another user tweeted, “Also, I’m one of the few people on the planet who thinks Nazanin Boniadi is very underrated, so I recognized her as Bronwyn instantly.”

Followed by a user who penned, “I enjoyed episode two just as much. Nazanin Boniadi as Bronwyn and Morfydd Clark as Galadriel is simply amazing. The visuals are stunning. It feels like LOTR but doesn’t at the same time, it’s unique. I’m enjoying it so far. #LOTRonPrime #TheRingsOfPower”

A user went on to say, “Morfydd Clark as Galadriel, and Nazanin Boniadi as Bronwyn. Two performances that are clearing my skin & curing my depression. Two incredibly different kinds of struggle on display, with so many beautiful choices. Brilliant. (And I’ve only seen Ep 1!) #TheRingsofPower #LOTRROP”

These were a few reactions of the fans to Nazanin Boniadi’s performance in Lord of the Rings series. Have you seen The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power? If you have, then do let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments section below. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.
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