'Homeland' Alum Nazanin Boniadi Signs With ICM Partners (Exclusive)

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She will star as the female lead in 'Ben Hur,' out Aug. 12.

Homeland alum Nazanin Boniadi has signed with ICM Partners, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

She first appeared as Muslim CIA analyst Fara Sherazi in season three of the Showtime drama and was promoted to series regular the following season. Boniadi also had major arcs on Scandal (as terrorist Adnan Salif) and How I Met Your Mother (as Nora, one of Barney Stinson’s first real girlfriends).

The actress will soon get her biggest break yet playing the love interest in MGM and Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake, due out Aug. 12. She won the role in a competitive situation after talks with Gal Gadot ended on account of her Wonder Woman duties. Boniadi's film credits include Iron Man and The Next Three Days, and she starred in the 2014 Iranian-American indie romantic comedy Shirin in Love.

During Golden Globes weekend earlier this month, Boniadi was honored alongside The Big Short director Adam McKay and Participant Media founder Jeff Skoll at Art for Amnesty’s inaugural Recognition Brunch for her “commitment to protect and promote human rights around the globe.” She served as an Amnesty International spokesperson from 2009 to 2015 and for years has been actively involved in advocating for rights for women and other disenfranchised populations around the world.

The Iranian-born actress, who was raised in London and educated in California, continues to be repped by the U.K.’s Artist Partnership, Jordan Lee Talent and Stone Meyer.