Shohreh Aghdashloo was born in Tehran, Iran, on May 11, 1952. In the 1970s at age 20, she achieved nationwide stardom in her homeland of Iran, starring in some prominent pictures such as
Gozaresh (1977) (The Report) directed by the renowned
Abbas Kiarostami, which won critics awards at the Moscow Film Festival. During the 1978 Islamic revolution, Aghdashloo left Iran for England, earned a B.A. degree in International Relations.