Navid Negahban
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Negahban at the 2019 WonderCon
Born (1968-06-02) June 2, 1968 (age 54)
Years active1993–present

Navid Negahban (Persian: نوید نگهبان; born June 2, 1968) is an Iranian-American actor. He has appeared on 24, Homeland, Mistresses and as Amahl Farouk / Shadow King in the second and third seasons of FX's Legion. He has also starred as The Sultan in the live-action remake of Aladdin.

Early life

Negahban was born in Mashhad, Iran. He took a liking to the theater when he was eight years old, while provoking laughter from a large audience by portraying an old man on stage.[1] He left Iran in 1985 when he was 17 for Turkey and then Germany, where he spent eight years.[2] In Germany, he worked for a theater company, and then in 1993 he moved to the United States.[2] He is fluent in English, German and Persian.[1][2] He also began learning French for his role on Legion.


He has appeared in The Shield, The West Wing, Lost, and CSI: Miami.[3] He has collaborated twice with Iranian-American actress Necar Zadegan, once in 24, where her on-screen husband ordered his interrogation and the torturing of his family, and also in CSI: Miami, where, as his wife, she killed him.[4]

Negahban also had two collaborations with another Iranian-American actress, Mozhan Marnò, in the TV series The Unit[5] and the movie The Stoning of Soraya M., where he plays the husband of Soraya (Marnò). In 2008, Negahban voiced and provided his likeness to the character Dr. Challus Mercer in the survival horror game Dead Space.[3] Negahban also appeared as terrorist mastermind Abu Nazir in the critically acclaimed TV series Homeland.[1] In 2011 he won the Best Actor Award for the 2009 Iranian short film, Liberation at the Noor Iranian Film Festival, and in 2012, he returned to serve as an official festival judge.

In February 2015, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed that Negahban had begun shooting the spy thriller, Damascus Cover, based on the novel by Howard Kaplan, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby and John Hurt. Negahban played the role of Syrian General Sarraj. Negahban appeared as General Abdul Rashid Dostum in the 2018 war drama, 12 Strong, and also starred as the Sultan in the 2019 live-action adaptation of Aladdin. In 2022, he appears in the American crime drama television series The Cleaning Lady as Hayak Barsamian, an Armenian Mob Boss.

Film, television, video game credits

Film credits
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Fallen Ones Ammon
2006 Broken Keith
2007 Waking Dreams Toly
Charlie Wilson's War Refugee Camp Translator
Richard III Sir James Tyrrel
2008 Djinn Djinn
The Stoning of Soraya M. Ali
2009 Powder Blue Dr. Brooks
Stellina Blue Amir Keshavarz
Dead Air Abir
Brothers Murad
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Dr. Robert Stadler
2013 The Power of Few Sahel
The Moment Malik Jamil
Words and Pictures Headmaster Rashid
2014 American Sniper Sheikh Al-Obodi
2015 Baba Joon Itzhak
2016 Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero Mohammad Mohammad-Mohammadi
Brain on Fire Dr. Souhel Najjar
Window Horses Mehran (voice)
Sniper: Ghost Shooter Robert Mothershed
2017 Sand Castle Kadir
American Assassin Minister Behurz
Carving a Life Dr. Kasem
Damascus Cover Sarraj
2018 12 Strong General Abdul Rashid Dostum
2019 Aladdin The Sultan
Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Invisible Man Oman Tariq
2002 The Shield Zayed Al-Thani
2003 The Agency Arab Driver / Palestinian Officer 2 episodes
JAG Jamal Bin Fahad Al-Hadi
2004 Threat Matrix Fred
The West Wing Maz
Lost Omar Episode: "Solitary"
2005 Over There Iraqi Father
24 Abdullah
2006 Las Vegas Farouk Naeem
The Unit Faheed
Without a Trace Nazar Rahim
The Path to 9/11 Khalili 2 episodes
Criminal Minds Hassan Nadir
Alias Foreman
Law & Order Imam Ibrahim Episode: "Fear America"
The Closer Dr. Al-Thani 2 episodes
Sleeper Cell The Colonel
2007 Shark Amir Khan
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Rankesh Chanoor Episode: "Outsider"
NCIS Jalil Shaloub
Moonlight Amir Fayed
2009 Fringe Dr. Malik Yusef Episode: "Fracture"
2010 CSI: Miami Rahim Farooq
24 Jamot 8 episodes
Dark Blue Ahmad Satar
NCIS: Los Angeles Aziz Anshiri
The Whole Truth Paul Bagdazarian
2011 Covert Affairs Unknown
2011–2013 Homeland Abu Nazir 20 episodes
2013 CSI: NY Zane Kalim
The Game Zane Kalim Episode: "I Love Luke...ahh!"
Arrow Al-Owal Episode: "League of Assassins"
2014 The Mentalist Hassan Zarif
Person of Interest Ali Hasan Episode: "Panopticon"
Tatort Harun
2015 Scorpion Agent Khara Episode: "Forget Me Nots"
Veep Abbas
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sam Farhidi
The Messengers Afghan Prime Minister 4 episodes
2016 The Catch Qasim Halabi 2 episodes
Mistresses Jonathan Amadi 6 episodes
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Morsi Episode: "Never Wait for Seconds!"
2018 The Team Said Gharbour 8 episodes
2018–2019 Legion Amahl Farouk / Shadow King 17 episodes
God Friended Me Hasan 2 episodes
2020 Castlevania Sala (voice) 10 episodes
Tehran Masoud Tabrizi 8 episodes
2022 The Cleaning Lady Hayak Barsamian Recurring role
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Dead Space Dr. Challus Mercer
2010 Dark Void The Watcher
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Opening Poem Reader, Sandman' Additional Voices
Medal of Honor Pashto Fighter 5
2012 Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Thug
Spec Ops: The Line Refugees
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Additional Voices
2016 1979 Revolution: Black Friday Asadollah Lajevardi Co-producer
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Arash Kadivar


  1. ^ a b c "Showtime Mini-Biography". Archived from the original on September 25, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Laracy, Noah (November 25, 2009). "Navid Negahban: A Back Stage Exclusive". Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "IMDb: Navid Negahban". Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "IMDb: Dishonor (2010) "Did You Know?"". Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "IMDb: "The Unit" (Security) 2006". Retrieved December 10, 2012.