Shahab Hosseini
شهاب حسینی
Hosseini at the 2014 Fajr Film Festival
Born
Seyyed Shahabedin Hosseini Tonekaboni

(1974-02-03) February 3, 1974 (age 50)
Tehran, Iran
Occupations
  • Actor
  • producer
  • director
  • screenwriter
  • host
Years active1997–present
Spouses
Parichehr Ghanbari
(m. 1997; div. 2021)
Sanaz Arjmand
(m. 2022)
Children2

Sir Seyyed Shahabedin Hosseini Tonekaboni (Persian: سر سید شهاب‌الدین حسینی تنکابنی; born February 3, 1974) is an Iranian actor, producer, director and screenwriter. He is known for his collaborations with Iranian Academy Award-winning director Asghar Farhadi in About Elly (2009), A Separation (2011), and The Salesman (2016). His accolades include a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor, a Silver Bear for Best Actor, and a Crystal Simorgh for Best Actor.

Early life

Shahab Hosseini was born on February, 3rd, 1974 in Tehran. He earned his high school diploma in Biology. He dropped out of the University of Tehran as a psychology student and emigrated to Canada. Later, he became a radio host in Iran, and hosted a TV show for youth. He also took on some small acting roles in a few TV series. Hosseini's cinematic debut was in Rokhsareh (2002) directed by Amir Ghavidel. His career took off with his performance in the movie The Fifth Reaction directed by Tahmineh Milani.[1] In June 2011, he announced that he would be taking a break but would return to cinema in 2013.[2]

Career

Acting

Hosseini has won the Silver Bear for Best Actor for A Separation at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, and the Best Actor Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for his role in The Salesman.[3] Hosseini won his first award, Crystal Simorgh for Superstar in 2009.[4] In 2013, he made his directorial debut.[5] In 2020, Hosseini co-founded Pol Media ("pol" translating to "bridge" in Persian) with director Kourosh Ahari and producer Alex Bretow, a distribution and production company aiming to "bridge the gap" between Iranian art, culture and cinema with that of the U.S.[6]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Director Notes
2002 Rokhsareh Mahan Farzam Amir Ghavidel
Dummies Morad Ali Ghavitan
2003 The Fifth Reaction Majid Tahmineh Milani
The Woman Keeps Silent Mani Ahmad Amini
Poisonous Honey Shahin Ebrahim Sheibani
2004 A Candle in the Wind Babak Pouran Derakhshandeh
The Ziggurat Goddess Bahram Rahman Rezaei
2005 Fifty Million Proposal Barmak Mehdi Sabaghzadeh
Salvation at 8:20 Foad Sirus Alvand
Whirlpool Homayoun Hassan Hedayat
2006 The Online Murder Keyvan Masoud Abparvar
Love Story Bijan Birang
Eternal Children Iman Pouran Derakhshandeh
2007 Unexpected Salk Mohammad Hadi Karimi
Paradise Station Soroush Nader Moghadas
Flags of Kaveh's Castle Sadegh Mohammad Nourizad
2008 Niloofar Aziz Sabine El Gemayel
Mahya Javid Akbar Khajouei
2009 About Elly Ahmad Asghar Farhadi
Superstar Kourosh Zand Tahmineh Milani
Heartbroken Amirali Ali Rouintan
Around the Highway Pasha Siavash As'adi
2010 A Walk in the Fog Amin Bahram Tavakoli
Anahita Behnam Azizollah Hamidnezhad
2011 Snow on a Hot Tin Roof Bahman Mohammad Hadi Karimi
Final Whistle Saman Niki Karimi
A Separation Hojjat Asghar Farhadi
Goodbye Esfandiar Mohammad Rasoulof
2012 The Paternal House Naser Kianoush Ayari
Someone Wants to Talk with You Mostafa Manouchehr Hadi
Ziba and I Jafar Fereidoun Hassanpour
2013 Africa Shahab Houman Seyyedi Direct-to-video
The Painting Pool Reza Maziar Miri
The Interpretation of a Dream Major Reza Dadooi Direct-to-video
Hush! Girls Don't Scream The Detective Pouran Derakhshandeh
2014 A Five Star Reza Mahshid Afsharzadeh
Resident of the Middle Floor Shahab Hosseini also as director
2015 Time to Love Hamid Alireza Raeesian
Sweet Taste of Imagination Grous Kamal Tabrizi
2016 Come with Me Shahab Hosseini Short film, also as director
Parallel Shadows Rabiei Asghar Naimi
Wednesday Salim Soroush Mohammadzadeh
The Salesman Emad Asghar Farhadi
My Brother Khosrow Khosrow Ehsan Bigleri
Gholam Gholam Mitra Tabrizian
2017 Final Exam Farhad Adel Yaraghi
Lobby Mohammad Parvizi unreleased film
2018 The Midnight Sun Shabir Shirazi also as producer, casting director
The Residents of Nowhere Shahab Hosseini also as director and producer; released in 2023
2019 Lovely Trash Mansour Mohsen Amiryoussefi
Nabat Saeed Pegah Arzi
Labyrinth Amirali Amir Hossein Torabi
2020 Any Day Now Bahman Mehdipour Hamy Ramezan
Sheen Meisam Kazazi as producer
The Night Babak Naderi Kourosh Ahari
After the Incident Pouria Heidary Oureh as producer
2021 Mahrokh's House Shahram Ebrahimi as producer
Nargesi Payam Eskandari
2022 The Writer Is Dead Shahab Hosseini as director, producer
Golden Blood Mr. Keshavarz Ebrahim Sheibani
2024 Intoxicated by Love Shams Tabrizi Hassan Fathi
TBA South Terminal Arash Sajadi Hosseini Post-production
TBA Shukran Taher Pietro Malegori Post-production
TBA The Far Mountains Mitra Tabrizian Pre-Production
TBA Wild Berries Davood Soudabeh Moradian Pre-production

Web

Year Title Role Director Platform
2015–2018 Shahrzad Ghobad Divansalar Hassan Fathi Lotus Play
2020–2021 Mutual Friendship Himself Shahab Hosseini Namava
2022–2023 The Lion Skin Moheb Meshkat Jamshid Mahmoudi Filmnet
2023–2024 Fereshteh's Sin Hamed Tehrani Hamed Angha Filimo
TBA Poker Reza Dadooi Sheida

Television

Year Title Role Director Notes Network
2001 After the Rain Ali Ahmadi Saeed Soltani TV series IRIB TV3
Fellow Traveler Reza Ghasem Jafari IRIB TV3
The Lawyer Sirus Moghaddam IRIB TV5
Young Police Younes Behgar Sirus Moghaddam IRIB TV3
2004 Cold Fever Shahab Kianfar Alireza Afkhami IRIB TV3
2007 The Dance Fly Dr. Vahid Molaei Ahmad Moradpour IRIB TV2
Zero Degree Turn Habib Parsa Hassan Fathi IRIB TV1
2012–2013 Flying Passion Abbas Babaei Yadollah Samadi IRIB TV1
2014 Red Hat 93 Himself Iraj Tahmasb IRIB TV2
Seven Himself Mojtaba Amini TV program IRIB TV3
2019 Sugarland Narrator Saeed Zamani, Babak Nazari TV series IRIB Nasim
2023–2024 Homeland Rahi Bahadori Kamal Tabrizi IRIB TV3

Awards and nominations

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award Year Category Nominated Work Result
Action On Film International Film Festival 2016 Best Director – Motion Picture Resident of the Middle Floor Won
Best Actor Hush! Girls Don't Scream Won
Beijing International Film Festival 2021 Best Supporting Actor Any Day Now Won
Berlin International Film Festival 2011 Best Actor A Separation Won
Cannes Film Festival 2016 Best Actor The Salesman Won
Chlotrudis Awards 2012 Best Supporting Actor A Separation Nominated
Cine Paris Film Festival 2022 Best Feature Film The Writer Is Dead Won
Fajr Film Festival 2004 Best Actor in a Supporting Role A Candle in the Wind Nominated
2005 Salvation at 8:20 Nominated
2008 Best Actor in a Leading Role Mahya Honorary Diploma
2009 About Elly Nominated
Superstar Won
2011 Best Actor in a Supporting Role A Separation Honorary Diploma
2015 Best Actor in a Leading Role Time to Love Nominated
Hafez Awards 2010 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Zero Degree Turn Nominated
2011 Best Actor – Motion Picture Superstar and About Elly Won
2016 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Shahrzad Nominated
2017 Best Actor – Motion Picture The Salesman Won
2018 My Brother Khosrow Nominated
Best Actor – Television Series Drama Shahrzad Nominated
2023 The Lion Skin Nominated
Abbas Kiarostami Prize Residents of Nowhere Nominated
International Cinephile Society 2012 Best Supporting Actor A Separation Runner-up
Iran Cinema Celebration 2003 Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Fifth Reaction Nominated
2004 A Candle in the Wind Nominated
2008 Best Actor in a Leading Role A Walk in the Fog and About Elly Won
2011 Best Actor in a Supporting Role A Separation Won
2014 Best Actor in a Leading Role The Painting Pool Nominated
2017 The Salesman Won
Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association 2010 Best Actor in a Leading Role Superstar and About Elly Nominated
2011 A Walk in the Fog Won
2012 Best Actor in a Supporting Role A Separation Won
2014 Best Actor in a Leading Role The Painting Pool Honorary Diploma
2016 My Brother Khosrow Nominated
Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco 2020 Best Actor Labyrinth Won
Jasmine International Film Festival 2013 Best Actor in a Direct-to-video The Interpretation of a Dream Nominated
2016 Best Actor – Television Series Shahrzad Nominated
Jussi Awards 2021 Best Actor Any Day Now Won
Molins Horror Film Festival 2020 Best Actor The Night Won
Urban International Film Festival 2015 Best Actor in a Direct-to-video The Interpretation of a Dream Golden Statue

References

  1. ^ Shahab Hosseini in MUBI
  2. ^ Shahab Hosseini says goodbye to cinema
  3. ^ Iranian star Shahab Hosseini wins Best Actor Award at Cannes
  4. ^ Festival Cannes 2016 – Shahab Hosseini
  5. ^ Iranian star Shahab Hosseini wins Best actor award at Action on Film Festival
  6. ^ "Shahab Hosseini, Kourosh Ahari and Alex Bretow Team for New Production Company (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 July 2020.