Payman Maadi was born in 1972 in New York City to an Iranian couple. His father was a lawyer. His family moved back to Iran when he was 5 years old. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from Karaj Azad University. Maadi started his film career as a screenwriter in late 2000s. He is the writer of several famous Iranian films. He started his acting career in Asghar Farhadi’s film About Elly (2009). Two years later, he received the Silver Bear award for Best Actor in Leading Role for his performance as Nader in Farhadi’s A Separation (2011) from the Berlin International Film Fest.
Payman Maadi started his film career as a screenwriter in late 2000 with the successful movie “Swan Song”. He later wrote several renowned Iranian films. He began his acting career in Asghar Farhadi’s film “About Elly” (2009). Two years later, he received the Silver Bear award for Best Actor in Leading Role at the Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in Farhadi’s “A Separation” (2011). Maadi wrote & directed “Snow on the Pines” which also was very successful both commercially & in international film festivals . He has played roles in several domestic & international award winning Iranian movies in the past few years, such as “The Tales”, “Melbourne”, “Life & A Day”. They were all quite successful inside Iran’s market too. He played against several big stars like Kristen Stewart in the indie drama Camp X-Ray, Morgan Freeman & Clive Owen in “The Knights” .He also appeared in Michael Bay’s last film “13 hours” & today he is the only Iranian artist who works in both countries of Iran & The U.S. Maadi has also starred in HBO’s newest mini series “The Night Of”, written and directed by the genius Steven Zaillian. In 2014 he was a jury member at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival. Payman Maadi’s next project “The Bomb” will be starred by him as the leading role, written & directed by himself. starting in November 2016. Payman Maadi was writing his own films when renowned Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi threw him a curveball, asking him to act for the first time in one of his movies (2009’s excellent About Elly). But things really changed for the 46-year-old Iranian, now one of the country’s most celebrated actors, when he teamed with Farhadi again two years later as the lead actor in A Separation. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2012, and Maadi took home the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival. Maadi’s role in A Separation caught the attention of American filmmakers, and scripts for Hollywood projects started rolling in.