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House of the Dragon Alum Bijan Daneshmand- London-based Iranian Actor And Artist



Facts of Bijan Daneshmand

Birth DateAugust 16,1958
Birth NameBijan Daneshmand
OccupationActor, Artist
Birth CityTehran, the Imperial State of Iran
Birth CountryIran
Gender IdentityMale
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseLian Vahabzaden
No Of Children2
EducationKing's College London, Chelsea College of Arts
FilmographyWomen Without Men,House of the Dragon

Bijan Daneshmand is a London-based Iranian actor, producer, director, and artist.

His best TV and film roles are as Abbas in Women Without Men, Dr. Hossein Tehrani in Infidel, Jamal Khan in Suspects, Ali Ardavan in Deep State, and High Priest in House of the Dragon.

Similarly, Daneshmand wrote, played, and directed a web series, The Bahramis in 2021. He won the best actor for his role at the BUEIFF Web Series Film Festival 2021.

How old is Bijan Daneshmand? Is he married? How much are his earnings? We have all the details of his personal and professional life here.

Bijan Daneshmand: Age And College

Bijan Daneshmand was born on August 16, 1958, in Tehran, the Imperial State of Iran. As of 2022, he is 64 years old.

He moved to England at the age of 10 for a better education.

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Iranian-born London-based actor, director, artist, and producer Bijan Daneshmand

Daneshmand attended Eastbourne College and then King's College London in 1980. He later studied acting at the London Centre for Theatre Studies and the Paris Philippe Gaulier School.

Also, he got his master's degree in art from Chelsea College of Arts in 2015.

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Movie Career 

Bijan Daneshmand made his on-screen debut in 2004 in the Iranian film 20 Fingers. He also produced the movie.

The film stars its director, Mania Akbari, and the producer in the lead roles. The characters deal with the topics of divorce and homosexuality.

He won Best Film at Venezia Cinema Digitale in 2004 at the Venice Film Festival.

Similarly, the movie won Best Feature Film in the Venezia Cinema Digital Section, the Grand Jury Prize for the Spirit of Freedom in the Bahamas International Film Festival, Best Director and Best Actress in the Digital International Barcelona Film Festival, and the Most Innovative Film Award at the Wine Country International Film Festival.

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Bijan Daneshmand in 20 Fingers

Likewise, his career-best movies are listed below.

A Snake's Tail: Bijan Daneshmand directed, produced, wrote, and played in A Snake's Tail. He portrayed all three main characters, Bijan, Kami, and Agha. 

The film was awarded Best International Feature at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Oklahoma, USA. Also, it has been selected at festivals worldwide, including Frankfurt International Film Festival, Festival Do Rio, and Lisbon Village D Cinema.

Women Without Men: Daneshmand made an appearance as Abbas in the 2009 movie Women Without Men. It was based on the Shahrnush Parsipur novel, which deals with gender issues in Islamic culture. The movie got raved reviews, including Bijan's heartfelt performance.

Green Zone: Likewise, the 64-year-old actor portrayed the role of Ahmed Zubaidi's (Raad Rawi) aide. "Aide" means an assistant to a political leader. The action thriller movie is based on the non-fiction book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which chronicles the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Under the Shadow: Similarly, Daneshmand appeared in the 2016 Persian-language psychological horror film Under the Shadow. The critically acclaimed film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It was also selected as the British entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. 

Infidel: Bijan played the role of Dr. Hossein Tehrani in the 2020 American political thriller. He shared the screen alongside Jim Caviezel, Claudia Karvan, Hal Ozsan, Stelio Savante and others.

Besides that, Daneshmand has appeared in movies such as Munich, Body of Lies, From Tehran to London, Pari, and Mister Mayfair.

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Television Career-Role In House of the Dragon

Bijan Daneshmand made his television debut in 2005 in Casualty as Dr. Hamid Guryat. He appeared in season sixteen episode 26 titled Boys Don't Cry.

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Television/movies/Radio actor Bijan Daneshmand

Likewise, some of his popular television roles are: 

  1. Series-MI-5 
    Role-Bashir Shalhoob 
  2. Series-Suspects 
    Role-Jamal Khan 
    Episodes-The Enemy Within Part 4, Safe from Harm 
  3. Series-Modus 
    Role-Mahmoud Muntasir 
  4. Series-The Looming Tower 
    Role-Farouq Osman 
    Episodes- Mistakes Were Made, Losing My Religion 
  5. Series-Deep State 
    Role-Ali Ardavan 
    Episodes- White Noise, Reunion, The Man Came Around, Old Habits 
  6. Series-Traitors 
    Role-Abu Selim 
    Episode- Rae 
  7. Series-Bedrag  
  8. Series- Dan Dare 
    Year- 2018/2020 
    Role- Sondar 
    Episodes- Prisoners of Space, Operation Saturn, Marooned on Mercury, and Voyage to Venus
  9. Series- EastEnders 
    Year- 2020 
    Role Surgeon 
  10. Series-Suspicion 
    Role-Masoud Ghorbani 
    Episode-Be the Gray Man
  11. Series-Tehran 
    Role-Dr. Kourosh Zamestani 

In 2021, Bijan Daneshmand wrote and directed The Bahramis, which is an 8 x 30-minute Persian language web-based series.

Critics praised the series, which dealt with family loss and betrayal.

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Bijan Daneshmand in The Bahramis

Bijan won Merit for Best Web Series & Excellence Lead Actor at the IndieFEST Film Awards 2021 and Best Actor at the BUEIFF Web Series Film Festival 2021.

Similarly, Daneshmand appeared in one of the popular series, House of the Dragon, which is a prequel to Game of Thrones, created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal.

He played the role of a high priest and appeared in two episodes of the show.

Likewise, his upcoming projects are the television series The Diplomat and a movie titled The Seed.

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Radio Series Career

Bijan Daneshmand is also a radio artist, and he has been credited with the following radio dramas:

Westway: Focused on life in and around the fictional Westway Health Centre in West London, the radio soap opera was broadcast twice a week on the BBC World Service from November 1997 to October 2005.

Baghdad Burning: Based on the internet blog of Riverbend, the drama series was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on December 18, 2006.

Amazing Grace: The Radio Dram is the prequel view to the events featured in Amazing Grace, the movie. It aired on BBC Radio 4.

The Boy from Aleppo who Painted the War: The drama was aired on BBC Radio 4. It was Sumia Sukkar's novel about a Syrian boy with Asperger's Syndrome who paints the war around him in vivid color.

Fall Of The Shah: The drama was aired on BBC World Service drama. It depicted the real-life events of the collapse of the Shah of Iran and the rise of a forceful new Islamic Republic.

In a similar manner, Daneshmand also worked on dramas like April's Fool: BBC World Service, The Fence-BBC World Service, Spit-BBC World Service, The Interview-BBC Radio 4, The Weapon-BBC Radio 4, and Dan Dare-B7 Media.

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Bijan Daneshmand: An Artist

Bijan Daneshmand is also an established artist. Some of his designs originate from appropriations of contemporary abstract tilings and thirteenth or fourteenth-century Persian architecture.

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Bijan Daneshmand talking about his paintings-Background walls features some of his popular arts

About his work, he said:  

Abstraction has a sensuality of letting us lose ourselves in it; a meditation. The intention is the art of pure effect. The practice is concerned with repetition, difference, and disruption.  

His arts have been exhibited at the following places:

  1. Green & Stone Summer Exhibition 2021, London
  2. Magic of Persia, From Tehran with Love, Los Angeles
  3. Patternitcture, Farhangsaraye Niavaran, Tehran
  4. Infinite Truths- Bijan Daneshmand, Janet Rady, London
  5. Seasons, Maxilla Space, London
  6. Paper Tiger Wooden Horse, Shenzen
  7. Fast Forward/ Rewind, Punctum Space, London
  8. Geometry Zen, Fetch Art, Taipei
  9. Unreadable, Pangaea Sculptors' Centre, London
  10. Kids of Dada, London

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How Much Is The Net Worth Of Bijan Daneshmand?

As of September 2022, Bijan Daneshmand is worth £1 million. His primary income source is his acting career. 

As per the sources, an actor in London on average earns £64,991 a year and £31 an hour. The median salary range for actors is between £45,364 and £79,094. 

Similarly, TV actors can earn £26,000 per year, or £13.33 per hour on average.

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Bijan Daneshmand's Net Worth And Earnings

While newbies start at £21,421 per year, the most experienced workers can make up to £50,132 per year.

Likewise, Daneshmand is also a radio actor. According to the sources, actors can earn £40 to £500 per episode depending upon their credibility, experience, and talent.

He is an established writer, producer, director, and artist and earns a considerable amount from his multiple professions.

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Wife And Children

Bijan Daneshmand was married to Lian Vahabzaden. The couple married in 1987 and divorced after twenty years in 2007.

Lian works as a designer and project manager at Liandeco. She joined the company in 2013. She studied interior design and architecture at London South Bank University.

She also appeared alongside her former husband in his show  A Snake's Tail."

The former has two children: a son named Rahi Daneshmand and a daughter named Salma Daneshmand.

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Bijan Daneshmand's family-former wife Lian Vahabzadena (L), son Rahi Daneshmand (M) and daughter Salma Daneshmand (R)

Salma Daneshmand is a vlogger and an actress. She also appeared in her father's show, A Snake's Tail, and was also part of Women Without Men. 

Rahi Daneshmand was born on December 1, 1988, in London, England, UK. The 34-year-old also appeared in A Snake's Tail and Women Without Men.

As of now, he is the founder of Virtue Drinks, which is a clean energy drink with zero sugar & calories, made with all-natural ingredients.

Prior to that, Rahi worked as an interest rate derivatives broker at Phoenix Partners Group, an account manager at Danone, and a sales manager at MOMA Foods.

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Bijan Daneshmand with his son Rahi Daneshmand

He attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Business Management.

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