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Katayoun Riahi (Persian: کتایون ریاحی‎) (born 31 December 1961 in Tehran) is an Iranian actress. She is also the founder and CEO of the Komak Charity Foundation.[1][2] She left film industry in 2009.[3] She is also ambassador of Mehrafarin Foundation to Iran.[4]

Katayoun Riahi
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Riahi in 2016
Born (1961-12-31) 31 December 1961 (age 57)
Years active1985–2009



Riyahi has a university degree in Literature and Anthropology.

She was initially interested in writing stories for children but later switched to acting.

Her cinematic debut was Paeezan (1987) and she found fame with the series The Patriarch (1994).

It was with the series Days of Life (1998), After the Rain (1999) and The 10th Night (2001) that she established herself as a capable actress.

She also played a starring role in the series Prophet Joseph (2009).[5]

Many critics believe that Riyahi's best performance was in the movie The Last Supper (2001), a role which brought her a Best Actress nomination at the 20th Fajr International Film Festival.

Her outstanding performance in the movie This Woman Won't Talk (2002) wins a nomination for the Best Actress Award at the 7th Iran Cinema Celebration.

Riyahi has also appeared in a number of movies, including The Stranger (1987), Apartment 13 (1990), The Kind Moon (1995), Lighter Than Darkness (2002) and Invitation (2008).


Television dramasEdit

Year Title Role Network
1998 Days of Life IRIB TV3
1993 Pedar Salar IRIB TV2
1999 After the rain IRIB TV3
2000 Pine's Voice IRIB TV3
2001 The 10th Night Banou IRIB TV1
2002 Sun night ( Shaykh Mufid ) IRIB TV3
2005 walking Dead IRIB TV3
2008 Prophet Joseph Zuleikha IRIB TV1
  • 2008 Invitation
  • 2003 My Lady
  • 2003 Somewhere Else
  • 2002 The Last Supper
  • 1992 Ghafele
  • 1992 Tamas-e Sheytani
  • 1989 Kashtee-ye Angelica
  • 1987 Gharibe h
  • 1987 Payizan


  1. ^ "Katayoun Rial official website". Komak Charity Foundation.
  2. ^ "Iranian leading actress meets Dalai Lama in India". 4 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Katayoun Riahi, popular Iranian actress, says Farewell to Cinema". 26 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Actress Katayoun Riahi assigned Iran charity ambassador". 1 February 2009.
  5. ^ "'Prophet Joseph' TV Series Showing in Bangladesh". Financial Tribune. 31 December 2016.

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