Born in Mashhad, Iran, Negahban caught the acting bug at the age of eight, when his portrayal of an old man drew laughter from a large audience at an elementary school play. His passion for acting led him to Germany where he spent eight years honing his theatrical skills prior to arriving in the United States. He is fluent in English, Farsi and German and in his spare time enjoys traveling, studying anthropology, shooting pool, driving and playing poker.
Navid’s film credits include a leading role in the critically acclaimed feature The Stoning of Soraya M. His portrayal of the character “Ali” was dubbed by the New York Times as, “satanic as any horror-movie apparition.” He has also had significant supporting roles in Brothers starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal; Powder Blue with Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker; Charlie Wilson’s War starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams and Words and Pictures with Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche. He’s recently finished filming Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.
Navid’s television roles include terrorist Abu Nazir on Showtime’s Emmy winning drama series Homeland, and IRK delegate Jamot on the final season of Fox’s hit show, 24. He has also made appearances on (among others) CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, NCIS: Los Angeles, Law & Order: SVU, The Closer, Criminal Minds, Lost, Jag, The West Wing, Without a Trace and The Shield.