Bahar Soomekh (Persian: بهار سومخ‎, born March 30, 1975) is an Iranian-American actress and environmental activist. She is best known for her roles in the films Crash and Saw III.

Early life

Bahar was born in Tehran, Iran, to a devout Persian Jewish family. She is the daughter of Manijeh and Hamid Soomekh, who owned a women's high fashion company.[1] She moved with her parents and sister, Saba Soomekh, to Los Angeles, California, United States in 1979, to escape the Iranian Revolution.[2] Bahar speaks fluent English, Persian, Spanish, and some Hebrew[citation needed]. She attended Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School,[3] where she played the violin in the school orchestra. Bahar earned a B.A. in environmental studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997. Bahar began working at a corporate job in sales while taking acting classes at night before quitting her job to pursue acting as a career.[2]


In the beginning of her acting career, Bahar guest starred on several television programs, including JAG and 24. Bahar later appeared in a few films, including the Academy Award-winning movies Crash and Syriana. In 2006, Bahar portrayed Davian's Translator in Mission: Impossible III and Dr. Lynn Denlon, in the horror film Saw III. That same year, People's magazine listed Soomekh as one of 100 Most beautiful people in the world[citation needed].

Personal life


Bahar married Clayton Frech, a business manager,[4] who converted to Judaism when marrying her in 2001.[5] The couple had a son named Ezra in 2005, who was born without his left knee and fibula, having a shortened left ulna, and only one functional finger on his left hand, requiring multiple extensive surgeries to treat. In 2009, they had a daughter.[5]


The Jewish teaching of tikkun olam, to heal the world, guides Bahar's life. She works on environmental and children's causes. Bahar also uses her name to be involved with organizations such as the Green Cross and Rainforest Action Netowkr[citation needed]. With her husband, she launched the T.O. Productions to make movies about environmental and social issues.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Without a Trace Lemese Salman
JAG Jasmine Season 8, Episode 10 "The Killer"
2003 Naked Hotel Bhurka Woman
2004 JAG Amira Sattar Season 9, Episode 20 "Fighting Words"
Intermission Hair Wearer
Crash Dorri
A Lousy Ten Grand Najah
2005 24 Habib Marwan's Wife (deleted scenes)
Bones Sahar Masruk
Syriana Yassi (Director's Uncut Version)
2006 In Justice Neena Oponi
Mission: Impossible III Davian's Translator
The Unit Firefly Season 2, Episode 1 "Change of Station"
Day Break Margo (2006–2007)
Saw III Lynn Denlon
2007 Saw IV Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
2008 Saw V Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
The Oaks Hollis Unaired TV pilot
Ghost Whisperer Tricia Season 4, Episode 6 "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"
2009 Saw VI Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
Lost & Found Abigail
2010 Saw 3D Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
Miami Medical Vanessa Season 1, Episode 8 "An Arm and a Leg"
2011 Castle Nazihah Alhabi Season 3, Episode 16 "Setup"; Season 3, Episode 17 "Countdown"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Sylvia Sloane Season 12, Episode 10 "Genetic Dsorder"
2012 Parenthood Dr. Haryana Season 4, Episode 3 "Everything Is Not Okay"
Just like a Woman Soha


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  2. ^ a b Melamed, Karmel (2006-04-28). "Tom Cruise’s Persian Princess". Forward. Retrieved 2006-05-10. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Kathryn (2006-03-17). "So, Did You Hear The One About The Iranian Deadhead In Hollywood?". Retrieved 2008-04-23. With ceaseless support from her family, Bahar graduated from Beverly Hills High School to pursue a degree in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 
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  6. ^ "Bahar Soomekh Is Radiant In Red". Celebrity Baby Scoop. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 

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