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Iranian actress exiled over nude photoshoot

January 19, 2012 - London

An Iranian actress has been banned from returning to her homeland after appearing n*ked in a photoshoot for a French magazine.

Golshifteh Farahani, co-star of the 2008 spy drama 'Body of Lies' with Leonardo DiCaprio, had moved from native Iran to Paris a year ago.

She appeared in the news magazine 'Madame Le Figaro' in protest against the ultra-conservative cultural policies, which she claims are restricting Iran's film industry.

"I was told by a Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guide official that Iran does not need any actors or artists and 'you may offer your artistic services somewhere else'," the Independent quoted her as saying.

Meanwhile, she got praise from some fans for her courage in tackling a taboo subject among Muslim women.


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