Bahar Soomekh is an Iranian-born Jewish-American actress. She began acting in the early 2000s, and is perhaps best known for her limited, supporting, and leading roles in the films Crash (2004), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Saw III (2006).
She currently has a recurring role on the television series Day Break, and guest starred twice on JAG in different roles.
She had a role as Marwan's Wife in the fourth season of 24, but her scenes were deleted.
She has also appeared in the television series Without A Trace, Bones, In Justice and The Unit.
Other films she has appeared in include Intermission and A Lousy Ten Grand, both in 2004, and in the 2003 made-for-TV movie Naked Hotel.
Soomekh was born in Tehran, Iran, to a conservative Persian Jewish family, and moved, at age 4, with her parents and sister, Saba Soomekh, to Los Angeles, United States in 1979, to escape the Iranian revolution.
Bahar remains a practicing, conservative, and proud Persian Jew to this day.
She attended an Yeshiva, Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School, where she played the violin in the school orchestra.
She majored in environmental studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Soomekh began working at a corporate job, and took acting classes at night, before quitting her job to pursue a full-time acting career.