Niv Sultan, a fast-rising Israeli actress and 2010 graduate of SAE’s Mae Boyar High School in Jerusalem, takes the lead role in the Israeli spy-thriller Tehran which debuted June 22 on Israel television.
Sultan plays Tamar Rabinyan, a Mossad computer hacker-agent undertaking her very first mission in Iran’s capital, which is also the place of her birth.
Tasked with disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor, her mission has implications not just for the Middle East, but for the rest of the world. But when the Mossad mission fails, Tamar goes rogue in Tehran as she rediscovers her Iranian roots and becomes romantically entwined with a pro-democracy activist. She becomes increasingly conflicted as Iranian authorities try to locate her and her Mossad colleagues.
Shooting for Tehran was completed in Greece just before the COVID-19 shutdowns. Shot in Hebrew and Farsi with English subtitles, the 8 episode first season has been purchased by Apple TV+ for broadcast in the U.S.
For Sultan, playing a Mossad agent who returns to Iran to find Iranian roots offers an unlikely hero for young TV viewers worldwide also searching for who they are and what they most want out of life. “It’s about humanity. It’s about the real people that we rarely see. When she [Tamar] arrives in Tehran, we show the ordinary lives and the magic of the city. It makes sense that she finds it confusing and discovers the Iranian girl she once was,” she explains.
Director Daniel Syrkin, said “We are very excited to have the exceptionally talented, and fast-rising actress Niv Sultan take her first international lead series role in Tehran.” Sultan is known for her appearances in Israeli programs such as The Orpheus Project (2014), Kimaat Mefursemet (2017) and Eliat (2018).