Maryam Zaree was born in Teheran (Iran). She grew up in Frankfurt am Main and studied acting at the Film University Babelsberg. Her breakthrough came in the leading role in Burhan Qurbani’s film Shahada. She has also had leading roles in various European co-productions, including I am not him by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu. Furthermore, she has been a guest performer at several theatres, such as the Schauspiel Hannover, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz and Ballhaus Naunynstraße. Maryam Zaree also works as an author and director. Her play Kluge Gefühle was awarded with the author prize at the 34th Heidelberger Stückemarkt festival for new plays in May 2017.