Bahar Soomekh is an Iranian-born Jewish American actress. She began acting in the early 2000s, and is perhaps best known for her roles in the films Crash (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Saw III (2006). Soomekh was born in Tehran, Iran, to a Persian Jewish family, and moved with her parents and sister to Los Angeles, United States in 1979, before the Iranian revolution. Her name, "Bahar", means "spring" in Persian. She attended Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School, where she played the violin in the school orchestra, before taking 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.
Soomekh has appeared in several films, including Academy Award-winning Crash as Dorri, and has guest starred on several television shows, including two different roles on JAG. Soomekh's role on the 4th season of 24, playing the role of Turkish terrorist Habib Marwan's wife, was edited out of the show; her scenes are preserved only in the deleted scenes section of the DVD. She had a leading role in the horror film Saw III, which began filming in May and was released to theaters on October 27, 2006. Recently, she portrays Margo on the television series Day Break.