A master politician and maneuverer, she achieved one of the highest ranks in UN government without ever standing for election. She manipulates those in the highest seats of power through careful cultivation of relationships with the spouses, friends, and staff nearest to them. She belongs to a longstanding political dynasty on Earth, dating back to the early days of planetary exploration and colonization. Martian separatists assassinated her father during a period of social unrest. Her son, a Marine, died in the line of duty while defending Earth from Belter revolutionaries. Avasarala will do anything it takes, and pay any price, to defend Earth, which she sees as the cradle of humanity.
About Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdashloo starred in the BBC/HBO mini-series House of Saddam, in which she portrays Saddam Hussein's wife, Sajida, and for which she won the 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
Shohreh's film credits include House of Sand and Fog (for which she received an Academy Award nomination), The Exorcism of Emily Rose, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Nativity Story and The Odd Life of Timothy Green.