As a young girl, Leila Hatami made appearances in her father (Ali Hatami)’s feature films and television series. After finishing high school, Hatami moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, where she completed a degree in French Literature before moving back to Iran where she made her professional acting debut in Leila by acclaimed Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui. Her performance earned her the Diploma of Honor for Best Actress from the 15th Fajr Film Festival along with rave reviews from critics and audiences. Her role in The Deserted Station (2002) won her the Best Actress Award from the 26th Montreal World Film Festival. She also appeared in her husband Ali Mosaffa’s first film as a director, Portrait of a Lady Far Away (2005).