Navid was born in Teheran, Iran. Due to the Iran-Iraq war the four-year-old Navid had to escape with his family from his native country. They lived for some time in the USA but since 1985 Navid has lived in Germany and he grew up trilingual (English, German, Persian).
He has played famous literature characters in different theater plays e.g. the part of Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" & Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet".
Navid has also worked on several TV & film productions during and after this time. During 2003 Navid earned a nomination in the category "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for his performance in "Fremder Freund" (directed by Elmar Fischer), for the "Förderpreis Deutscher Film".
"For a Moment Freedom" (directed by Arash T. Riahi) counts over 30 prizes at several international film festivals and was the Austrian entry for the Oscars in 2010, "Match Factor" (directed by Mahin Zia) has won during the Berlin Film Festival 2008, “Fremde Haut” (directed by Angelina Maccarrone) and “Anam” (directed by Buket Alakus) are also winners of international film festivals.
Navid is also a director who has made over 20 music videos and one short film called "Empty" starring Mina Tander. On Valentine's Day 2014 he released the music video "Behesht" ("Paradise") for the legendary Persian singer Googoosh which caught media attention all over the world (you can read more about this in the "News/Press" section on this website)
In 2015 the film Septembers of Shiraz will be released in which Navid plays alongside Adrien Brody, Salma Hayek and Shohreh Aghdashloo.
In March 2014 Navid changed his stage name from Navid Akhavan to Navid Navid.