Born and raised in Haifa. Israel to parents of Moroccan descent, actress Moran Atias gained her first international success in Italy, where she became a household name hosting numerous TV shows and starring in films like Gas, Oggi Sposi, and Mother of Tears. Upon moving to the U.S, she immediately secured a lead role in the TV series Crash, and enjoyed critical acclaim for her role as an Albanian gypsy in Oscar winning filmmaker Paul Haggis's Third Person, a film which she developed and co-produced, and which earned her a star on the Belgium Walk of Fame. Recognized by the Los Angeles Times for her "intense ambition to succeed" and dubbed a "terrific actress" by Variety, her latest turn has been the lead role in the FX hit-series Tyrant.
When she is not on set. Atias is committed to tikkun olam Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she facilitated a rescue mission securing the transit of twenty nine severe spinal injury patients to U.S hospitals, for which she received the Humanitarian Award from the LA Femme Film Festival In November 2010. She continued her efforts by working with Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) to raise over 10 million dollars to help fund Haiti's first free high school, where a classroom has been named in her honor. Atias also serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for IsraAid and helped start Sheba Rescue a Heart, an initiative which flew two children with heart deficiencies to Tel Aviv for life saving operations.