Banafshe Hourmazdi studied acting at the Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg and at the Zurich University of the Arts. She developed and acted in plays at the Ballhaus Naunynstraße Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele, Theater Oberhausen, Ruhrtriennale and Sophiensaele Berlin. She was awarded the Newcomer Prize by the City of Vienna in 2015 for her production Meine Nase läuft at the Drachengasse Theater. At the 2019 First Steps Awards she won the Götz George Young Talent Award for her acting in the ensemble of Futur Drei.
As of July 2020