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List of famous people from Afghanistan, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Afghanistan, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Afghanistan you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Afghanistan, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List ranges from Nabi Tanha to Mehboba Ahdyar, plus much more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Afghanistan?" or "Which celebrities were born in Afghanistan?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Azita Ghanizada is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 38 Azita Ghanizada is an American actress in the United States who has appeared in a number of television series.

Mohammed Daoud Khan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Died at 69 (1909-1978) Sardar Mohammed Daoud Khan or Daud Khan was the Prime Minister of Afghanistan from 1953 to 1963, and later became the first President of Afghanistan. He overthrew the monarchy of his first ...more

Hamid Karzai is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 60 Hamid Karzai served as President of Afghanistan for almost a decade, from 7 December 2004 to 29 September 2014. He comes from a politically active family, Karzai's father, uncle and grandfather ...more

Mohammed Omar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 59 Mullah Mohammed Omar, often simply called Mullah Omar, is the spiritual leader of the Taliban. He was Afghanistan's de facto 11th head of state from 1996 to late 2001, under the official title ...more

Siddiq Barmak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 55 Siddiq Barmak is a film director and producer. He received an M.A degree in cinema direction from the Moscow Film Institute in 1987. He has written a few screenplays and has made a few short ...more

Abu Zayd al-Balkhi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Died at 84 (850-934) Abu Zayd Ahmed ibn Sahl Balkhi was a Persian Muslim polymath: a geographer, mathematician, physician, psychologist and scientist. Born in 850 CE in Shamistiyan, in the province of Balkh, ...more

Jem Cohen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 56 Jem Alan Cohen is a New York City-based American film maker, especially known for his observational portraits of urban landscapes, blending of media formats and collaborations with music ...more

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 69 Ustad Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf is an Afghan politician. He took part in the war against the PDPA government in the 1980s, leading the Mujahedin faction Islamic Union for the Liberation of ...more

Abdul Wahid Nazari is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 65 Abdul Wahid Nazari is an Afghan film writer, director and producer. He is the director of Radio Television Afghanistan.

Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 24 Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada is a child actor from Afghanistan. He played the role of Hassan, the loyal friend and servant of the richer boy Amir, in the movie The Kite Runner. In one scene Hassan is ...more

Qahar Asi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Qahar Asi Died at 38 (1956-1994) Qahar Asi was a notable modern Afghan poet and agriculturist. He was born in Malima in Panjshir province. He is considered to be Afghanistan’s most famous modern poet who has practiced both ...more

Najibullah Zadran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Najibullah Zadran age 25 Najibullah Zadran is an Afghan cricketer. Zadran is a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm off break. Zadran represented Afghanistan Under-19s in the 2011 Under-19 World Cup Qualifier in ...more

Nabil Miskinyar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Nabil Miskinyar age 69 Nabil Miskinyar is an Afghan TV host who currently runs a TV channel from United States called Ariana Afghanistan TV. His office is based out of Orange, California and has offices in San ...more

Zakiullah Zaki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Zakiullah Zaki age 27 Zakiullah Zaki is an Afghan cricket player.

Vida Samadzai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Vida Samadzai age 40 Vida Samadzai was Miss Afghanistan in 2003. As the first Afghan woman to participate in an international beauty pageant since 1974, her appearance in a red bikini in the 2003 edition of Miss ...more

Abdul Salam Zaeef is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Abdul Salam Zaeef age 50 Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef was the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan before the US invasion of Afghanistan. He was detained in Pakistan in the fall of 2001 and held until 2005 in the Guantanamo Bay ...more

Mahmud Tarzi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Died at 68 (1865-1933) Mahmūd Bēg Tarzī was one of Afghanistan's greatest intellectuals. He is known as the father of Afghan journalism. As a prominent modern thinker, he became a key figure in the history of ...more

Zekeria Ebrahimi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 22 Zekeria Ebrahimi is an Afghan actor. Ebrahimi is possibly best known for his role in the 2007 film The Kite Runner as Young Amir. He has received extensive media coverage for playing the role of ...more

Quayum Karzai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Quayum Karzai age 61 Abdul Qayum Karzai or Quayum Karzai is businessman and politician in Afghanistan. He is the elder brother of President Hamid Karzai. His brothers also include the controversial Mahmoud Karzai ...more

Hamid Qaderi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Hamid Qaderi

Mu'izz al-Din Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Mu'izz al-Din Muhammad Died at 57 (1149-1206) Mu'izz ad-Din Muhammad, born Shihab ad-Din, also known as Muhammad of Ghor, was Sultan of the Ghurid Empire along with his brother Ghiyath ad-Din Muhammad from 1173 to 1202, and as the supreme ...more

Ajmal Faizzada is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Ajmal Faizzada age 30 Ajmal Faizzada is an Afghan judoka.

Jawed Ludin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Jawed Ludin age 45 Jawed Ludin is the current Deputy Foreign Minister on Political Affairs. He was appointed on 2011, by President Hamid Karzai. He previously was Ambassador of Afghanistan in Canada and ...more

Anwar ul-Haq Ahady is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Anwar ul-Haq Ahady age 66 Anwar ul-Haq Ahady is a politician in Afghanistan, currently serving as Afghan Minister of Transportation and Commerce. He had served as the nation's Finance Minister from December 2004 to ...more

Mohammed Fahim is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Mohammed Fahim Died at 57 (1957-2014) Mohammad Qasim Fahim was a politician in Afghanistan who served as Vice President from June 2002 until December 2004 and from November 2009 until his death. Between September 2001 and December ...more

Rohullah Nikpai is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 30 Rohullah Nikpai is an Afghan taekwondo practitioner and two-time Olympic bronze medalist. He is an ethnic Hazara.

Zahidullah Kamal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Zahidullah Kamal age 30 Zahidullah Kamal is a Finnish cricket player.

Din Mohammad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 65 Hajji Din Mohammad is a politician,writer and a powerful Pashtun tribal leader in eastern Afghanistan who first served as the Governor of Nangarhar Province followed by Governor of Kabul ...more

Hedayat Amin Arsala is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
age 76 Hedayat Amin Arsala, is an economist and a prominent politician in Afghanistan. Mr. Arsala is a former Finance Minister, Foreign Minister and Vice President of Afghanistan and until October 2013 ...more

Mirwais Ashraf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Mirwais Ashraf age 29 Mirwais Ashraf Khan is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler who plays for the Afghanistan national cricket team. Ashraf made his One Day International debut against the ...more

Abdul Qadir Dagarwal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Abdul Qadir Dagarwal age 74 Abdul Qadir Dagarwal, a colonel, was the leader of the Afghan Air Force squadrons that attacked the Radio-TV Station during the 1978 Coup that started the Saur Revolution. He also participated ...more

Jalil Zaland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Died at 74 (1935-2009) Ustad Jalil Zaland is a veteran singer of Afghanistan's golden music era. He is also a poet and music composer. He is the father of Farid Zaland, Shala Zaland, Soheila Zaland, Wahid Zaland, Mina ...more

Jawed Wassel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Jawed Wassel Died at 42 (1959-2001) Jawed Wassel was an Afghan-American film director who made the film FireDancer, which was the first Afghan film to be submitted for an Academy Award. Wassel immigrated from Afghanistan and was ...more

Habiba Sarobi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Habiba Sarobi age 62 Dr. Habiba Sarobi is a hematologist, politician, and reformer of the post-Taliban reconstruction of Afghanistan. In 2005, she was appointed as Governor of Bamyan Province by President Hamid ...more

Ekhpelwak Kuchey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Ekhpelwak Kuchey age 33 Ekhpelwak Kuchey is a Finnish cricket player.

Mohmmad Ali Rownaq is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Mohmmad Ali Rownaq Died at 82 (1929-2011) Mohmmad Ali Rownaq was a film director.

Turabaz Khan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Turabaz Khan Died at 96 (1885-1981) Turabaz Khan جنرال طره بازخان,was a notable Afghan National Army General. He was born in Kabul to a Pashtun family.He was educated at a Military Schoolin Kabul.He also served an associate to the ...more

Abdul Hai Habibi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Died at 74 (1910-1984) Abdul Hai Habibi was a prominent Afghan historian for much of his lifetime as well as a member of the National Assembly of Afghanistan during the reign of King Zahir Shah. A Pashtun nationalist ...more

Sayed Mohammad Gulabzoy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Sayed Mohammad Gulabzoy age 67 Major General Sayed Muhammad Gulabzoi is an Afghan politician. An ethnic Pashtun from the Zadran tribe, Gulabzoy was born in Paktia Province. An Air Force mechanic by training, he studied at the ...more

Zalmai Araa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Zalmai Araa is an Afghan singer and comedian.

Masihullah Barakzai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Masihullah Barakzai age 27 Masihullah Barakzai is an Afghan footballer who currently plays for Afghan Premier F.C from U.S.A. He also played for Saremyesht F.C at Kabul Premier League Afghanistan year 2009 to 2012.He ...more

Zubayr Amiri is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Zubayr Amiri age 27 Zubayr Amiri in Kabul is a footballer from Afghanistan. Amiri operates in midfield, and can also play in a more attacking role; he is considered a versatile player because he is proficient with ...more

Jalaluddin Haqqani is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Jalaluddin Haqqani age 79 Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani is the leader of the Haqqani network, a insurgent group fighting in guerilla warfare initially against US-led NATO forces, and the present government of Afghanistan ...more

Naghma is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Naghma age 54 Naghma is a prominent Afghan singer who started in the early 1980s. She and her ex-husband, Mangal, were a popular musical duo who dominated Afghan music scene during the 1980s and early 1990s. ...more

Nainawaz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Nainawaz Nainawaz Fazel Ahmad Zekrya is a renowned Afghan artist, poet and composer of music under the name of "Nainawaz". Nainawaz was one of the nine sons of a well known politician, poet, ...more

Mohammad Nazir is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Mohammad Nazir age 71 Mohammad Nazir is a film director and an actor.

Maruf Mohammadi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Maruf Mohammadi age 26 Maruf Mohammadi is a soccer player who plays for Afghanistan national football team.

Shabir Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Shabir Ahmed age 47

Hamidullah Yosufzai is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Hamidullah Yosufzai age 36 Hamidullah Yosufzai is an Afghan football goalkeeper who currently plays for Shaheen Asmayee F.C. football club in Afghanistan. He is also Afghanistan national football team player, and has 14

Khaleq A'lil is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Afghanistan
Khaleq A'lil age 81 Khaleq A'lil was a film director.