Famous People From Afghanistan

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.
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    • Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
    Azita Ghanizada is an American actress.
  • Mohammed Daoud Khan
    Dec. at 68 (1909-1978)
    • Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
    Mohammed Daoud Khan or Daud Khan (18 July 1909 – 28 April 1978) was the 5th Prime Minister of Afghanistan from 1953 to 1963 and the President of Afghanistan from 1973 to 1978. Born into the royal ...more
    • Birthplace: Karz, Afghanistan
    Hamid Karzai (Pashto/Dari: حامد کرزی‎; born 24 December 1957) is an Afghan politician who was the President of Afghanistan from 22 December 2001 to 29 September 2014, originally as an interim leader ...more
    • Birthplace: Deh Rahwod District
    Mullah Mohammed Omar (Pashto: ملا محمد عمر‎, Mullā Muḥammad 'Umar; c. 1960 – 23 April 2013), widely known as Mullah Omar, was an Afghan mujahideen commander who founded the Islamic Emirate of ...more
    • Birthplace: Panjshir Province, Afghanistan
    Siddiq Barmak (Persian: صدیق برمک‎, born September 7, 1962 in Panjshir, Afghanistan) is a Golden Globe-winner Afghan film director and producer. He received an M.A degree in cinema direction from the ...more
  • Abu Zayd al-Balkhi
    Dec. at 84 (850-934)
    • Birthplace: Balkh, Afghanistan
    Abu Zayd Ahmed ibn Sahl Balkhi (Persian: ابو زید احمد بن سهل بلخی‎) was a Persian Muslim polymath: a geographer, mathematician, physician, psychologist and scientist. Born in 850 CE in Shamistiyan, ...more