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Famous People From Afghanistan

Updated January 14, 2019 19.2k views574 items

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.
  • BirthplaceKabul, Afghanistan

    Azita Ghanizada is an American actress. ...  more
  • Dec. at 68 (1909-1978)

    BirthplaceKabul, 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
  • BirthplaceKarz, 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
  • BirthplaceDeh 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
  • BirthplacePanjshir 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
  • Dec. at 84 (850-934)

    BirthplaceBalkh, 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
  • Age: 59

    BirthplaceKabul, Afghanistan

    Jem Alan Cohen (born 1962) is an Afghanistan-born American filmmaker based in New York City. Cohen is especially known for his observational portraits of urban landscapes, blending of media formats...  more
  • BirthplaceAfghanistan

    Ustad Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf ( (listen) ahb-DOOL rə-SOOL sy-YAHF; Pashto: عبدالرب الرسول سیاف‎, born 1946, Paghman, Kabul Province, Afghanistan) is an Afghan politician and former mujahideen...  more
  • BirthplaceKandahar, Afghanistan

    Abdul Wahid Nazari (Pashto: عبدالواحد نظري‎) is an Afghan film writer, director and producer. He is the director of Radio Television Afghanistan....  more
  • BirthplaceKabul, Afghanistan

    Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada (born 23 December 1997) 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...  more
  • Dec. at 38 (1956-1994)

    BirthplacePanjshir Valley, Afghanistan

    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 "New" and...  more
  • BirthplaceAfghanistan, Eurasia, Asia, South Asia

    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 Ireland....  more
  • BirthplaceKabul, Afghanistan

    Nabil Miskinyar (Persian: نبيل مسكين‌يار‎, born 26 September 1948) is an Afghan TV host who currently runs a TV channel from United States called Ariana Afghanistan TV. His office is based out of...  more
  • BirthplaceKabul, Afghanistan

    Zakiullah Zaki is an Afghan cricket player....
  • BirthplaceKhost Province, Afghanistan

    Vida Samadzai (born 22 February 1978) is an Afghan-American actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was Miss Afghanistan in 2003. As the first Afghan woman to participate in an...  more
  • BirthplaceAfghanistan

    Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef ( (listen); born 1968 in Kandahar) 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...  more
  • Dec. at 68 (1865-1933)

    BirthplaceGhazni, Afghanistan

    Sardar Mahmud Beg Tarzi (Pashto: محمود طرزۍ‎, Dari: محمود بیگ طرزی; August 23, 1865 – November 22, 1933) was a politician and one of Afghanistan's greatest intellectuals. He is known as the father of...  more
  • BirthplaceKabul, Afghanistan

    Zekeria Ebrahimi (born 9 January 1996) is an Afghan actor. Ebrahimi is best known for his role in the 2007 film The Kite Runner as Young Amir. He has received extensive media coverage for playing...  more
  • BirthplaceKandahar, Afghanistan

    Abdul Qayum Karzai or Qayyum Karzai (born 1947) is businessman and politician in Afghanistan. He is the elder brother of President Hamid Karzai. His brothers also include the controversial Mahmoud...  more
  • Dec. at 57 (1149-1206)

    BirthplaceGhōr Province, Afghanistan

    Mu'izz ad-Din Muhammad Ghori (Persian: معز الدین محمد غوری‎), born Shihab ad-Din (1149 – March 15, 1206), also known as Muhammad of Ghor, was Sultan of the Ghurid Empire along with his brother...  more
  • BirthplaceKabul, Afghanistan

    Ajmal Faizzada is an Afghan judoka....  more
  • BirthplaceKabul, Afghanistan

    Jawed Ludin (Pashto: جاوید لودین‎) is the Deputy Foreign Minister on Political Affairs. He was appointed on 2011, by President Hamid Karzai. He was Ambassador of Afghanistan in Canada from 2009 to...  more
  • BirthplaceSurobi, Kabul, Afghanistan

    Anwar ul-Haq Ahady (August 12, 1951) is a politician in Afghanistan, formerly serving as Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industry. He had served as the nation's Finance Minister from December 2004...  more
  • Dec. at 57 (1957-2014)

    BirthplacePanjshir Province, Afghanistan

    Mohammad Qasim Fahim (Pashto/Dari: محمد فهیم‎), also known as "Marshal Fahim"; 1957 – 9 March 2014) was a politician in Afghanistan who served as Vice President from June 2002 until December 2004 and...  more