Famous People From Algeria

List of famous people from Algeria, 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 Algeria, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Algeria 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 Algeria, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Algeria?" or "Which celebrities were born in Algeria?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Edwige Fenech (French: [ɛdviʒ fənɛʃ], Italian: [edˈviʒ feˈnɛk, - ˈfɛːnek]; born Edwige Sfenek on 24 December 1948) is an Italian actress and film producer. She is mostly known as the star of a series ...more
  • Mohamed Khider (Arabic: محمد خضر‎) (March 13, 1912, Biskra, Algeria – January 4, 1967, Madrid, Spain) was an Algerian politician.
  • Cheb Hasni (Arabic: الشاب حسني‎), born Hasni Chakroun (1 February 1968 – 29 September 1994), was an Algerian raï singer. He was popular across North Africa, having reached the height of his career in ...more
  • Daniel Auteuil (French pronunciation: ​[danjɛl otœj]; born 24 January 1950) is a French actor and director who has appeared in a wide range of film genres, including period dramas, romantic comedies, ...more
  • Dallal Merwa Achour is an Algerian volleyball player. Achour has been selected to play for the Algeria women's national volleyball team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Fadl Abdulrahman Shamandar better known as Fadl Shaker is a prominent Lebanese singer of Lebanese and Palestinian origin. He was signed to Al Khouyoul Records and from 2003 onwards with Rotana ...more
  • Souad Massi (سعاد ماسي), born August 23, 1972, is an Algerian Berber singer, songwriter and guitarist. She began her career performing in the Kabyle political rock band Atakor, before leaving the ...more
  • Jean Pélégri (June 20, 1920 – September 24, 2003) was a writer and professor of literature. Of French descent, he was born in Algeria, but left as part of the diaspora of French colonists referred ...more
  • Sheikh Abdelaziz Saghir Dakhane is a professor of Islam and Researcher in the Field of Hadeeth Nabawi and Quran Sciences. A prolific author, Dakhane has published over 40 books and 60 articles to ...more
  • Louis Pierre Althusser (UK: , US: ; French: [altysɛʁ]; 16 October 1918 – 22 October 1990) was a French Marxist philosopher. He was born in Algeria and studied at the École Normale Supérieure in ...more
  • Jean Richepin (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ ʁiʃpɛ̃]; 4 February 1849 – 12 December 1926) was a French poet, novelist and dramatist.
  • Tony Gatlif (born as Michel Dahmani on 10 September 1948 in Algiers) is a French film director of Romani ethnicity who also works as a screenwriter, composer, actor, and producer.
  • Robert Merle (French: [mɛʁl]; 28 August 1908 – 27 March 2004) was a French novelist.
  • Jacques Rancière (French: [ʁɑ̃sjɛʁ]; born 1940) is a French philosopher, Professor of Philosophy at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee and former Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris ...more
  • Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (born 1 April 1933) is a French physicist. He shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics with Steven Chu and William Daniel Phillips for research in methods of laser cooling and ...more
  • Mohammed Dib (Arabic: محمد ديب‎; 21 July 1920 – 2 May 2003) was an Algerian author. He wrote over 30 novels, as well as numerous short stories, poems, and children's literature in the French ...more
  • Henri Lanoë is a film editor, film score composer and screenwriter.
  • Patrick Maurice Benguigui (French: [bɛnɡiɡi]; born 14 May 1959), better known by his stage name Patrick Bruel ([patʁik bʁyɛl]), is a French singer-songwriter, actor and professional poker player.
  • Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina (Arabic: محمد الأخضر حمينة‎; born in M'sila on 26 February 1930) is an Algerian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his 1975 film Chronicle of the Years of ...more
  • Jacques Attali (French: [ʒak atali]; born 1 November 1943) is a French economic and social theorist, writer, political adviser and senior civil servant, who served as a counselor to President ...more
  • Ahmed Mekky (Arabic: أحمد مكي‎) is an Algerian born Egyptian actor, writer, director and rapper.
  • Sarra Belhocine is an Algerian volleyball player. She played on the Algerian women's volleyball team in the 2012 Olympics.
  • Ahmed Rachedi (born 1938) is an Algerian film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for the film Z (1969), which he helped produce. His 1971 film L'Opium ...more
  • Gaston Maurice Julia (3 February 1893 – 19 March 1978) was a French mathematician who devised the formula for the Julia set. His works were popularized by French mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot; the ...more
  • Didier Bourdon (French pronunciation: ​[didje buʁdɔ̃]; born 23 January 1959) is a French Algerian-born actor, screenwriter and film director.He first reached stardom in France when he created the ...more