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

This list includes Youssef Fakhr Eddine, Julian Fellowes and more people.

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

Hosni Mubarak is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Hosni Mubarak age 88 - Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak is a former Egyptian military and political leader who served as the fourth President of Egypt from 1981 to 2011. Before he entered politics, Mubarak was a career ...more

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Cleopatra Died at 39 (68 BC-29 BC) - Cleopatra VII Philopator, known to history simply as "Cleopatra", was the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, only shortly survived by her son, Caesarion as pharaoh. Cleopatra was a ...more

Henri Curiel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Henri Curiel Died at 64 (1914-1978) - Henri Curiel was a left-wing political activist. Born in Egypt, Curiel led the communist Democratic Movement for National Liberation until he was expelled from the country in 1950. Settling in ...more

Constantine P. Cavafy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Constantine P. Cavafy Died at 70 (1863-1933) - Constantine P. Cavafy was an ethnic Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant. He published 154 poems; dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. ...more

Haim Saban is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Haim Saban age 72 - Haim Saban is an Israeli and American media proprietor, investor, philanthropist, musician, record, film & television producer. An accomplished businessman primarily involved with business ...more

Said Halim Pasha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Said Halim Pasha Died at 58 (1863-1921) - Said Halim Pasha was a statesman who served as the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire from 1913 to 1917.

Ghada Abdel Razek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Ghada Abdel Razek age 51 - Ghada Abdel Razek is an actress.

Anwar Sadat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Anwar Sadat Died at 63 (1918-1981) - Muhammad Anwar El Sadat was the third President of Egypt, serving from 15 October 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on 6 October 1981. Sadat was a senior member of the ...more

Gamal Abdel Nasser is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Gamal Abdel Nasser Died at 52 (1918-1970) - Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein was the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death. He planned the 1952 overthrow of the monarchy, and was deputy prime minister in the new ...more

Ahmed Zewail is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Ahmed Zewail age 71 - Ahmed Hassan Zewail is an Egyptian- American scientist, known as the "father of femtochemistry", he won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on femtochemistry and became the ...more

Atom Egoyan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Atom Egoyan age 56 - Atom Egoyan, OC is a Canadian stage director and film director. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. Egoyan was ...more

Salih Reis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Salih Reis Died at 80 (1488-1568) - Salah Rais, was a Turkish privateer and Ottoman admiral. He is alternatively referred to as Sala Reis, Salih Rais, Salek Rais and Cale Arraez in several European resources, particularly in ...more

Zahi Hawass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Zahi Hawass age 69 - Zahi Hawass is an Egyptian archaeologist, an Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He has also worked at archaeological sites in the Nile Delta, the Western Desert, ...more

Moses is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Moses Moses or St Moses spent many years in the 4th century as a hermit on the fringes of the Roman empire between Egypt and Syria, before becoming the first Arab bishop of the Arab people. As he was ...more

Omar Abdel-Rahman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Omar Abdel-Rahman age 77 - Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, commonly known in the United States as "The Blind Sheikh", is a blind Egyptian Muslim leader who is currently serving a life sentence at the Butner Medical ...more

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Farouk El-Baz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Farouk El-Baz age 79 - Farouk El-Baz is an Egyptian American space scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the Moon, including the selection of landing sites for the ...more

Asaad Kelada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Asaad Kelada age 73 - Asaad Kelada is an American television director of many popular American television situation comedies.

Ahmed Shafik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Ahmed Shafik age 75 - Ahmed Mohamed Shafik Zaki is an Egyptian politician and a former candidate for the presidency of Egypt. He was a senior commander in the Egyptian Air Force and later served as Prime Minister of ...more

Ayman Mohyeldin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Ayman Mohyeldin age 37 - Ayman Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American journalist based in Los Angeles for NBC News. He previously worked for Al Jazeera and CNN. Ayman was one of the first Western journalists allowed to enter ...more

Claude François is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Claude François Died at 39 (1939-1978) - Claude Antoine Marie François, also known by the nickname Cloclo, was an Egyptian-born French pop singer, songwriter and dancer. François wrote and composed "Comme ...more

Omar Shama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Omar Shama age 41 - Omar Azmy Shama is an Egyptian screenwriter and film producer born in Cairo, Egypt. Following university, he worked as a reporter at the Associated Press news agency. He later quit his job to ...more

Fuad I of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Fuad I of Egypt Died at 68 (1868-1936) - Fuad I; 26 March 1868 - 28 April 1936 was the Sultan and later King of Egypt and Sudan, Sovereign of Nubia, Kordofan, and Darfur. The ninth ruler of Egypt and Sudan from the Muhammad Ali ...more

Ahmed Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Ahmed Ahmed age 46 - Ahmed Ahmed is an Egyptian-born American actor and comedian.

Abdul Latif Sharif is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Abdul Latif Sharif Died at 59 (1947-2006) - Abdul Latif Sharif, was an Egyptian chemist and chief suspect in the Juárez killings, a decade-long murder spree that began in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez in the early 1990s. ...more

Alex Proyas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Alex Proyas age 53 - Alexander "Alex" Proyas is an Egyptian-born Greek-Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Proyas is best known for directing the films The Crow, Dark City, I, Robot, and ...more

Costas Ferris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Costas Ferris age 82 - Costas Ferris is a Greek film director, writer, actor, and producer. He wrote the lyrics of Aphrodite's Child's album 666. His 1983 film Rembetiko won the Silver Bear at the 34th Berlin ...more

Bassem Youssef is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Bassem Youssef age 43 - Bassem Raafat Muhammad Youssef is an Egyptian satirist and columnist and former cardiac surgeon, who hosted Al-Bernameg, a satirical news program from 2011 to 2014. The press has compared ...more

Charles A. Watson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Charles A. Watson Died at 77 (1871-1948) - Dr. Charles R. Watson was the first president of the American University in Cairo. His father was a member of the United Presbyterian Church Of North America African Mission. Watson grew up in ...more

Aron Kader is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Aron Kader age 42 - Aron Kader is a Palestinian-American comedian.

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Giuseppe Ungaretti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Giuseppe Ungaretti Died at 82 (1888-1970) - Giuseppe Ungaretti was an Italian modernist poet, journalist, essayist, critic, academic, and recipient of the inaugural 1970 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. A leading ...more

Sammy Sheik is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Sammy Sheik age 34 - Sammy Sheik is an Egyptian actor. Sheik is best known for his recurring role of "Masheer" on the hit Fox series 24.

Dennis William Sciama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Dennis William Sciama Died at 73 (1926-1999) - Dennis William Siahou Sciama, FRS was a British physicist who, through his own work and that of his students, played a major role in developing British physics after the Second World War. He is ...more

Lucy Rokach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Lucy Rokach Lucienne "Lucy" Rokach is an English professional poker player from Stoke-on-Trent. She was born in Cairo, Egypt and is now regarded as one of the top female players in Europe. She ...more

Amr Khaled is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Amr Khaled age 49 - Amr Mohamed Helmi Khaled is an Egyptian Muslim activist and television preacher. The New York Times Magazine, in reference to Khaled's popularity in Arab countries, described him in its April ...more

Nefertiti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Nefertiti Neferneferuaten Nefertiti was the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshiped one god only, Aten, ...more

Mahmoud Abdel Aziz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Mahmoud Abdel Aziz age 69 - Mahmoud Abdel Aziz is a popular Egyptian movie and television actor. He became famous for several famous roles in Egypt, before becoming famous in all arab countries for he's role in the TV show ...more

Abo El Seoud El Ebiary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Abo El Seoud El Ebiary Died at 59 (1910-1969) - Abo El Seoud El Ebiary was an Egyptian comic screenwriter, playwright, lyricist, and journalist. He wrote for journalism in the 1950s in "Al Kawakeb" or "The Planets" and ...more

Taher Elgamal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Taher Elgamal age 61 - Taher Elgamal is an Egyptian cryptographer. Elgamal is sometimes written as El Gamal or ElGamal, but Elgamal is now preferred. In 1985, Elgamal published a paper titled “A Public key ...more

Mohamed Elmasry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Mohamed Elmasry age 73 - Mohamed Elmasry is a Canadian engineering professor, imam, and has been a leader in the Canadian Muslim community. He was born in Cairo, Egypt and received his Bachelor of Science in 1965 from ...more

Andrée Chedid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Andrée Chedid Died at 91 (1920-2011) - Andrée Chedid was a French poet and novelist of Lebanese descent.

Dorothy Hodgkin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Dorothy Hodgkin Died at 84 (1910-1994) - Dorothy Mary Hodgkin, OM, FRS, known professionally as Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin or simply Dorothy Hodgkin, was a British biochemist who developed protein crystallography, for which she was won ...more

Eric Hobsbawm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Eric Hobsbawm Died at 95 (1917-2012) - Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, CH, FBA, FRSL was a British Marxist historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism, and nationalism. His best-known works include his trilogy about what he ...more

Alaa Al Aswany is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Alaa Al Aswany age 59 - Alaa Al-Aswany is an Egyptian writer, and a founding member of the political movement Kefaya.

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Chad Dukes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Chad Dukes age 38 - Chad Dukes is a radio personality. He is the afternoon drive host of Chad Dukes Vs. The World. WJFK 106.7 The Fan is a sports talk format radio station in the greater Washington D.C. area. He is ...more

Ezzel Dine Zulficar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Ezzel Dine Zulficar Died at 44 (1919-1963) - Ezzel Dine Zulficar was an Egyptian film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer.

Farouk of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Farouk of Egypt Died at 45 (1920-1965) - Farouk I of Egypt was the tenth ruler from the Muhammad Ali Dynasty and the last King of Egypt and the Sudan, succeeding his father, Fuad I of Egypt, in 1936. His full title was "His ...more

Anne-Marie Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Anne-Marie Alonzo Died at 54 (1951-2005) - Anne-Marie Alonzo, CM was a Canadian playwright, poet, novelist, critic and publisher. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, she immigrated to Quebec when she was twelve. In 1966 she was the victim of a ...more

Hala Elkoussy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Hala Elkoussy age 43 - Hala Elkoussy is a film director, a screenwriter and a film editor.

Farid Shawki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Farid Shawki Died at 78 (1920-1998) - Farid Shawqi Mohammad Abduh Badawi known as Farid Shawqi was an Egyptian actor, screenwriter and film producer. He acted in 361 films, 12 plays and 12 television series; wrote 22 film scripts; ...more

Mahmoud el-Meliguy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Egypt
Mahmoud el-Meliguy Died at 73 (1910-1983) - Mahmoud el-Meliguy was an Egyptian screenwriter and an actor of film, theatre, and television. He started his career playing minor roles, but achieved stardom in the late 1930s. A popular and ...more