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Famous People From Egypt

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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.
  • BirthplaceEgypt, North Africa, Africa, Al Minufiyah


    Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak (Arabic: محمد حسني السيد مبارك‎, romanized: Muḥammad Ḥusnī as-Sayyid Mubārak, Egyptian Arabic: [mæˈħæmmæd ˈħosni (ʔe)sˈsæjjed moˈbɑːɾɑk]; born 4 May 1928) is a former...  more
  • Dec. at 39 (68 BC-29 BC)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    NationalityMacedonia, Ptolemaic Kingdom

    Cleopatra VII Philopator (Koinē Greek: Κλεοπᾰ́τρᾱ Φιλοπάτωρ, romanized: Kleopátrā Philopátōr; 69 – 10 or 12 August 30 BC) was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, nominally...  more

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  • Dec. at 63 (1914-1978)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    Henri Curiel (13 September 1914 – 4 May 1978) was a left-wing political activist in Egypt and France. Born in Egypt, Curiel led the communist Democratic Movement for National Liberation until he was...  more
  • Dec. at 70 (1863-1933)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Constantine Peter Cavafy (; also known as Konstantin or Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis; Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Π. Καβάφης [kaˈvafis]; April 29 (April 17, OS), 1863 – April 29, 1933) was an Egyptiot Greek...  more

    #126 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time#40 of 153 The Best Poets of the 20th Century#87 of 250 The Best Gay Authors

  • Age: 77

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    NationalityUnited States of America, Egypt, Israel

    Haim Saban (; Hebrew: חיים סבן‎; born October 15, 1944) is an Israeli-American media proprietor, investor, musician, and producer of records, film, and television. A businessman with interests in...  more
  • Dec. at 58 (1863-1921)

    BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate


    Said Halim Pasha (Ottoman Turkish: سعيد حليم پاشا‎; Turkish: Sait Halim Paşa; Albanian: Said Halimi; 18 January 1865 – 6 December 1921) was an Ottoman statesman of Tosk origin who served as Grand...  more
  • BirthplaceAl Sharqia Governorate, Egypt


    Ghada Abdel Razek is an actress....  more
  • Dec. at 62 (1918-1981)

    BirthplaceEgypt, Mit Abu al-Kum


    Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat (, also UK: , US: ; Arabic: محمد أنور السادات‎, romanized: Muḥammad ʾAnwar as-Sādāt, Egyptian Arabic: [mæˈħæmmæd ˈʔɑnwɑɾ essæˈdæːt]; 25 December 1918 – 6 October 1981) was the...  more
  • Dec. at 52 (1918-1970)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, North Africa, Egypt, Alexandria Governorate, Africa


    Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein (UK: , US: ; Arabic: جمال عبد الناصر حسين‎, romanized: Jamāl ʻAbdu n-Nāṣir Ḥusayn, Egyptian Arabic: [ɡæˈmæːl ʕæbdenˈnɑːsˤeɾ ħeˈseːn]; 15 January 1918 – 28 September 1970)...  more
  • BirthplaceBeheira Governorate, Damanhur, North Africa, Egypt, Africa

    NationalityUnited States of America, Egypt

    Ahmed Hassan Zewail (Arabic: أحمد حسن زويل‎, Egyptian Arabic: [ˈæħmæd ˈħæsæn zeˈweːl]; February 26, 1946 – August 2, 2016) was an Egyptian-American scientist, known as the "father of femtochemistry"....  more
  • BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityCanada, Egypt

    Atom Egoyan, (; born July 19, 1960) is a Canadian stage and film director, writer, and producer. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica (1994), a film set primarily in and around the...  more
  • Age: 533

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    Salah Rais (Turkish: Salih Reis) (c. 1488 – 1568) was an Ottoman privateer and admiral. He is alternatively referred to as Sala Reis, Salih Rais, Salek Rais and Cale Arraez in several European...  more
  • BirthplaceNorth Africa, Egypt, Damietta Governorate, Africa, Damietta


    Zahi Hawass (Arabic: زاهي حواس‎; born May 28, 1947) is an Egyptian archaeologist, Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He has also worked at archaeological sites in...  more
  • Moses or Saint 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
  • BirthplaceDakahlia Governorate, Egypt


    Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman (Arabic: عمر عبد الرحمن‎, Umar 'Abdu r-Raḥman; 3 May 1938 – 18 February 2017), commonly known in the United States as "The Blind Sheikh", was a blind Egyptian Muslim leader...  more
  • BirthplaceZagazig, Egypt

    NationalityUnited States of America, Egypt

    Farouk El-Baz (Egyptian Arabic: فاروق الباز‎, Pronunciation: [fɑˈruːʔ elˈbæːz, fæˈruːʔ]) (born January 2, 1938) is an Egyptian American space scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning...  more
  • BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate

    Asaad Kelada (Arabic: أسعد قلادة‎; born May 11, 1940) is an American television director of many American television sitcoms. ...  more
  • BirthplaceGreater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate


    Ahmed Mohamed Shafik Zaki (Arabic: أحمد محمد شفيق زكى‎, IPA: [ˈæħmæd mæˈħæmmæd ʃæˈfiːʔ ˈzæki]; born 25 November 1941) is an Egyptian politician and a former candidate for the presidency of Egypt. He...  more
  • BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityUnited States of America, Egypt

    Ayman Mohyeldin (Arabic: أيمن محيى الدين‎, IPA: [ˈʔæjmæn ˈmoħj edˈdiːn]; born April 18, 1979) is an American journalist based in Los Angeles for NBC News. He previously worked for Al Jazeera and CNN....  more
  • Dec. at 39 (1939-1978)

    BirthplaceIsmaïlia, Egypt


    Claude Antoine Marie François (French: [klod ɑ̃twan maʁi fʁɑ̃swa]; 1 February 1939 – 11 March 1978), also known by the nickname Cloclo, was a French pop singer, composer, songwriter, producer,...  more
  • Age: 45

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt


    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 focus...  more
  • Dec. at 68 (1868-1936)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt


    Fuad I (Arabic: فؤاد الأول‎ Fu’ād al-Awwal, Turkish: I. Fuad or Ahmed Fuad Paşa; 26 March 1868 – 28 April 1936) was the Sultan and later King of Egypt and Sudan, Sovereign of Nubia, Kordofan, and...  more
  • BirthplaceHelwan, Egypt

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ahmed Ahmed (born June 27, 1970) is an Egyptian-American actor and comedian....  more
  • Dec. at 59 (1947-2006)



    Abdul Latif Sharif, first name also spelled Abdel (September 19, 1947 – June 1, 2006), was an Egyptian-born American chemist and chief suspect in the Juárez killings, a decade-long murder spree that...  more
  • BirthplaceCairo, Egypt


    Alexander Proyas (; born 23 September 1963) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Proyas is best known for directing the films The Crow (1994), Dark City (1998), I, Robot...  more