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Famous People From Iraq

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

Examples include Sadettin Ergeç and Haifa Zangana.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Iraq?" or "Which celebrities were born in Iraq?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Madan Mohan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Madan Mohan Dec. at 51 (1924-1975)

Birthplace: Erbil, Iraq

Madan Mohan Kohli (25 June 1924 – 14 July 1975), better known as Madan Mohan, was a popular and unparalleled Indian music director of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He is considered one of the ...more
Ali Larijani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 60

Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq

Ali Larijani (Persian: علی لاریجانی‎, Persian pronunciation: [æliː-e lɒːɾiːdʒɒːniː]; born 3 June 1957) is an Iranian conservative politician, philosopher and former military officer who ...more
Samer Saeed Mujbel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Samer Saeed Mujbel Age: 31

Birthplace: Hillah, Iraq

Samer Saeed Mujbel Al Mamoori is an Iraqi midfielder. Samer plays currently with Al-Zawraa in Iraq, and for the Iraq national football team.
Adnan Taess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Adnan Taess Age: 38

Birthplace: Wasit Province, Iraq

Adnan Taess Akkar Al-Mntfage is an Iraqi middle-distance runner. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed in the Men's 800 metres.
Nuri al-Said is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Dec. at 71 (1887-1958)

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Nuri Pasha al-Said (December 1888 – 15 July 1958) (Arabic: نوري السعيد‎) was an Iraqi politician during the British mandate in Iraq and the Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq. He held various key cabinet ...more
Choman Hardi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 45

Birthplace: Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Choman Hardi (Kurdish: چۆمان هەردی‎),(born 1974) is a contemporary Kurdish poet, translator and painter.
Zaha Hadid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 68

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE is an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004—the first woman to do so—and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. Her buildings ...more
Emmanuel III Delly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Emmanuel III Delly Dec. at 87 (1927-2014)

Birthplace: Tel Keppe, Iraq

Mar Emmanuel III Delly (Syriac: ܡܪܝ ܥܡܢܘܐܝܠ ܬܠܝܬܝܐ ܕܠܝ‎, Arabic: مار عمانوئيل الثالث دلّي‎) (27 September 1927 – 8 April 2014) was the Patriarch Emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans and former ...more
Avi Shlaim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 73

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Avraham "Avi" Shlaim (born 31 October 1945) is an Israeli historian, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and fellow of the British Academy. He is ...more
Al-Kindi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Dec. at 72 (801-873)

Birthplace: Basra, Iraq

Abu Yūsuf Yaʻqūb ibn ʼIsḥāq aṣ-Ṣabbāḥ al-Kindī (; Arabic: أبو يوسف يعقوب بن إسحاق الصبّاح الكندي‎; Latin: Alkindus; c. 801–873 AD) was an Arab Muslim philosopher, polymath, mathematician, ...more
Wafaa Bilal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 52

Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq

Wafaa Bilal (Arabic: وفاء بلال‎ [wæfæ bɪlˤɑːlˤ]; born June 10, 1966) is an Iraqi American artist, a former professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently an ...more
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 44

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad (Arabic: غيث عبدالأحد, born 1975) is an Iraqi journalist who began working after the U.S. invasion. Abdul-Ahad has written for The Guardian and The Washington Post and ...more
Abd al-Karim Qasim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Dec. at 49 (1914-1963)

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Abd Al-Karim Qasim Muhammed Bakr Al-Fadhli Al-Zubaidi (Arabic: عبد الكريم قاسم‎ `Abd Al-Karīm Qāsim IPA: [ʕabdulkariːm qaːsɪm]) (21 November 1914 – 9 February 1963) was an Iraqi Army brigadier ...more
Mohamed Al-Daradji is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 40

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Mohamed Al-Daradji (born 6 August 1978 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi-Dutch film director. He studied theater in Iraq, and cinematography and directing in England. He is known for his drama ...more
Muntadhar al-Zaidi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 40

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Muntadhar al-Zaidi (Arabic: منتظر الزيدي‎ Muntaẓar az-Zaydī; born 15 January 1979) is an Iraqi broadcast journalist who served as a correspondent for Iraqi-owned, Egyptian-based Al-Baghdadia TV. ...more
Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikrit... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Dec. at 56 (1951-2007)

Birthplace: Tikrit, Iraq

Barzan Mohamed (17 February 1951 – 15 January 2007), also known as Barazan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Barasan Ibrahem Alhassen and Barzan Hassan (Arabic: برزان إبراهيم الحسن التكريتي‎; Barzan Mohamed), ...more
Thomas L. Saaty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 93

Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq

Thomas L. Saaty is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. He is the inventor, architect, and primary theoretician of the ...more
Huner Saleem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 54

Birthplace: Iraq, Aqrah

Huner Saleem (Kurdish: هونه‌ر سەلیم), also transliterated as Huner Salim, (born 9 March 1964), is an Iraqi–Kurdish film director. He was born in the town of Aqrah (Akre) in Iraqi Kurdistan. He ...more
Jamal Nebez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 85

Birthplace: Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Jamal Nebez (Sorani Kurdish: جەمال نەبەز‎, Kurmanji Kurdish: Cemal Nebez; 1 December 1933 – 8 December 2018) was a Kurdish linguist, mathematician and writer. He studied Islamic law, philosophy, ...more
Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Dec. at 45 (1935-1980)

Birthplace: Kadhimiya, Iraq

Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (Arabic: آية الله العظمى السيد محمد باقر الصدر‎) (March 1, 1935 – April 9, 1980) was an Iraqi Shia cleric, philosopher, and the ideological founder of the Islamic Dawa ...more
Albert Abdullah David Sa... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Dec. at 78 (1818-1896)

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Sir Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, 1st Baronet , (25 July 1818 – 24 October 1896) was a British Indian businessman and philanthropist.
Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim Dec. at 64 (1939-2003)

Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq

Sayyid Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim (1939 – 29 August 2003; Arabic: سيد محمد باقر الحكيم‎), also known as Shaheed al-Mehraab, was a senior Iraqi Shia cleric and the leader of the Supreme ...more
Zainab Salbi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 49

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Zainab Salbi (Arabic: زينب سلبي; born 1969) is the Founder of Women for Women International, Author of several books including her latest Freedom is an Inside Job, and EP and Host of Through Her ...more
Sasson Gabai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Age: 71

Birthplace: Iraq, Baghdad

Sasson Gabai is an Israeli actor. Winner of an Ophir Award, Asia Pacific Screen Award, European Film Awards and Jerusalem Film Festival in 2007 as Best Actor in a highly acclaimed Israeli film ...more
Ovadia Yosef is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Iraq
Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Ovadia Yosef (Hebrew: עובדיה יוסף Ovadya Yosef, Arabic: عبد الله يوسف‎, romanized: Abdullah Yusuf; September 24, 1920 – October 7, 2013) was an Iraqi-born Talmudic scholar, a posek, the Sephardi ...more