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Famous People From Libya

Updated June 8, 2017 13.2k views236 items

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

This list includes Safia Farkash, Yahia Shakmak and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Libya?" or "Which celebrities were born in Libya?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Eratosthenes
    Eratosthenes of Cyrene (; Greek: Ἐρατοσθένης ὁ Κυρηναῖος, romanized: Eratosthénis o Kyrinaíos,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Khaled Mattawa

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceBenghazi, Libya

    Khaled Mattawa (born 1964) is a Libyan poet, and a renowned Arab-American writer, he is also a... more on Wikipedia
  • Hashem El-Serag


    Hashem B. El-Serag is a Palestinian-American physician and medical researcher best known for... more on Wikipedia
  • Abdurrahim El-Keib

    BirthplaceSabratha, Zawiya, Libya

    Abdurrahim Abdulhafiz El-Keib, PhD, is a Libyan politician, professor of electrical... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Don Coscarelli Jr. (born February 17, 1954) is an American film director, producer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Omar Mukhtar

    Omar Mukhtar

    Dec. at 73 (1858-1931)


    ʿOmar al-Mukhṭār Muḥammad bin Farḥāṭ al-Manifī (Arabic: عُمَر الْمُخْتَار مُحَمَّد بِن... more on Wikipedia
  • Callimachus


    Callimachus (; Greek: Καλλίμαχος, Kallimakhos; c. 310/305–c. 240 BC) was a native of the Greek... more on Wikipedia
  • Carneades


    Dec. at 85 (213 BC-128 BC)

    BirthplaceCyrene, Libya

    Carneades (; Greek: Καρνεάδης, Karneadēs, "of Carnea"; 214/3–129/8 BC) was an Academic skeptic... more on Wikipedia
  • Sadeq Naihoum

    Dec. at 57 (1937-1994)

    BirthplaceBenghazi, Libya

    Sadeq Al Naihoum (1937 – 15 November 1994) (Arabic: الصادق النيهوم‎) was a prominent Libyan... more on Wikipedia
  • Dorota Szelągowska

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Dorota Szelągowska is a journalist and writer.
  • Sofyan El Gidi

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Sofyan El Gidi is Libyan swimmer. He competed in the 100 m butterfly event at the 2012 Summer... more on Wikipedia
  • Omar Deghayes

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Omar Deghayes (born November 28, 1969) is a Libyan citizen who had legal residency status with... more on Wikipedia
  • Kathleen L. Casey

    Kathleen L. Casey

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Kathleen L. Casey (born April 12, 1966) was a Republican commissioner of the U.S. Securities... more on Wikipedia
  • Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

    Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

    Dec. at 60 (1952-2012)

    BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi (pronunciation Arabic: عبد الباسط محمد علي المقرحي‎, ʿAbdu... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Ehtuish Farag Ehtuish is a Libyan Surgeon, prof. of Surgery and politician. He served as the... more on Wikipedia
  • Adriano Visconti

    Dec. at 30 (1915-1945)

    BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Major Adriano Visconti di Lampugnano (11 November 1915 – 29 April 1945) was one of Italy's... more on Wikipedia
  • Idris of Libya

    Idris of Libya

    Dec. at 94 (1889-1983)

    BirthplaceJaghbub, Libya, Libya

    Idris (Arabic: إدريس الأول‎; El Sayyid Prince Muhammad Idris bin Muhammad al-Mahdi as-Senussi;... more on Wikipedia
  • Yossef Romano

    Dec. at 32 (1940-1972)

    BirthplaceBenghazi, Libya

    Yossef Romano (also known as Joseph Romano or Yossi Romano) (Hebrew: יוסף רומנו; April 15,... more on Wikipedia
  • Naji Shushan

    Naji Shushan

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Naji Shushan (Arabic: ناجي الشوشان‎; born January 14, 1981 in Tripoli, Libya) is a Libyan... more on Wikipedia
  • Antonio Monselesan

    Age: 79


    Antonio Monselesan is an actor.
  • BirthplaceMisurata, Libya

    Daniel Bogdanović (born 26 March 1980) is a Maltese professional footballer who plays as a... more on Wikipedia
  • Omar Daoud

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceMassah, Libya, Libya

    Omar Daoud (9 April 1983 – 9 May 2018) was a Libyan international footballer. He was best... more on Wikipedia
  • Tarik El Taib

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceTripoli, Libya

    Tarek El Taib (born 28 February 1977) is a Libyan football midfielder.
  • Hamza Abu Faris

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceMsallata, Libya

    Hamza Abu Faris, is a Libyan scholar and politician who was born in Msallata on 13 January... more on Wikipedia
  • Marei Al Ramly

    Age: 42


    Marei Al Ramly (born December 4, 1977 in Libya) is a Libyan football midfielder. He currently... more on Wikipedia