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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Libya
Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He ...more

Khaled Mattawa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Libya
age 54
Khaled Mattawa is a Libyan poet, and a renowned Arab-American writer, he is also a leading literary translator, focusing on translating Arabic poetry into English. He works as an Assistant ...more

Hashem El-Serag is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Libya
age 53
Hashem El-Serag is a Palestinian-American doctor and medical researcher best known for his research in liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma and the hepatitis C virus. El-Serag was born in 1966 ...more

Abdurrahim El-Keib is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Libya
age 69
Abdurrahim Abdulhafiz El-Keib, PhD, is a Libyan politician, professor of electrical engineering, and entrepreneur who served as interim Prime Minister of Libya from 24 November 2011 to 14 ...more

Don Coscarelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Libya
age 65
Don Coscarelli, Jr. is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for horror films. His credits include the Phantasm series, The Beastmaster, and Bubba Ho-Tep.

Omar Mukhtar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Libya
Omar Mukhtar Dec. at 73 (1858-1931)
Omar Mukhtar, of the Mnifa, was born in the small village of Janzour, near Tobruk in eastern Barqa in Libya. Beginning in 1912, he organized and, for nearly twenty years, led native resistance ...more

Callimachus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Libya
Callimachus
Callimachus was a native of the Greek colony of Cyrene, Libya. He was a noted poet, critic and scholar at the Library of Alexandria and enjoyed the patronage of the Egyptian–Greek Pharaohs ...more

Carneades is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Libya
Carneades Dec. at 85 (213 BC-128 BC)
Carneades was an Academic skeptic born in Cyrene. By the year 159 BC, he had started to refute all previous dogmatic doctrines, especially Stoicism, and even the Epicureans whom previous ...more

Sadeq Naihoum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Libya
Sadeq Naihoum Dec. at 57 (1937-1994)
Sadeq Al Naihoum was a prominent Libyan writer and journalist. He was born in Benghazi, Libya, in 1937 where he lived and studied until he finished his university degree in literature. He then ...more

Dorota Szelągowska is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Libya
Dorota Szelągowska age 38
Dorota Szelągowska is a journalist and writer.

Sofyan El Gidi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Libya
Sofyan El Gidi age 27
Sofyan El Gidi is Libyan swimmer. He competed in the 100 m butterfly event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was the flag bearer of Libya at the opening ceremony.

Omar Deghayes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Libya
Omar Deghayes age 49
Omar Deghayes is a Libyan citizen who had legal residency status with surviving members of his family in the United Kingdom since childhood. He was arrested in Pakistan in 2002. He was held by ...more

Kathleen L. Casey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Libya
Kathleen L. Casey age 52
Kathleen L. Casey was a Republican commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She was appointed by President George W. Bush and sworn in on July 17, 2006. Her term expired in ...more

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Libya
Dec. at 60 (1952-2012)
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines, director of the Centre for Strategic Studies in Tripoli, Libya, and an alleged Libyan intelligence officer. On 31 ...more

Ehtuish Ehtuish is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Libya
age 66
Ehtuish Farag Ehtuish is a Libyan Surgeon, prof. of Surgery and politician. He served as the minister of health from 1998 to 2000. He was among the first team to develop the laparoscopic surgery ...more

Adriano Visconti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Libya
Adriano Visconti Dec. at 30 (1915-1945)
Major Adriano Visconti di Lampugnano was one of Italy's top flying aces of the Second World War, shooting down between 10 to 26 enemy aircraft. He was awarded with four Medaglia d'argento al ...more

Idris of Libya is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Libya
Idris of Libya Dec. at 94 (1889-1983)
Idris, GBE, also known as King Idris I of Libya, was the first and only king of Libya, reigning from 1951 to 1969, and the Chief of the Senussi Muslim order. While in Turkey for medical ...more

Yossef Romano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Libya
Dec. at 32 (1940-1972)
Yossef Romano was a Libyan-born Israeli weightlifter with the Israeli team that went to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He was the second of eleven Israeli team members killed in ...more

Naji Shushan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Libya
Naji Shushan age 38
Naji Shushan is a Libyan football defender currently playing for Alahly. He was a member of the Libya national football team.

Antonio Monselesan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Libya
Antonio Monselesan age 77
Antonio Monselesan is an actor.

Daniel Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Libya
age 38
Danijel Bogdanović, more commonly spelled Daniel Bogdanović, is a Maltese professional footballer of Serbian and Slovenian descent who plays as a striker for Floriana F.C.

Omar Daoud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Libya
Omar Daoud age 35
Omar Daoud is a Libyan footballer. He currently plays as a defender for the Libyan Premier League club Ahly Tripoli.

Tarik El Taib is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Libya
Tarik El Taib age 41
Tariq Ibrahim Mohammad al Tayib, also written as Tareq Al Tayeb, is a Libyan football midfielder. He currently plays for Al-Suwaiq in the Omani League. He is known for his dribbling ability and ...more

Hamza Abu Faris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Libya
Hamza Abu Faris age 73
Hamza Abu Faris, is a Libyan scholar and politician who was born in Msallata on 13 January 1946. He was named Awqaf & Islamic Affairs Minister on 22 November 2011 by Abdurrahim El-Keib.

Marei Al Ramly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Libya
Marei Al Ramly age 41
Marei Al Ramly is a Libyan football midfielder. He currently plays for Al-Nasr, and is a member of the Libya national football team.