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Famous People From Morocco

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

List features Houda Echouafni, Mohamed Timoumi and more people.

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

    Philippe Perrin (Colonel, French Air Force) (born January 6, 1963) is a French test pilot and former CNES and European Space Agency astronaut....  more
  • BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Alber Elbaz (Hebrew: אלבר אלבז‎, born 6 February 1961) is an Israeli fashion designer. After a number of other fashion houses, he was the creative director Lanvin in Paris from 2001 until October...  more
  • BirthplaceMorocco, Fès-Boulemane, Africa, Fes

    Fatema Mernissi (Arabic: فاطمة مرنيسي‎, romanized: Fāṭima Marnīsī; 27 September 1940 – 30 November 2015) was a Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist....  more
  • BirthplaceAjdir, Morocco

    Abd el-Krim el-Khattabi (Arabic: محمد بن عبد الكريم الخطابي‎) (1882, Ajdir – February 6, 1963, Cairo) was a Moroccan political and military leader. He and his brother Mhemmed led a large-scale revolt...  more
  • BirthplaceMarrakesh, Morocco

    Mordechai Vanunu (Hebrew: מרדכי ואנונו‎; born 14 October 1954), also known as John Crossman, is an Israeli former nuclear technician and peace activist who, citing his opposition to weapons of mass...  more
  • BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Daniel Pennac (real name Daniel Pennacchioni, born 1 December 1944 in Casablanca, Morocco) is a French writer. He received the Prix Renaudot in 2007 for his essay Chagrin d'école. Daniel...  more
  • BirthplaceRabat, Morocco

    Alain Badiou (; French: [alɛ̃ badju] (listen) ; born 17 January 1937) is a French philosopher, formerly chair of Philosophy at the École normale supérieure (ENS) and founder of the faculty of...  more
  • BirthplaceTangier, Morocco

    Anna Maria Monticelli is an Actress....  more
  • BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Richard Virenque (born 19 November 1969) is a retired French professional road racing cyclist. He was one of the most popular French riders with fans for his boyish personality and his long, lone...  more
  • Chalom Messas

    Dec. at 90 (1913-2003)

    BirthplaceMeknes, Morocco

    Shalom Messas (Or Shalom Mashash; Hebrew: שלום משאש) was the Chief Rabbi of Morocco, and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Israel....  more
  • Samuel Hadida

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Samuel Hadida (17 December 1953 – 26 November 2018) was a Moroccan-born French film producer....  more
  • BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Shatha Amjad Al-Hassoun (Arabic: شذى أمجد الحسون‎; born 3 March 1981 in Casablanca, Morocco), better known as Shatha Hassoun, (Arabic: شذى حسون‎) is an Arabic singer with both Iraqi and Moroccan...  more
  • BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Alain Souchon (French pronunciation: ​[alɛ̃ suʃɔ̃]; born Alain Kienast; 27 May 1944) is a French singer-songwriter and actor. He has released 15 albums and has played roles in seven films....  more
  • BirthplaceTangier, Morocco

    José Luis Alcaine (born 26 December 1938) is a Spanish born cinematographer. Educated in Tangier's he was the first cinematographer to use fluorescent tube as key lighting in the 1970s. He has...  more
  • BirthplaceMeknes, Morocco

    Fatima Houda-Pepin (born December 26, 1951) is a Quebec politician and a former member of the National Assembly of Quebec, Canada. She represented the La Pinière electoral district (the city of...  more
  • BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Ahmed El Maanouni is a screenwriter, film director, cinematographer, actor and producer born in Casablanca. His films include one of the most emblematic title of Moroccan cinema ALYAM ALYAM, first...  more
  • BirthplaceRabat, Morocco

    Nadia Ejjafini (born 8 November 1977 in Rabat) is a Moroccan-born long-distance runner. She switched nationality from her birth country to Bahrain in 2003, and later became an Italian citizen by...  more
  • BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Titouan Lamazou is a French artist, author, navigator, photographer and poet, born in 1955 in Casablanca (Maroc). He officially changed his given name to Titouan, from Antoine, in 1986. A student of...  more
  • Hamza Driouch

    Age: 25


    Hamza Driouch is a Qatari track and field athlete. He was born in Guelmim, Morocco. The Qatari mid-distance runner is a promising athlete with a good record in athletics competitions. He proved his...  more
  • Ibn al-Banna' al-Marrakushi

    Dec. at 64 (1256-1321)

    BirthplaceMarrakesh, Morocco

    Ibn al‐Bannāʾ al‐Marrākushī, also known as Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Uthman (Arabic: ابن البنّاء‎) (29 December 1256 – c. 1321), was a Moroccan-berber mathematician, astronomer, Islamic...  more
  • Sidney Taurel

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Sidney Taurel (born February 9, 1949, in Casablanca) is an American businessman. He is the chairman of Pearson plc and chairman emeritus of Eli Lilly and Company, where he had a 37-year career and...  more
  • BirthplaceMorocco

    Helene E. Hagan, born Helene Coll (born in 1939 in Rabat, Morocco), is an American anthropologist and Amazigh activist....  more
  • BirthplaceMorocco

    Ariel Wizman (born 19 May 1962) is a French musician, DJ, journalist and actor born in Casablanca, Morocco....  more
  • BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Karim Alami (Arabic: كريم علمي‎) (born 24 May 1973) is a retired tennis player from Morocco, who turned professional in 1990. The right-hander won two career titles in singles, both in 1996 (Atlanta...  more
  • BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Arnaud Di Pasquale (born 11 February 1979) is a former professional male tennis player from France. ...  more