How many celebrities named Ian can you think of? The famous Ians below have many different professions, including notable actors named Ian, famous rock stars and musicians named Ian, and even athletes named Ian.
Sir Ian McKellen is certainly one of the most famous Ians on this list. One of the famous actors named Ian, he is best known for portraying Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films. He also appeared in such movies as Gods and Monsters and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Another of the famous people with the first name Ian is Ian Curtis. The Joy Division lead singer tragically died by suicide in 1980. Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was actually born Ian Fraser Kilmister. Ian Hunter is another British singer named Ian.
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Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom
Alternative Name: Ian McKellenSir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is the recipient of... more
Birthplace: Covington, Louisiana, USAIan Joseph Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978) is an American actor, model, activist and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW's... more
- 24Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division and recorded two albums with the... more
Birthplace: Carnoustie, Scotland, UKIan McDiarmid (; born 11 August 1944) is a Scottish actor and director best known for portraying Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. He has received an Olivier Award for Best Actor and a... more
Birthplace: Blackburn, United Kingdom
Alternative Name: Ian McShaneIan David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor. He is known for his television performances, particularly the title role in the BBC series Lovejoy (1986–1994) and as Al Swearengen on... more
Birthplace: Goodmayes, London, United KingdomSir Ian Holm Cuthbert (September 12, 1931 - June 19th, 2020), known as Ian Holm, was an English actor known for his stage work and many film roles. He received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured... more
Birthplace: Dunfermline, United KingdomIan Scott Anderson (born 10 August 1947) is a Scottish-born musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist of... more
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, United KingdomIan Edward Wright, (born 3 November 1963) is an English former professional footballer and television and radio personality. He is currently a studio pundit for BBC Sport and ITV Sport. Wright... more
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USAIan Andrew Ziering (; born March 30, 1964) is an American actor and voice actor best known for his role as Steve Sanders on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, which he played from 1990 to... more
Birthplace: Burslem, United KingdomIan Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015), was an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the founder, lead singer, bassist, and primary songwriter of the... more
- Ian Michael Harding (born September 16, 1986) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Ezra Fitz in the Freeform mystery drama Pretty Little Liars from 2010 to 2017.... more
Birthplace: Hounslow, London, EnglandIan Gillan (born 19 August 1945) is an English singer and songwriter. He is the lead singer and lyricist for the rock band Deep Purple. Initially influenced by Elvis Presley, Gillan started and... more
Birthplace: Sacramento, CaliforniaIan Hecox is the co-founder of the online comedy enterprise Smosh. Together with his childhood friend Anthony Padilla, they write, direct, and star in the comedy sketches they have been creating... more
Birthplace: Edinburgh, United KingdomIan William Richardson, (7 April 1934 – 9 February 2007) was a Scottish actor of film, stage and television. He portrayed the Machiavellian Tory politician Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of... more
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, London, EnglandIan Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming came from a... more
Birthplace: Nottingham, United KingdomIan Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer and last constant original member of the English rock band Deep Purple.... more
Birthplace: New York City, USA, New YorkIan Gomez (born December 27, 1964) is an American actor known for his comedic TV work, which include series-regular stints as Javier on Felicity and Andy on Cougar Town.... more
Birthplace: Oswestry, EnglandIan Hunter Patterson (born 3 June 1939), known as Ian Hunter, is a British singer-songwriter and musician who is best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Mott the Hoople, from its... more
Birthplace: Glasgow, United KingdomIan Brady (born Ian Duncan Stewart on January 2, 1938 in the Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland) is a notorious Scottish serial killer. Brady is known primarily for his role in a series of murders that took... more
Birthplace: Warrington, United KingdomIan George Brown (born 20 February 1963) is an English singer and multi-instrumentalist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band the Stone Roses from their formation in 1984. Following... more
Birthplace: Tucson, ArizonaIan Michael Kinsler (born June 22, 1982) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Texas Rangers,... more
Birthplace: St Asaph, United KingdomIan James Rush, (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward. At club level Rush played for Liverpool from 1980–1987 and 1988–1996. He is the club's... more
Birthplace: Aldershot, United KingdomIan Russell McEwan (born 21 June 1948) is an English novelist and screenwriter. In 2008, The Times featured him on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945" and The Daily Telegraph... more
Birthplace: Armagh, United KingdomIan Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside (6 April 1926 – 12 September 2014), was a loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader from Northern Ireland. He became a Protestant evangelical... more
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, United KingdomIan Gillett Carmichael, OBE (18 June 1920 – 5 February 2010) was an English actor. He had roles in the films of the Boulting brothers, including Private's Progress (1956) and I'm All Right Jack... more