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Who Is The Most Famous Ian In The World?

Updated November 19, 2020 788 votes 34 voters 48.3k views92 items

List RulesVote up all of the Ians you've heard of.

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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  • Ian McKellen1

    Ian McKellen


    BirthplaceBurnley, United Kingdom

    Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Somerhalder2

    Ian Somerhalder


    BirthplaceCovington, Louisiana, United States of America

    Ian Joseph Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978) is an American actor, model, activist and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Curtis3

    Ian Curtis


    BirthplaceStretford, United Kingdom

    Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English singer-songwriter and musician.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian McShane4

    Ian McShane


    BirthplaceBlackburn, United Kingdom

    Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor. He is known for his television... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Holm5

    Ian Holm


    BirthplaceGoodmayes, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Ian Holm Cuthbert (September 12, 1931 - June 19th, 2020), known as Ian Holm, was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Anderson6

    Ian Anderson


    BirthplaceDunfermline, United Kingdom

    Ian Scott Anderson (born 10 August 1947) is a Scottish-born musician, singer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lemmy Kilmister7

    Lemmy Kilmister


    BirthplaceEurasia, Burslem, United Kingdom

    Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015), was an English singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Gillan8

    Ian Gillan


    BirthplaceHounslow, London, England

    Ian Gillan (born 19 August 1945) is an English singer and songwriter. He is the lead singer... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Wright9

    Ian Wright


    BirthplaceWoolwich, London, United Kingdom

    Ian Edward Wright, (born 3 November 1963) is an English former professional footballer and... more on Wikipedia


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  • Ian Ziering10

    Ian Ziering


    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    Ian Andrew Ziering (; born March 30, 1964) is an American actor and voice actor best known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Harding11
    Ian Michael Harding (born September 16, 1986) is an American actor. He is known for his role... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Gomez12

    Ian Gomez


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Ian Gomez (born December 27, 1964) is an American actor known for his comedic TV work, which... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Hunter13

    Ian Hunter


    BirthplaceOswestry, England

    Ian Hunter Patterson (born 3 June 1939), known as Ian Hunter, is a British singer-songwriter... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian McDiarmid14

    Ian McDiarmid


    BirthplaceCarnoustie, United Kingdom

    Ian McDiarmid (; born 11 August 1944) is a Scottish actor and director best known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Paice15

    Ian Paice


    BirthplaceNottingham, United Kingdom

    Ian Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Brown16

    Ian Brown


    BirthplaceWarrington, United Kingdom

    Ian George Brown (born 20 February 1963) is an English singer and multi-instrumentalist. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Brady17

    Ian Brady


    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    Ian Brady (born Ian Duncan Stewart on January 2, 1938 in the Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland) is a... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Hecox18

    Ian Hecox


    BirthplaceSacramento, California

    Ian Hecox is the co-founder of the online comedy enterprise Smosh. Together with his childhood... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Richardson19

    Ian Richardson


    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Ian William Richardson, (7 April 1934 – 9 February 2007) was a Scottish actor of film, stage... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Kinsler20

    Ian Kinsler


    BirthplaceTucson, Arizona

    Ian Michael Kinsler (born June 22, 1982) is an American professional baseball second baseman... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Rush21

    Ian Rush


    BirthplaceSt Asaph, United Kingdom

    Ian James Rush, (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Paisley22

    Ian Paisley


    BirthplaceArmagh, United Kingdom

    Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside (6 April 1926 – 12 September 2014), was a loyalist... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Carmichael23

    Ian Carmichael


    BirthplaceEurasia, Humberside, United Kingdom, Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

    Ian Gillett Carmichael, OBE (18 June 1920 – 5 February 2010) was an English actor. He had... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Fleming24

    Ian Fleming


    BirthplaceMayfair, London, London, England

    Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was an English author, journalist and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Kennedy25

    Ian Kennedy


    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California

    Ian Patrick Kennedy (born December 19, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for... more on Wikipedia