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List of famous people named Ian, along with photos. How many celebrities named Ian can you think of? The famous Ians below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Ian, athletes named Ian, and even political figures named Ian. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Ian? Add them to the list.

Ian Gillan was the lead vocalist for two popular rock bands of the 70's and 80's, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, while also singing on the original recording of Broadway's Jesus Christ Superstar as Jesus. Sexy heartthrob Ian Somerhalder has appeared on many TV dramas, such as The Vampire Diaries and Lost. And, most famously, Ian Mckellen has won a SAG Award, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, six Laurence Olivier Awards, and is a very active charity worker and activist. Need we say more?
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 79

Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom

Sir 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 ...more

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Ian Somerhalder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Model, Actor, Philanthropist

Age: 40

Birthplace: Covington, Louisiana, United States of America

Ian 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

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Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 87

Birthplace: Goodmayes, London, United Kingdom

Sir Ian Holm Cuthbert (born 12 September 1931), known as Ian Holm, is an English actor known for his stage work and many film roles. He received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for ...more

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Ian McShane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Television director, Television producer, Actor

Age: 76

Birthplace: Blackburn, United Kingdom

Ian 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 ...more

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Ian Kinsler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Baseball player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona

Ian 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

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Ian Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Songwriter, Musician, Singer

Age: Dec. at 24 (1956-1980)

Birthplace: Stretford, United Kingdom

Ian 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 ...more

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Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 71

Birthplace: Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Ian 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 ...more

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Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 73

Birthplace: Hounslow, London, England

Ian 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

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Ian Rush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Footballer

Age: 57

Birthplace: St Asaph, United Kingdom

Ian 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

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Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

Age: 70

Birthplace: Nottingham, United Kingdom

Ian 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.

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Ian McDiarmid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Theatre Director, Actor

Age: 74

Birthplace: Carnoustie, United Kingdom

Ian 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 ...more

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Lemmy Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Bassist, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 73

Birthplace: Burslem, United Kingdom

Ian 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 ...more

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Ian Brady is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Ian

Age: 81

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Ian Harding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Ian Wright is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Ian Wright Footballer, Presenter

Age: 55

Birthplace: Woolwich, London, United Kingdom

Ian 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

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Ian Desmond is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Baseball player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Sarasota, Florida

Ian M. Desmond (born September 20, 1985) is an American professional baseball infielder and outfielder for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the ...more

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Ian Hunter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 79

Birthplace: Oswestry, England

Ian 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

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Ian Paisley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Evangelist, Politician, Writer

Age: Dec. at 88 (1926-2014)

Birthplace: Ireland, Europe, Northern Ireland, Eurasia, Ulster, + more

Ian 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
Ian Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Songwriter, Musician, Actor

Age: 56

Birthplace: Warrington, United Kingdom

Ian 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. ...more

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Ian Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Athlete, Swimmer

Age: 36

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Ian James Thorpe, (born 13 October 1982) is a retired Australian swimmer who specialised in freestyle, but also competed in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold ...more

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Ian Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Baseball player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California

Ian Patrick Kennedy (born December 19, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York ...more

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Ian Fleming is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Journalist, Novelist, Author

Age: Dec. at 56 (1908-1964)

Birthplace: Mayfair, London, London, England

Ian 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 ...more

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Ian Richardson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 73 (1934-2007)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ian 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

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Ian Anthony Dale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Ian Anthony Dale (born July 3, 1978) is an American actor. He has a main role as Adam Noshimuri, ex-husband of former main character Kono Kalakaua, on Hawaii Five-0. Other notable roles include ...more

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Ian MacKaye is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Ian
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

Age: 56

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202, + more

Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye (; born April 16, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, record label owner and producer. Active since 1979, MacKaye is best known as the ...more

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