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?