It is easy to stereotype Iran with religious revolutions, militancy, extreme laws, and censorship. But that is only one side of the coin. For all the bad press it generates year on year, blame it on the stringent, strange laws of the land and even stranger lawmakers, Iran is a fairly interesting country teeming with unusual culture, talent, and people. From renowned astrologer, mathematician, and poet Omar Khayyam to celebrated theologian Jalal ad-Din Muhammed Rumi and from award-winning movie director Majid Majidi to Persian composer Mohammed Reza Lotfi, Iran has produced a wad of really gifted men and women. That is right! These Iranians have contributed to make rest of the world pro-Iran with their gargantuan contribution in diverse fields of art, literature, cinema, music, religion, dance, poetry, theologian, sportsmen, and politics. Read the biographies of famous Iranians and trail their timeline, trivia, and facts to unearth everything about their lives.
Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
26 October 1919
Last Shah of Iran
Cyrus the GreatCyrus the Great
0590 BC
Founder of First Persian Empire

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician

Xerxes IXerxes I
0519 BC
Persian King

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
17 July 1939
Supreme Leader of Iran

Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri
1942 AD
Refugee
ZoroasterZoroaster
 
Founder of Zoroastrianism

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958
Journalist

EstherEsther
 
Queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus
Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
06 May 1989
Mixed Martial Artist

Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
14 October 1938
Shahbanu
Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
28 October 1956
President of Iran

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
12 November 1948
7th President of Iran

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688
Ruler

Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763
Caliph

Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
18 May 1048
Mathematician
Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
16 June 1882
Political Leader

Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia
 
Kings of the Achaemenid Empire

Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
22 November 1969
Graphic Novelist

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
1185 AD
Poet
Asghar FarhadiAsghar Farhadi
07 May 1972
Film Director

Akbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
25 August 1934
Former President of Iran
Nasir al-Din al-TusiNasir al-Din al-Tusi
18 February 1201
Writer

Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
21 June 1947
Human Rights Activist

Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni
04 April 1981
Entrepreneurs
Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
22 September 1902
Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
26 March 1957
Artist, Activist
Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
16 December 1945
Thinker and Reformer

Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
15 March 1878
Political figure

Abū Rayḥān al-BīrūnīAbū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī
05 September 0973
Scholar
Hadi SaeiHadi Saei
10 June 1976
Former Taekwondo Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist

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UldouzUldouz
11 November 1981
Actress
Sam AsghariSam Asghari
04 March 1994
Model

Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
0721 AD
Alchemist

Mandana ManiMandana Mani
12 January 1978
Fashion Designer

Nazanin BoniadiNazanin Boniadi
22 May 1980
Actress
Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
11 March 1954
military personnel, officer
Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo
11 May 1952
Actress

Muhammad of GhorMuhammad of Ghor
1149 AD
King

Abdul Qadir GilaniAbdul Qadir Gilani
17 March 1078
Preacher

Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
29 March 1988
actor, model
Navid NegahbanNavid Negahban
02 June 1968
Actor

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare
27 July 1973
Writer

Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani
03 May 1977
mathematician, topologist, university teacher

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo
19 September 1978
Actor

Hassan-i SabbahHassan-i Sabbah
1050 AD
Islamic religious leader
Negar KhanNegar Khan
1984 AD
actor, model

Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
01 January 1995
Association football player
Abbas KiarostamiAbbas Kiarostami
22 June 1940
Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film

HafezHafez
1315 AD
Poet

Jian GhomeshiJian Ghomeshi
09 June 1967
Musician
Ali DaeiAli Daei
21 March 1969
Association football player, Entrepreneur,

ZerubbabelZerubbabel
Governor
Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
11 August 1993
Iranian footballer

Shiva RoseShiva Rose
08 February 1969
Actress

Desiree AkhavanDesiree Akhavan
1984 AD
Director

Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487
sovereign, poet, writer

FerdowsiFerdowsi
0940 AD
Poet
Mehdi TaremiMehdi Taremi
18 July 1992
Iranian footballer

Yazdegerd IIIYazdegerd III
0624 AD
King

Salman the PersianSalman the Persian
0568 AD
Companion of Muḥammad

Al-TabariAl-Tabari
0839 AD
Scholar
Patrik BaboumianPatrik Baboumian
01 July 1979
Strongman

BardiyaBardiya
King
GoogooshGoogoosh
05 May 1950
Singer

TughrilTughril
0990 AD
King

Maz JobraniMaz Jobrani
26 February 1972
Comedians
NabonidusNabonidus
king

Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar
16 July 1831
King
Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
29 September 1943
Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer

Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
23 November 1933
Politician, Writer, Essayist, Philosopher,

Shapur IShapur I
0215 AD
Military commander
GhazanGhazan
05 November 1271
Ruler

Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great
0241 BC
king
Karim AnsarifardKarim Ansarifard
03 April 1990
Association football player

Khosrow IKhosrow I
0501 AD
King

Muslim ibn al-HajjajMuslim ibn al-Hajjaj
0821 AD
Persian islamic scholar

Tahmasp ITahmasp I
22 February 1514
Political leader
Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
22 March 1394
astronomer, mathematician, calligrapher,
MazdakMazdak
 

Fath-Ali Shah QajarFath-Ali Shah Qajar
25 September 1772
Shah of Qajar Iran

Ardashir IArdashir I
0180 AD
 

Shapur IIShapur II
0309 AD
Military commander
Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
10 April 1018
scientist, writer

Jafar PanahiJafar Panahi
11 July 1960
Film director, Film producer, Film editor,

Artaxerxes IIIArtaxerxes III
0425 AD
King

Forough FarrokhzadForough Farrokhzad
05 January 1935
Poet, Film director, Writer

Agha Mohammad Khan QajarAgha Mohammad Khan Qajar
14 March 1742
Shah of Iran
Marshall ManeshMarshall Manesh
16 August 1950
actor, television actor, film actor

Mostafa ZamaniMostafa Zamani
20 June 1982
Actor
Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician

Mohammad Bagher GhalibafMohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
23 August 1961
politician
Moshe KatsavMoshe Katsav
05 December 1945
President , Politician 
Abu MuslimAbu Muslim
0718 AD
Muslim leader