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.
Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician
Cyrus the GreatCyrus the Great
0590 BC
Founder of First Persian Empire

Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
26 October 1919
Last Shah of Iran

Xerxes IXerxes I
0519 BC
Persian King

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
17 July 1939
Supreme Leader of Iran

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958
Journalist
Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri
1942 AD
Refugee

EstherEsther
 
Queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus

ZoroasterZoroaster
 
Founder of Zoroastrianism
Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763
Caliph

Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
28 October 1956
President of Iran
Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
18 May 1048
Mathematician

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
12 November 1948
7th President of Iran

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688
Ruler

Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
16 June 1882
Political Leader

Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia
 
Kings of the Achaemenid Empire
Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
1185 AD
Poet

Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni
04 April 1981
Entrepreneurs

Asghar FarhadiAsghar Farhadi
07 May 1972
Film Director

Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
06 May 1989
Mixed Martial Artist
Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
22 November 1969
Graphic Novelist

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

Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
21 June 1947
Human Rights Activist

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
26 March 1957
Artist, Activist
Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
22 September 1902
Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979

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
Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
0721 AD
Alchemist

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

Mandana ManiMandana Mani
12 January 1978
Fashion Designer

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo
19 September 1978
Actor

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

Abdul Qadir GilaniAbdul Qadir Gilani
17 March 1078
Preacher

Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
14 October 1938
Shahbanu

Muhammad of GhorMuhammad of Ghor
1149 AD
King
Navid NegahbanNavid Negahban
02 June 1968
Actor

Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
29 March 1988
actor, model

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare
27 July 1973
Writer

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

Shiva RoseShiva Rose
08 February 1969
Actress
Hassan-i SabbahHassan-i Sabbah
1050 AD
Islamic religious leader

Ali DaeiAli Daei
21 March 1969
Association football player, Entrepreneur,
Abbas KiarostamiAbbas Kiarostami
22 June 1940
Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film

HafezHafez
1315 AD
Poet

Negar KhanNegar Khan
1984 AD
actor, model
Jian GhomeshiJian Ghomeshi
09 June 1967
Musician

TughrilTughril
0990 AD
King
Saadi ShiraziSaadi Shirazi
1210 AD
Poet

Mostafa ZamaniMostafa Zamani
20 June 1982
Actor

Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487
sovereign, poet, writer

FerdowsiFerdowsi
0940 AD
Poet

Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
01 January 1995
Association football player
GoogooshGoogoosh
05 May 1950
Singer

Desiree AkhavanDesiree Akhavan
1984 AD
Director

BardiyaBardiya
King

Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
11 August 1993
Iranian footballer
GhazanGhazan
05 November 1271
Ruler

NabonidusNabonidus
king
Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar
16 July 1831
King

Maz JobraniMaz Jobrani
26 February 1972
Comedians

Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great
0241 BC
king
Jafar PanahiJafar Panahi
11 July 1960
Film director, Film producer, Film editor,

Shapur IShapur I
0215 AD
Military commander
Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
29 September 1943
Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer

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

Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
23 November 1933
Politician, Writer, Essayist, Philosopher,
Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
22 March 1394
astronomer, mathematician, calligrapher,

Khosrow IKhosrow I
0501 AD
King
Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
1141 AD
poet, writer

Tahmasp ITahmasp I
22 February 1514
Political leader

Ardashir IArdashir I
0180 AD
 

MazdakMazdak
 
Marshall ManeshMarshall Manesh
16 August 1950
actor, television actor, film actor
Forough FarrokhzadForough Farrokhzad
05 January 1935
Poet, Film director, Writer

Artaxerxes IIIArtaxerxes III
0425 AD
King

Agha Mohammad Khan QajarAgha Mohammad Khan Qajar
14 March 1742
Shah of Iran

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician, Economist
Attar of NishapurAttar of Nishapur
1145 AD
philosopher, poet, writer

Ali KarimiAli Karimi
08 November 1978
Association football player

Moshe KatsavMoshe Katsav
05 December 1945
President , Politician 

BessusBessus
King

ParmenionParmenion
0400 BC
Macedonian general
Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
10 April 1018
scientist, writer

Shahab HosseiniShahab Hosseini
04 February 1974
actor, television actor, presenter
Xerxes II of PersiaXerxes II of Persia
King

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician
Aga Khan IAga Khan I
1804 AD
Governor
Musa al-SadrMusa al-Sadr
15 April 1928
politician, theologian, Akhoond