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.
Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
17 July 1939
Supreme Leader of Iran
Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
26 October 1919
Last Shah of Iran

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
12 November 1948
7th President of Iran

Cyrus the GreatCyrus the Great
0590 BC
Founder of First Persian Empire

Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
28 October 1956
President of Iran

Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri
1942 AD
Refugee
Xerxes IXerxes I
0519 BC
Persian King

Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
16 June 1882
Political Leader

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958
Journalist
ZoroasterZoroaster
 
Founder of Zoroastrianism

EstherEsther
 
Queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus
Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688
Ruler

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician

Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni
04 April 1981
Entrepreneurs

Akbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
25 August 1934
Former President of Iran

Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
18 May 1048
Mathematician
Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
22 November 1969
Graphic Novelist

Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763
Caliph

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
1185 AD
Poet

Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia
 
Kings of the Achaemenid Empire
Asghar FarhadiAsghar Farhadi
07 May 1972
Film Director

Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
22 September 1902
Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979
Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
21 June 1947
Human Rights Activist

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
26 March 1957
Artist, Activist

Nasir al-Din al-TusiNasir al-Din al-Tusi
18 February 1201
Writer
Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
06 May 1989
Mixed Martial Artist

Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
15 March 1878
Political figure
Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
0721 AD
Alchemist

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
16 December 1945
Thinker and Reformer

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

Mandana ManiMandana Mani
12 January 1978
Fashion Designer

Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
11 March 1954
military personnel, officer

Nazanin BoniadiNazanin Boniadi
22 May 1980
Actress
Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani
03 May 1977
mathematician, topologist, university teacher
Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
14 October 1938
Shahbanu

Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo
11 May 1952
Actress

Navid NegahbanNavid Negahban
02 June 1968
Actor

Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
29 September 1943
Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer
Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo
19 September 1978
Actor

Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
11 August 1993
Iranian footballer

HafezHafez
1315 AD
Poet

Patrick MonahanPatrick Monahan
23 June 1976
Comedian

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare
27 July 1973
Writer
Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
29 March 1988
actor, model

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

Abbas KiarostamiAbbas Kiarostami
22 June 1940
Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film

Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487
sovereign, poet, writer
GoogooshGoogoosh
05 May 1950
Singer

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician, Economist
Negar KhanNegar Khan
1984 AD
actor, model

Shiva RoseShiva Rose
08 February 1969
Actress

Saadi ShiraziSaadi Shirazi
1210 AD
Poet

FerdowsiFerdowsi
0940 AD
Poet

Maz JobraniMaz Jobrani
26 February 1972
Comedians
Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
01 January 1995
Association football player

Mir-Hossein MousaviMir-Hossein Mousavi
02 March 1942
 

Zahra Amir EbrahimiZahra Amir Ebrahimi
1981 AD
actor, photographer

Mansur Al-HallajMansur Al-Hallaj
0858 AD
poet
Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
23 November 1933
Politician, Writer, Essayist, Philosopher,

Mehdi BazarganMehdi Bazargan
01 September 1907
politician, engineer
Desiree AkhavanDesiree Akhavan
1984 AD
Director

Fazlollah ZahediFazlollah Zahedi
17 April 1892
Politician

Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
1141 AD
poet, writer
Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar
16 July 1831
King

Forough FarrokhzadForough Farrokhzad
05 January 1935
Poet, Film director, Writer
Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great
0241 BC
king

Sadegh GhotbzadehSadegh Ghotbzadeh
1936 AD
Politician

Hussein-Ali MontazeriHussein-Ali Montazeri
24 September 1922
Writer
Khosrow IKhosrow I
0501 AD
King

Shahab HosseiniShahab Hosseini
04 February 1974
actor, television actor, presenter
Musa al-SadrMusa al-Sadr
15 April 1928
politician, theologian, Akhoond

MazdakMazdak
 

NabonidusNabonidus
king

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician
Shapur IShapur I
0215 AD
Military commander
Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
22 March 1394
astronomer, mathematician, calligrapher,

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

Ardashir IArdashir I
0180 AD
 

Moshe KatsavMoshe Katsav
05 December 1945
President , Politician 
Attar of NishapurAttar of Nishapur
1145 AD
philosopher, poet, writer

Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
10 April 1018
scientist, writer

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

Mohammad Bagher GhalibafMohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
23 August 1961
politician

Aga Khan IAga Khan I
1804 AD
Governor
ParmenionParmenion
0400 BC
Macedonian general

Karim AnsarifardKarim Ansarifard
03 April 1990
Association football player
Mehdi TaremiMehdi Taremi
18 July 1992
Iranian footballer

Marshall ManeshMarshall Manesh
16 August 1950
actor, television actor, film actor
TughrilTughril
0990 AD
King
Nasrin SotoudehNasrin Sotoudeh
30 May 1963
Lawyer