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.
Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
06 May 1989
Mixed Martial Artist
Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
17 July 1939
Supreme Leader of Iran

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

Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
22 September 1902
Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979

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

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

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
12 November 1948
7th President of Iran

ZoroasterZoroaster
 
Founder of Zoroastrianism
Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
28 October 1956
President of Iran

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958
Journalist
Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
11 March 1957
Former Commander of Quds Force

EstherEsther
 
Queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician

Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
14 October 1938
Shahbanu

Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
15 March 1878
Political figure
Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763
Caliph

Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
18 May 1048
Mathematician

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688
Ruler

Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
16 June 1882
Political Leader
Abū Rayḥān al-BīrūnīAbū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī
05 September 0973
Scholar

Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
22 November 1969
Graphic Novelist
Akbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
25 August 1934
Former President of Iran

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
1185 AD
Poet

Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
0721 AD
Alchemist
Asghar FarhadiAsghar Farhadi
07 May 1972
Film Director

Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia
 
Kings of the Achaemenid Empire
Nasir al-Din al-TusiNasir al-Din al-Tusi
18 February 1201
Writer

Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
21 June 1947
Human Rights Activist

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
26 March 1957
Artist, Activist
Sam AsghariSam Asghari
04 March 1994
Model

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Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni
04 April 1973
Entrepreneurs
Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
16 December 1945
Thinker and Reformer

Hadi SaeiHadi Saei
10 June 1976
Former Taekwondo Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist

UldouzUldouz
11 November 1981
Actress

Mandana ManiMandana Mani
12 January 1978
Fashion Designer
Ali DaeiAli Daei
21 March 1969
Association football player, Entrepreneur,
Saeed HanaeiSaeed Hanaei
05 April 1962
Serial killer

Mansour BahramiMansour Bahrami
26 April 1956
Tennis player

ZarathustraZarathustra
Prophet

Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo
11 May 1952
Actress
Nazanin BoniadiNazanin Boniadi
22 May 1980
Actress

Darius the GreatDarius the Great
0550 AD
King of Persia

Malik-Shah IMalik-Shah I
08 August 1055
Sultan

Al-GhazālīAl-Ghazālī
1058 AD
Philosopher

Zahra Khanom Tadj es-SaltanehZahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh
14 February 1883
Princess
Mehdi TaremiMehdi Taremi
18 July 1992
Iranian footballer

Abdul Qadir GilaniAbdul Qadir Gilani
17 March 1078
Preacher
Muhammad of GhorMuhammad of Ghor
1149 AD
King

Hassan-i SabbahHassan-i Sabbah
1050 AD
Islamic religious leader

Baháʼu'lláhBaháʼu'lláh
12 November 1817
Religion Founder
Shiva RoseShiva Rose
08 February 1969
Actress

Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani
03 May 1977
mathematician, topologist, university teacher
Babak KhorramdinBabak Khorramdin
0798 AD
Political activist

Negar KhanNegar Khan
1984 AD
actor, model

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare
27 July 1973
Writer

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo
19 September 1978
Actor

Navid NegahbanNavid Negahban
02 June 1968
Actor
Abbas KiarostamiAbbas Kiarostami
22 June 1940
Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film

TomyrisTomyris
Ruler

The BābThe Bāb
20 October 1819
Religious Leaders

Cambyses IICambyses II
0559 BC
King
HafezHafez
1315 AD
Poet

Al-RaziAl-Razi
0854 AD
Polymath
Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
29 September 1943
Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer

Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487
sovereign, poet, writer

Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
01 January 1995
Association football player
Jian GhomeshiJian Ghomeshi
09 June 1967
Musician

Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
10 April 1018
scientist, writer
Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
29 March 1988
actor, model

ManiMani
14 April 0216
Prophet

ZerubbabelZerubbabel
Governor
ArashArash
23 April 1977
Singer

SevdalizaSevdaliza
01 September 1987
Singer-songwriter
FerdowsiFerdowsi
0940 AD
Poet

Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
11 August 1993
Iranian footballer

Stateira IIStateira II
0346 AD
Darius III's Daughter

Moshe KatsavMoshe Katsav
05 December 1945
President , Politician 
Salman the PersianSalman the Persian
0568 AD
Companion of Muḥammad
BardiyaBardiya
King

Fereshteh HosseiniFereshteh Hosseini
26 April 1997
Actress

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

Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great
0241 BC
king
Shapur IShapur I
0215 AD
Military commander

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician

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

Al-TabariAl-Tabari
0839 AD
Scholar

NabonidusNabonidus
king
Al-HallajAl-Hallaj
0858 AD
Poet

TughrilTughril
0990 AD
King
GoogooshGoogoosh
05 May 1950
Singer

Yazdegerd IIIYazdegerd III
0624 AD
King
Aylar LieAylar Lie
12 February 1984
Actress
Saman GhoddosSaman Ghoddos
06 September 1993
Footballer