Famous People Born In Kabul

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Khaled Hosseini
(Afghan-American Novelist and Former Physician)
Khaled Hosseini
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-American novelist. He is best known for his debut novel The Kite Runner, which achieved commercial and critical success. The novel spent three weeks at number one position on The New York Times Best Seller list. Khaled Hosseini is also a UNHCR goodwill ambassador and is known for his work as an advocate for refugees.
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Annet Mahendru
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Nina Sergeevna Krilova’ in the TV Series ‘The Americans’)
Annet Mahendru
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Birthdate: August 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo

Afghan-American actress Annet Mahendru is best known for her role in the FX period drama series The Americans. Born in Afghanistan, she moved to USA as a young woman and studied improv at The Groundlings. She began acting by taking up small roles in TV shows. Since her debut, she has acted in many films and TV shows.

 3 
Humayun
(2nd Emperor of the Mughal Empire)
Humayun
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Birthdate: March 6, 1508
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 27, 1556

Humayun was the second emperor of the Mughal Empire, which ruled over South Asia for nearly two centuries. At the time of his demise, the empire spanned nearly one million square kilometers. The expansion of the empire under Humayun’s reign helped his son Akbar establish a substantial legacy of his own.

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Mohammed Zahir Shah
(King of Afghanistan from 1933 to 1973)
Mohammed Zahir Shah
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Birthdate: October 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 23, 2007

Mohammed Zahir Shah was the last king of Afghanistan, in power from 1933 until he was deposed in 1973. During his reign, he focused on modernizing the economy, improving Afghanistan’s relations with other countries, and creating a new constitution. Following his deposition, he remained in exile for many years before returning to Afghanistan.

 5 
Kader Khan
(Indian Actor, Screenwriter and Film Director)
Kader Khan
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Birthdate: October 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 31, 2018

Kader Khan was an Indian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film director. After starting his career as a professor of civil engineering, Kader Khan went on to become a prolific screenwriter for Hindi movies and ended up writing dialogues for 200 movies as well. In 2019, he was honored posthumously with the Padma Shri.

 6 
Mohammed Daoud Khan
(1st President of Afghanistan)
Mohammed Daoud Khan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 28, 1978
Mohammed Daoud Khan was an Afghan general and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Afghanistan from 1953 to 1963. He also served as the first President of Afghanistan from 17 July 1973 to 28 April 1978. Mohammed Daoud Khan helped overthrow the monarchy in Afghanistan as he led the 1973 Afghan coup d'état.
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Layla Alizada
(Actress)
Layla Alizada
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Birthdate: August 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Kabul-born Canadian actor Layla Alizada impressed her fans with her roles in Shut Eye and Jane the Virgin, and in the Academy Award-nominated short film Day One. She is married to Shameless star Noel Fisher. A polyglot, she knows four languages. She is also an avid animal lover.
 8 
Abdur Rahman Khan
(Emir of Afghanistan from 1880 to 1901)
Abdur Rahman Khan
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Birthdate: 1844 AD
Died: October 1, 1901
Abdur Rahman Khan reigned as the Emir of Afghanistan from 31 May 1880 until his demise on 1 October 1901. He is credited with uniting Afghanistan after years of internal fighting. The greatest Afghan military genius of all time, Abdur Rahman Khan fought more than 40 rebellions throughout his rule. 
 9 
Asghar Stanikzai
(Former Afghan Cricketer and Former Captain of the Afghanistan National Cricket Team)
Asghar Stanikzai
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 10 
Ahmad Zahir
(Singer)
Ahmad Zahir
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 14, 1979
 11 
Naveen-ul-Haq
(Afghan Cricketer)
Naveen-ul-Haq
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 23, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 12 
Ahmad Shah Khan, Crown Prince of Afghanistan
(Head of the House of Barakzai)
Ahmad Shah Khan, Crown Prince of Afghanistan
3
Birthdate: September 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Ahmad Shah Khan, Crown Prince of Afghanistan is the second son of the former King of Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah. He was the Crown Prince of Afghanistan from 26 November 1942 to 17 July 1973. After his father's demise in 2007, Ahmad Shah Khan became the Head of the House of Barakzai.
 13 
Babrak Karmal
(Afghan Politician, Revolutionary and General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan)
Babrak Karmal
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 3, 1996
Babrak Karmal was an Afghan politician and revolutionary. He is best remembered for his role as the General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan from 27 December 1979 to 4 May 1986. Babrak Karmal also served as the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council and as the Chairman of the Council of Ministers between 1979 and 1986.
 14 
Siyar Bahadurzada
(Dutch Retired Mixed Martial Artist)
Siyar Bahadurzada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 15 
Azita Ghanizada
(Actress)
Azita Ghanizada
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Birthdate: November 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 16 
Mozhdah Jamalzadah
(Singer)
Mozhdah Jamalzadah
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 17 
Farhad Darya
(Singer)
Farhad Darya
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
 18 
Abdullah Abdullah
(Chief Executive of Afghanistan from September 2014 to March 2020)
Abdullah Abdullah
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Abdullah Abdullah is an Afghan politician who was serving as the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation when the Afghan government was toppled by Taliban in 2021. A prominent politician, Abdullah Abdullah also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 22 December 2001 to 20 April 2005.
 19 
Seeta Qasemi
(Singer-songwriter, Composer)
Seeta Qasemi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 20 
Zubayr Amiri
(Afghan Professional Footballer)
Zubayr Amiri
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 21 
Fahim Fazli
(Actor)
Fahim Fazli
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Birthdate: May 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 22 
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada
(Child actor)
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada
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Birthdate: December 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 23 
Aryana Sayeed
(Singer)
Aryana Sayeed
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Birthdate: July 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Faysal Shayesteh
(Football player - Attacking Midfielder)
Faysal Shayesteh
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 25 
Abdul Rahim Sarban
(Singer)
Abdul Rahim Sarban
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1930 AD
Died: April 2, 1993
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Sibghatullah Mojaddedi
(Former President of Afghanistan)
Sibghatullah Mojaddedi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 11, 2019
Sibghatullah Mojaddedi was an Afghan politician best remembered for his service as the Acting President of Afghanistan in 1992. He also served as the Speaker of the House of Elders from December 2005 to January 2011. Sibghatullah Mojaddedi is credited with founding the Afghan National Liberation Front.
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Sher Ali Khan
(Emir of Afghanistan from 1863 to 1879)
Sher Ali Khan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1825 AD
Died: February 21, 1879
Sher Ali Khan reigned as the Emir of Afghanistan from 9 June 1863 until his death on 21 February 1879. His rule witnessed the creation of several governmental posts and the introduction of a postal service in Afghanistan. Sher Ali Khan also reformed the Afghan military and helped popularize the Pashto language. 
 28 
Zamina Begum
(Princess)
Zamina Begum
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 28, 1978
 29 
Ghezaal Enayat
(Singer-songwriter)
Ghezaal Enayat
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Vida Samadzai
(Model and beauty pageant titleholder who was Miss Afghanistan in 2003)
Vida Samadzai
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Najibullah Zadran
(Afghan Cricketer and the Vice Captain of the Afghanistan Twenty20 International (T20I) Side)
Najibullah Zadran
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Shukria Barakzai
(Afghan Feminist Politician and Journalist)
Shukria Barakzai
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1972 AD

Afghan feminist politician and award-winning journalist Shukria Barakzai has previously been the Afghan ambassador to Norway. She has been under death threats from the Taliban for her views. She whispered voice notes from Kabul to the UK during the 2021 Taliban takeover and had a narrow escape from Afghanistan.

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Leena Alam
(Actress)
Leena Alam
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1978 AD
 34 
Salim Durani
(Former Indian Cricketer Who Played in 29 Tests from 1960 to 1973)
Salim Durani
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 2, 2023
 35 
Mohammad Hussain Sarahang
(Singer)
Mohammad Hussain Sarahang
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Died: 1983 AD
 36 
Anoush Dastgir
(Football player - Defender, Midfielder)
Anoush Dastgir
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 37 
Homeira Qaderi
(Afghan Activist, Writer, and Educator)
Homeira Qaderi
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1980 AD

Homeira Qaderi is an Afghan activist, writer, and educator. An advocate for women's rights, Qaderi was honored with the Malalai Medal for bravery at a young age. She found ways to educate herself despite Taliban's draconian edicts against women and received a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She then fought to improve the situation of orphans and widows in Afghanistan.
 

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Roya Rahmani
(Diplomat)
Roya Rahmani
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1978 AD
 39 
Khalida Popal
(Afghan Football Player and Manager)
Khalida Popal
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1987 AD
 40 
Marina Golbahari
(Actress)
Marina Golbahari
2
Birthdate: 1989 AD
 41 
Shabnam Nasimi
(Social-Activist and Political Commentator Who Serves as Executive Director of 'Conservative Friends of Afghanistan')
Shabnam Nasimi
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius

British-Afghan social-activist and political-commentator Shabnam Nasimi is the founder and Executive Director of Conservative Friends of Afghanistan, a forum that aims in developing strong relationship between Afghanistan and the UK. She has made appearances on Channel 4 and Channel 5 News, BBC News and ITV News as a political commentator; and has written for Prospect and The Times among others.

 42 
Ahmad Wali
(Afghan Ghazal Singer)
Ahmad Wali
1
Listed In: Singers
 43 
Nadia Ghulam
(Afghan Woman Who Adopted Identity of Dead Brother to Avoid Taliban’s Strictures on Women)
Nadia Ghulam
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini

Afghan woman Nadia Ghulam spent ten-years of her life posing as a boy, adopting identity of her dead brother, so that she can work to support her family while avoiding Taliban's strictures on women. She recollected her experiences in the 2010 book El secret del meu turbant that she co-authored with Agnès Rotger. It won Prudenci Bertrana Prize for fiction.

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Ulugh Beg II
(Ruler of Kabul and Ghazni from 1461 to 1502)
Ulugh Beg II
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Died: 1502 AD
Ulugh Beg II reigned as the ruler of Kabul and Ghazni from 1461 until his death in 1502. During his long and stable reign, Kabul became a cultural centre. Ulugh Beg II was also a patron of literature and his love for gardens is well-documented too.
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Bahari Ibaadat
(Model)
Bahari Ibaadat
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 46 
Zohre Esmaeli
(Afghan-Born German Model)
Zohre Esmaeli
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer

The only known international model from Afghanistan, Zohre Esmaeli was 13 when she fled Afghanistan and its Taliban regime to move to Germany with her family. She has been featured in magazines such as Elle and Cosmopolitan and is associated with charitable initiatives such as Save Society.

 47 
Omid Popalzay
(Football player - Midfielder, Winger)
Omid Popalzay
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 48 
Hamid Rahimi
(Afghanistan Boxer)
Hamid Rahimi
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 49 
Sonia Nassery Cole
(Director, Activist)
Sonia Nassery Cole
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1965 AD
 50 
Farzana Naz
(Singer)
Farzana Naz
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini