Famous People Born In Tehran

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Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
(The Last Shah of Iran Who Ruled from 1941 to 1979)
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
62
Birthdate: October 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 27, 1980

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi served as the last king of Iran from 1941 to 1979. During his reign, Iran witnessed rapid military and industrial modernization and several social and economic reforms. During his rule, Iran also enjoyed a spike in economic growth, surpassing France, England, and the US. However, the Iranian Revolution, which was unusual in many ways, overthrew the king.

 2 
Golshifteh Farahani
(Iranian Actress)
Golshifteh Farahani
60
Birthdate: July 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer

Golshifteh Farahani is an Iranian actress renowned for her achievements on the international stage. She is one of the few Iranian actresses to have worked in Hollywood films and many of her films have received international recognition. Farahani has also been advocating for the eradication of tuberculosis in her home country and often gets involved in environmental causes as well.

 3 
Farah Pahlavi
(Queen Consort of the Shah of Iran)
Farah Pahlavi
35
Birthdate: October 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra

Farah Pahlavi was the Shahbanu of Iran from 1961 to 1979, as the wife of Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Though she was not allowed to hold a political role, she worked for many charities and helped found Iran's first American-style university. She has continued her involvement in charity work even after her husband’s death in 1980. 

 4 
Nazanin Boniadi
(Best Known for Her Roles in the TV Series: 'General Hospital' and 'How I Met Your Mother')
Nazanin Boniadi
25
Birthdate: May 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini

Nazanin Boniadi is an Iran-born English actress and activist best known for her portrayal of Nora in the popular American sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She has also played important roles in several other American television series like Homeland and Counterpart. From 2009 to 2015, Nazanin Boniadi served as a spokesperson for the popular non-governmental organization Amnesty International.

 5 
Nasim Pedrad
(Iranian-American Saturday Night Live performer best known for her celebrity impersonations.)
Nasim Pedrad
17
Birthdate: November 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 6 
Younan Nowzaradan
(Specializes in vascular surgery and bariatric surgery.)
Younan Nowzaradan
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
 7 
Mohammad Mosaddegh
(Political Leader)
Mohammad Mosaddegh
25
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 16, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: March 5, 1967
Born to an Iranian public officer, Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh had an elite education in Switzerland. His oil-nationalization act brought about an economic crisis in the country. He was known to be an eccentric person who met visitors in pajamas, from his bed, and also cried in public.
 8 
Abbas Kiarostami
(Iranian Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Photographer)
Abbas Kiarostami
13
Birthdate: June 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 4, 2016

Abbas Kiarostami was an Iranian screenwriter, film director, film producer, photographer, and poet. Over the course of his illustrious career, Kiarostami was honored with numerous awards such as the Jury Special Award at the Tehran International Film Festival and Best Film Award at the Iranian Film Festival for Children and Young Adults. 

 9 
Reza Aslan
(Scholar, Author Famous for His Translated Works ‘No God but God: The Origins’, ‘Evolution’, and ‘Future of Islam')
Reza Aslan
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus

Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer, TV host, and scholar of sociology of religion. A multi-talented personality, Aslan also serves as a professor at the University of California, Riverside. Over the course of his career, Reza Aslan has been honored with several prestigious awards including the East-West Media Award in 2012 and the Media Bridge-Builder Award in 2013.

 10 
Gegard Mousasi
(Mixed Martial Artist, Former Kickboxer and Two-Time Bellator Middleweight Champion)
Gegard Mousasi
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Gegard Mousasi, also known as “The Dreamcatcher,” was an amateur boxer and kickboxer before he soared to fame as a mixed martial artist. He now competes for Bellator MMA and is a two-time Bellator middleweight world champion. He has also previously been the DREAM light heavyweight and middleweight champion.
 11 
Shohreh Aghdashloo
(Numerous starring roles on the stage)
Shohreh Aghdashloo
26
Birthdate: May 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
 12 
Arash
(Singer)
Arash
28
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 13 
Maz Jobrani
(Comedians)
Maz Jobrani
21
Birthdate: February 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 14 
Shaun Toub
(Actor)
Shaun Toub
1
Birthdate: April 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 15 
Shiva Negar
(Actress known for role in action thriller American Assassin 2017)
Shiva Negar
1
Birthdate: May 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Dara Khosrowshahi
(CEO of Uber)
Dara Khosrowshahi
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
 17 
Ramin Karimloo
(Actor)
Ramin Karimloo
13
Birthdate: September 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 18 
Shappi Khorsandi
(Comedian)
Shappi Khorsandi
0
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 19 
Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran
(Founder and leader of the self-styled National Council of Iran)
Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Reza Pahlavi is the oldest son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, and his wife Farah Diba. He was the crown prince before the Iranian Revolution overthrew the Pahlavi dynasty in 1979. He is the founder of the self-styled National Council of Iran and a prominent critic of Iran's Islamic Republic government. 

 20 
Ashkan Dejagah
(Iranian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Ashkan Dejagah
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer

Born in Iran, footballer Ashkan Dejagah moved to Germany as a toddler and grew up to play for German youth teams. However, he later represented the Iranian national team. His achievements include a Bundesliga win with Wolfsburg and a UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship win with the German Under-21 team.

 21 
Maryam Mirzakhani
(First Iranian to Be Honored With the ‘Fields Medal’, the Most Prestigious Award in Mathematics)
Maryam Mirzakhani
183
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 14, 2017

Maryam Mirzakhani was an Iranian mathematician best remembered for her innovative methods and research involving different branches of mathematics like symplectic geometry and ergodic theory. On 13 August 2014, she became the first Iranian and only woman to date to be honored with the prestigious Fields Medal. Maryam Mirzakhani died of breast cancer when she was 40 years old.

 22 
Dominic Rains
(Actor)
Dominic Rains
4
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
 23 
Majid Majidi
(Iranian Filmmaker and Producer)
Majid Majidi
1
Birthdate: April 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
 24 
Cassandra Clare
(Writer)
Cassandra Clare
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo

Cassandra Clare is an American writer best known for authoring a series of six young adult fantasy novels titled The Mortal Instruments. A highly acclaimed author, Cassandra Clare has won several awards including a couple of Georgia Peach Book Awards. 

 25 
Shahnaz Pahlavi
(First child of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi)
Shahnaz Pahlavi
17
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 26 
Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh
(Princess)
Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh
25
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 14, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 25, 1936

Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh was a princess, women's rights activist, feminist, and memoirist. A multi-talented personality, Taj al-Saltaneh acquired the status of a legendary figure among women while she was still active. The first woman to take off the hijab in court, Zahra organized underground women's rights meetings and led a women's rights march against the monarchy under her father.

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Sarasadat Khademalsharieh
(Chess player)
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is an Iranian chess player who achieved the honorific titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master in 2013 and 2015 respectively. She has represented her country in important competitions like the Women's Chess Olympiads and the Women's World Chess Championship. 

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Sevdaliza
(Singer-songwriter)
Sevdaliza
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo

Sevdaliza is an Iranian-Dutch singer whose debut album ISON earned her the 3voor12 Award under the Best Album of the Year category. Although she is not very popular in the Netherlands, Sevdaliza performs all over the world. A former professional basketball player, Sevdaliza played for the Dutch national team before embarking on a career as a singer.

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Majid Samii
(Iranian Neurosurgeon and Medical scientist who has won multiple awards for his work)
Majid Samii
8
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
 30 
Ashraf Pahlavi
(Iranian Writer, Diplomat and Politician)
Ashraf Pahlavi
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 7, 2016
 31 
Omid Kordestani
(Businessperson and Philanthropist)
Omid Kordestani
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
 32 
Alin Sumarwata
(Actress whose roles include May Stone in soap opera Home and Away)
Alin Sumarwata
1
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 33 
Hossein Amini
(British Screenwriter and Director)
Hossein Amini
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 34 
Ali-Reza Pahlavi
(Politician)
Ali-Reza Pahlavi
25
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 4, 2011

Ali-Reza Pahlavi was an Iranian prince who belonged to the Pahlavi Imperial Family. The son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Ali Reza was second in the order of succession to the imperial throne before the Iranian Revolution. Ali-Reza Pahlavi suffered from depression and passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Boston, USA, at the age of 44.

 35 
Hassan Khosrowshahi
(Founder of Future Shop)
Hassan Khosrowshahi
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
 36 
Kia Joorabchian
(Businessman largely involved in association football)
Kia Joorabchian
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
 37 
Brandon Truaxe
(Founder of DECIEM, the Toronto-based beauty company)
Brandon Truaxe
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 21, 2019
 38 
Shadmehr Aghili
(Irani music producer who gained popularity with his albums Fasl e Ashenayi, Mosafer and Khiali Nist)
Shadmehr Aghili
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 39 
Ali Reza Pahlavi
(Politician and Socialite)
Ali Reza Pahlavi
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 4, 2011

Ali Reza Pahlavi was an Iranian socialite best known as the younger son of former Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Ali Reza was second in the right of succession to the Iranian throne prior to the Islamic Revolution. He died at the age of 44 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after suffering from depression for a long time. 

 40 
Vahid Shamsaei
(Iranian Professional Futsal Coach and Former Player)
Vahid Shamsaei
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Vahid Shamsaei is an Iranian professional futsal coach. A former player of the sport, he used to be a pivot and scored 392 goals in international matches. He was the leading goal scorer for the national team. After retiring as a player, he became a coach. He currently coaches the Iran national futsal team as the head coach. 
 41 
Fereshteh Karimi
(Iranian Futsal Player)
Fereshteh Karimi
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Fereshteh Karimi is an Iranian professional futsal player who has represented the Iran women's national futsal team. In 2015, Fereshteh Karimi won her first AFC Women's Futsal Championship title and was also selected as the MVP of the tournament.

 42 
Melika Foroutan
(Actress, known for Mediterráneo (2021), Tribes of Europa (2021) and Pari (2020))
Melika Foroutan
3
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 43 
Ardeshir Zahedi
(Former Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs (1966 - 1971))
Ardeshir Zahedi
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 18, 2021

Ardeshir Zahedi was an Iranian diplomat and politician best remembered for serving as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 12 January 1966 to 12 September 1971. An influential politician, Ardeshir Zahedi also served as ambassador to the US and to the UK from 1960 to 1962 and from 1962 to 1966 respectively. 

 44 
Darius Khondji
(Iranian-French Cinematographer)
Darius Khondji
1
Birthdate: October 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 45 
Maryam Rajavi
(Iranian Leader of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK))
Maryam Rajavi
30
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Maryam Rajavi is an Iranian woman best known as the leader of a political-militant organization called People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK), which is working towards overthrowing the Iranian government. In July 2021, Maryam Rajavi organized a protest and condemned Ebrahim Raisi, calling him the "henchman" of the butchery of 30,000 political prisoners. 

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Sadegh Hedayat
(Iranian Writer Best Known for His Novel 'The Blind Owl')
Sadegh Hedayat
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 9, 1951

Sadegh Hedayat was an Iranian translator and writer best remembered for his book The Blind Owl, which inspired the 1987 French film La Chouette aveugle. Hedayat was one of the earliest writers from Iran to make literary modernism an important aspect of his work and career. Sadegh Hedayat's life and career have inspired several documentary films like From No. 37.

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Dorsa Derakhshani
(Chess player)
Dorsa Derakhshani
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 15, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries

A Woman Grandmaster and an International Grandmaster, Iranian chess player Dorsa Derakhshani initially represented Iran internationally. She now plays for the US and is a student of St. Louis University. Initially home-schooled, she had also excelled in music and dance, especially ballet, in her childhood, before moving on to chess.

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Shaghayegh Farahani
(Iranian Actress)
Shaghayegh Farahani
1
Birthdate: July 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 49 
Mehdi Bazargan
(politician, engineer)
Mehdi Bazargan
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 20, 1995

Mehdi Bazargan was an Iranian academic, scholar, head of Iran's interim government, and long-time pro-democracy activist. He is best remembered for serving as the 46th Prime Minister of Iran from 4 February 1979 to 6 November 1979. A renowned and respected academic, Mehdi Bazargan served as the head of the University of Tehran's first engineering department.

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Shahab Hosseini
(Iranian Actor, Director, and Producer)
Shahab Hosseini
22
Birthdate: February 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Shahab Hosseini is an Iranian actor, director, and producer. A critically acclaimed actor, Hosseini has received Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and Fajr Film Festival. Shahab Hosseini is also renowned for his association with the Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi.