middle eastern actors/actresses

by xcrazyxshionx | created - 04 Jan 2017 | updated - 11 Apr 2017 | Public

actors/actresses from turkey, israel, iraq, qatar, yemen, saudi arabia, united arab emirates, iran, lebanon, jordan, oman, bahrain, and kuwait

1. Hiam Abbass

Actress | Blade Runner 2049

Hiam Abbass was born on November 30, 1960 in Nazareth, Israel. She is known for her work on Blade Runner 2049 (2017), The Visitor (2007) and Inheritance (2012).

2. Nasim Pedrad

Actress | Aladdin

Nasim Pedrad (born November 18, 1981) is an American actress and comedian best known for her five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1975) from 2009 to 2014. She has since gone on to co-star in sitcoms such as Mulaney (2014), Scream Queens (2015), People of Earth (2016), and New Girl ...

3. Yasmine Al Massri

Actress | Sukkar banat

Yasmine Al Massri is an international actress, contemporary artist and dancer. Born in Lebanon, from a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother. At age 20, she moved to Paris to study, and graduated from the prestigious L'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris in Multimedia and live performances.

Her ...

Lebanon

4. Shaun Toub

Actor | Iron Man

Shaun Toub was born in Tehran, Iran, to a Persian Jewish family. He was raised in Manchester, England. At the age of 14, he moved to Switzerland and after a two year stay, he crossed the Atlantic to Nashua, New Hampshire, to finish his last year of high school. After two years of college in ...

5. Haaz Sleiman

Actor | The Visitor

Haaz Sleiman was born and raised in Lebanon. He moved to the United States when he was twenty-one years old, and he developed a love for acting in film, television and theater. His breakout role was "Tarek" in the award-winning film The Visitor. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for ...

6. Maz Jobrani

Actor | Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

Maz Jobrani was born on February 26, 1972 in Tehran, Iran as Maziyar Jobrani. He is an actor and writer, known for Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero (2016), Dragonfly (2002) and Friday After Next (2002).

7. Queen Noor

Self | Water: The Drop of Life

Lisa Najeeb Halaby was born in 1951 to Najeeb and Doris Halaby in California. Growing up she spent a lot of time with her paternal grandmother. Her family moved to Washington in the early 1960s because her father had been created the director of the FAA under President Kennedy. Later Najeeb became ...

8. Ahmed Ahmed

Actor | Iron Man

Grew up in Riverside, California; graduated North High School, 1988. Attended Academy of Dramatic Art in Pasadena, California. Has been a regular performer at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles since 2000. Headlines a specialty show at the Comedy Store called "Arabian Knights" that was the brainchild ...

9. Alia Shawkat

Actress | Arrested Development

Alia Shawkat was born in Riverside, California, to Dina Burke and actor Tony Shawkat. Her maternal grandfather, Paul Burke, was also an actor. Her father is from Baghdad, Iraq, and her mother has Irish, Italian, and Norwegian ancestry. Success arrived early for Alia. Her career began at the young ...

10. Bahar Soomekh

Actress | Saw III

Bahar Soomekh was born on March 30, 1975 in Tehran, Iran, to a Persian Jewish family. She is the daughter of Manijeh and Hamid Soomekh, who owned a women's high fashion company. She has a sister, Saba Soomekh. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1979, to escape the Iranian revolution. She attended a...

Iran

11. Catherine Thangam

Actress | Bollywood Bride

Born in Kuwait, Catherine Thangam is an actress, dancer and model. Since 2013, Catherine has worked on numerous print ads and commercials including Western Union, BASF, Swarovski, Polyvore, and Andriod/Google. She had a cameo role in the 2014 online short "100:The Tribute," a film paying homage to ...

Kuwait

12. Golsa Sarabi

Actress | Dreams I Never Had

Golsa Sarabi is an international actress and a business entrepreneur. She was born in Tehran, Iran. She has lived in Iran, Sweden, Canada and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. Golsa has a diverse experience in performing arts, which includes film, stage, producing and script writing. She played ...

Iran

13. Golshifteh Farahani

Actress | Paterson

Golshifteh started her acting career in theater at the age of 6 and has always kept a strong link with theater, but it was at the age of 14 that she acted in her first film The Pear Tree (1998), for which she won the prize for the Best Actress from the international section of the Fajr film ...

Iran

14. Taraneh Alidoosti

Actress | Forushande

Born on January 12th 1984 in Tehran. Her father is a former national team football player, Hamid Alidoosti. She started her career as an actress visiting Amin Tarokh's acting school in 2000. Soon she was chosen for her first role in I Am Taraneh, I Am Fifteen Years Old (2002) (I'm Taraneh, 15), ...

Iran

15. Sofia Pernas

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Sofia Pernas was born in Fes, Morocco, and saw a lot of the world before finally settling in Los Angeles. With a mind initially geared towards reporting, Pernas' life took an unexpected turn when she was approached by a modeling scout and later an acting agent who put her career into motion. Her ...

Morocco

16. Sara Loren

Actress | Makan Aka Home a Heaven

Sara Loren was born on December 11, 1985 in Kuwait. She is an actress, known for Makan Aka Home a Heaven (2006), Kajraare (2010) and Sultanat (2014).

Kuwait

17. Rula Jebreal

Writer | Miral

Rula Jebreal is an Italo-Palestinian journalist, novelist and screenwriter with both Israeli and Italian citizenship. Her mother died when she was five, and her father put her and her sister in the Dar El-Tifel orphanage, where she was educated. She won a scholarship from the Italian government to ...

Palestine

19. Naila Mansour

Actress | Belgian Psycho

Naila Mansour is an actress and assistant director, known for Belgian Psycho (2012), Resistance (2012) and The Bounty Killer (2018).

Bahrain

20. Marjan Neshat

Actress | RoboCop

Marjan Neshat was born on October 10, 1975 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, known for RoboCop (2014), Alfie (2004) and Sex and the City 2 (2010).

Iran

21. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Copie conforme

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

22. Ali Saam

Actor | Argo

Ali Saam was born in Tehran, Iran. Growing up, he was a huge fan of characters such as Batman and Zorro and Western films and TV shows in general. He moved to the United States in the late 1970s to continue his education abroad. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS...

23. Amir Malaklou

Actor | Secret in Their Eyes

Amir Malaklou is an actor and producer, known for Secret in Their Eyes (2015), Argo (2012) and Viper Club (2018).

24. Armin Amiri

Actor | The Wrestler

Armin was born in Tehran, Iran. He left Iran at the age of 13 for Istanbul. After a year, he went to Vienna, Austria, to seek political asylum. After four years, he moved to San Francisco and studied at ACT conservatory then moved to New York to pursue acting his first break came after auditioning ...

Iran

25. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...

26. Bahram Radan

Actor | Santouri

Bahram Radan is an award-winning Iranian actor,

He was born on 28 April 1979 in Tehran, Iran. After High School, he started studying Business Management in university.While attending the university, Radan signed up for acting classes. He was later given an opportunity for his first role in the film,...

Iran

27. Bijan Zaimi

Actor | Net Worth

Born in Iran, and raised up in Chicago and Salt Lake City, Bijan began stage and commercials at 14, then moved onto classical theater, television and Independent film. He's worked with the Chautauqua Conservetory Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and The Sundance Institute. Bijan holds a ...

28. Bobby Naderi

Actor | Under the Shadow

Born after a revolution, during the Iran/Iraq war Bobby Naderi along with his mother traveled to Turkey, then Switzerland, and finally settling and receiving asylum from Canada. As the son of an artist Bobby fell in love with story and early on acclaimed director Nina Menkes discovered him and cast...

29. Dominic Rains

Actor | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Dominic Rains was born on March 1, 1982 in Tehran, Iran as Amin Nazemzadeh. He is an actor and producer, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), Burn Country (2016) and The Taqwacores (2010).

Iran

30. Mary Apick

Actress | Bon Bast

Mary began her acting career as a child star in Iran. One of her earliest successes was Octopus, a long running television show where Mary performed in political and satirical skits that helped change and liberalize the society. Going on to star in countless television shows, feature films and ...

31. Navid Navid

Actor | Septembers of Shiraz

Navid was born in Teheran, Iran. Due to the Iran-Iraq war the four-year old Navid had to escape with his family from his native country. They lived for some time in the USA but since 1985 Navid has been in Germany at home.

Navid has grown up trilingual (English, German, Persian). He was 8 years old ...

Iran

32. Nina Nayebi

Actress | Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Nina Nayebi is an actress and producer, known for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011), 60 Seconds of Distance (2006) and The X-Files (1993).

33. Omid Abtahi

Actor | The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Omid Abtahi is known for his work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), Brothers (2009) and Last Resort (2012).

Iran

34. Omid Zader

Actor | 3 Days to Kill

Omid Zader is known for his work on 3 Days to Kill (2014), Scorpion (2014) and Vice (2018).

Iran

35. Rosie Malek-Yonan

Actress | Rendition

Rosie Malek-Yonan was born on the fourth of July, 1955 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, director, producer, published author, documentary filmmaker, a classically trained pianist, composer and a human rights activist. She is a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent Assyrian Christian...

Iran- Assyrian

36. Sayeed Shahidi

Actor | Alex Cross

Sayeed Shahidi is an actor, known for Alex Cross (2012), Unthinkable (2010) and Intelligence (2014).

Iran

37. Taies Farzan

Actress | Argo

Taies Farzan was born in Tehran, Iran. Her family moved to Turkey and thereafter to Germany. She speaks Persian, Turkish, German, English, Kurdish. She was on stage at the age of 14 in Cologne Germany and appeared in lead positions in more than 15 stage pieces until she met Daryush Shokof in a ...

Turkey

38. Yasmine Aker

Actress | 12 Strong

Yasmine Aker is an actress, singer and songwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. She was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Iranian parents and later moved to Canada. She began performing at an early age, starring in school plays and community events. She sang soprano with the Voices of ...

United Arab Emirates

39. Shohreh Aghdashloo

Actress | House of Sand and Fog

Shohreh Aghdashloo was born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar on May 11, 1952 in Tehran, Iran. In the 1970s at age 20, she achieved nationwide stardom in her homeland of Iran, starring in some prominent pictures such as The Report (1977) directed by the renowned Abbas Kiarostami, which won critics awards at the...

Iran

40. Shannon Elizabeth

Actress | American Pie 2

Shannon Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of a Syrian/Lebanese father and a mother who is English, Irish and German. When Shannon was in 3rd grade, her family moved to Waco, Texas, where most of her relatives already lived. As a girl, Shannon took dance lessons, including tap, ...

Syria

41. Shaun Hasas

Actor | Lone Star

Shaun Hasas was born on March 6, 1991 in Tehran, Iran. He is an actor, known for Lone Star (2010) and The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009).

42. Shervin Alenabi

Actor | Baghdad in My Shadow

Shervin Alenabi is an actor known for Baghdad in My Shadow (2019) Shervin was born in Iran in 1995. He along with his family immigrated to the UK in 2007. He made his feature film debut at the age of 22 as Nasseer in the political thriller, set in London, Baghdad in My Shadow (2019), for which he ...

43. Omid Abtahi

Actor | The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Omid Abtahi is known for his work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), Brothers (2009) and Last Resort (2012).

Iranian

44. Mousa Kraish

Actor | The Day the Earth Stood Still

Mousa Kraish was raised in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn in New York City. His family owned a small grocery in the heart of Flatbush, Brooklyn where he worked while attending Brooklyn College. He gained a B.F.A in creative writing and a B.A. in film. He went on to work as a photographer and ...

Palestinian



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