middle eastern actors/actressesby 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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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), ...
15. Sofia Pernas
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 ...
16. Sara Loren
Actress | Makan Aka Home a Heaven
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 ...
18. Nazanin Ava
19. Naila Mansour
Actress | Belgian Psycho
20. Marjan Neshat
Actress | RoboCop
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...
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 ...
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,...
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).
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 ...
33. Omid Abtahi
34. Omid Zader
Actor | 3 Days to Kill
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...
36. Sayeed Shahidi
Actor | Alex Cross
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 ...
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
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...
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, ...
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
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 ...