What famous people live in Morocco

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Which famous people have their roots in Morocco?

Famous Moroccans

Moroccans have achieved fame in all sectors, be it sports, politics or culture. One would hardly have guessed that some celebrities had their origins in Morocco. In the following, we will introduce you to the best-known personalities from all sectors.


The French actor Jean Reno has a close connection to the North African country, because he was born on April 30, 1948 in Casablanca and spent his entire childhood in the Moroccan idyll. He laid the foundation for his acting career in Morocco when he went to drama school there in his younger years. He became famous for his role as Léon - the professional.

Stephanie Beacham was born in Casablanca in 1947. She starred in the television series The Colbys and Denver clan With.

Saw in Marrakech Nadia Farès 1973 the light of day. The French actress was featured in the film through her role The purple rivers known, in which Jean Reno also participates.

The French actor comes from Casablanca Jacques Monodwho lived from 1918-1985. Above all, he embodied generals, judges or directors in his roles.


The Moroccan author is a particularly famous figure and symbolic cultural figure Mohamed Choukri, who was born in Cheikr in 1935 and died in Tangier, the writer's city, in 2003. He had a considerable influence on Moroccan literature, which he tirelessly advanced with his works. He was arrested for political demonstrations and locked in an inhumane prison in Tangier. There he learned to read and write at the age of 21, which had a decisive influence on the further course of his life.

Through his friendship with the famous writers Paul Bowles and Jean Genet, he was finally discovered as a writer. His piquant autobiography is one of his greatest works The bare breadwhich was banned in Morocco because of the described unrestricted realism and the depiction of homosexuality and has only been allowed again since the early eighties. Still applies today The bare bread as one of the most important works of modern Arabic literature.

As the most important representative of the French-language literature from the Maghreb is considered Tahar Ben Jelloun. He is also a psychotherapist. He published numerous novels and was the first African author to receive the Prix ​​Goncourt. He was awarded the Irish IMPAC Prize for Literature for his novel about the Tazmamart prison camp, which is based on a true story. In 2011 he published his work Arabic springdealing with the protests in the Arab world.


The artist Jeanne-Claude was born on June 13, 1935 in Casablanca. Together with her husband Christo, she is known for her wrapping actions, including the two wrapping the Berlin Reichstag in 1995.


As the legendary ruler of the Almoravids is Yusuf ibn Tashfin known. He lived from 1009-1106 and made Marrakech the capital of his empire. Allegedly, he should never have shown his face openly.

Especially for the buildings that he had built Abu Yusuf Ya'qub al-Mansur known. The Almohad caliph, who ruled from 1184-1199, took care of the expansion of the city of Rabat. He built the great Hassan mosque and the 5 km long city wall and made Rabat the capital of his empire.

The French politician Dominique de Villepin was born in Rabat in 1953. From 2005 to 2007 the UMP member was Prime Minister of France. He is currently being investigated by the public prosecutor's office on account of a number of affairs and suspected fraud.

King Mohammed VI is the head of state of Morocco. Mostly he resides in Rabat, where he was born.


French physicist Serge Haroche was born on September 11, 1944 in Casablanca. He conducts research in the field of quantum mechanics and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2012.

Franck Goddio was born in Casablanca in 1947. The French underwater archaeologist became famous for his spectacular discoveries. Among other things, he discovered the sunken royal quarters of Alexandria and the Spanish galleon San Diego.


The professional soccer player Serge Chiesa was born in Casablanca in 1950. He played at Olympique Lyon for almost his entire career and is affectionately known by his fans as the "little Mozart".

Hicham El Guerrouj is a former middle and long distance runner. In 2004 he won gold medals for Morocco in the 1500 and 5000 m races at the Olympic Games.

Is a luminary of athletics Nawal El Moutawake. The athlete was born in Casablanca in 1962. She became the first African and Muslim woman to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984. Since 2007 she has headed the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Morocco.

The former French football player and coach Just Fontaine was born in Marrakech in 1933. In 1967 he was coach of the national team of France, but he had to give up this post again after a short time.

The tennis player Guy Forget Was born on January 4th, 1965 in Casablanca. During his career he won 11 singles and 28 doubles. In 1997 he ended his career and resigned from tennis.

Ahmed Reda Madouni, who was born in Casablanca on October 4, 1980, is a French-Algerian soccer player who is currently under contract with Energie Cottbus.

Spotted on August 3, 1976 Ghizlane Samir the light of the world in Casablanca. When she was 16, she went to Paris and started roller-skating and roller-dancing. She has only been in the Inline speed skating active. She won her first French championship title in 2005.

The former cyclist born on November 19, 1969 in Casablanca Richard virusesque won the Tour de France dotted jersey seven times, making it a world record holder.