Pakistanis in Hollywood

Pakistanis in Hollywood

Pakistanis in



We Pakistanis always get excited to see our fellow Pakistanis in Hollywood or making a name for themselves anywhere else in the world, be it in Bollywood Hollywood or wherever else.

For today’s list, let’s see the Pakistanis who made it to Hollywood, the biggest film industry of the world. Most of us don’t know of any but yes there are a number of Pakistanis in Hollywood, many Pakistani actors in Hollywood, there are many Pakistani actresses in Hollywood and there are also many Pakistani graphic designer in Hollywood.


Pakistanis in Hollywood

 1)  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

No matter if you’re 10 or 50, we all kinda grew up listening to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qawwalis and have also heard his music in Bollywood but not only that, he also worked for Hollywood films and collaborated with musicians such as Eddie Vedder, Peter Gabriel and Michael Brooke. He has also worked with Jeff Buckley who has shown his love for Nusrat sahab’s work and Qawaalis multiple times, Jeff Buckley was a big fan of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Halka Halka Suroor and Jeff also sang it multiple times.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan composed music for Dead Man WalkingBone Collector, and Last Temptation of Christ.

2)   Meesha Shafi

The Pakistani actress, model and singer, Meesha Shafi is the daughter of Saba Hameed, one of Pakistan’s most respected actresses. Meesha Shafi is most famous for her Coke Studio work, she made her film debut in a movie named The Reluctant Fundamentalist in 2012 as a supporting role. The Reluctant Fundamentalist brought Hollywood in Pakistan as it is one of a Hollywood movies shot in Pakistan.

Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of Sexual Harassment 

3)   Atif Aslam

Atif Aslam is arguably one of the most loved Pakistani celebrity in India with huge hit songs for Bollywood. He made his break in Hollywood with three of his songs, Aadat, Ehsaas and Yakeen being used in the 2005 movie, Man Push Cart.

4)   Adnan Siddique

The Pakistani actor Adnan Siddique played a supporting role in the 2007 film, A Mighty Heart. The film features Angelina Jolie, Irrfan Khan and Ally Khan another Pakistani actor. A Mighty Heart is also one of Hollywood movies shot in Pakistan. Lead actress Angelina Jolie is one of the few Hollywood actors who visited Pakistan multiple times.

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5)   Iqbal Theba

Iqbal Theba is a Pakistani born actor working in Hollywood, he has worked in a number of Hollywood films such as, Transformers, Playing For Keeps, Blind Dating but his most famous role is in the TV Show Glee where he plays the Principal. Before Hollywood, Iqbal Theba  was working for a construction company but later realized he wanted to be an actor and decided to major in Drama.

6)   Dilshad Vadsaria

Dilshad Vadsaria is a Pakistani American actress famous for roles in 30 minutes or less and Greek. She played a supporting role in 30 Minutes or less where she is the girlfriend of Jesse Eisenberg. She is one of the very few Pakistani American actress working in Hollywood. From all the Pakistani actress in Hollywood, Dilshad Vadsaria is a better known name.

7)   Aly Khan

Aly Khan the Pakistani actor has worked in a number of Hollywood, Lollywood and also Bollywood movies. He played a supporting role in Shah Rukh Khan’s Don 2. He also played roles in Hollywood movies such as A Mighty Heart and Traitor.

8)   Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani the Pakistani actor/stand-up comedian has been making his name in Hollywood for sometime now and in 2017, he finally made it big with his Drama/Romance film The Big Sick. The movie was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  Kumail is one of the most famous Pakistani actors in Hollywood.

9)  Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed is an actor, rapper and an activist, he has worked in some huge hit Hollywood films like Nightcrawler, Rogue One, Four Lions, The Night of and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2017 for his role in The Night of. He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy award for the same role and won. Riz Ahmed is also one of the most famous Pakistani actors in Hollywood.


10) Faran Haroon Tahir

Faran tahir, the son of Pakistani actor Naeem tahir is a Pakistani American actor in Hollywood. He was born in California, he has appeared in a number of movie roles including Iron Man, Star Trek, Ashes, Elysium, Torn, Escape Plan and many more. He is most famous for his role in drama series American Crime. In an interview he said he would like to work in Pakistan too but only if the script was good.

Faran Tahir is fighting against stereotypes, Faran said being a Pakistani actor working in Hollywood, he always gets offered a certain type of stereotype roles but he also said that it is changing with time and to challenge this stereotyping the actors too, should reject the typical stereotype roles.

11) Laraib Atta

Laraib Atta, the daughter of Pakistani singer Attaullah Esakhelvi is a Pakistani graphic designer in Hollywood, her work includes visual effects in movies such as Narnia, X-Men and Gravity. Laraib started working for Hollywood when she was just 19.


12) Mir Zafar Ali

Mir Zafar Ali is a Pakistani graphic designer in Hollywood, from all the Pakistanis in Hollywood, Mir Zafar Ali is the first one to win an Oscar. Mir Zafar Ali along his team won an Oscar in 2008 for their work in The Golden Compass.


13) Ahmad Razvi

Ahmad Razvi is a Pakistani American actor and producer in Hollywood. His work can be seen in Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, American Loser and Indebted. His 2005 movie Man Push Cart also contains three soundtracks from Atif Aslam’s first album.


14)Syma Chowdhry

Syma Chowdhry is a Pakistani actress in Hollywood, she has appeared in some TV Shows such as Law & Order and Racheal Ray Show. She is also an award winning host, she has worked as a host, reporter, producer, model and an actress.

15) Jalal Din

Jalal Din the UCLA student was the very first Pakistani in Hollywood, he wrote the script for the 1966 family movie Maya the Magnificent.


16) Mahnoor Baloch

Every Pakistanis Mahnoor Baloch is a Pakistani actress model and director working in the film/drama industry for over two decades and still looks just as young and beautiful as ever. Mahnoor Baloch appeared in the 2013 Hollywood movie Torn alongside fellow Pakistani actor Faran Tahir.


17) Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar is another big name in the list of Pakistanis in Hollywood, he is a Pakistani American Actor, Novelist and a Screenwriter, his play Disgraced won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2013. His acting can be seen in The War Within (2005) and Too Big to Fail (2011).


18) Kamran Pasha

Kamran Pasha is a Pakistani American working in Hollywood as a writer, director and producer, he has been called one of the first successful Muslim filmmaker in Hollywood. Some of his work include Bionic Woman, Sleeper Cell and Kings.


19) Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad

Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad is the co-founder and CEO of Exxodus pictures which is amazing considering the fact that off all the Pakistanis in Hollywood, Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad is the only to be the CEO of a film production company. He has written Alliance, It’s a Mismatch and Jinn.


20) Taher Shah

Our favorite Angel, Mr Taher Shah is rumored to be working in a Hollywood film though nothing is confirmed yet but we know for a fact that it would be hilarious and can’t wait for it to actually happen. 

21) Yousuf Bashir Qureshi

Yousuf Bashir Qureshi also known as YBQ is a Pakistani fashion designer and an artist, he moved to USA to continue his studies where his work got noticed and recognized by many celebrities, his designed clothes have been worn by Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington among other Hollywood celebrities. He also designed posters and dresses for many Pakistani movies and has now moved back to Pakistan.


22) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the nephew and student of legendary Pakistani musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab has worked for countless Pakistani and Indian movies and TV Series. In 2014 Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was invited to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. He has performed all over the world and has also performed alongside Eddie Vedder.


23) Usman Ally

Usman Ally is a Pakistani American actor working in Hollywood, he is also a stage performer. Usman identifies himself as an African-American Pakistani as his parents lived in Africa for decades, he moved to America at the age of 18. He is known for his roles in A Series of Unfortunate Events, Just Like a Woman and Lifeline.


24) Saba Qamar

The Pakistani actress, after proving herself both in Lollywood and Bollywood is finally set to make her debut in a Hollywood movie along with Ben Affleck and will soon move to America to start shooting.


25) Imran Abbas

The Pakistani actor and model, Imran Abbas recently signed his first Hollywood movie where he will be playing the role of a Syrian spy. Imran Abbas refused to reveal the film’s cast yet but told the movie is titled The Trojan Horse and will start shooting in July.


26) Strings

The band, Strings are the current producers of Coke Studio Pakistan, their song Najanay Kyun was used in the Hollywood movie Spider-Man 2.


27) Sajid Hassan

Sajid Hassan is a Pakistani actor, working in Pakistanis movies and TV Series for decades, he joined the list of Pakistanis in Hollywood when he played a supporting role in the Hollywood movie, A Mighty Heart as Zubair.


Let us know off all the Pakistanis in Hollywood who is your favorite  in the comments below or you can always contact us 😊

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