List of Famous people born in Albania
Eleni Foureira is a Greek singer and dancer. She began her music career in 2007 as a member of the Greek girl group Mystique, before pursuing a solo career after the group disbanded in 2009.
Iart Luca Shytaj is an Albanian-Italian chess grandmaster and virologist.
Armando Durim Sadiku is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Bolivian club Bolívar and the Albania national team.
Kreshnik Xhelilaj, better known by his stage name Nik Xhelilaj, is an Albanian film and stage actor. He began his international career with the movie The Sadness of Mrs. Snajdrova, directed by Pirro Milkani and was the leading actor in three critically acclaimed Albanian films, of which two entered in the List of Albanian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008 and 2009. Nik has collected several "Best Actor" Awards in various international film festivals.
Klaus Fatmir Gjasula is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Hamburger SV.
Granit Musa, professionally known as Azet, is an Albanian-born German rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur.
Almeda Abazi is an Albanian actress, model, beauty queen who was crowned Miss Tirana 2007, Miss Albania 2008, and Miss Globe 2008.
Masiela Lusha is an Albanian-American actress, author, producer and humanitarian. Lusha gained recognition for playing Carmen Lopez on the globally syndicated ABC sitcom George Lopez, a role which earned her two consecutive Young Artist Awards for Leading Young Actress in a Comedy or Drama. After transitioning into film, she starred in Sony Pictures’ Blood: The Last Vampire. Lusha also starred alongside David Hasselhoff and Ian Ziering in SyFy's television movie Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.
Ermal Meta is an Italian singer, songwriter and composer of Albanian descent.
Anxhela Peristeri, also known mononymously as Anxhela, is an Albanian singer, songwriter and model. Peristeri emerged as the winner of the 19th edition of Kënga Magjike in 2017. After winning the 59th edition of Festivali i Këngës, she was announced as the Albania's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Edi Rama, is an Albanian politician, painter, writer, publicist, former pedagogue, former basketball player, who is currently serving as the 33rd prime minister of Albania. Rama has also been the chairman of the Socialist Party of Albania since 2005.
Bashkim Fino is an Albanian socialist politician who served as the 29th Prime Minister of Albania.
Miriam Cani is an Albanian singer-songwriter and television host. She was a member of the successful German pop girl group Preluders.
Ermonela Jaho is an Albanian operatic soprano. She was described in The Economist as "the world’s most acclaimed soprano". The Financial Times said "Ermonela Jaho throws heart and soul into her singing... Don't even try to resist".
Elseid Gëzim Hysaj is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Italian club S.S.C. Napoli and the Albania national team. Hysaj can operate on both sides of the pitch as a full-back.
Endri Çekiçi is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Turkish club Konyaspor and the Albania national team.
Bekim Abdyl Balaj is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Austrian club Sturm Graz and the Albania national team.
Ilir Rexhep Meta is an Albanian political figure who is serving as President of Albania since 24 July 2017. Previously he served as Prime Minister from 1999 to 2002, and at age 30 he is the second youngest prime minister in Albanian history after Zog I who was 27 at the time of his election in 1922. Meta also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2003 and again from 2009 to 2010. He was Chairman of the Parliament of Albania from 2013 to 2017. Meta also held positions as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade, and Energy. Prior to that, he held the Chairmanship of the Parliamentary Commission of European Integration. Meta founded the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) in 2004.
Keidi Bare is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Spanish club RCD Espanyol.
Ismail Kadare, also spelled Ismaïl Kadaré in French, is an Albanian novelist, poet, essayist, and playwright. He has been a leading literary figure in Albania since the 1960s. He focused on poetry until the publication of his first novel, The General of the Dead Army, which made him a leading literary figure in Albania and famous internationally. In 1996, France made him a foreign associate of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques of France.