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5 Famous Lebanese Celebrities

The world has come to love many famous celebrities that have exposed Lebanese origins, and to some they may come as a shock! Here’s a list of 5 celebrities that boast of their Lebanese roots:

  1. Wentworth Miller: Most famous for his acting in the TV series ‘Prison Break’, this Princeton graduate is of Lebanese/Syrian descent. He even has Afro-American blood in him!
  2. Salma Hayek: Widely known for her Spanish accent and outstanding acting, her last name gives away her origin to those who are quite familiar with Lebanese last names. This 49 year old actress’s father, Sami Hayek, is actually from Baabdat, Lebanon.
  3. Amal Alamuddin: Also known as Amal Clooney, this Arabian beauty was born in Beirut, Lebanon and she is proud to be the wife of famous actor George Clooney!
  4. Mika: This British singer’s real name is Michael Holbrook Penniman and he was also born in Beirut to a Lebanese mother.
  5. Tony Shalhoub: Anthony Marcus Shalhoub, famous for his outstanding acting in the TV series ‘Monk’, was born in Wisconsin to parents of Lebanese ethnicity.

It’s great to know that these famous people return to Lebanese origins and are reaching out to millions of people while having a backdrop of Arab roots! There are many more great celebrities who are also Lebanese like Shakira and Serj Tankian, drummer for the band System of a Down. Who knew so many famous people are Lebanese?

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Israa Elkhatib

I was born in Palestine but raised with the fireflies in Georgia. My teenage years were spent being the Muslim nerd who was known as the bookworm of the school. That followed me back to Palestine, to develop into being the girl with the big vocabulary. I spent most of my high-school days cursing Newton for not eating that apple. My English Literature Bachelor's degree was only obtained because I'm a nerd for literature and my minor in Translation pretty much pays the bills, thank you Birzeit University.Creative writing is my passion and reading is my escape from reality into a world where everything is the way you imagine it to be.

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