Born to two professors at the University of the Punjab in Pakistan, Ali zafar graduated from the National College of Arts as a painter in 2002 with honors. Zafar worked as a model for several commercial advertisement besides acting in television before starting his career as a musician. He worked in several Pakistani TV serials, such as Lunda-Bazar, Kanch Ke Par and the teenage sitcom Kollege Jeans. Zafar is married to his long-time-fiance Ayesha Fazli on July 28, 2009 in Lahore. The couple has a son named Azaan Zafar.
Zafar’s musical debut was with the album Huqa Pani, released in Pakistan in 2003 and worldwide in 2005. The album became a super hit, selling over 600,000 worldwide. It also won several major awards and nominations, and put him into the league of the most popular artists ever to have come out of Pakistan with a massive fan following locally and internationally. He was often compared with the legendary singer Kishore Kumar for his voice.
His major hit songs are Channo, Rangeen, Chal Dil Merey, Dekha, Masty and Sajania. He started his singing career in films with the hit song Jugnuon Se Bhar Le Aanchal in the film Shararat, directed by Pakistani actress and director Samina Peerzada.
He won the award for "Best Album" category at the Lux Style Awards in 2004 for his massive hit album Huqa Pani and also the "Best Male Artist" at the 2008 MTV awards. In addition to the album's popularity being reflected in the music stores and by critics, it has been widely claimed that Himesh Reshammiya plagiarized one of the most well-known tracks from the album, Rangeen, for the song Dillagi Mein Jo. Soon Pritam too copied his track "Channo" as "Chori ki Baatein" in the film Fight Club. Zafar’s 2nd album ‘Masty’ came in November 2006. "Masty" was released in India in February 2007. He released his third and long awaited video of the single, "Dekha", from his second album, which was the most expensive music video of Pakistan, costing more than seven million rupees. The video was shot in Malaysia, produced by the Lux Company, and had the famous Pakistani actresses/models, Reema Khan, Meera, and Amina Haq, starring in it. Zafar also won the "Youth Icon" award in the Lux Style Awards 2007, in Malaysia.
His personality has been described as multi-talented. Besides being a singer, painter, model and an actor, he has proved himself as a good music director and producer by directing and producing his music video "Ek Pal" from his first album Huqa Pani which was a big hit nationwide.
Zafar made his acting debut in Indian director Abhishek Sharma's comedy film, Tere Bin Laden. The film released worldwide on July 16, 2010, with a great response from the critics.