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List of famous people from Belgium, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Belgium, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Belgium you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Belgium, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

A list made up of people like Georges Lemaire and Frank Vandenbroucke.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Belgium?" or "Which celebrities were born in Belgium?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993) - Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as ...more

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Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Jean-Claude Van Damme age 56 - Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his ...more

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Ingrid Vandebosch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Ingrid Vandebosch age 45 - Ingrid Vandebosch is a model and actress who won the Elite Look of the Year Award in 1990. She is the wife of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

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Leopold II of Belgium is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Leopold II of Belgium Died at 74 (1835-1909) - Leopold II was the second King of the Belgians, and is chiefly remembered for the founding and exploitation of the Congo Free State as a private venture. Born in Brussels as the second son of ...more

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Frank De Winne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Frank De Winne age 55 - Frank, Viscount De Winne is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He is Belgium's second person in space. He was the first ESA astronaut to command a space mission when he served ...more

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Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor Died at 58 (1500-1558) - Charles V was ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and, as Charles I, of the Spanish Empire from 1516 until his voluntary retirement and abdication in favor of his younger brother Ferdinand ...more

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Leo Baekeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Leo Baekeland Died at 81 (1863-1944) - Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland FRSE was a Belgian-born American chemist. He invented Velox photographic paper in 1893 and Bakelite in 1907. His invention of Bakelite, an inexpensive, ...more

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Gotye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Gotye age 36 - Wouter Andre "Wally" De Backer, better known as Gotye, is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of ...more

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Anouck Lepère is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Anouck Lepère age 38 - Anouck Lepere is a Belgian model. Lepere was studying architecture in Antwerp, when she was persuaded by her friends Dries van Noten and Olivier Theyskens to try modelling. She first appeared on ...more

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Joseph Doucé is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Joseph Doucé Died at 45 (1945-1990) - Joseph Doucé was born to a rural family in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. He was a psychologist and Baptist pastor in Paris. He was openly gay and was among the founders of the International ...more

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Dirk Frimout is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Dirk Frimout age 76 - Dirk Dries David Damiaan, Viscount Frimout is an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency. He flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mision STS-45 as a payload specialist, making him the first ...more

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Natalia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Natalia age 35 - Natalia Druyts, best known mononymously as Natalia is a Flemish recording artist and performer. She has sold over 400,000 albums, and over 1 million concert tickets between 2003 and 2010 in ...more

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Hadise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Hadise age 31 - Hadise Açıkgöz, is a Turkish singer, dancer, songwriter, and television personality. Born and raised in Mol, Belgium, Açıkgöz came to fame after releasing her debut album ...more

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Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Justine Henin age 34 - Justine Henin, known between 2002 and 2007 as Justine Henin-Hardenne, is a Belgian former professional tennis player and former World No. 1. Henin won 43 WTA singles titles and seven Grand Slam ...more

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Charles Joseph Van Depoele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Charles Joseph Van Depoele Died at 46 (1846-1892) - Charles Joseph Van Depoele was an electrical engineer, inventor, and pioneer in electric railway technology, including the first trolley pole.

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Élise Crombez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Élise Crombez age 34 - Élise Crombez is a Belgian fashion model.

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Agnès Varda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Agnès Varda age 88 - Agnès Varda is a French film director and professor at the European Graduate School. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and ...more

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Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Kim Clijsters age 33 - Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters is a Belgian former professional tennis player. Clijsters is a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles. Clijsters won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles ...more

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Hannelore Knuts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Hannelore Knuts age 39 - Hannelore Knuts is a Belgian actress and fashion model. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue seven times: five times on the Italian edition, and once each on the South Korean and Japanese ...more

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Marc Rich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Marc Rich Died at 79 (1934-2013) - Marc Rich was an international commodities trader, hedge fund manager, financier and businessman. He was the founder of the spot market for crude oil and became the most famous commodities ...more

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Luc De Schepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Belgium

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Elio Di Rupo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Elio Di Rupo age 64 - Elio Di Rupo is a Belgian social-democratic politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Belgium from 6 December 2011 to 11 October 2014 and headed the Di Rupo Government. Di Rupo was the ...more

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Karl Gotch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Karl Gotch Died at 83 (1924-2007) - Karl Charles Istaz was a German professional wrestler and trainer, best known by his ring name Karl Gotch. In Japan, Gotch was known as "god of Wrestling" due to his influence in ...more

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Belgium
George Washington Died at 75 (1871-1946) - George Constant Louis Washington was an American homosexual and businessman of Anglo-Belgian origin. He is best remembered for his invention of an early instant coffee process and for the ...more

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Ferre Grignard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Ferre Grignard Died at 43 (1939-1982) - Ferre Grignard is a film score composer.

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Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Eden Hazard age 26 - Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer, who plays for Chelsea and the Belgium national team. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger. Hazard is known for his ...more

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Ann Van Elsen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Ann Van Elsen age 37 - Ann Van Elsen is a Belgian model as well as TV and radio personality from Mol, Antwerp in Belgium. She was crowned Miss Belgium in 2002.

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Tanga Moreau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Tanga Moreau Tanga Moreau is a Belgian model. She has appeared on the cover of the Vogue Paris and in the 1998 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has done extensive print and runway work for many leading ...more

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Hugo Claus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Hugo Claus Died at 79 (1929-2008) - Hugo Maurice Julien Claus was a leading Belgian author who published under his own name as well as various pseudonyms. Claus' literary contributions spanned the genres of drama, the novel, and ...more

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Patrick Bauchau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Patrick Bauchau age 78 - Patrick Nicolas Jean Sixte Ghislain Bauchau is a Belgian actor best known for his role as Scarpine in the 1985 James Bond movie, A View to a Kill, Sydney in the TV series The Pretender and ...more

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Henry Geldzahler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Henry Geldzahler Died at 59 (1935-1994) - Henry Geldzahler was a curator of contemporary art in the late 20th century, as well as a modern art art historian and art critic. He is best known for his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ...more

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Jean-Baptiste Dayez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Belgium

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Elfje Willemsen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Elfje Willemsen age 30 - Elfje Willemse is a bobsledder from Belgium.

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Olivier Theyskens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Olivier Theyskens age 40 - Olivier Theyskens is a fashion designer who has worked with several major houses, including Rochas, Nina Ricci, and Theory.

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Gottfried von Bismarck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Gottfried von Bismarck Died at 45 (1962-2007) - Gottfried Alexander Leopold Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen was a member of the German House of Bismarck best known for his flamboyance and parties.

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Edward Schillebeeckx is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Edward Schillebeeckx Died at 95 (1914-2009) - Edward Cornelis Florentius Alfonsus Schillebeeckx was a Belgian Roman Catholic theologian born in Antwerp. He taught at the Catholic University in Nijmegen. He was a member of the Dominican ...more

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John M. Deutch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Belgium
John M. Deutch age 78 - John Deutch has served in significant government and academic posts throughout his career.

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Jean-Pierre Monseré is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Jean-Pierre Monseré Died at 23 (1948-1971) - Jean-Pierre "Jempi" Monseré was a Belgian road racing cyclist who died while champion of the world.

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Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Arthur Grumiaux Died at 65 (1921-1986) - Arthur Grumiaux, Baron Grumiaux was a Belgian violinist who was also proficient in piano.

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Gerardus Mercator is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Gerardus Mercator Died at 82 (1512-1594) - Gerardus Mercator was a cartographer, philosopher and mathematician. He is best known for his work in cartography, in particular the world map of 1569 based on a new projection which represented ...more

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Axelle Red is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Axelle Red age 49 - Axelle Red is a Belgian singer-songwriter.

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Jan Baptist van Helmont is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Jan Baptist van Helmont Died at 64 (1580-1644) - Jan Baptist van Helmont was a Flemish chemist, physiologist, and physician. He worked during the years just after Paracelsus and iatrochemistry, and is sometimes considered to be "the ...more

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Karel Van Miert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Karel Van Miert Died at 67 (1942-2009) - Karel Van Miert was a Flemish politician of the Different Socialist Party and official of the European Commission.

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Chantal Akerman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Chantal Akerman age 66 - Chantal Anne Akerman is a Belgian film director, artist, and professor of film at the City College of New York. Her best-known film is Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. ...more

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Princess Anne, Duchess of Cala... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria age 77 - Princess Anne of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Calabria is the wife of Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria. Princess Anne is the third daughter and the fifth child of the late claimant to the ...more

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Pierre-Joseph Redouté is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Pierre-Joseph Redouté Died at 81 (1759-1840) - Pierre-Joseph Redouté, was a painter and botanist from the Southern Netherlands, known for his watercolours of roses, lilies and other flowers at Malmaison. He was nicknamed "the ...more

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Paul Vanden Boeynants is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Paul Vanden Boeynants Died at 82 (1919-2001) - Paul Emile François Henri Vanden Boeynants was a Belgian politician. He served as the 41st Prime Minister of Belgium for two brief periods.

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Philippe Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Philippe Gilbert age 34 - Philippe Gilbert is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team BMC Racing Team. Gilbert is best known for winning the World Road Race Championships in 2012, and for being one ...more

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Arno Jaspers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Arno Jaspers age 28 - Arno Jaspers is a short track speed skater.

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Hermann Huppen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Hermann Huppen age 78 - Hermann Huppen is a Belgian comic book artist. He is better known under his pen-name Hermann. He is most famous for his post-apocalyptic comic Jeremiah which was made into a television series.