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Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names  

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List Rules Famous people who you know by their pseudonyms - no surnames changed because of marriage

List of celebrities with stage names, loosely ranked according to fame and popularity. It's tough to break into show business, but a good stage name might give you a leg up in a sea of boring Joe Smiths and Anne Taylors. This list includes famous people you didn't know were using fake stage names, including those who go by their middle names and celebrities who used variations of family names. A number of people on this list changed their names to avoid confusion with other actors. For example, the Batman you know as Michael Keaton was born Michael John Douglas - not to be confused with Michael Kirk Douglas (whose own father, Kirk Douglas, was born Issur Danielovitch). Other celebrities changed their names to protect their privacy. Natalie Hershlag was a famous child actress, but you have always known her as Natalie Portman. Some celebrities who use pseudonyms changed their names themselves just because they sounded better.

This list of famous stage names includes celebrities who go by nicknames and famous people who have changed their names. It does not, however, include female celebrities who use their married surnames professionally, famous people who were adopted by stepparents at a young age and had their names legally changed as children, or celebrities with obviously theatrical stage names, such as many wrestlers and eponymous artists. You know Adele must have a last name. You know Sting's real name is not Sting. You are pretty sure it's not just a coincidence that the Macho Man's last name was Savage. For more lists of celebrity names, check out the funniest real names of celebrities and this list of stupid celebrity baby names.

Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with ...more
Luke Bryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 42
Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He began his music career writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington – ...more
Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 41
Elizabeth Irene Banks (née Mitchell; born February 10, 1974) is an American actress, director, writer, and producer. She is best known for starring as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games ...more
Stan Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 96
Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber ; December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer. He rose through the ranks of a family-run ...more
Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 35
Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and musician widely known as a regular cast member on The Big Gay Sketch Show (2007–2010) and Saturday Night ...more
John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 23
John Adedayo B. Adegboyega (born 17 March 1992), known professionally as John Boyega, is an English actor known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its 2017 sequel ...more
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 36
Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (), is a Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Born in Saint James, Port of ...more
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 67
Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, and director. He first rose to fame for his roles on the CBS sitcoms All's ...more
Mahershala Ali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Mahershala Ali - born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore age 45
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (né Gilmore; born February 16, 1974), known professionally as Mahershala Ali (), is an American actor and rapper who is a recipient of several awards, including two ...more
Alison Brie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 36
Alison Brie Schermerhorn (born December 29, 1982) is an American actress. Brie starred as Annie Edison in the comedy series Community (2009–2015) and Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Men ...more
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 47
Winona Laura Horowitz (born October 29, 1971), known professionally as Winona Ryder, is an American actress. She is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for two Academy ...more
Guy Fieri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 51
Guy Ramsay Fieri (US: , Italian: [ˈfjɛːri]; né Ferry; born January 22, 1968) is an American restaurateur, author, game show host, and an Emmy Award winning television personality. He ...more
Lele Pons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Lele Pons - born Eleonora Pons Maronese
Eleonora Pons Maronese (born June 25, 1996), known online as Lele Pons, is a American-Venezuelan internet personality and actress, most notable for her YouTube videos.
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 70
Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico; March 26, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and former television panelist. He is best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock ...more
James D'Arcy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 46
James D'Arcy (born Simon Richard D'Arcy; 24 August 1975) is an English actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Howard Stark's butler, Edwin Jarvis, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ...more
Sara Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 44
Sara Gilbert (born Sara Rebecca Abeles; January 29, 1975) is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne (1988–1997; 2018), for which she received ...more
Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 26
Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and filmmaker. Noted for her supporting work in comedies when a teenager, she has ...more
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 34
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she ...more
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 53
Thomas Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV; July 3, 1962) is an American actor and film producer. He has received several accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and ...more
Chuck Lorre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 67
Chuck Lorre (; born Charles Michael Levine; October 18, 1952) is an American television director, writer, producer, and composer. Called the "King of Sitcoms" during the 2010s, he has ...more
Criss Angel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 51
Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos (Greek: Χριστόφορος Νικόλαος Σαραντάκος; born December 19, 1967), known by the stage name Criss Angel, is an American magician, illusionist and musician. Angel ...more
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 34
Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy ...more
Jenna Fischer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 41
Regina Marie Fischer (born March 7, 1974), better known as Jenna Fischer, is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Pam Beesly on the NBC sitcom The Office, for which she was ...more
Ruby Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 32
Ruby Rose Langenheim (born 20 March 1986) is an Australian model, actress, and television presenter. Rose came to attention as a presenter on MTV Australia (2007–2011), followed by several ...more
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 45
Andrew James Clutterbuck (born 14 September 1973), better known by his stage name Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor. His first major role was in the BBC drama This Life (1996–1997). Lincoln ...more