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Famous People From Belgium

This list covers the most famous people from Belgium, from actors, to Belgian historical figures. 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, and became prominant Belgian American celebrities.

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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  • Dec. at 63 (1929-1993)

    BirthplaceIxelles, Belgium

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden  ...more

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  • Jean-Claude Van Damme

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceBrussels, Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Jean-Claude Camille François van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude van Damme (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ klod vɑ̃ dam], Dutch: [vɑn ˈdɑmə]) and as JCVD, is a  ...more

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  • Ingrid Vandebosch

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceRiemst, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Ingrid Vandebosch (born 8 November 1970) is a Belgian model and actress who won the Elite Look of the Year Award in 1990. She is the wife of the retired NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.  ...more
  • Leopold II of Belgium

    Dec. at 74 (1835-1909)

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Leopold II (9 April 1835 – 17 December 1909) was King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909. Born in Brussels as the second but eldest surviving son of Leopold I and Louise of Orléans, he succeeded his  ...more

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  • Frank De Winne

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Frank, Viscount De Winne (born 25 April 1961, in Ledeberg, Belgium) is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He is Belgium's second person in space (after Dirk Frimout). He was the  ...more
  • Dec. at 58 (1500-1558)

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    NationalitySpain

    Charles V (24 February 1500 – 21 September 1558) was Holy Roman Emperor from 1519, King of Spain (Castile and Aragon, as Charles I) from 1516, and ruling prince of the Habsburg Netherlands from 1506.  ...more

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  • Leo Baekeland

    Dec. at 80 (1863-1944)

    BirthplaceSint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium, United States of America

    Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland FRSE(Hon) (November 14, 1863 – February 23, 1944) was a Belgian chemist. He is best known for the inventions of Velox photographic paper in 1893 and Bakelite in 1907. He  ...more
  • Gotye

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium, Australia

    Wouter "Wally" De Backer (born 21 May 1980), known professionally as Gotye ( GOH-tee-ay), is a Belgian-born Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation  ...more

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  • BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Anouck Lepère (born 13 February 1979 in Antwerp, Flanders) is a Belgian model. Lepère was studying architecture in Antwerp, when she was persuaded by her friends Dries van Noten and Olivier Theyskens  ...more
  • Joseph Doucé

    Age: 76

    BirthplaceSint-Truiden, Belgium

    NationalityFrance

    Joseph Doucé (April 13, 1945 – c. July 1990) was born to a rural family in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. He was a psychologist and a (defrocked) Baptist pastor in Paris. He was openly gay and was among the  ...more
  • BirthplacePoperinge, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Dirk Dries David Damiaan, Viscount Frimout (born 21 March 1941 in Poperinge, Belgium) is an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency. He flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-45 as a payload  ...more
  • Natalia

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceWesterlo, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Natalia Druyts (born 3 December 1980), best known mononymously as Natalia, is a Flemish recording artist and performer. She has sold over 500,000 albums, and over 1 million concert tickets between  ...more
  • Hadise

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceMol, Belgium, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium, Turkey

    Hadise Açıkgöz (born 22 October 1985) is a Turkish-Belgian singer-songwriter, dancer, and television personality. Born and raised in Belgium, her family is of Lezgin-Kumyk origin who settled in  ...more
  • Justine Henin

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceLiège, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Justine Henin (French pronunciation: ​[ʒystin ɛnɛ̃]; born 1 June 1982), between 2002 and 2007 Justine Hénin-Hardenne, is a Belgian former professional tennis player known for her all-court style of  ...more
  • Dec. at 45 (1846-1892)

    BirthplaceLichtervelde, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium, United States of America

    Charles Joseph Van Depoele (27 April 1846, Lichtervelde, West Flanders, Belgium – 18 March 1892, Lynn, Massachusetts, US) was an electrical engineer, inventor, and pioneer in electric railway  ...more
  • BirthplaceMouscron, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Élise Crombez (born 24 July 1982 in Mouscron, Belgium) is a Belgian model.  ...more
  • BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Agnès Varda (French: [aɲɛs vaʁda]; 30 May 1928 – 29 March 2019) was a Belgian-born French film director, photographer and artist. Her work was pioneering for, and central to, the development of the  ...more
  • Kim Clijsters

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceBilzen, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters (Dutch pronunciation: [kɪm ˈklɛistərs] (listen); born 8 June 1983) is a Belgian former professional tennis player. Clijsters was a world No. 1 in both singles and doubles,  ...more

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  • BirthplaceHasselt, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Hannelore Knuts (born 4 November 1977) is a Belgian actress and fashion model who began modeling in the late 90s. According to Vanity Fair, " She started modeling for Branquinho and Simons shortly  ...more
  • Marc Rich

    Dec. at 78 (1934-2013)

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    NationalitySwitzerland, Belgium, United States of America, Spain, Israel

    Marc Rich (born Marcell David Reich; December 18, 1934 – June 26, 2013) was an international commodities trader, hedge fund manager, financier and businessman. He founded the commodities company  ...more
  • Luc De Schepper

    Age: 75

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • BirthplaceMorlanwelz, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Elio Di Rupo (French: [eljo di ʁupo]; born 18 July 1951) is a Belgian social-democratic politician who served as the 50th Prime Minister of Belgium from 6 December 2011 to 11 October 2014, and headed  ...more
  • Karl Gotch

    Dec. at 82 (1924-2007)

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    Charles Istaz (August 3, 1924 – July 28, 2007) was a Belgian professional wrestler and trainer, best known by his ring name Karl Gotch. In Japan, Gotch was known as the "God of Wrestling" due to his  ...more
  • George Washington

    Dec. at 74 (1871-1946)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Belgium, Kortrijk

    NationalityUnited States of America

    George Constant Louis Washington (May 20, 1871 – March 29, 1946) was a Belgian-born American inventor and businessman. He is best remembered for his invention of an early instant coffee process and  ...more
  • Dec. at 43 (1939-1982)

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    Ferre Grignard is a film score composer.  ...more