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Famous People From Belgium

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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.
  • Audrey Hepburn

    Audrey Hepburn

    Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

    BirthplaceIxelles, Belgium

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  • Jean-Claude Van Damme

    BirthplaceBrussels, Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium

    Jean-Claude Camille François van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ingrid Vandebosch

    BirthplaceRiemst, Belgium

    Ingrid Vandebosch (born 8 November 1970) is a Belgian model and actress who won the Elite Look... more on Wikipedia
  • Leopold II of Belgium

    Leopold II of Belgium

    Dec. at 74 (1835-1909)

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    Leopold II (9 April 1835 – 17 December 1909) was King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909. Born... more on Wikipedia

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  • Frank De Winne

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    Frank, Viscount De Winne (born 25 April 1961, in Ledeberg, Belgium) is a Belgian Air Component... more on Wikipedia

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  • Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

    Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

    Dec. at 58 (1500-1558)

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

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  • Leo Baekeland

    Leo Baekeland

    Dec. at 81 (1863-1944)

    BirthplaceSint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

    Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland FRSE(Hon) (November 14, 1863 – February 23, 1944) was a Belgian... more on Wikipedia
  • Gotye


    Age: 40

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

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  • Anouck Lepère

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

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  • Joseph Doucé

    Joseph Doucé

    Dec. at 45 (1945-1990)

    BirthplaceSint-Truiden, Belgium

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  • Dirk Frimout

    BirthplacePoperinge, Belgium

    Dirk Dries David Damiaan, Viscount Frimout (born 21 March 1941 in Poperinge, Belgium) is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Natalia


    Age: 39

    BirthplaceWesterlo, Belgium

    Natalia Druyts (born 3 December 1980), best known mononymously as Natalia, is a Flemish... more on Wikipedia
  • Hadise


    Age: 34

    BirthplaceMol, Belgium, Belgium

    Hadise Açıkgöz (born 22 October 1985) is a Turkish-Belgian singer-songwriter, dancer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Justine Henin

    BirthplaceLiège, Belgium

    Justine Henin (French pronunciation: ​[ʒystin ɛnɛ̃]; born 1 June 1982), between 2002 and 2007... more on Wikipedia
  • Charles Joseph Van Depoele

    Charles Joseph Van Depoele

    Dec. at 46 (1846-1892)

    BirthplaceLichtervelde, Belgium

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  • Élise Crombez

    BirthplaceMouscron, Belgium

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

    BirthplaceBrussels, Eurasia, Belgium

    Agnès Varda (French: [aɲɛs vaʁda]; 30 May 1928 – 29 March 2019) was a Belgian-born French film... more on Wikipedia
  • Kim Clijsters

    BirthplaceBilzen, Belgium

    Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters (Dutch pronunciation: [kɪm ˈklɛistərs] (listen); born 8 June 1983)... more on Wikipedia

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  • Hannelore Knuts

    BirthplaceHasselt, Belgium

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  • Marc Rich

    Marc Rich

    Dec. at 79 (1934-2013)

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    Marc Rich (born Marcell David Reich; December 18, 1934 – June 26, 2013) was an international... more on Wikipedia
  • Luc De Schepper

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

  • Elio Di Rupo

    BirthplaceMorlanwelz, Belgium

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  • Karl Gotch

    Karl Gotch

    Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

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  • George Washington

    George Washington

    Dec. at 75 (1871-1946)

    BirthplaceKortrijk, Belgium

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  • Ferre Grignard

    Ferre Grignard

    Dec. at 43 (1939-1982)

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    Ferre Grignard is a film score composer.