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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Dec. 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

Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 58 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

Ingrid Vandebosch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 48 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.

Leopold II of Belgium is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Dec. 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

Frank De Winne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 57 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

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Dec. 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

Leo Baekeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Dec. 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

Gotye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 38 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

Anouck Lepère is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 40 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

Joseph Doucé is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Dec. 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

Dirk Frimout is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 77 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

Natalia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 38 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

Hadise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 33 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

Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 36 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

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

Élise Crombez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 36 Élise Crombez is a Belgian fashion model.

Agnès Varda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 90 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

Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 35 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

Hannelore Knuts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 41 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

Marc Rich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Dec. 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

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

Elio Di Rupo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Belgium
age 67 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

Karl Gotch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Dec. 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

George Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Belgium
Dec. 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

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