Famous People From Bulgaria

List of famous people from Bulgaria, 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 Bulgaria, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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    • Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
    Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva (born January 9, 1989), known professionally as Nina Dobrev (), is a Canadian actress. Her first acting role was as Mia Jones in the drama series Degrassi: The Next ...more
    • Birthplace: Omurtag, Bulgaria
    Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov (Bulgarian: Александър Панайотов Александров) (born December 1, 1951) is a retired Bulgarian cosmonaut. He is the second Bulgarian to have flown to space, behind ...more
  • Christian Rakovsky
    Dec. at 68 (1873-1941)
    • Birthplace: Gradets, Bulgaria
    Christian Rakovsky (Russian: Христиа́н Гео́ргиевич Рако́вский; August 13 [O.S. August 1] 1873 – September 11, 1941) was a Bulgarian socialist revolutionary, a Bolshevik politician and Soviet ...more
  • Ilia Pavlov
    Dec. at 42 (1960-2003)
    • Birthplace: Bulgaria
    Iliya Pavlov Naydenov (Bulgarian: Илия Павлов Найденов) (August 6, 1960 - March 7, 2003) was a Bulgarian businessman. A banker, financier, philanthropist and mason, he was the leader and founder of ...more
  • Stefan Stambolov
    Dec. at 41 (1854-1895)
    • Birthplace: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
    Stefan Nikolov Stambolov (Bulgarian: Стефан Николов Стамболов) (31 January 1854 OS– 19 July 1895 OS) was a Bulgarian politician, journalist, revolutionist, and poet who served as Prime Minister and ...more
    • Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
    Borislav Georgiev (Bulgarian: Борислав Георгиев; born 17 July 1974) is a former Bulgarian footballer. In his career he played as a defender and defensive midfielder. Georgiev played for Sachsen ...more