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Famous People From Bulgaria

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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.

The list you're viewing has a variety of people in it, like Stanka Zlateva and Stefan Karadzha.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Bulgaria?" or "Which celebrities were born in Bulgaria?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    NationalityCanada, 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

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  • BirthplaceOmurtag, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    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
  • Dec. at 68 (1873-1941)

    BirthplaceGradets, Bulgaria

    NationalityUkraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Soviet Union

    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
  • Dec. at 42 (1960-2003)

    BirthplaceBulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    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
  • Dec. at 41 (1854-1895)

    BirthplaceVeliko Tarnovo, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    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
  • BirthplaceVarna, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    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
  • Dec. at 60 (1895-1956)

    BirthplaceRuse, Bulgaria, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Armenia

    Michael Arlen (16 November 1895 in Ruse, Bulgaria – 23 June 1956 in New York City), born Dikran Kouyoumdjian (Armenian: Տիգրան Գույումճյան), was a British essayist, short story writer, novelist,  ...more
  • BirthplaceBlagoevgrad, Bulgaria

    NationalityNetherlands, Bulgaria

    Ivan Tsvetkov (Bulgarian: Иван Цветков; born 31 August 1979) is a retired Bulgarian footballer who played as a forward. He is also assistant manager and is currently employed as a scout for  ...more
  • Age: 36

    BirthplaceKazanlak, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Ivo Krasimirov Ivanov (Bulgarian: Иво Красимиров Иванов; born 30 April 1985 in Pleven) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Minyor Pernik.  ...more
  • BirthplaceMontana, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Yordan Todorov may refer to: Yordan Todorov (footballer, born July 1981), Bulgarian footballer for ESV Regensburg Yordan Todorov (footballer, born November 1981), Bulgarian footballer for Kom Yordan  ...more
  • BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Bozidar Georgiev Iskrenov (Bulgarian: Божидар Гeopгиeв Искренов, born 1 August 1962), nicknamed Gibona (Гибона; "The Gibbon") and Gibi (Гиби), is a former Bulgarian footballer who spent most of his  ...more
  • Dec. at 86 (1911-1998)

    BirthplacePravets, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Todor Khristov Zhivkov (Bulgarian: Тодор Христов Живков; 7 September 1911 – 5 August 1998) was a Bulgarian politician who served as the de facto leader of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (PRB) from  ...more
  • BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Stanislav Ianevski, born Stanislav Yanevski (Bulgarian: Станислав Яневски, [stəniˈsɫaf ˈjanɛfski]; on 16 May 1985), is a Bulgarian actor who is perhaps best known for playing Viktor Krum in the 2005  ...more
  • Age: 42

    BirthplaceRadnevo, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Desislava Ivanova Doneva (Bulgarian: Десислава Иванова Донева), known by her stage names Desi Slava (Bulgarian: Деси Слава) or DESS, is a Bulgarian singer, songwriter and producer. She was born on 7  ...more
  • BirthplaceKyustendil, Bulgaria

    NationalityCanada, Bulgaria

    Theodore Asenov Ushev (Bulgarian: Теодор Асенов Ушев, born February 4, 1968) is a Bulgarian animator, graphic designer, illustrator and multimedia artist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  ...more
  • Mario Grigorov is a musician, pianist, and film score composer.  ...more
  • Dec. at 75 (1898-1974)

    BirthplaceVarna, Bulgaria

    NationalitySwitzerland, United States of America

    Fritz Zwicky (; German: [ˈtsvɪki]; February 14, 1898 – February 8, 1974) was a Swiss astronomer. He worked most of his life at the California Institute of Technology in the United States of America,  ...more
  • BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Michael Bar-Zohar (Hebrew: מיכאל בר-זהר‎, born 30 January 1938) is an Israeli historian, novelist and politician. He was a member of the Knesset on behalf of the Alignment and Labor Party in the  ...more
  • BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Manuela Georgieva Maleeva-Fragnière (Bulgarian: Мануела Георгиева Малеева) (born 14 February 1967) is a Bulgarian former professional tennis player. She played on the WTA Tour between 1982 and 1994.  ...more
  • BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Ina Dragomirova Demireva, married name Lutai, (Bulgarian: Ина Драгомирова Демирева; born 17 February 1989) is a Bulgarian former competitive ice dancer. With Juri Kurakin, she is the 2006 Bulgarian  ...more
  • Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    NationalityUnited States of America, Armenia

    Steven Boghos Derounian (April 6, 1918 – April 17, 2007) was a Republican Congressman of Armenian-American descent.  ...more
  • Dec. at 28 (1848-1876)

    BirthplaceKalofer, Yuzhen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Hristo Botev (Bulgarian: Христо Ботев, also transliterated as Hristo Botyov) (6 January 1848 [O.S. 25 December 1847] – 2 June [O.S. 20 May] 1876), born Hristo Botyov Petkov (Bulgarian: Христо Ботьов  ...more
  • Dec. at 66 (1931-1997)

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    NationalityAustria, Bulgaria

    Stefan Marinov (Bulgarian: Стефан Маринов) (1 February 1931 – 15 July 1997) was a Bulgarian physicist, researcher, writer and lecturer who promoted anti-relativistic theoretical viewpoints, and later  ...more
  • BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Mara Mattuschka is a film director, film editor, screenwriter, actor, cinematographer and film score composer.  ...more
  • Dec. at 81 (1874-1956)

    BirthplaceRuse, Bulgaria, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    NationalityFrance, Bulgaria

    Albert Abram Aftalion (October 21, 1874, Rusçuk, Ottoman Empire – December 6, 1956, Geneva, Switzerland) was a French economist. He taught at the Paris University (1925–1939). He co-founded the  ...more