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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.
  • Nina Dobrev

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva (born January 9, 1989), known professionally as Nina Dobrev (),... more on Wikipedia

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  • Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov

    BirthplaceOmurtag, Bulgaria

    Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov (Bulgarian: Александър Панайотов Александров) (born December... more on Wikipedia
  • Christian Rakovsky

    Christian Rakovsky

    Dec. at 68 (1873-1941)

    BirthplaceGradets, Bulgaria

    Christian Rakovsky (Russian: Христиа́н Гео́ргиевич Рако́вский; August 13 [O.S. August 1] 1873... more on Wikipedia
  • Ilia Pavlov

    Dec. at 43 (1960-2003)


    Iliya Pavlov Naydenov (Bulgarian: Илия Павлов Найденов) (August 6, 1960 - March 7, 2003) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Stefan Stambolov

    Stefan Stambolov

    Dec. at 41 (1854-1895)

    BirthplaceVeliko Tarnovo, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    Stefan Nikolov Stambolov (Bulgarian: Стефан Николов Стамболов) (31 January 1854 OS– 19 July... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceVarna, Bulgaria

    Borislav Georgiev (Bulgarian: Борислав Георгиев; born 17 July 1974) is a former Bulgarian... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Arlen

    Michael Arlen

    Dec. at 61 (1895-1956)

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Ruse Province, Severen tsentralen, Ruse, Bulgaria

    Michael Arlen (16 November 1895 in Ruse, Bulgaria – 23 June 1956 in New York City), born... more on Wikipedia
  • Ivan Tsvetkov

    Ivan Tsvetkov

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceBlagoevgrad, Bulgaria

    Ivan Tsvetkov (Bulgarian: Иван Цветков; born 31 August 1979) is a retired Bulgarian footballer... more on Wikipedia
  • Ivo Ivanov

    Ivo Ivanov

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceKazanlak, Bulgaria

    Ivo Krasimirov Ivanov (Bulgarian: Иво Красимиров Иванов; born 30 April 1985 in Pleven) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Yordan Todorov

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceMontana, Bulgaria

    Yordan Todorov may refer to: Yordan Todorov (footballer, born July 1981), Bulgarian... more on Wikipedia
  • Bozhidar Iskrenov

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Bozidar Georgiev Iskrenov (Bulgarian: Божидар Гeopгиeв Искренов, born 1 August 1962),... more on Wikipedia
  • Todor Zhivkov

    Todor Zhivkov

    Dec. at 87 (1911-1998)

    BirthplacePravets, Bulgaria

    Todor Khristov Zhivkov (Bulgarian: Тодор Христов Живков; 7 September 1911 – 5 August 1998) was... more on Wikipedia
  • Stanislav Ianevski

    BirthplaceBulgaria, Sofia

    Stanislav Ianevski, born Stanislav Yanevski (Bulgarian: Станислав Яневски, [stəniˈsɫaf... more on Wikipedia
  • Desi Slava

    Desi Slava

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceRadnevo, Bulgaria

    Desislava Ivanova Doneva (Bulgarian: Десислава Иванова Донева), known by her stage names Desi... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Kyustendil, Kyustendil Province, Bulgaria

    Theodore Asenov Ushev (Bulgarian: Теодор Асенов Ушев, born February 4, 1968) is a Bulgarian... more on Wikipedia
  • Mario Grigorov is a musician, pianist, and film score composer.
  • Fritz Zwicky

    Fritz Zwicky

    Dec. at 76 (1898-1974)

    BirthplaceVarna, Bulgaria

    Fritz Zwicky (; German: [ˈtsvɪki]; February 14, 1898 – February 8, 1974) was a Swiss... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Bar-Zohar

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria

    Michael Bar-Zohar (Hebrew: מיכאל בר-זהר‎, born 30 January 1938) is an Israeli historian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Manuela Maleeva

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Manuela Georgieva Maleeva-Fragnière (Bulgarian: Мануела Георгиева Малеева) (born 14 February... more on Wikipedia
  • Ina Demireva

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Ina Dragomirova Demireva, married name Lutai, (Bulgarian: Ина Драгомирова Демирева; born 17... more on Wikipedia
  • Steven Derounian

    Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Steven Boghos Derounian (April 6, 1918 – April 17, 2007) was a Republican Congressman of... more on Wikipedia
  • Hristo Botev

    Hristo Botev

    Dec. at 28 (1848-1876)

    BirthplaceKalofer, Yuzhen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    Hristo Botev (Bulgarian: Христо Ботев, also transliterated as Hristo Botyov) (6 January 1848... more on Wikipedia
  • Stefan Marinov

    Stefan Marinov

    Dec. at 66 (1931-1997)

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Stefan Marinov (Bulgarian: Стефан Маринов) (1 February 1931 – 15 July 1997) was a Bulgarian... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Mara Mattuschka is a film director, film editor, screenwriter, actor, cinematographer and film...
  • Albert Aftalion

    Albert Aftalion

    Dec. at 82 (1874-1956)

    BirthplaceRuse, Bulgaria, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    Albert Abram Aftalion (October 21, 1874, Rusçuk, Ottoman Empire – December 6, 1956, Geneva,... more on Wikipedia