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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.

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Nina Dobrev is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 30
Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model. She played the role of Mia Jones, the single teenage mother, on Degrassi: The Next Generation, from the show's sixth to ninth season. Since ...more

Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandro... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 67
Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov is a retired Bulgarian cosmonaut. He is the second Bulgarian to have flown to space behind Georgi Ivanov.

Christian Rakovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 68 (1873-1941)
Christian Rakovsky was a Bulgarian socialist revolutionary, a Bolshevik politician and Soviet diplomat; he was also noted as a journalist, physician, and essayist. Rakovsky's political career ...more

Ilia Pavlov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 43 (1960-2003)
Iliya Pavlov Naydenov was a Bulgarian businessman. He was the leader and founder of the Multigroup organization, as well as of G-13. Pavlov was ranked the eighth richest man in Central and ...more

Stefan Stambolov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 41 (1854-1895)
Stefan Nikolov Stambolov was a Bulgarian politician, who served as Prime Minister and regent. He is considered one of the most important and popular "Founders of Modern Bulgaria", and ...more

Borislav Georgiev is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 44
Borislav Georgiev is a former Bulgarian footballer. In his career he played as a defender and defensive midfielder. Georgiev played for Sachsen Leipzig in Germany and for Kallithea F.C. and ...more

Michael Arlen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 61 (1895-1956)
Michael Arlen, born Dikran Kouyoumdjian, was an Armenian essayist, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter, who had his greatest successes in the 1920s while living and ...more

Ivan Tsvetkov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Ivan Tsvetkov age 39
Ivan Tsvetkov is a Bulgarian footballer who plays for and captains Botev Plovdiv as a forward.

Ivo Ivanov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Ivo Ivanov age 33
Ivo Ivanov Ivanov is a Bulgarian football defender who plays for and is the current club captain of Beroe Stara Zagora.

Yordan Todorov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Yordan Todorov age 37
Yordan Todorov is a Bulgarian footballer, currently playing for Montana as a midfielder.

Bozhidar Iskrenov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 56
Bozhidar Iskrenov is an actor.

Todor Zhivkov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 87 (1911-1998)
Todor Hristov Zhivkov, was the communist head of state of the People's Republic of Bulgaria from March 4, 1954 until November 10, 1989. He became First Secretary of the Bulgarian Communist Party ...more

Stanislav Ianevski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 33
Stanislav Ianevski is a Bulgarian actor who is perhaps best known for playing Viktor Krum in the 2005 film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Ianevski was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and lived in ...more

Desi Slava is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Desi Slava age 39
Desislava Ivanova Doneva /DESS/ is a Bulgarian singer, songwriter and producer. Under the name Desi Slava, she has managed to establish herself as one of the icons of Balkan music, famous with ...more

Theodore Ushev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 51
Theodore Ushev is a film director.

Mario Grigorov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Mario Grigorov is a musician, pianist, and film score composer.

Fritz Zwicky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 76 (1898-1974)
Fritz Zwicky was a Swiss astronomer. He worked most of his life at the California Institute of Technology in the United States of America, where he made many important contributions in ...more

Michael Bar-Zohar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 81
Michael Bar-Zohar is an Israeli historian, novelist and politician. He was a member of the Knesset on behalf of the Alignment and Labor Party in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Manuela Maleeva is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 52
Manuela Georgieva Maleeva-Fragniere is a Bulgarian former professional tennis player. She played on the Women's Tennis Association tour between 1982 and 1994. Through her marriage Maleeva began ...more

Ina Demireva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 30
Ina Demireva, married name Lutai, is a Bulgarian former competitive ice dancer. With Juri Kurakin, she is the 2006 Bulgarian national silver medalist. Demireva also competed with Nikolai Bakolov ...more

Steven Derounian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)
Steven Boghos Derounian was a Republican Congressman of Armenian-American descent.

Hristo Botev is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 28 (1848-1876)
Hristo Botev, born Hristo Botyov Petkov, was a Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary. Botev is widely considered by Bulgarians to be a symbolic historical figure and national hero.

Stefan Marinov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 66 (1931-1997)
Stefan Marinov is the father of Veselin Marinov.

Mara Mattuschka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
age 60
Mara Mattuschka is a film director, film editor, screenwriter, actor, cinematographer and film score composer.

Albert Aftalion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Bulgaria
Dec. at 82 (1874-1956)
Albert Abram Aftalion was a French Jewish economist. He taught at the Paris University. He co-founded the academic journal Revue économique in 1950 and presided over its board of