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

People on this list include Vibeke Windeløv and Kenzie Dalton.

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

May Andersen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Denmark
May Andersen age 34 - Lykke May Andersen, known as May Andersen, is a Danish former model. She is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is assistant director of ...more

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Anine Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Anine Bing age 34 - Anine Irmelin Bing is a Danish designer/model and singer.

Anna Karina is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Anna Karina age 76 - Anna Karina is a Danish-French citizen, film actress, director, and screenwriter who has spent most of her working life in France. She is known as a muse of the director Jean-Luc Godard, one of ...more

Max Heindel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Max Heindel Died at 54 (1865-1919) - Max Heindel, born Carl Louis von Grasshoff in Aarhus, Denmark on July 23, 1865, was a Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer, and mystic. He died on January 6, 1919 at Oceanside, ...more

Victor Borge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Victor Borge Died at 91 (1909-2000) - Victor Borge (b. January 3, 1909, Copenhagen, Denmark d. December 23, 2000, Greenwich, Connecticut) was a humorist, entertainer and world-class pianist affectionately known as the Clown Prince ...more

Nils Asther is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Nils Asther Died at 84 (1897-1981) - Nils Anton Alfhild Asther was a Danish-born Swedish actor active in Hollywood from 1926 to the mid-1950s, known for his beautiful face and often called "the male Greta Garbo". Between ...more

Piet Hein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Piet Hein Died at 91 (1905-1996) - Piet Hein was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone". His short ...more

Carl Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Carl Nielsen Died at 66 (1865-1931) - Carl August Nielsen is widely recognized as Denmark's greatest composer, and is also remembered as a skilled conductor and a violinist. Brought up by poor but musically talented parents on the ...more

Erik Bruhn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Erik Bruhn Died at 58 (1928-1986) - Erik Belton Evers Bruhn was a Danish danseur, choreographer, artistic director, actor, and author.

Arne Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Arne Jacobsen Died at 69 (1902-1971) - Arne Emil Jacobsen, Hon. FAIA was a Danish architect and designer. He is remembered for his contribution to architectural Functionalism as well as for the worldwide success he enjoyed with ...more

Camilla Dallerup is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Camilla Dallerup age 43 - Camilla Dallerup is an English-based Danish ballroom dancer, dance teacher and model.

Mianne Bagger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Mianne Bagger age 50 - Mianne Bagger is a professional golfer from Denmark. Bagger moved with her family to Australia in 1979, when she was twelve and started to again play golf fully in 1998, first as an amateur ...more

Dante is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Dante Died at 72 (1883-1955) - Harry August Jansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and settled in the United States. He traveled the world as a professional magician under the name Dante the Magician.

Soren Sorensen Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Soren Sorensen Adams Died at 84 (1879-1963) - Soren Sorensen "Sam" Adams was a Danish American inventor and manufacturer of novelty products, including the Joy Buzzer.

Carl Theodor Dreyer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Carl Theodor Dreyer Died at 79 (1889-1968) - Carl Theodor Dreyer, commonly known as Carl Th. Dreyer, was a Danish film director. He is regarded by many critics and filmmakers as one of the greatest directors in cinema. His best known films ...more

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Kai Pindal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Kai Pindal age 88 - Kai Pindal is a film director, screenwriter and production designer.

Anders Hejlsberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Anders Hejlsberg age 56 - Anders Hejlsberg is a prominent Danish software engineer who co-designed several popular and commercially successful programming languages and development tools. He was the original author of ...more

Jean Hersholt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Jean Hersholt Died at 70 (1886-1956) - Jean Pierre Hersholt was a Danish-born actor who lived in the United States, where he was a leading film and radio talent, best known for his 17 years starring on radio in Dr. Christian and for ...more

Rasmus Quist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Rasmus Quist age 35 - Rasmus Quist Hansen is a Danish rower and double World Champion in the Lightweight Double Sculls, with his partner Mads Rasmussen. Quist and Rasmussen placed first in the 2012 Summer Olympics in ...more

Haakon VII of Norway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Haakon VII of Norway Died at 85 (1872-1957) - Haakon VII, known as Prince Carl of Denmark until 1905, was the first king of Norway after the 1905 dissolution of the personal union with Sweden. He was a member of the House of ...more

August Bournonville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Denmark
August Bournonville Died at 74 (1805-1879) - August Bournonville was a Danish ballet master and choreographer. He was the son of Antoine Bournonville, a dancer and choreographer trained under the French choreographer, Jean Georges Noverre, ...more

Cnut the Great is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Cnut the Great Died at 45 (990-1035) - Cnut the Great, more commonly known as Canute, was a king of Denmark, England, Norway, and parts of Sweden, together often referred to as the Anglo-Scandinavian or North Sea Empire. After his ...more

Katja K is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Katja K age 49 - Katja K, also known as Katja Kean, is a Danish former pornographic actress. She also starred in two adult hardcore films produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Lars von Trier's company ...more

Lars Ulrik Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Lars Ulrik Mortensen age 61 - Lars Ulrik Mortensen is a Danish harpsichordist and conductor. He studied with Karen Englund and Jesper Bøje Christensen at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and with Trevor ...more

Kurt Westergaard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Kurt Westergaard age 80 - Kurt Westergaard is a Danish cartoonist who created the controversial cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban. This cartoon was the most contentious of the 12 ...more

Margrethe II of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Margrethe II of Denmark age 77 - Margrethe II is a film production designer.

DQ is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Denmark
DQ age 44 - DQ is a Danish singer and drag queen who won the Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2007 and therefore represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Drama Queen". The ...more

Casper Christensen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Casper Christensen age 48 - Casper Lindholm Christensen is a Danish comedian. He has hosted many shows including Casper & Mandrilaftalen, the Danish airing of Shooting Stars and Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, and the ...more

Claus von Bülow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Claus von Bülow age 90 - Claus von Bülow is a British socialite of German and Danish ancestry. He was accused of the attempted murder of his wife Sunny von Bülow by administering an insulin overdose in 1980 ...more

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Jens Risom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Jens Risom age 99 - Jens Risom is a Danish American furniture designer. An exemplar of Mid-Century modern design, Risom was one of the first designers to introduce Scandinavian design in the United States.

Per Kirkeby is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Per Kirkeby age 78 - Per Kirkeby is a Danish painter, poet, film maker and sculptor.

Jacob Riis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Jacob Riis Died at 65 (1849-1914) - Jacob August Riis was a Danish American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to ...more

Kasper Salto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Kasper Salto age 48 - Kasper Salto is a Danish industrial designer, most known for his furniture designs. He is the grand son of painter, ceramist and writer Axel Salto.

Erik Balling is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Erik Balling Died at 81 (1924-2005) - Erik Balling was a Danish TV and film director. He created two of Denmark's most popular TV-series, Matador and Huset på Christianshavn. His feature film Qivitoq was nominated for a Golden ...more

Albert Henry Krehbiel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Albert Henry Krehbiel Died at 72 (1873-1945) - Albert Henry Krehbiel, was the most decorated American painter ever at the French Academy, winning the Prix De Rome, four Gold Medals and five cash prizes. He was born in Denmark, Iowa and ...more

Poul Reichhardt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Poul Reichhardt Died at 72 (1913-1985) - Poul David Reichhardt was a Danish actor, well known for his roles in Danish 1940s/50s comedies. Later on, he also played more serious and varied roles; he has also starred in Huset på ...more

Thomas Hjorth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Thomas Hjorth age 43 - Thomas Hjorth is a guitar player, producer, singer and songwriter with more than 20 years of experience in the music industry. Born and raised in Denmark, he won his first musical achievement ...more

Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Kai Winding Died at 61 (1922-1983) - Kay Winding was a musician.

Sven-Ole Thorsen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Sven-Ole Thorsen age 72 - Sven-Ole Thorsen is a Danish actor, stuntman, bodybuilder and strongman competitor. Sven won Denmark's Strongest Man in 1983. Using his stature he often plays imposing giants and villains in his ...more

Cleveland Sellers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Cleveland Sellers age 71 - Cleveland Sellers, Jr. is the current president of Voorhees College, and a veteran civil rights activist who helped lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was the only person ...more

Bodil Joensen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Bodil Joensen Died at 41 (1944-1985) - Bodil Joensen was a Danish pornographic actress born in the village of Hundige, near Copenhagen. An animal lover, she ran a small entrepreneurial farm and animal husbandry business, and enjoyed ...more

Harald Bergstedt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Harald Bergstedt Died at 88 (1877-1965) - Harald Bergstedt was a Danish writer, novelist, playwright and a poet. Author of the genre and satire verses. His social novel Alexandersen became a satire on a bourgeois culture. His novel ...more

Frank Hvam is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Frank Hvam age 46 - Frank Hvam Nielsen, known professionally as Frank Hvam is a Danish stand-up-comedian. Hvam was born in Viborg and grew up on a farm in Ørum Sønderlyng. His legal name is Nielsen, ...more

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Lars Hjortshøj is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Lars Hjortshøj age 49 - Lars Hjortshøj is a Danish stand-up comedian and television and radio host. He has taken part in many Danish shows, including Casper & Mandrilaftalen and in the sit-com Langt fra Las ...more

Per Holst is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Per Holst age 76 - Per Holst is a Danish film producer. He has produced more than 50 films since 1967. In 1997, he was a member of the jury at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival.

Julius Daniels is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Julius Daniels Died at 46 (1901-1947) - Julius Daniels was an American Piedmont blues musician. His song "99 Year Blues" appeared on the box set Anthology of American Folk Music and has been covered by Jim Kweskin, Chris ...more

Kasper Winding is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Kasper Winding age 60 - Kasper Winding is a composer and musician.

Ejnar Hertzsprung is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Ejnar Hertzsprung Died at 94 (1873-1967) - Ejnar Hertzsprung was a Danish chemist and astronomer. Hertzsprung was born in Copenhagen. In the period 1911–1913, together with Henry Norris Russell, he developed the Hertzsprung–Russell ...more

Ole Worm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Ole Worm Died at 67 (1588-1655) - Ole Worm, who often went by the Latinized form of his name Olaus Wormius, was a Danish physician and antiquary.

Per Bak is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Denmark
Per Bak Died at 54 (1948-2002) - Per Bak was a Danish theoretical physicist who coauthored the 1987 academic paper that coined the term "self-organized criticality."