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Famous People From Denmark

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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.
  • BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Lykke May Andersen (born 16 June 1982), known as May Andersen, is a Danish model. She is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was once...  more
  • Anine Bing

    Age: 38


    Anine Bing is a women's fashion brand. The brand is based out of Los Angeles, CA. The founder, Anine Bing, is also a blogger as well as a former model and singer....  more
  • BirthplaceDenmark

    Anna Karina (22 September 1940 - 14 December 2019) was a Danish-French film actress, director, writer, and singer. She rose to prominence as French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard's muse in the...  more

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  • Max Heindel

    Dec. at 53 (1865-1919)

    BirthplaceAarhus, Denmark

    Max Heindel (born Carl Louis von Grasshoff, July 23, 1865 – January 6, 1919) was a Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer, and mystic....  more
  • Victor Borge

    Dec. at 91 (1909-2000)

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Børge Rosenbaum (3 January 1909 – 23 December 2000), known professionally as Victor Borge ( BOR-gə), was a Danish comedian, conductor, and pianist who achieved great popularity in radio and...  more

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  • Nils Asther

    Dec. at 84 (1897-1981)

    BirthplaceHellerup, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Nils Anton Alfhild Asther (17 January 1897 – 19 October 1981) was a Swedish actor active in Hollywood from 1926 to the mid-1950s, known for his beautiful face and often called "the male Greta Garbo"....  more
  • Piet Hein

    Dec. at 90 (1905-1996)

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Piet Hein (16 December 1905 – 17 April 1996) was a Danish polymath (mathematician, inventor, designer, author and poet), often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym Kumbel, meaning "tombstone". His...  more
  • Carl Nielsen

    Dec. at 66 (1865-1931)

    BirthplaceSortelung, Denmark

    Carl August Nielsen (Danish: [kʰal ˈnelsn̩]; 9 June 1865 – 3 October 1931) was a Danish composer, conductor and violinist, widely recognized as his country's most prominent composer. Brought up by...  more
  • Erik Bruhn

    Dec. at 57 (1928-1986)

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Erik Belton Evers Bruhn (3 October 1928 – 1 April 1986) was a Danish danseur, choreographer, artistic director, actor, and author....  more
  • Arne Jacobsen

    Dec. at 69 (1902-1971)

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    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 simple but...  more
  • BirthplaceAalborg, Denmark

    Camilla Sacre-Dallerup (born 6 April 1974) is a Danish author, life coach hypnotherapist and ballroom dancer....  more
  • Mianne Bagger

    Age: 54


    Mianne Bagger (born in 25 December 1966) 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,...  more
  • Dante

    Dec. at 71 (1883-1955)

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Harry August Jansen (October 3, 1883 – June 15, 1955) was a Danish-born entertainer who settled in the United States. He traveled the world as a professional magician under the name Dante the...  more
  • Soren Sorensen Adams

    Dec. at 84 (1879-1963)

    BirthplaceAarhus, Denmark

    Soren Sorensen "Sam" Adams (May 24, 1879 – October 20, 1963) was a Danish-American inventor and manufacturer of novelty products, including the joy buzzer....  more
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer

    Dec. at 79 (1889-1968)

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Carl Theodor Dreyer (Danish: [kʰaːˀl tˢeːotoɐ̯ ˈtʁaɪ̯ɐ]; 3 February 1889 – 20 March 1968), commonly known as Carl Th. Dreyer, was a Danish film director. He is regarded by many critics and filmmakers...  more
  • Kai Pindal

    Age: 93

    BirthplaceDenmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen

    Kai Pindal is a film director, screenwriter and production designer....  more
  • BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Anders Hejlsberg (, born 2 December 1960) is a prominent Danish software engineer who co-designed several popular and commercially successful programming languages and development tools. He was the...  more
  • Jean Hersholt

    Dec. at 69 (1886-1956)

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Jean Pierre Carl Buron (12 July 1886 – 2 June 1956), known professionally as Jean Hersholt, was a Danish-American actor. He is best known for starring on the radio series Dr. Christian (1937–1954)...  more
  • BirthplaceMiddelfart, Denmark

    Rasmus Quist Hansen (born 5 April 1980 in Middelfart), also known as Rasmus Quist, is a Danish rower and double World Champion in the lightweight double sculls, with his partner Mads Rasmussen. Quist...  more
  • Haakon VII of Norway

    Dec. at 85 (1872-1957)

    BirthplaceCharlottenlund Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Haakon VII (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈhoːkɔn]; born Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel; 3 August 1872 – 21 September 1957) was the King of Norway from November 1905 until his death in...  more
  • August Bournonville

    Dec. at 74 (1805-1879)

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    August Bournonville (21 August 1805 – 30 November 1879) was a Danish ballet master and choreographer. He was the son of Antoine Bournonville, a dancer and choreographer trained under the French...  more
  • Cnut the Great

    Dec. at 45 (990-1035)


    Cnut the Great (; Old English: Cnut se Micela; Old Norse: Knútr inn ríki; c. 995 – 12 November 1035), also known as Canute, whose father was Sweyn Forkbeard (which gave him the patronym Sweynsson,...  more
  • BirthplaceEsbjerg, Denmark

    Lars Ulrik Mortensen is a Danish harpsichordist and conductor largely in Baroque solo and chamber music and Early music repertory. He was a professor in Munich in 1996-99 and has since then been...  more
  • BirthplaceDenmark

    Kurt Westergaard (born Kurt Vestergaard; 13 July 1935) is a Danish cartoonist who created the controversial cartoon of a terrorist, although not the Islamic prophet Muhammad as it is often claimed,...  more
  • BirthplaceAmalienborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Margrethe II (born 16 April 1940) is the Queen of Denmark, as well as the supreme authority of the Church of Denmark and Commander-in-Chief of the Danish Defence. Born into the House of Glücksburg, a...  more