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

People on this list include Willebrord Snellius and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Netherlands?" or "Which celebrities were born in Netherlands?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Famke Janssen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Age: 53

Birthplace: Amstelveen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Famke Beumer Janssen (Dutch: [ˈfɑmkə ˈjɑnsə(n)]; born c. 1964) is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter, and former fashion model. She played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995), Jean Grey / ...more

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Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Age: 60

Birthplace: Netherlands, Nijmegen, European Netherlands, Gelderland, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Edward Lodewijk Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, and producer. He is the main songwriter and founder—with brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist ...more

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Theo van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Age: Died at 47 (1957-2004)

Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Theodoor "Theo" van Gogh (Dutch: [ˈteːjoː vɑŋ ˈɣɔx]; 23 July 1957 – 2 November 2004) was a Dutch film director, film producer, television director, television producer, television ...more

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Mata Hari is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 41 (1876-1917)

Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod (née Zelle; 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917), better known by the stage name Mata Hari (), was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who ...more

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Guido van Rossum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Age: 63

Birthplace: Netherlands

Guido van Rossum (Dutch: [ˈɣido vɑn ˈrɔsʏm, -səm]; born 31 January 1956) is a Dutch programmer best known as the author of the Python programming language, for which he was the "Benevolent ...more
Christiaan Huygens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Christiaan Huygens Dec. at 66 (1629-1695)

Birthplace: The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Christiaan Huygens ( HY-gənz, also US: HOY-gənz, Dutch: [ˈkrɪstijaːn ˈɦœyɣə(n)s] (listen); Latin: Hugenius; 14 April 1629 – 8 July 1695), also spelled Huyghens, was a Dutch physicist, ...more

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Henri Nouwen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 64 (1932-1996)

Birthplace: Nijkerk, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (January 24, 1932 – September 21, 1996) was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ...more
Johan de Witt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 47 (1625-1672)

Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands

Johan de Witt (24 September 1625 – 20 August 1672) was a Dutch statesman and a major political figure in the Dutch Republic in the mid-17th century, when its flourishing sea trade in a period of ...more
Nina Foch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 84 (1924-2008)

Birthplace: Leiden, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Nina Foch (; born Nina Consuelo Maud Fock; April 20, 1924 – December 5, 2008) was a Dutch American actress. After signing a contract with Columbia Pictures at age 19, Foch became a regular in ...more
Wilhelmina Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 41 (1939-1980)

Birthplace: Culemborg, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Wilhelmina Gertrud Frieda Cooper (née Behmenburg; 1 May 1939 – 1 March 1980) was a Dutch-American model who began with Ford Models, and at the peak of her success, founded her own agency, ...more

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Olivier van Noort is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 69 (1558-1627)

Birthplace: Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Olivier van Noort (1558 – 22 February 1627) was a Dutch merchant captain and the first Dutchman to circumnavigate the world.Olivier van Noort was born in 1558 in Utrecht. He left Rotterdam on 2 ...more
Albert Mol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Age: Died at 87 (1917-2004)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Albert Mol (3 January 1917 – 9 March 2004) was a Dutch author, actor and television personality.
Cornelis de Witt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 49 (1623-1672)

Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands

Cornelis de Witt (pronunciation ) (15 June 1623 – 20 August 1672) was a Dutch politician.
Ruud Lubbers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Age: 79

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rudolphus Franciscus Marie "Ruud" Lubbers (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈryt ˈlʏbərs] (listen); 7 May 1939 – 14 February 2018) was a Dutch politician and diplomat of the Christian Democratic ...more
Grinling Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 73 (1648-1721)

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Grinling Gibbons (4 April 1648 – 3 August 1721) was an English sculptor and wood carver known for his work in England, including Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and ...more
Corrie ten Boom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 91 (1892-1983)

Birthplace: Netherlands, Amsterdam, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland

Cornelia Arnolda Johanna "Corrie" ten Boom (15 April 1892 – 15 April 1983) was a Dutch watchmaker and later a writer who worked with her father, Casper ten Boom, her sister Betsie ten ...more
Dirk Langendijk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 57 (1748-1805)

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dirk Langendijk (Rotterdam, 8 March 1748 – Rotterdam, 15 December 1805), written as Langendyk in his day, was a Dutch draughtsman, painter and etcher. He produced mainly depictions of land and ...more
Meindert Hobbema is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 71 (1638-1709)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Meindert Hobbema (bapt. October 31, 1638 – December 7, 1709), was a Dutch Golden Age painter of landscapes, specializing in views of woodland, although his most famous painting, The Avenue at ...more
Werner van den Valckert ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 42 (1585-1627)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Werner van den Valckert (ca. 1585 - after 1635) was a Dutch Golden Age painter and engraver.
Ary Scheffer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 63 (1795-1858)

Birthplace: Dordrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Ary Scheffer (10 February 1795 – 15 June 1858) was a Dutch-French Romantic painter. He was known mostly for his works based on literature, with paintings based on the works of Dante, Goethe, and ...more
Hans van Mierlo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Age: Died at 79 (1931-2010)

Birthplace: Breda, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Henricus Antonius Franciscus Maria Oliva "Hans" van Mierlo (Dutch pronunciation: ['hans fan 'mirlo]; 18 August 1931 – 11 March 2010) was a Dutch politician and co-founder of the ...more
Fons Rademakers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Age: Died at 87 (1920-2007)

Birthplace: Roosendaal, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Alphonse Marie "Fons" Rademakers (5 September 1920 – 22 February 2007) was a Dutch actor, film director, film producer and screenwriter. His 1960 film Makkers Staakt uw Wild Geraas was ...more
Jetta Goudal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 94 (1891-1985)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jetta Goudal (, born Julie Henriette Goudeket; July 12, 1891 – January 14, 1985) was a Dutch-American actress, successful in Hollywood films of the silent film era.
Willem Drees is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dec. at 102 (1886-1988)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Willem Drees Sr. (Dutch pronunciation ; 5 July 1886 – 14 May 1988) was a Dutch statesman and historian who served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 7 August 1948 to 22 December 1958. He ...more
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Age: 42

Birthplace: Leiden, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Armin Jozef Jacobus Daniël van Buuren (born December 25, 1976) is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer from South Holland. Since 2001, he has hosted A State of Trance, a weekly radio ...more

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