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

List features people like Tiago Rafael Maia Silva, Pedro I of Brazil, and many more

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

Vasco da Gama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Vasco da Gama Dom Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer. He was the first European to reach India by sea, linking Europe and Asia for the first time by ocean route, as well as the ...more

Carmen Miranda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Carmen Miranda Died at 46 (1909-1955) - Carmen Miranda, GCIH was a Portuguese Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s. By the 1930s, Miranda was a local star, singing ...more

Gaspar Corte-Real is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Gaspar Corte-Real Died at 51 (1450-1501) - Gaspar Corte-Real was a Portuguese explorer.

Sidónio Pais is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Sidónio Pais Died at 46 (1872-1918) - Sidónio Bernardino Cardoso da Silva Pais was a Portuguese military leader politician and diplomat, the fourth President in 1918. He was known as the President-King. On 5 December 1917, he ...more

Carlos I of Portugal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Carlos I of Portugal Died at 45 (1863-1908) - Carlos I the Diplomat was the King of Portugal and the Algarves. He was the first Portuguese king to die a violent death since Sebastian of Portugal. This occurred in 1908, when D. Carlos was ...more

José Saramago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Portugal
José Saramago Died at 88 (1922-2010) - José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE, was a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present ...more

Antero de Quental is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Antero de Quental Died at 49 (1842-1891) - Antero Tarquínio de Quental, was a Portuguese poet, philosopher and writer, whose works became a milestone in the Portuguese language, alongside those of Camões and Bocage.

Francisco Keil do Amaral is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Francisco Keil do Amaral Died at 65 (1910-1975) - Prolific architect (and landscape architect) whose many works are usually purist modernist designs. He was one of the most influential architects of his generation. Many of his buildings still ...more

José Mourinho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Portugal
José Mourinho age 55 - José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, OIH, known as José Mourinho, is a Portuguese football manager and former football player who is the current manager of English ...more

Louis Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Louis Ferreira age 51 - Louis Ferreira (born February 20, 1967 and formerly known as Justin Louis) is a Canadian actor. Ferreira is best-known for his roles in Stargate Universe as Colonel Everett Young and FBI ...more

Aristides de Sousa Mendes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Aristides de Sousa Mendes Died at 69 (1885-1954) - Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral e Abranches, GCC, OL was a Portuguese consul. As Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, France, he defied the orders of Portugal's António de Oliveira ...more

Amália Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Amália Rodrigues Died at 79 (1920-1999) - Amália Rebordão Rodrigues GCSE, GCIH, known as Amália Rodrigues, was a Portuguese fadista and actress. Known as the Rainha do Fado, Rodrigues helped popularize fado ...more

Álvaro Siza Vieira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Álvaro Siza Vieira age 84 - Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira, GOSE, GCIH, is a Portuguese architect, and architectural educator. He is internationally known as Alvaro Siza.

Pedro Santana Lopes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Pedro Santana Lopes age 61 - Pedro Miguel de Santana Lopes GCC, a Portuguese lawyer and politician, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 2004 to 2005. He is a former Member of the Portuguese Parliament.

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Francisco de Sá Carneiro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Died at 46 (1934-1980) - Francisco Manuel Lumbrales de Sá Carneiro, GCTE, GCC, GCL founded the Portuguese Social Democratic Party in 1974 and was elected Prime Minister of Portugal in January 1980, but only held ...more

Duarte Leite is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Duarte Leite Died at 86 (1864-1950) - Duarte Leite Pereira da Silva, GCC, was a Portuguese historian, mathematician, journalist, diplomat and politician. He graduated in Mathematics at the University of Coimbra, in 1885. He taught ...more

Ana Rocha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Ana Rocha age 33 - Ana Rocha is a Portuguese-American professional wrestler and manager known by her ring name "The Portuguese Princess" Ariel, who has competed in Northeastern independent promotions ...more

Pedro I of Brazil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Pedro I of Brazil Died at 36 (1798-1834) - Dom Pedro I, nicknamed "the Liberator", was the founder and first ruler of the Empire of Brazil. As King Dom Pedro IV, he reigned briefly over Portugal, where he also became known as ...more

Manuel Pinho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Manuel Pinho age 63 - Manuel António Gomes de Almeida de Pinho is a Portuguese economist and a former Minister of Economy with no political affiliation. He is an Adjunct professor and Senior Research Scholar ...more

Antonio Damasio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Antonio Damasio age 74 - Antonio Damasio is a Portuguese-American neuroscientist/neurobiologist. He is a University Professor and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California, an ...more

Camilo Castelo Branco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Camilo Castelo Branco Died at 65 (1825-1890) - Camilo Ferreira Botelho Castelo-Branco,1st Viscount de Correia Botelho, was a prolific Portuguese writer of the 19th century, having produced over 260 books. His writing is considered original ...more

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Afonso Costa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Afonso Costa Died at 66 (1871-1937) - Afonso Augusto da Costa, GCTE, GCL was a Portuguese lawyer, professor, and republican politician.

António Costa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Portugal
António Costa age 56 - António Luís dos Santos da Costa, GCIH is a Portuguese lawyer and politician who has been Mayor of Lisbon since 2007. Previously he was Minister of Internal Administration from ...more

Rui Rio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Rui Rio age 60 - Rui Fernando da Silva Rio, GCIH is a Portuguese politician and former Mayor of Porto. Rio studied at the Colégio Alemão do Porto, and earned his degree in economics at the ...more

Carlos Paredes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Carlos Paredes Died at 79 (1925-2004) - Carlos Paredes, ComSE, was a virtuoso Portuguese guitar player and composer, born in Coimbra, son of the equally famous Artur Paredes. He is credited with being responsible for popularising the ...more

Augusto de Vasconcelos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Augusto de Vasconcelos Died at 84 (1867-1951) - Augusto César de Almeida de Vasconcelos Correia, GCSE, better known as Augusto de Vasconcelos was a Portuguese surgeon, politician and diplomat.

José Régio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Portugal
José Régio Died at 68 (1901-1969) - José Maria dos Reis Pereira, better known by the pen name José Regio was a Portuguese writer which lived most of his life in Portalegre. He was the brother of Júlio Maria ...more

Edgar Pêra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Edgar Pêra age 57 - Edgar Henrique Clemente Pêra is a Portuguese filmmaker. He writes occasionally fiction and essays and is also a graphic comics artist. Edgar Pêra studied Psychology, but switched to ...more

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Luís de Camões is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Luís de Camões Died at 56 (1524-1580) - Luís Vaz de Camões, is considered Portugal's and the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and ...more

José de Castro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Portugal
José de Castro Died at 61 (1868-1929) - José Augusto Soares Ribeiro de Castro Valhelhas, 7 April 1868 – 31 July 1929, was a Portuguese lawyer, journalist and politician. He graduated in Law at the University of Coimbra, and was ...more

Herman José is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Herman José age 64 - Hermann Joseph von Krippahl, known as Herman José, is a well-known Portuguese comedian, though virtually unknown abroad. His career has focused on television. His mother is Portuguese and ...more

Aquilino Ribeiro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Aquilino Ribeiro Died at 78 (1885-1963) - Aquilino Gomes Ribeiro, ComL, was a Portuguese writer and diplomat. He is considered as one of the great Portuguese novelists of the 20th century. He was nominated for the Nobel Literature Prize ...more

Manuel de Arriaga is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Manuel de Arriaga Died at 77 (1840-1917) - Manuel José de Arriaga Brum da Silveira e Peyrelongue was a Portuguese lawyer, the first Attorney-General and the first elected President of the First Portuguese Republic, following the ...more

Pedro Camacho is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Pedro Camacho age 38 - Pedro Macedo Camacho, is an award-winning Classical music, film and video game composer also known for his Requiem to Inês de Castro.

Marcelo Caetano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Marcelo Caetano Died at 74 (1906-1980) - Marcello José das Neves Alves Caetano, was a Portuguese politician and scholar, who was the last prime minister of the Estado Novo regime, from 1968 until his overthrow in the Carnation ...more

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Joaquim Pimenta de Castro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Joaquim Pimenta de Castro Died at 72 (1846-1918) - Joaquim Pereira Pimenta de Castro, 10th Count of Pimenta de Castro was a Portuguese army officer and politician. He was a career military officer reaching the position of General, also graduated ...more

Francisco Craveiro Lopes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Francisco Craveiro Lopes Died at 70 (1894-1964) - Francisco Higino Craveiro Lopes, GCTE, ComC, GCA, was a Portuguese politician and military man. Decorated with the Order of the Bath and the Royal Victorian Chain, he was the 12th President of ...more

Miguel I of Portugal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Miguel I of Portugal Died at 64 (1802-1866) - D. Miguel I, "the Absolutist" or "the Traditionalist", was the King of Portugal between 1828 and 1834, the seventh child and third son of King João VI and his queen, ...more

Fernando Gomes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Fernando Gomes age 71 - Influential President of Porto Municipality from 1989 to 1999 who was lured into central Government in 1999 only to relinquish his position in 2000. He attempted to retake the Porto Municipality ...more

Joaõ Torreiano is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Joaõ Torreiano Died at 69 (1610-1679) - João Torreano was born in Lisbon in 1610, studied in Coimbra and became a Bendictine monk in 1629. He was the son of Leonardo Torreano who was one of the leading military engineers of his ...more

Óscar Carmona is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Óscar Carmona Died at 82 (1869-1951) - António Óscar Fragoso Carmona, ComC, GCA, ComSE, was the 11th President of Portugal, having been Minister of War in 1923.

João Pedro Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Portugal
João Pedro Rodrigues age 52 - João Pedro Rodrigues is a Portuguese film director whose activity started in 1997. He is considered to be part of The School of Reis film family. Having studied at the School of Theatre ...more

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Eduardo Souto de Moura is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Eduardo Souto de Moura age 65 - Eduardo Elísio Machado Souto de Moura; born 25 July 1952, better known as Eduardo Souto de Moura, is a Portuguese architect. Son of medical doctor José Alberto Souto de Moura and ...more

Bento Teixeira is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Bento Teixeira Died at 57 (1561-1618) - Bento Teixeira was a Portuguese poet. He is considered to be the introducer of Baroque in the Portuguese colony of Brazil and the first Brazilian poet — however, this last affirmation is ...more

Guerra Junqueiro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Guerra Junqueiro Died at 73 (1850-1923) - Abilio Manuel Guerra Junqueiro was a Portuguese top civil servant, member of the Portuguese House of Representatives, journalist, author, and poet. His work helped inspire the creation of the ...more

José Fernando Ferreira Mendes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Portugal
José Fernando Ferreira Mendes age 55 - José F.F. Mendes is a Portuguese physicist and professor of physics at University of Aveiro. Was Head of Physics Department from December 2004 to February 2010. Was from October 2009 and ...more

Barbara of Portugal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Barbara of Portugal Died at 47 (1711-1758) - Barbara of Portugal was an Infanta of Portugal and later Queen of Spain as wife of Ferdinand VI of Spain.

Abel Salazar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Abel Salazar Died at 57 (1889-1946) - Abel de Lima Salazar, was a Portuguese physician, lecturer, researcher, writer and painter who worked and lived in Porto. He was the son of Adolfo Barroso Pereira Salazar and wife Adelaide da ...more

Tomé de Barros Queirós is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Tomé de Barros Queirós Died at 53 (1872-1925) - Tomé José de Barros Queirós was a Portuguese trader, capitalist and politician of the period of the Portuguese First Republic. Among others posts, he served as member of the ...more

Sofia Aparício is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Sofia Aparício age 47 - Sofia Aparício is a well-known Portuguese model and aspiring actress.