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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
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
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 56 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
age 52 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 85 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
age 62 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.

Francisco de Sá Carneiro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 34 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
Dec. 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
age 64 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
age 75 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
Dec. 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

Afonso Costa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Portugal
Dec. 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
age 57 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
age 61 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
Dec. 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