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Famous People From Portugal

Updated October 13, 2018 22.5k views997 items

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.
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  • Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira (European Portuguese: [ˈvaʃku ðɐ ˈɣɐ̃mɐ]; c. 1460s – 24 December 1524), was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea. His initial...  more

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  • Carmen Miranda

    Dec. at 46 (1909-1955)

    BirthplaceMarco de Canaveses Municipality, Portugal

    GenderFemale

    Carmen Miranda (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈkaɾmẽȷ̃ miˈɾɐ̃dɐ]; born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha; February 9, 1909 – August 5, 1955), was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway...  more

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  • Gaspar Corte-Real

    Dec. at 51 (1450-1501)

    BirthplaceTerceira Island, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Gaspar Corte-Real (1450 – 1501) was a Portuguese explorer who alongside his father João Vaz Corte-Real (c. 1420-1496) and brother Miguel, participated in various exploratory voyages sponsored by the...  more

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  • Sidónio Pais

    Dec. at 46 (1872-1918)

    BirthplaceCaminha, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Sidónio Bernardino Cardoso da Silva Pais CavC OA CavA (pronounced [siˈdɔniu ˈpajʃ]; 1 May 1872 – 14 December 1918) was a Portuguese politician, military officer, and diplomat, who served as the...  more
  • Carlos I of Portugal

    Dec. at 45 (1863-1908)

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Dom Carlos I (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾɫuʃ]; English: Charles) known as the Diplomat (also known as the Martyr); Portuguese: o Diplomata and Portuguese: o Martirizado; 28 September 1863 – 1...  more
  • José Saramago

    Dec. at 88 (1922-2010)

    BirthplaceAzinhaga, Portugal

    GenderMale

    José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE (Portuguese: [ʒuˈzɛ ðɨ ˈsozɐ sɐɾɐˈmaɣu]; 16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010), was a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works, some...  more
  • Antero de Quental

    Dec. at 49 (1842-1891)

    BirthplacePonta Delgada, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Antero Tarquínio de Quental (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɛɾu dɨ kẽˈtaɫ]; old spelling Anthero) (18 April 1842 – 11 September 1891), was a Portuguese poet, philosopher and writer, whose works...  more
  • Francisco Keil do Amaral

    Dec. at 65 (1910-1975)

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    GenderMale

    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 exist...  more
  • BirthplaceSetúbal, Portugal

    GenderMale

    José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, GOIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ moˈɾiɲu]; born 26 January 1963), is a Portuguese professional football coach and former player who currently works at Sky...  more
  • BirthplaceTerceira, Azores, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameLouis Ferreira

    Louis Ferreira (born Luís Ferreira, also known as Justin Louis, sometimes spelled as Justin Lewis) is a Portuguese Canadian actor. Ferreira is best known for his roles in Stargate Universe as Colonel...  more
  • Aristides de Sousa Mendes

    Dec. at 69 (1885-1954)

    BirthplaceViseu, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral e Abranches (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾiʃˈtiðɨʒ ðɨ ˈsowzɐ ˈmẽdɨʃ]) GCC, OL (July 19, 1885 – April 3, 1954) was a Portuguese consul during World War II. As...  more
  • Amália Rodrigues

    Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    GenderFemale

    Amália Rebordão Rodrigues GCSE, GCIH (23 July 1920 – 6 October 1999), better known as Amália Rodrigues (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈmaliɐ ʁuˈðɾiɣɨʃ]) or popularly as Amália, was a Portuguese fadista...  more
  • BirthplaceMatosinhos, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira, GOSE, GCIH, is a Portuguese architect, and architectural educator. He is internationally known as Alvaro Siza....  more
  • BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Pedro Miguel de Santana Lopes GCC (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpedɾu sɐ̃ˈtɐnɐ ˈlɔpɨʃ]; born 29 June 1956), a Portuguese lawyer and politician, who most notably served as Prime Minister of Portugal...  more
  • Francisco de Sá Carneiro

    Dec. at 46 (1934-1980)

    BirthplacePorto, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Francisco Manuel Lumbrales de Sá Carneiro, GCTE, GCC, GCL (Portuguese: [fɾɐ̃ˈsiʃku sa kɐɾˈnɐjɾu] (listen); 19 July 1934 – 4 December 1980) founded the Portuguese Social Democratic Party in 1974 (the...  more
  • Duarte Leite

    Dec. at 86 (1864-1950)

    BirthplacePorto, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Duarte Leite Pereira da Silva, GCC (11 August 1864 in Porto – 29 September 1950 in Porto; Portuguese pronunciation: [duˈaɾt(ɨ) ˈlɐjt(ɨ)]), was a Portuguese historian, mathematician, journalist,...  more
  • Ana Rocha

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceSão Miguel Island, Portugal

    GenderFemale

    Ana Otero (born December 28, 1984) is a Portuguese-American professional wrestler and manager known by her ring name "The Portuguese Princess" Ariel, who has competed in Northeastern independent...  more
  • Pedro I of Brazil

    Dec. at 36 (1798-1834)

    BirthplaceQueluz National Palace, Queluz, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Dom Pedro I (English: Peter I; 12 October 1798 – 24 September 1834), nicknamed "the Liberator", was the founder and first ruler of the Empire of Brazil. As King Dom Pedro IV, he reigned briefly over...  more
  • BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Manuel António Gomes de Almeida de Pinho (born 28 October 1954) is a Portuguese former Minister of Economy and Innovation (2005–09) who was indicted in 2017 and re-indicted in 2019 on passive...  more
  • BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Antonio Damasio (Portuguese: António Damásio) is a Portuguese-American neuroscientist. He is currently the David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience, as well as Professor of Psychology, Philosophy, and...  more
  • Camilo Castelo Branco

    Dec. at 65 (1825-1890)

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Camilo Castelo Branco,1st Viscount of Correia Botelho (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐˈmilu kɐʃˈtɛlu ˈbɾɐ̃ku]; 16 March 1825 – 1 June 1890), was a prolific Portuguese writer of the 19th century,...  more
  • Afonso Costa

    Dec. at 66 (1871-1937)

    BirthplaceSeia, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Afonso Augusto da Costa, GCTE, GCL (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈfõsu ˈkɔʃtɐ]; born in Seia, 6 March 1871; died in Paris, 11 May 1937) was a Portuguese lawyer, professor and republican politician....  more
  • BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    GenderMale

    António Luís Santos da Costa GCIH (born 17 July 1961) is a Portuguese lawyer and politician serving as the 119th and current Prime Minister of Portugal since 26 November 2015. Previously, he was...  more
  • Rui Rio

    Age: 63

    BirthplacePorto, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Rui Fernando da Silva Rio, GCIH (born 6 August 1957) is a Portuguese politician and former Mayor of Porto (Presidente da Câmara Municipal). On 13 January 2018, he was elected President of the Social...  more
  • Carlos Paredes

    Dec. at 79 (1925-2004)

    BirthplaceCoimbra, Portugal

    GenderMale

    Carlos Paredes, ComSE, (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾluʃ pɐˈɾedɨʃ]; 16 February 1925 – 23 July 2004) was a virtuoso Portuguese guitar player and composer, born in Coimbra. The son of the equally...  more