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Famous People From Portugal

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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
    Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira (European Portuguese: [ˈvaʃku ðɐ ˈɣɐ̃mɐ]; c. 1460s – 24...  more

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    #311 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#693 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • Carmen Miranda

    Carmen Miranda

    Dec. at 46 (1909-1955)

    BirthplaceMarco de Canaveses, Portugal

    Carmen Miranda (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈkaɾmẽȷ̃ miˈɾɐ̃dɐ]; born Maria do Carmo Miranda da...  more

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    #232 of 282 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time#312 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Gaspar Corte-Real

    Gaspar Corte-Real

    Dec. at 51 (1450-1501)

    BirthplaceTerceira Island, Portugal

    Gaspar Corte-Real (1450 – 1501) was a Portuguese explorer who alongside his father João Vaz...  more

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    #54 of 112 People Who Disappeared Mysteriously#13 of 14 14 People Who Disappeared Mysteriously Before 1800

  • Sidónio Pais

    Sidónio Pais

    Dec. at 46 (1872-1918)

    BirthplaceCaminha, Portugal

    Sidónio Bernardino Cardoso da Silva Pais CavC OA CavA (pronounced [siˈdɔniu ˈpajʃ]; 1 May 1872...  more
  • Carlos I of Portugal

    Carlos I of Portugal

    Dec. at 45 (1863-1908)

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    Dom Carlos I (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾɫuʃ]; English: Charles) known as the Diplomat...  more
  • José Saramago

    José Saramago

    Dec. at 88 (1922-2010)

    BirthplaceAzinhaga, Portugal

    José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE (Portuguese: [ʒuˈzɛ ðɨ ˈsozɐ sɐɾɐˈmaɣu]; 16 November 1922 – 18...  more
  • Antero de Quental

    Antero de Quental

    Dec. at 49 (1842-1891)

    BirthplacePonta Delgada, Portugal

    Antero Tarquínio de Quental (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɛɾu dɨ kẽˈtaɫ]; old spelling...  more
  • Francisco Keil do Amaral

    Dec. at 65 (1910-1975)

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    Prolific architect (and landscape architect) whose many works are usually purist modernist...  more
  • José Mourinho

    BirthplaceSetúbal, Portugal

    José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, GOIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ moˈɾiɲu]; born 26...  more
  • Louis Ferreira

    BirthplaceTerceira Island, Portugal

    Louis Ferreira (born Luís Ferreira, also known as Justin Louis, sometimes spelled as Justin...  more
  • Aristides de Sousa Mendes

    Aristides de Sousa Mendes

    Dec. at 69 (1885-1954)

    BirthplaceViseu, Portugal

    Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral e Abranches (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾiʃˈtiðɨʒ ðɨ...  more
  • Amália Rodrigues

    Amália Rodrigues

    Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    Amália Rebordão Rodrigues GCSE, GCIH (23 July 1920 – 6 October 1999), better known as Amália...  more
  • Álvaro Siza Vieira

    BirthplaceMatosinhos, Portugal

    Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira, GOSE, GCIH, is a Portuguese architect, and architectural...  more
  • Pedro Santana Lopes

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    Pedro Miguel de Santana Lopes GCC (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpedɾu sɐ̃ˈtɐnɐ ˈlɔpɨʃ]; born 29...  more
  • Francisco de Sá Carneiro

    Francisco de Sá Carneiro

    Dec. at 46 (1934-1980)

    BirthplacePorto, Portugal

    Francisco Manuel Lumbrales de Sá Carneiro, GCTE, GCC, GCL (Portuguese: [fɾɐ̃ˈsiʃku sa...  more
  • Duarte Leite

    Duarte Leite

    Dec. at 86 (1864-1950)

    BirthplacePorto, Portugal

    Duarte Leite Pereira da Silva, GCC (11 August 1864 in Porto – 29 September 1950 in Porto;...  more
  • Ana Rocha

    Ana Rocha

    Age: 35
    Ana Otero (born December 28, 1984) is a Portuguese-American professional wrestler and manager...  more
  • Pedro I of Brazil

    Pedro I of Brazil

    Dec. at 36 (1798-1834)

    BirthplaceQueluz National Palace, Queluz, Portugal

    Dom Pedro I (English: Peter I; 12 October 1798 – 24 September 1834), nicknamed "the...  more
  • Manuel Pinho

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    Manuel António Gomes de Almeida de Pinho (born 28 October 1954) is a Portuguese former...  more
  • Antonio Damasio

    BirthplaceEurope, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe

    Antonio Damasio (Portuguese: António Damásio) is a Portuguese-American neuroscientist. He is...  more
  • Camilo Castelo Branco

    Camilo Castelo Branco

    Dec. at 65 (1825-1890)

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    Camilo Castelo Branco,1st Viscount of Correia Botelho (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐˈmilu...  more
  • Afonso Costa

    Afonso Costa

    Dec. at 66 (1871-1937)

    BirthplaceSeia, Portugal

    Afonso Augusto da Costa, GCTE, GCL (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈfõsu ˈkɔʃtɐ]; born in Seia, 6...  more
  • António Costa

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    António Luís Santos da Costa GCIH (born 17 July 1961) is a Portuguese lawyer and politician...  more
  • Rui Rio

    Rui Rio

    Age: 63

    BirthplacePorto, Portugal

    Rui Fernando da Silva Rio, GCIH (born 6 August 1957) is a Portuguese politician and former...  more
  • Carlos Paredes

    Carlos Paredes

    Dec. at 79 (1925-2004)

    BirthplaceCoimbra, Portugal

    Carlos Paredes, ComSE, (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾluʃ pɐˈɾedɨʃ]; 16 February 1925 – 23...  more