A Belgian actor, film producer and graffiti artist, Matthias Schoenaerts debuted at the age of 13 and attained star status with his 2008 film Loft. Later, his films Bullhead and Rust and Bone further increased his fame and brought him multiple awards. In 2015, the French Ministry of Culture named him the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Jacques Brel was a Belgian singer, actor, director, and songwriter. He is remembered for composing and performing thoughtful, literate, and theatrical songs. Apart from inspiring French musicians, Brel's works have also had a major influence on English-speaking performers like David Bowie, Scott Walker, Rod McKuen, Marc Almond, and Alex Harvey. Brel is the third-best-selling Belgian music artist of all time.
Belgian actor and theatre director Mehdi Dehbi is best known for his acting in films The Other Son, Mary Queen of Scots and A Most Wanted Man. In recent times, he starred in the lead role in the Netflix thriller series Messiah. He has also performed in stage plays and has also directed a play titled Les Justes.
Patrick Bauchau is a Belgian actor who is etched in our memory as Scarpine, the murderous associate of the anti-hero in A View to a Kill. Born in Belgium and educated at Oxford, he can speak German, French, English, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Dutch, enabling him to successfully work in numerous films and television series on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jonas Bloquet is a Belgian actor who began his career while in his teens and bagged a Magritte Award nomination for his very first film. Later, he attracted international attention with his French thriller film Elle, bagging his second nomination for his performance. Equally adept behind the camera, he has directed three shorts and has appeared in three stage productions.
The Belgian professional snooker player Luca Brecel became the first player from mainland Europe to win a ranking event when he won the China Championship (2017). In 2021, he claimed his second ranking title at the Scottish Open. Earlier, he broke the record of Stephen Hendry by becoming the youngest player ever to compete at the World Snooker Championship (2012).
Victor Polster is a Belgian actor and dancer. Although he is more famous for his award-winning portrayal of Lara in Lukas Dhont’s film, Girl, Victor Polster considers himself a dancer first and an actor second. He was a student of the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.
Kevin Janssens is a Belgian actor best known for playing the title role in the 2019 comedy-drama film Patrick, which earned him a Best Actor nomination at the 10th Magritte Awards. Over the years, Kevin Janssens has also played important roles in other popular Belgian films like The Room and The Bouncer.
Jérémie Renier is a Belgian actor best known for his portrayal of Marquis Thomas d'Apcher in the 2001 French film Brotherhood of the Wolf. A critically acclaimed actor, Renier received a César Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of singer Claude François in My Way. He received another César Award nomination for playing Pierre Bergé in Saint Laurent.
Benoît Poelvoorde is a Belgian film actor who appears in Belgium and French films. Renowned for his comedic skills, Poelvoorde has also worked on a sketch series for TV. In 2002, he was honored with the Jean Gabin Prize for his contributions. His performance in Une place sur la Terre earned him the Magritte Award for Best Actor in 2013.
Johan Heldenbergh is a Belgian actor, screenwriter, film director, theatre director, and playwright. Over the years, Heldenbergh has achieved international fame by starring in popular films like The Misfortunates, The Broken Circle Breakdown, and The Zookeeper's Wife.
Julien Schoenaerts was a Flemish actor who is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of post-war Flanders and the Netherlands. In 2008, sculptor Wilfried Pas unveiled a statue of the actor on the Kerkstraat in Antwerp. Julien Schoenaerts is also known as the father of Matthias Schoenaerts.
Ronald Guttman is an actor and film producer. Although he was born in Belgium, Guttman has spent much of his time in the USA, studying the American film industry. Over the years, Ronald Guttman has played important roles in many American films such as The Hunt for Red October, August Rush, and 13.
Laurent Capelluto is a Belgian actor who received a nomination for the prestigious César Award in 2008 for his portrayal of Simon in a French comedy-drama film titled A Christmas Tale. A seasoned actor, Laurent Capelluto has also received a couple of Magritte Awards for his performance in Le temps de l'aventure and The Clearstream Affair.
For somebody who began his acting career with the role of serial killer, love for gardening may seem an antithesis. Yet, Koen De Bouw is just that. Even though he has a long list of credits, he is actually a nature person, who loves working in his gardens in Antwerp and Wallonia. He also presented a gardening programme on TV from 2007 to 2011.
Eric Godon is a Belgian actor, writer, and director. Godon discovered his passion for acting in his late-30s prior to which he had taken up various jobs in different fields. After making his acting debut at the age of 41, Eric Godon has been a part of many French and Belgian movies.
Nicolas Gob is a Belgian actor best known for his contribution to Belgian and French television. Over the years, he has played several important roles in TV series like Les Bleus and Un village français. He achieved international prominence in 2014 when he played Maxime in the popular romantic fantasy film Beauty and the Beast.
Veerle Casteleyn is a Belgian ballet dancer and musical theatre performer. She is best known for playing the role of Jemima in a video production of Cats in 1998 as well as on stage. She has also played important roles in the stage production of other popular plays like Dracula, Les Misérables, and Mamma Mia!
Francois Damiens is a Belgian actor who first achieved popularity for his hidden camera videos. After making his acting debut, Francois Damiens has played some interesting characters for which he has received many César Award and Magritte Award nominations.
Johan Leysen is a Belgian actor best known for his portrayal of Felice Beato in the 1998 Dutch drama film Felice...Felice... for which he received the prestigious Golden Calf award for Best Actor. Johan Leysen achieved international fame in 2010 when he was cast to play Pavel in the George Clooney-starrer The American.
Jonathan Zaccaï is a Belgian actor, screenwriter, and film director. He is best known for his portrayal of Pierre in the 2008 drama film Private Lessons which earned him the prestigious Magritte Award under the Best Actor category. Jonathan Zaccaï has also received Magritte Award nominations for his performances in A Distant Neighborhood and Sink or Swim.
Noël Godin is a Belgian writer, actor, and critic. A notorious pie thrower, Godin achieved international fame in 1998 when he surprised Bill Gates in Brussels by throwing a pie on the software magnate. Noël Godin is credited with popularizing the so called pie attacks in Belgium.
Godfried Danneels was a Belgian cardinal who worked for the Roman Catholic Church. From 1979 to 2010, he served as the chairman of the episcopal conference of Belgium and the Metropolitan Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. As primate of Belgium, Godfried Danneels officiated at several Royal baptisms, funerals, and marriages at the royal court.
Felix D'Alviella is a Belgian actor renowned for his portrayal of Rico Da Silva in the British medical soap opera Doctors. D'Alviella, who has established himself as a TV actor in the UK, made his Bollywood film debut in 2007 when he was cast to play Steve opposite Madhuri Dixit in a dance film titled Aaja Nachle.
Dominique Vandenberg is a Belgian stunt choreographer and actor. He is best known for his work in American action films like Pit Fighter and Mortal Kombat. Before starting his film career, Dominique Vandenberg used to compete in freestyle martial arts competitions in Thailand.
Matteo Simoni is a Belgian actor best known for his portrayal of Devon Macharis in the popular Belgian TV series Callboys. His performance in the series earned him a couple of awards. In 2018, Matteo Simoni was honored with the prestigious Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Considered a Flemish cultural icon, Gert Verhulst is especially known for his contributions to children’s entertainment. Equally well-known as a presenter and entertainer, his childhood goal was to become famous and he quickly achieved that with his first show, Samson en Gert. Also a successful entrepreneur, he is a co-founder of Studio 100 and holds substantial stake in the company.
Dominique Abel is a Belgian actor, writer, and director. He is best known for his collaboration with his wife Fiona Gordon; they work together as a writing and directing team. Some of their films, such as The Fairy and Lost in Paris, have received critical acclaim and nominations at the Magritte Awards.
Fabrizio Rongione is a Belgian actor, film producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his performance in the 2014 Belgian-French-Italian drama film Two Days, One Night where his portrayal of Manu Bya earned him the prestigious Magritte Award for Best Actor. Fabrizio Rongione is also credited with co-founding a film production company called Eklektik Productions.
Fernand Gravey was an actor remembered for his contribution to French and British movies. The son of Fernande Depernay and Georges Mertens, Gravey was known in Hollywood for playing Gallic-lover roles that French actor Louis Jourdan played in the '50s and '60s. A member of the Foreign Legion, Fernand Gravey was regarded as a war hero after World War II.
Jacques Feyder was a Belgian actor, film director, and screenwriter who worked in France, USA, Germany, and Britain. Feyder, who started his career as a director of silent films, became associated with French cinema's poetic realism during the 1930s. Jacques Feyder then went on to establish himself in the French film industry as one of the most innovative directors.