Famous Belgian Film & Theater Personalities

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Jean-Claude Van Damme
(Actor and Martial Artist Best Known for His Martial Arts Action Movies ‘Bloodsport’, ‘Cyborg’ and ‘Kickboxer’)
Jean-Claude Van Damme
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Birthdate: October 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium

Belgian actor,Jean-Claude Van Damme is best known for a string of martial arts films. He started his career as a karate fighter and competed in a number full-contact and semi-contact matches. Later he took up acting and became a star with the 1988 Hollywood film, Bloodsport. Cyborg, Lionheart, Double Impact and Universal Soldier are some of his notable films.

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Matthias Schoenaerts
(Actor role in the drama Bullhead, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign film in 2011)
Matthias Schoenaerts
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Birthdate: December 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

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. 

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Jacques Brel
(Actor & One of the Best-Selling Belgian Recording Artists of All Time)
Jacques Brel
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Birthdate: April 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaerbeek, Belgium
Died: October 9, 1978

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.

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Cécile de France
(Belgian Actress Known for Her Lead Roles in Films: 'High Tension' and 'Hereafter')
Cécile de France
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Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Namur, Belgium

Cécile de France is a Belgian actress who achieved international prominence for her performance in films like High Tension and Hereafter. One of the most celebrated and popular Belgian actresses of her generation, Cécile de France has won many prestigious awards including two César Awards and multiple Magritte Award nominations.

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Mehdi Dehbi
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Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium

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.

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Eline Powell
(Actress)
Eline Powell
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Birthdate: April 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leuven, Belgium

Eline Powell is a Belgian actress who achieved international recognition in 2018 when she was cast to play the title role in the American fantasy drama TV series Siren which ran from 2018 to 2020. Eline Powell has also appeared in other popular TV series like Game of Thrones. 

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Chantal Akerman
(Belgian Film Director Best Known for Her Art-House Film 'Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles')
Chantal Akerman
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Birthdate: June 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: October 5, 2015

Chantal Akerman was a Belgian screenwriter, film director, and artist. she also served at the City College of New York as a film professor. Best known for her work in the 1975 arthouse film Jeanne Dielman, which was described as a masterpiece by The New York Times, Chantal Akerman had a profound influence on avant-garde cinema.  

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Adil El Arbi
(Television director)
Adil El Arbi
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Birthdate: June 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edegem, Belgium
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Patrick Bauchau
(Actor best known for his role as Scarpine in the 1985 James Bond movie, A View to a Kill)
Patrick Bauchau
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Birthdate: December 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

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.

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Jonas Bloquet
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Birthdate: July 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

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.

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Virginie Efira
(Actress best known for her work in Elle, Victoria, Sibyl, and Second Chance)
Virginie Efira
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Birthdate: May 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schaerbeek, Belgium

Virginie Efira is a Belgian television presenter and actress best known for her portrayal of Victoria Spick in the romantic comedy-drama film In Bed with Victoria which earned her a César Award nomination as well as a Magritte Award for Best Actress. Virginie Efira also achieved popularity for her performance in the 2013 romantic comedy film It Boy.

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Victor Polster
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Birthdate: 2002 AD
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

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.

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Olivia Vinall
(Actress)
Olivia Vinall
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Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Olivia Vinall is a Belgian-born actress who works predominantly for the British TV industry. She is best known for her performance in British series like Apple Tree Yard, The Woman in White, and Queens of Mystery. In 2018, Olivia Vinall was honored with the Stars of Tomorrow award by the Screen International magazine.

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Marc Dutroux
(Criminal, Electrician, Serial killer)
Marc Dutroux
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Birthdate: November 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ixelles / Elsene
In 2004, the notorious Belgian serial killer Marc Dutroux was convicted on charges of murder, kidnapping and rape and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Earlier, his case aroused widespread public outrage at the inefficiency and corruption of the Belgium’s law enforcement agency and led to the White March which was one of the largest demonstrations in Europe since WWII. 
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Lyne Renee
(Actress)
Lyne Renee
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Birthdate: May 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Velzeke, Zottegem, Belgium

Lyne Renee is a Belgian actress who achieved national prominence after playing an important role in the 2009 noir-style thriller film The Hessen Conspiracy. Since then, Lyne Renee has appeared in several British and American TV series and films.

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Laura Tesoro
(Singer)
Laura Tesoro
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Birthdate: August 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Laura Tesoro is a Belgian actress and singer known for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 where she represented Belgium with the song What's the Pressure. She is also known for playing Charlotte in the soap opera Familie. Laura Tesoro has also appeared in popular TV shows like The Voice Kids, where she is one of the coaches.

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Ingrid Vandebosch
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Birthdate: November 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riemst, Belgium

Ingrid Vandebosch is a Belgian actress and model. She achieved popularity in 1990 when she was honored with the Elite Look of the Year Award. As a model, Ingrid Vandebosch has been featured in popular magazines like Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Vogue. In 2008, she was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

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Luca Brecel
(Snooker player)
Luca Brecel
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Birthdate: March 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dilsen-Stokkem

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).

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Jérémie Renier
(Actor whose film debut was in the critically praised La Promesse (1996), directed by the Dardenne brothers)
Jérémie Renier
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Birthdate: January 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

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.

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Kevin Janssens
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Birthdate: August 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

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. 

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Lubna Azabal
(Actress)
Lubna Azabal
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Birthdate: August 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Lubna Azabal is a Belgian actress best known for her portrayal of Suha in the 2005 critically acclaimed political thriller film Paradise Now. Lubna Azabal achieved international fame after playing Nawal Marwan in the 2010 Canadian drama film Incendies which earned her several awards including the 2012 Magritte Award.

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Veerle Baetens
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Birthdate: January 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brasschaat, Belgium

Veerle Baetens is a Belgian singer and actress best known for her portrayal of Elise/Alabama in the 2012 drama film The Broken Circle Breakdown. The film earned her a European Film Award as well as a Best Actress award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013.

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Benoît Poelvoorde
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Birthdate: September 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Namur, Belgium

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.

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Johan Heldenbergh
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Birthdate: February 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium

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.

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Julien Schoenaerts
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Birthdate: August 30, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bilzen, Belgium
Died: September 7, 2006

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. 

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Jenna Thiam
(Actress)
Jenna Thiam
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Birthdate: December 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Jenna Thiam is a Belgian actress best known for her portrayal of Léna Ségure in the French supernatural drama television series The Returned. Jenna Thiam began her career as a model for a clothing company before establishing herself as an actress.

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Jaco Van Dormael
(Film Director Known for Respectful and Sympathetic Portrayal of People With Mental and Physical Disabilities)
Jaco Van Dormael
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Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium

Jaco Van Dormael is a Belgian screenwriter, film director, and playwright. He is best known for making such films that focus on a sympathetic and respectful portrayal of people with physical and mental disabilities. Jaco Van Dormael is credited with making many award-winning films such as Maedeli la brèche, Toto le héros, and Mr. Nobody.

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Deborah Francois
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Birthdate: May 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rocourt, Liège, Belgium

Deborah Francois is a Belgian actress best known for her performance in the 2005 Palme d'Or-winning film L'Enfant. She is also known for her portrayal of Fleur Duval in the 2008 French comedy-drama film The First Day of the Rest of Your Life which earned her the César Award under the Most Promising Actress category.

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Ronald Guttman
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Birthdate: August 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium

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.

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Sand Van Roy
(Actress)
Sand Van Roy
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Birthdate: 1990 AD
Birthplace: Heerlen, Netherlands

Sand Van Roy is a Dutch actress, activist, model, and stand-up comedienne. Over the years, Sand Van Roy has been vocal about the plight of victims of sexual violence. In 2020, she became Stichting Cassandra foundation's ambassador. The organization supports victims of psychological and sexual violence.

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Émilie Dequenne
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Birthdate: August 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beloeil, Belgium

Émilie Dequenne is a Belgian actress who achieved popularity in 1999 when she played the title role in Rosetta for which she received the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Émilie Dequenne then went on to play important roles in many popular films like Brotherhood of the Wolf, Our Children, and This Is Our Land.

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Maurane
(Singer)
Maurane
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Birthdate: November 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Died: May 7, 2018

Maurane was a Belgian singer and actress best remembered for her famous duets with popular artistes like Catherine Lara, Michel Fugain, and Eddy Mitchell. Maurane also won several prestigious awards such as Rapsat-Lelièvre award, RFi Octave award, and Festival d'été de Québec award.  

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Alexandra Vandernoot
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Birthdate: September 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Alexandra Vandernoot is a Belgian actress best known for her work in the French film industry. Vandernoot achieved international prominence in the 1990s when she played Tessa Noël in the fantasy action-adventure television series Highlander: The Series.

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Laurent Capelluto
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Birthdate: March 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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.

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Koen De Bouw
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Birthdate: September 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Turnhout, Belgium

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.

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Eric Godon
(Actor)
Eric Godon
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Birthdate: February 7, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baudour, Belgium

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.

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Astrid Whettnall
(Actress known for Capital (2012), In the Name of the Son (2012), Salaud, on t'aime (2014))
Astrid Whettnall
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Birthdate: March 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium

Astrid Whettnall is a Belgian actress best known for her work in the 2016 French-Algerian drama film Road to Istanbul which earned her the Magritte Award for Best Actress. A descendant of King William I of the Netherlands and King George II of Great Britain, Astrid Whettnall has played important roles in films like Yves Saint Laurent and Close Enemies.

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Pauline Etienne
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Birthdate: June 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium

Pauline Etienne is a Belgian actress best known for her critically acclaimed performances in movies like Silent Voice and Le Bel Âge. Her portrayal of Laure in Silent Voice earned her the Lumières Award for Most Promising Actress, Gold Star for Best Actress, and César nomination for Best Actress. She also has a couple of Magritte Awards under her belt.  

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Marie Gillain
(Actress)
Marie Gillain
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Birthdate: June 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rocourt, Liège, Belgium

Prix Romy Schneider-winning Belgian actor Marie Gillain is best known for films such as Mon Pere Ce Heros and All Our Desires. She has also been the face of Lancôme cosmetics and played the lead female character in John Malkovich's play Hysteria. She sang the duet Les figures imposes, too.

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Annie Cordy
(Belgian Actress & Singer)
Annie Cordy
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Birthdate: June 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laeken, Belgium
Died: September 4, 2020

Belgian singer-actor Annie Cordy, best known for films such as Le Chat and Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild Women, had also voiced Grandmother Willow in the French version of Pocahontas. She had appeared in countless plays, too, and soared to fame with the chartbusting track La Ballade de Davy Crockett.

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Nicolas Gob
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Birthdate: October 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

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.

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Veerle Casteleyn
(Ballerina)
Veerle Casteleyn
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Birthdate: March 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belgium

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! 

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Francois Damiens
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Birthdate: January 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uccle, Brussels-Capital, Belgium

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.

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Yolande Moreau
(Actress, comedian, director who won three César Awards from four nominations)
Yolande Moreau
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Birthdate: February 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Belgian comedian, actor, and filmmaker Yolande Moreau first gained fame as a performer on the show Les Deschiens. Apart from starring in films such as Paris, Je T'aime and Amélie, she has also directed the César Award-winning film When the Sea Rises and the Gijón International Film Festival-winning film Henri.

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Franco Dragone
(Founder and artistic director of Dragone)
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Birthdate: December 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cairano, Italy

Belgian by birth and nationality, theatre director Franco Dragone is in reality an international personality, whose works have enthralled more than 100 million theatre-lovers across the globe. Founder of the Dragone Group that specializes in creation of large scale theater shows, he is also credited with generating a unique style and a common language of "emotional archetypes" in theatre productions.

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Zeynep Sever
(Miss Belgium 2009)
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Birthdate: July 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Zeynep Sever scripted history when she became the first Turkish-origin woman to win the Miss Belgium crown. She soared to fame as an Instagram model soon after she began posting her pictures on the platform in 2016. She is married to Turkish footballer Volkan Demirel. She herself has played volleyball for Fenerbahçe.

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Helena Noguerra
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Birthdate: May 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Belgian singer, actor, and director Helena Noguerra is best known for films such as Heartbreaker and Alleluia. She has also been part of plays such as Faces and Colette et Willy and has performed with the cover band Nouvelle Vague. She is also the sister of Belgian pop legend Lio.

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Johan Leysen
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Birthdate: February 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hasselt, Belgium

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. 

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Noël Godin
(Writer)
Noël Godin
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Birthdate: September 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium

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. 

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Axelle Carolyn
(Filmmaker)
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Birthdate: April 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Starting her career as a freelance film reporter, Axelle Carolyn later also penned the book Horror Movies in the New Millennium. After a brief stint as an actor in movies such as Centurion, she focused on direction and created many successful horror movies, such as Tales of Halloween.