Find out more about the greatest Belgians, including Jean-Claude Van Damme, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Leopold II of Belgium.

People who have never been to Belgium will joke that nobody can name even five famous Belgians. Or quip how trite the Belgians are? That besides beer and mussels, there is nothing more to add to Belgium’s portfolio. But the truth is that Belgium, with its remarkable history of art, over 60 UNESCO sites, world-famous carnival celebrations and a wad of peerless men and women, is not half as lackluster and lacking in talent as the world deems. Not the one to blow its own trumpet, Belgium has never ever overplayed its greatness. No wonder most of us did not know that distinguished talents like Hollywood heartthrobs Audrey Hepburn and Jean Claude van Damme, world famous baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, Tin Tin's creator Georges Remi, tennis star Kim Clijsters, bacteriologist Jules Bordet, and noted fashion designer Liz Claiborne are all Belgians. Surprised? Join us as we dig deep into the lives and deeds of many such famous Belgians in the biographies presented below, exploring their timeline, trivia and lesser-known facts on the way.
Romelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku
(Football Player)

13 May 1993

Eden HazardEden Hazard
(Footballer)

07 January 1991

Kevin De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne
(Footballer)

28 June 1991

Jean-Claude Van DammeJean-Claude Van Damme
(Martial Artist & Actor)

18 October 1960

Georges LemaîtreGeorges Lemaître
(Scientist & Priest)

17 July 1894

Tony ParkerTony Parker
(Basketball Player)

17 May 1982

Leopold II of BelgiumLeopold II of Belgium
(Founder of Congo Free State)

09 April 1835

StromaeStromae
(Rapper)

12 March 1985

Peter Paul RubensPeter Paul Rubens
(Painter & Printmaker)

28 June 1577

Eddy MerckxEddy Merckx
(Cyclist)

17 June 1945

Philip I of CastilePhilip I of Castile
(King of Castile)

22 July 1478

Jacques BrelJacques Brel
(Singer and Actor)

08 April 1929

Lara FabianLara Fabian
(Singer)

09 January 1970

Michel QissiMichel Qissi
(Actor, Director)

12 September 1962

HergeHergé
(Cartoonist (Creator of Tintin))

22 May 1907

Andreas VesaliusAndreas Vesalius
(Founding Father of the Modern Human Anatomy)

31 December 1514

Anthony van DyckAnthony van Dyck
(Painter)

22 March 1599

Gerardus Mercator Gerardus Mercator
(Cartographer)

05 March 1512

Adolphe SaxAdolphe Sax
(Inventor of Saxophone)

06 November 1814

Plastic BertrandPlastic Bertrand
(Musician)

24 February 1954

Rose BertramRose Bertram
(Model)

26 October 1994

Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland
(Chemist & Inventor)

14 November 1863

Ilya PrigogineIlya Prigogine
(Physical Chemist)

25 January 1917

Johannes OckeghemJohannes Ockeghem
(Music Composer, Choirmaster, Singer)

1410 AD

Christian de DuveChristian de Duve
(Biochemist)

02 October 1917

Albert ClaudeAlbert Claude
(Cell Biologist)

24 August 1899

Rene MagritteRene Magritte

21 November 1898

Henri La FontaineHenri La Fontaine
(Socialist, Senator, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

22 April 1854

Jules BordetJules Bordet
(Microbiologist and Immunologist)

13 June 1870

Adrian WillaertAdrian Willaert
(Music Composer, Teacher, Founder of the Venetian school)

1490 AD

Dominique PireDominique Pire
(Cleric, Educator)

10 February 1910

Belle PerezBelle Perez
(Musician)

29 January 1976

Orlando LassusOrlando Lassus
(Composer)

1532 AD

Natacha Van HonackerNatacha Van Honacker
(Eden Hazard's Wife)

Thibaut CourtoisThibaut Courtois
(Footballer)

11 May 1992

Marouane FellainiMarouane Fellaini
(Association football player)

22 November 1987

Axel WitselAxel Witsel
(Association football player)

12 January 1989

Nacer ChadliNacer Chadli
(Association football player)

02 August 1989

Adnan JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
(Association football player)

05 February 1995

Vincent KompanyVincent Kompany
(Footballer)

10 April 1986

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
(Association football player)

02 October 1993

Radja NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
(Association football player)

04 May 1988

Dries MertensDries Mertens
(Association football player)

06 May 1987

Yannick Ferreira CarrascoYannick Ferreira Carrasco
(Association football player)

04 September 1993

Toby AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
(Association football player)

02 March 1989

Jan VertonghenJan Vertonghen
(Association football player)

24 April 1987

Dedryck BoyataDedryck Boyata
(Association football player)

28 November 1990

Thomas VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
(Association football player)

14 November 1985

Matthias SchoenaertsMatthias Schoenaerts
(Actor)

08 December 1977

Youri TielemansYouri Tielemans
(Association football player)

07 May 1997

Simon MignoletSimon Mignolet
(Association football player)

06 March 1988

GotyeGotye
(Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer)

21 May 1980

Divock OrigiDivock Origi
(Association football player)

18 April 1995

Kim ClijstersKim Clijsters
(Tennis player)

08 June 1983

Bradley WigginsBradley Wiggins
(Track cyclist, Sport cyclist)

28 April 1980

Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium
(Politician, Military personnel)

16 December 1790

Justine HeninJustine Henin
(Tennis player)

01 June 1982

Charles MartelCharles Martel
(Statesman)

23 August 0686

Kevin MirallasKevin Mirallas
(Association football player)

05 October 1987

Cheikhou KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
(Footballer)

21 December 1989

Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of BrabantPrincess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant

25 October 2001

Marc DutrouxMarc Dutroux
(Criminal, Electrician, Serial killer)

06 November 1956

Albert II of BelgiumAlbert II of Belgium
(Politician)

06 June 1934

Leopold III of BelgiumLeopold III of Belgium
(King)

03 November 1901

Enzo ScifoEnzo Scifo
(Association football player, Association football manager)

19 February 1966

Baudouin of BelgiumBaudouin of Belgium

07 September 1930

Albert I of BelgiumAlbert I of Belgium
(Mountaineer, Military personnel)

08 April 1875

Jan van EyckJan van Eyck
(Painter)

1395 AD

Mary of BurgundyMary of Burgundy

13 February 1457

Marc WilmotsMarc Wilmots
(Association football player, Politician, Association football manager)

22 February 1969

Jean-Philippe SusilovicJean-Philippe Susilovic
(Television personality)

1975 AD

Cécile de FranceCécile de France
(Actor, Film actor)

17 July 1975

Laurent CimanLaurent Ciman
(Association football player)

05 August 1985

Nabil DirarNabil Dirar
(Footballer)

25 February 1986

Godfrey of BouillonGodfrey of Bouillon
(Ruler)

18 September 1060