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
13 May 1993
Football Player
Jean-Claude Van DammeJean-Claude Van Damme
18 October 1960
Martial Artist & Actor

Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
30 April 1975
Actor

Eden HazardEden Hazard
07 January 1991
Footballer

Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player

Kevin De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne
28 June 1991
Footballer
Leopold II of BelgiumLeopold II of Belgium
09 April 1835
King of the Belgians

GotyeGotye
21 May 1980
Singer

StromaeStromae
12 March 1985
Rapper
Rene MagritteRene Magritte
21 November 1898
 

Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium
16 December 1790
King of Belgium
Charles MartelCharles Martel
0686 AD
Military Leader

Peter Paul RubensPeter Paul Rubens
28 June 1577
Painter & Printmaker

Philip I of CastilePhilip I of Castile
22 July 1478
King of Castile

Clovis IClovis I
0466 AD
King of the Salian Franks

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
22 December 1858
Composer
Mary of BurgundyMary of Burgundy
13 February 1457
Duchess

Leopold III of BelgiumLeopold III of Belgium
03 November 1901
King of Belgium

Perkin WarbeckPerkin Warbeck
1474 AD
Pretender to English Throne

Albert I of BelgiumAlbert I of Belgium
08 April 1875
3rd Belgian King
HergeHergé
22 May 1907
Cartoonist (Creator of Tintin)

Jacques BrelJacques Brel
08 April 1929
Singer and Actor
Georges LemaîtreGeorges Lemaître
17 July 1894
Scientist & Priest

Lara FabianLara Fabian
09 January 1970
Singer

Father DamienFather Damien
03 January 1840
Saint
Michel QissiMichel Qissi
12 September 1962
Actor, Director

Godfrey of BouillonGodfrey of Bouillon
18 September 1060
Ruler
Anthony van DyckAnthony van Dyck
22 March 1599
Painter

Andreas VesaliusAndreas Vesalius
31 December 1514
Founding Father of the Modern Human Anatomy

Eddy MerckxEddy Merckx
17 June 1945
Cyclist
Plastic BertrandPlastic Bertrand
24 February 1954
Musician

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Raf SimonsRaf Simons
12 January 1968
Fashion Designer
Georges SimenonGeorges Simenon
13 February 1903
Novelist

Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland
14 November 1863
Chemist & Inventor

Adolphe SaxAdolphe Sax
06 November 1814
Inventor of Saxophone

Gerardus Mercator Gerardus Mercator
05 March 1512
Cartographer
Ilya PrigogineIlya Prigogine
25 January 1917
Physical Chemist
Orlando LassusOrlando Lassus
1532 AD
Composer

Rose BertramRose Bertram
26 October 1994
Model

Albert ClaudeAlbert Claude
24 August 1899
Cell Biologist

Johannes OckeghemJohannes Ockeghem
1410 AD
Music Composer, Choirmaster, Singer
Natacha Van HonackerNatacha Van Honacker
 
Eden Hazard's Wife

Christian de DuveChristian de Duve
02 October 1917
Biochemist

Adrian WillaertAdrian Willaert
1490 AD
Music Composer, Teacher, Founder of the Venetian

Jules BordetJules Bordet
13 June 1870
Microbiologist and Immunologist

Belle PerezBelle Perez
29 January 1976
Musician
Cleo WattenströmCleo Wattenström
12 June 1992
Tattoo Artist

Olivia RouyreOlivia Rouyre
29 July 1999
YouTuber
Henri La FontaineHenri La Fontaine
22 April 1854
Socialist, Senator, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Gardian HasaniGardian Hasani
26 April 2003
TikTok Star

Dominique PireDominique Pire
10 February 1910
Cleric, Educator
Max VerstappenMax Verstappen
30 September 1997
Racing driver

Lance StrollLance Stroll
29 October 1998
Racing driver
Matthias SchoenaertsMatthias Schoenaerts
08 December 1977
Actor

Adnan JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
05 February 1995
Association football player

Cécile de FranceCécile de France
17 July 1975
Actor, Film actor

Philippe of BelgiumPhilippe of Belgium
15 April 1960
King of Belgium

Thibaut CourtoisThibaut Courtois
11 May 1992
Footballer
Vincent KompanyVincent Kompany
10 April 1986
Footballer

Youri TielemansYouri Tielemans
07 May 1997
Association football player

Jan VertonghenJan Vertonghen
24 April 1987
Association football player

Marouane FellainiMarouane Fellaini
22 November 1987
Association football player
John of GauntJohn of Gaunt
06 March 1340
Nobleman

Divock OrigiDivock Origi
18 April 1995
Association football player
Albert II of BelgiumAlbert II of Belgium
06 June 1934
Politician

Mousa DembéléMousa Dembélé
16 July 1987
Football player

Jean-Philippe SusilovicJean-Philippe Susilovic
1975 AD
Television personality
Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of BrabantPrincess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant
25 October 2001
 

Marc DutrouxMarc Dutroux
06 November 1956
Criminal, Electrician, Serial killer
Radja NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
04 May 1988
Association football player

Thomas VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
14 November 1985
Footballer

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
02 October 1993
Association football player
Marc RichMarc Rich
18 December 1934
Business Person

Kim ClijstersKim Clijsters
08 June 1983
Tennis player
Dries MertensDries Mertens
06 May 1987
Association football player

Baudouin of BelgiumBaudouin of Belgium
07 September 1930
King

Toby AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
02 March 1989
Association football player

Yannick Ferreira CarrascoYannick Ferreira Carrasco
04 September 1993
Association football player
Justine HeninJustine Henin
01 June 1982
Tennis player
Virginie EfiraVirginie Efira
05 May 1977
Actor, Television presenter, Journalist

Esther PerelEsther Perel
1958 AD
Psychotherapist

Charles MichelCharles Michel
21 December 1975
Politician, Lawyer

Elise MertensElise Mertens
17 November 1995
Tennis player
Bradley WigginsBradley Wiggins
28 April 1980
Track cyclist, Sport cyclist

Maggie De BlockMaggie De Block
28 April 1962
Politician

Mehdi DehbiMehdi Dehbi
05 December 1985
Actor

Axel WitselAxel Witsel
12 January 1989
Association football player

Patrick BauchauPatrick Bauchau
06 December 1938
Actor, Screenwriter
Frank NtilikinaFrank Ntilikina
28 July 1998
Basketball player

Philip III, Duke of BurgundyPhilip III, Duke of Burgundy
31 July 1396
King
Stoffel VandoorneStoffel Vandoorne
26 March 1992
Racing driver

Charlotte de WitteCharlotte de Witte
21 July 1992
Disc jockey
Richie de LaetRichie de Laet
28 November 1988
Belgian footballer
Carlota of MexicoCarlota of Mexico
07 June 1840
Empress