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.
Jean-Claude Van DammeJean-Claude Van Damme
18 October 1960
Martial Artist & Actor
Eden HazardEden Hazard
07 January 1991
Footballer

Romelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku
13 May 1993
Football Player

Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
30 April 1975
Actor

Kevin De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne
28 June 1991
Footballer

Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player
Leopold II of BelgiumLeopold II of Belgium
09 April 1835
Founder of Congo Free State

GotyeGotye
21 May 1980
Singer

StromaeStromae
12 March 1985
Rapper
Peter Paul RubensPeter Paul Rubens
28 June 1577
Painter & Printmaker

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
22 December 1858
Composer
Charles MartelCharles Martel
0686 AD
Military Leader

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

Clovis IClovis I
0466 AD
King of the Salian Franks

Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium
16 December 1790
King of Belgium

Leopold III of BelgiumLeopold III of Belgium
03 November 1901
King of Belgium
Lara FabianLara Fabian
09 January 1970
Singer

Raf SimonsRaf Simons
12 January 1968
Fashion Designer

Georges LemaîtreGeorges Lemaître
17 July 1894
Scientist & Priest

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
Mary of BurgundyMary of Burgundy
13 February 1457
Duchess

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

Plastic BertrandPlastic Bertrand
24 February 1954
Musician
Anthony van DyckAnthony van Dyck
22 March 1599
Painter

Georges SimenonGeorges Simenon
13 February 1903
Novelist
Michel QissiMichel Qissi
12 September 1962
Actor, Director

Eddy MerckxEddy Merckx
17 June 1945
Cyclist

Adolphe SaxAdolphe Sax
06 November 1814
Inventor of Saxophone
Gerardus Mercator Gerardus Mercator
05 March 1512
Cartographer

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Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland
14 November 1863
Chemist & Inventor
Ilya PrigogineIlya Prigogine
25 January 1917
Physical Chemist

Rose BertramRose Bertram
26 October 1994
Model

Johannes OckeghemJohannes Ockeghem
1410 AD
Music Composer, Choirmaster, Singer

Christian de DuveChristian de Duve
02 October 1917
Biochemist
Albert ClaudeAlbert Claude
24 August 1899
Cell Biologist
Jules BordetJules Bordet
13 June 1870
Microbiologist and Immunologist

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

Henri La FontaineHenri La Fontaine
22 April 1854
Socialist, Senator, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Dominique PireDominique Pire
10 February 1910
Cleric, Educator
Rene MagritteRene Magritte
21 November 1898
 

Belle PerezBelle Perez
29 January 1976
Musician

Natacha Van HonackerNatacha Van Honacker
 
Eden Hazard's Wife

Olivia RouyreOlivia Rouyre
29 July 1999
YouTuber

Orlando LassusOrlando Lassus
1532 AD
Composer
Cleo WattenströmCleo Wattenström
12 June 1992
Tattoo Artist

Vincent KompanyVincent Kompany
10 April 1986
Footballer
Stella MaxwellStella Maxwell
15 May 1990
Actress

Matthias SchoenaertsMatthias Schoenaerts
08 December 1977
Actor

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

Max VerstappenMax Verstappen
30 September 1997
Racing driver
Thibaut CourtoisThibaut Courtois
11 May 1992
Footballer

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

Divock OrigiDivock Origi
18 April 1995
Association football player

Albert II of BelgiumAlbert II of Belgium
06 June 1934
Politician

Marouane FellainiMarouane Fellaini
22 November 1987
Association football player
Adnan JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
05 February 1995
Association football player

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
02 October 1993
Association football player

Lance StrollLance Stroll
29 October 1998
Racing driver

Radja NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
04 May 1988
Association football player
Thomas VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
14 November 1985
Footballer

Justine HeninJustine Henin
01 June 1982
Tennis player
Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of BrabantPrincess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant
25 October 2001
 

Charles MichelCharles Michel
21 December 1975
Politician, Lawyer

Simon MignoletSimon Mignolet
06 March 1988
Association football player
Marc DutrouxMarc Dutroux
06 November 1956
Criminal, Electrician, Serial killer

Jean-Philippe SusilovicJean-Philippe Susilovic
1975 AD
Television personality
Axel WitselAxel Witsel
12 January 1989
Association football player

Marc RichMarc Rich
18 December 1934
Business Person

Jan VertonghenJan Vertonghen
24 April 1987
Association football player
Alice RobertsAlice Roberts
29 July 1906
Actress

Baudouin of BelgiumBaudouin of Belgium
07 September 1930
 
Toby AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
02 March 1989
Association football player

Perkin WarbeckPerkin Warbeck
1474 AD
Pretender

Carlota of MexicoCarlota of Mexico
07 June 1840
Empress

Guy VerhofstadtGuy Verhofstadt
11 April 1953
Politician
Godfrey of BouillonGodfrey of Bouillon
18 September 1060
Ruler
Youri TielemansYouri Tielemans
07 May 1997
Association football player

Chantal AkermanChantal Akerman
06 June 1950
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer,

Dennis PraetDennis Praet
14 May 1994
Association football player

Jacky IckxJacky Ickx
01 January 1945
Formula One driver, Rally driver, Motorcycle
Patrick BauchauPatrick Bauchau
06 December 1938
Actor, Screenwriter

Nacer ChadliNacer Chadli
02 August 1989
Association football player

Bradley WigginsBradley Wiggins
28 April 1980
Track cyclist, Sport cyclist

Dana WinnerDana Winner
10 February 1965
Singer

Stoffel VandoorneStoffel Vandoorne
26 March 1992
Racing driver
Léon DegrelleLéon Degrelle
15 June 1906
Politician, Journalist

Martin MargielaMartin Margiela
09 April 1957
Fashion designer
Kevin MirallasKevin Mirallas
05 October 1987
Association football player

Elio Di RupoElio Di Rupo
18 July 1951
Politician
Virginie EfiraVirginie Efira
05 May 1977
Actor, Television presenter, Journalist
Dedryck BoyataDedryck Boyata
28 November 1990
Association football player