Famous People Born In Liège

Vote for Your Favourite People Born In Liège

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

 1 
Justine Henin
(Retired Belgian Tennis Legend Who Was a World Number 1 in Singles)
Justine Henin
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini

Known as the Female Federer, Belgian tennis legend Justine Henin is a former world number 1 in singles. Apart from winning an Olympic gold medal, she also won Belgium its first Fed Cup title and won 7 Grand Slam titles. She was one of those rare female players who used a single-handed backhand.

 2 
Nacer Chadli
(Belgian Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Nacer Chadli
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo

Nacer Chadli is a Belgian football player who plays as a midfielder for the Belgium national team. In 2018, he helped his nation win the bronze medal at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Nacer Chadli also represented Belgium at the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship. A versatile midfielder, Nacer Chadli has also played for popular clubs like Tottenham Hotspur.

 3 
Eugène Ysaÿe
(Belgian Virtuoso Violinist and Composer Regarded as 'The King of the Violin')
Eugène Ysaÿe
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 16, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 12, 1931

Eugène Ysaÿe was a Belgian virtuoso violinist, conductor, and composer. Referred to as The King of the Violin, Ysaÿe is best remembered for his finely honed technique which was without the shortcomings of violinists before Eugène Ysaÿe. He is also remembered for his great interpretations of Bach and Beethoven as well as early modern composers like César Franck.

 4 
David Goffin
(Belgian Professional Tennis Player)
David Goffin
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 5 
Georges Simenon
(One of the Most Widely Published Authors of the 20th Century)
Georges Simenon
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 4, 1989

Georges Simenon was a Belgian writer who published nearly 500 novels during his illustrious career that spanned several years. Simenon is credited with creating one of the most popular fictional detectives of all time, Jules Maigret. A self-proclaimed Casanova, Simenon claimed in 1977 to have had sex with 10,000 women since his 13th birthday.

 6 
Mehdi Dehbi
(Actor)
Mehdi Dehbi
1
Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

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.

 7 
César Franck
(Composer and Pianist Famous for His Works 'Symphonic Variations' and 'Symphony in D Minor')
César Franck
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 10, 1822
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: November 8, 1890

Cesar Franck was a Belgian-born French Romantic composer, organist, pianist, and music teacher. Franck, who worked in Paris, is credited with popularizing new instruments made by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll all over France. From 1858 until his death in 1890, Franck also served as an organist at the Basilica of Saint Clotilde in Paris. Franck also taught future composers like Vincent d'Indy.

 8 
Kevin Mirallas
(Belgian Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Kevin Mirallas
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra

Kevin Mirallas is a Belgian football player who plays as a midfielder. Mirallas represented the Belgium national football team from 2007 to 2018, during which he competed in important tournaments including the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Renowned for his passing ability and pace, Kevin Mirallas has also played for popular clubs like Olympiacos and Everton.

 9 
Axel Witsel
(Belgian Football Midfielder)
Axel Witsel
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Belgian footballer Axel Witsel plays as a midfielder for the Spanish club Atlético Madrid. Starting his senior career with Standard Liège, he later had successful stints with teams such as the Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg and the German club Borussia Dortmund. He also played in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.

 10 
Loïs Openda
(Belgian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Loïs Openda
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 11 
Jean-Marc Bosman
(Former Belgian Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Jean-Marc Bosman
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Jean-Marc Bosman is a Belgian retired football player best known for his judicial challenge, which led to the famous and important Bosman ruling in 1995. This landmark judgement concerning the football transfer rules allowed football players within the European Union to move to another club hassle-free at the end of their current contract. 

 12 
Noémie Happart
(Model)
Noémie Happart
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 13 
Jean-Michel Saive
(Former Belgian Table Tennis Player)
Jean-Michel Saive
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Jean-Michel Saive is a Belgian former table tennis player best known for competing in seven successive Olympic Games between 1988 and 2012. He won two silver medals at World Championships and six medals at the European Championships during his career. Jean-Michel Saive achieved popularity in 1994 when he won a gold medal at the European Championships in Birmingham.

 14 
Edmilson Junior
(Belgian Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Edmilson Junior
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 15 
Adrien Truffert
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Adrien Truffert
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 2001
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 16 
Deborah Francois
(Actress)
Deborah Francois
2
Birthdate: May 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini

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.

 17 
Jean-François Gillet
(Former Belgian Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Jean-François Gillet
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini

Jean-François Gillet is a Belgian former football player who played as a goalkeeper for the Belgium national football team from 2009 to 2013. He also played for clubs like Bari and Bologna during his playing career. Jean-François Gillet is currently working as a goalkeeping coach for Standard Liège.       

 18 
Guillaume Gillet
(Belgian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder or Defender)
Guillaume Gillet
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces

Guillaume Gillet is a Belgian football player who played for the Belgium national football team from 2007 to 2016. He currently plays for Anderlecht and has previously played for other popular clubs like Olympiacos and Gent. Guillaume Gillet was part of a successful Anderlecht team from 2008 to 2015, during which the team won many trophies including the Belgian Cup.

 19 
Marie Gillain
(Actress)
Marie Gillain
1
Birthdate: June 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini

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.

 20 
Noël Godin
(Writer)
Noël Godin
0
Birthdate: September 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo

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. 

 21 
Mehdi Carcela
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Mehdi Carcela
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 22 
Logan Bailly
(Former Belgian Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Logan Bailly
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Logan Bailly is a Belgian former football player who played for the Belgium national football team from 2009 to 2010. Over the course of his career, Logan Bailly also played for clubs like Genk and OH Leuven. He is currently working as a goalkeeper manager for Foussballclub Differdange 03.
 23 
Gerard de Lairesse
(Painter)
Gerard de Lairesse
1
Birthdate: September 11, 1640
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 28, 1711
 24 
Steve Darcis
(Retired Belgian Tennis Player)
Steve Darcis
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces

Retired Belgian tennis player Steve Darcis has had a career-high ranking of 38 in singles. A 2-time Olympian, he also earned 2 ATP titles. The son of a sports instructor mother and a tennis coach father, he was no stranger to sports as a child. He retired due to a persistent elbow pain.

 25 
José Riga
(Belgian Former Football Player and Manager)
José Riga
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
 26 
Ibrahima Cissé
(Belgian Professional Footballer)
Ibrahima Cissé
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 27 
Joseph Jongen
(Belgian Organist, Composer, and Music Educator)
Joseph Jongen
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 14, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 12, 1953

Joseph Jongen was a Belgian composer, organist, and music educator. Jongen started composing at age 13 and continued well into his 70s. He composed a great deal and produced gems like Symphonie Concertante of 1926. From 1925 to 1939, he also served as the director at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he had been teaching a technique called fugue.

 28 
Jonatan Cerrada
(Singer who won the first season of Nouvelle Star (the French edition of Pop Idol) in 2003)
Jonatan Cerrada
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo

Winner of the French realty television show, À la Recherche de la Nouvelle Star, celebrated pop singer Jonatan Cerrada was born and raised in Belgium, but currently resides in Bali, Indonesia. A multilingual and a child progeny, he speaks fluent French, Spanish, English and basic Indonesian.

 29 
André Grétry
(French Composer)
André Grétry
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 8, 1741
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 24, 1813

André Grétry was a composer best remembered for his opéras comiques. Although he was born in present-day Belgium, Grétry took French nationality and worked in France for most part of his life. While he was still alive, a commemorative statue was commissioned by Hippolyte, comte de Livry in 1804. The statue is now part of the Met in New York.

 30 
Charlotte Stuart, Duchess of Albany
(Duke)
Charlotte Stuart, Duchess of Albany
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 29, 1753
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 17, 1789
 31 
Alphonse Hasselmans
(Harpist)
Alphonse Hasselmans
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 5, 1845
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 19, 1912
 32 
Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau
(Diplomat)
Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 20, 1727
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 25, 1794
 33 
François Sterchele
(Belgian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
François Sterchele
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 8, 2008
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 34 
Theodor de Bry
(Engraver)
Theodor de Bry
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1528 AD
Died: March 27, 1598
 35 
Jean Baptiste Julien d'Omalius d'Halloy
(Geologist)
Jean Baptiste Julien d'Omalius d'Halloy
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 16, 1783
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 15, 1875
 36 
Jean d'Outremeuse
(Writer)
Jean d'Outremeuse
0
Birthdate: 1338 AD
Died: 1400 AD
 37 
Bertholet Flemalle
(Painter)
Bertholet Flemalle
0
Birthdate: May 23, 1614
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: July 10, 1675

Bertholet Flemalle was a Liège Baroque painter who studied under Gerard Douffet and Henri Trippet. He is credited with carrying out elaborate decorative work at the Palace of Versailles. He also served at the Royal Academy of Paris as a professor after being appointed by Louis XIV. Bertholet Flemalle is credited with teaching future painters like Gerard de Lairesse.

 38 
Walthère Frère-Orban
(Former Prime Minister of Belgium)
Walthère Frère-Orban
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 24, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 2, 1896

Two-time prime minister of Belgium, Walthère Frère-Orban was a strong supporter of free trade. A Liberal Party member, he also established the Banque Nationale and did away with the newspaper tax. He also angered the Vatican by promoting secular primary education. He also penned works such as Le question monétaire.

 39 
Madeleine Herman de Blic
(Indian Social Worker and Humanist)
Madeleine Herman de Blic
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
 40 
William Of Saint-thierry
(Theologian)
William Of Saint-thierry
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1085 AD
Died: September 8, 1148
 41 
Alger of Liège
(Clergyman)
Alger of Liège
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1055 AD
Died: 1131 AD