List of Famous people born in Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, known professionally as Jean-Claude Van Damme and JCVD, is a Belgian actor, filmmaker, fight choreographer and retired martial artist best known for his martial arts action films.
Angèle van Laeken, better known by her stage mononym Angèle, is a Belgian singer-songwriter, musician, pianist, record producer and actress.
Ursula von der Leyen
Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician and physician who has been the president of the European Commission since 1 December 2019.
Paul Van Haver, better known by his stage name Stromae, is a Belgian musician, rapper, singer and songwriter. He is mostly known for his works in the genre of the hip hop and electronic music. Stromae came to wide public attention in 2009 with his song "Alors on danse", which became a number one in several European countries. In 2013, his second album Racine carrée was a commercial success, selling 2 million copies in France alone and nearly 600,000 units elsewhere. The main singles from the album include "Papaoutai" and "Formidable". He has sold over 8.5 million records worldwide. His music is primarily sung in French, though he has performed some songs in Flemish.
Virginie Efira is a Belgian-French actress and television presenter.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is a Belgian footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Belgium national team as a winger and wingback.
Tatiana Silva Braga Tavares is a Belgian model who was crowned Miss Belgium in 2005. She entered the pageant as Miss Brussels and represented Belgium at the Miss World contest in December 2005.
Roméo Johnny Elvis Kiki Van Laeken, better known by his stage name Roméo Elvis, is a Belgian rapper and hip hop artist.
Michy Batshuayi-Atunga is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Crystal Palace, on loan from fellow Premier League club Chelsea, and the Belgian national team.
Marc Paul Alain Dutroux is a Belgian convicted serial killer, rapist, and child molester.
Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany is a Belgian retired professional footballer who played as a centre back and is currently the manager of Belgian club RSC Anderlecht. He also played for the Belgium national team.
Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan.
Misha Defonseca is a Belgian-born writer and the author of a fictitious Holocaust memoir titled Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years, first published in 1997 and at that time professed to be a true memoir. It became an instant success in Europe and was translated into 18 languages. The French version of the book was a derivative work based on the original with the title Survivre avec les loups that was published in 1997 by the Éditions Robert Laffont; this second version was adapted into the French film of the same name.
Nawell Madani is a Belgian humorist of Algerian descent, presenter and producer. She became famous in 2012 because of the Jamel Comedy Club.
Nicolas Gob is a Belgian actor who has worked extensively in television, both in serials and films made for TV. He has also appeared in several feature films.
Adnan Januzaj is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Sociedad and the Belgium national team.
Lara Sophie Katy Crokaert (born January 9, 1970), better known as Lara Fabian, is a Canadian-Belgian singer, songwriter, musician, actress and producer. She has sold over 20 million records worldwide as of September 2017 and is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all time.
Léonie, Baroness Cooreman, known by the stage name Annie Cordy, was a Belgian actress and singer. She appeared in more than 50 films from 1954 and staged many memorable appearances at Bruno Coquatrix' famous Paris Olympia. Her version of "La Ballade de Davy Crockett" was number 1 in the charts for five weeks in France in August 1956. She was born in Laeken, Belgium, where in 2004, King Albert II of Belgium bestowed upon her the title of Baroness in recognition for her life's achievements.
Régine Zylberberg, better known as Régine, is a Belgian-born French singer and nightclub impresaria. She dubbed herself the "Queen of the Night".
Helena Noguerra is a Belgian actress, singer and television presenter of Portuguese descent. She is the sister of singer Lio.