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List of famous people from Malaysia, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Malaysia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Malaysia you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Malaysia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Examples of people on this list: Mohd Nazrulerwan Makmor, Thane Bettany and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Malaysia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Malaysia?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Yau-Man Chan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Yau-Man Chan age 64 - Yau-Man Chan is a Malaysian-American table tennis player, technology executive, and reality television participant. He was the fourth place finisher in the reality television series Survivor: ...more

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Michael Gough is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Michael Gough Died at 95 (1916-2011) - Francis Michael Gough was an English character actor who made over 150 film and television appearances. He is known for his roles in the Hammer Horror Films from 1958, and for his recurring role ...more

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Joe Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Joe Simpson age 55 - Joe Simpson is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. He is best known for his book Touching the Void and the 2003 film adaptation of his book.

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Tsai Ming-liang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Tsai Ming-liang age 59 - Tsai Ming-liang is a Malaysian Chinese and one of the most celebrated "Second New Wave" film directors of Taiwanese Cinema, along with earlier contemporaries such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien ...more

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Mohammad Shukri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Mohammad Shukri age 29 - Shukri Rahim is a Malaysian cricket player.

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Yuna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Yuna age 30 - Yunalis Mat Zara'ai, commercially known as Yuna, is a Malaysian singer, songwriter, and businesswoman.

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Bernard Chandran is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Bernard Chandran age 49 - Dato' Bernard Chandran is a Malaysian fashion designer. His talents have earned him many faithful clients among Malaysia's elite most notably the Royal families of Malaysia and Brunei as well as ...more

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Jaclyn Victor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Jaclyn Victor age 38 - Jaclyn Joshua Thanaraj Victor, popularly known as Jaclyn Victor, is a Malaysian singer and actress who won the inaugural Malaysian Idol and Ikon Malaysia. As the winner of Malaysian Idol, she ...more

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Hannah Tan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Hannah Tan age 34 - Hannah Tan, also known as Hannah T or Hannah Sarah Tan, is a Malaysian singer-songwriter, actress, model and television personality. She is half-Chinese and half-Kelabit. She married Bryan Lee ...more

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Steph Song is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Steph Song age 31 - Steph Song is a Malaysian actress, of Chinese heritage, raised in Canada and Australia. She was voted Sexiest Woman in the world by Asian readers of FHM magazine. Song has received six Leo Award ...more

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Mahathir Mohamad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Mahathir Mohamad age 91 - Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister. His political ...more

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Tony Underwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Tony Underwood age 48 - Tony Underwood is a former English rugby union footballer who played as a wing three-quarter back. He is of Chinese-English parentage.

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Andrea Fonseka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Andrea Fonseka age 31 - Andrea Veronica Fonseka was the winner of Miss Malaysia Universe 2004, and is a model, television presenter and actress working predominantly in Malaysia and Singapore. She also holds a Bachelor ...more

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Ashley Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Ashley Jackson age 76 - Ashley Jackson is a landscape watercolourist. Raised in Barnsley, South Yorkshire he opened his first gallery in 1963. His gallery is located in the heart of the Pennines, Holmfirth. He ...more

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Wee Chong Jin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Wee Chong Jin Died at 88 (1917-2005) - Wee Chong Jin was a Singaporean judge and the first Chief Justice of the country.

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Goh Keng Swee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Goh Keng Swee Died at 92 (1918-2010) - Goh Keng Swee was the second Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore between 1973 and 1984, and a Member of Parliament for the Kreta Ayer constituency for a quarter of a century. Born in Malacca in ...more

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Vyvyane Loh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Vyvyane Loh Vyvyane Loh is a Malaysian-American novelist, choreographer, and physician.

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Bonny Hicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Bonny Hicks Died at 29 (1968-1997) - Bonny Susan Hicks was a Singapore Eurasian model and writer. After garnering fame as a model, she gained recognition for her contributions to Singaporean post-colonial literature and the ...more

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Khoo Kheng-Hor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Khoo Kheng-Hor age 59 - Khoo Kheng-Hor is a Malaysian author and speaker on contemporary application of the 500 BC Chinese military treatise, The Art of War, by renowned military strategist Sun Tzu. In the 1990s, Khoo ...more

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Jenny Eclair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Jenny Eclair age 57 - Jenny Eclair is an English comedian, novelist and actor, best known for her roles in Grumpy Old Women between 2004 and 2007 and in Loose Women in 2011 and 2012.

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Nick Newman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Nick Newman age 58 - Nick Newman is a satirical British cartoonist and comedy scriptwriter. The son of an RAF officer, Newman was born in Kuala Lumpur and schooled at Ardingly College where his satirical career ...more

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Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy age 49 - Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy sometimes spelt Waythamoorthy is a Malaysian lawyer of Tamil origin who is currently an activist of the HINDRAF campaign to fight discrimination against Malaysian

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Jill Bennett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Jill Bennett Died at 59 (1931-1990) - Jill Bennett was a British actress, and the fourth wife of playwright John Osborne.

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Abdul Rahman Ya'kub is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Abdul Rahman Ya'kub age 87 - Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman bin Ya'kub was a Malaysian politician of Melanau descent from Mukah. He was the third Chief Minister of Sarawak and the fourth Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak. ...more

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Aishah Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Aishah Sinclair age 35 - Aishah Jennifer Mohamed Sinclair is an actress and television host from Malaysia. Currently she is the face of product Olay Total Effect and the spokesperson for Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam, a ...more

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Gary Cao is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Gary Cao age 37 - Gary Chaw, also known as Gary Cao or Cao Ge is a Malaysian Chinese singer-songwriter based in Taiwan, who has had achieved success in Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is renowned ...more

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Adia Chan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Adia Chan age 46 - Adia Chan is an Indonesian-born Hong Kong actress, singer, model, and spokesperson.

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Farid Kamil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Farid Kamil age 34 - Farid Kamil is a Malaysian actor. He is a well-known male model turned actor and is arguably one of the most famous male actors in Malaysia as of current. Kamil had also been dubbed "Hero ...more

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Michael Chiang is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Michael Chiang age 61 - Michael Chiang is a prolific playwright and screenwriter in Singapore. He is known as "Singapore’s most famous and successful playwright". From 1990 to 2009, Chiang was the editorial ...more

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Namewee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Namewee age 33 - Namewee or Wee Meng Chee; is a Malaysian Chinese of Hainanese descent. He is widely known as Namewee, a bilingual pun on his Mandarin name, which sounds like the Mandarin term for name. Wee ...more

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Dulcie Gray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Dulcie Gray Died at 96 (1915-2011) - Dulcie Gray, CBE was a British singer and actress of stage, screen and television, a mystery writer and lepidopterist.

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Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Manso... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor age 65 - Datin Seri Hajah Rosmah Mansor is the wife of the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia. Rosmah was married to Mohd Najib in 1987, when Najib was the UMNO Deputy Youth Chief and Minister of Culture, ...more

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Maria Jane Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Maria Jane Taylor Died at 33 (1837-1870) - Maria Jane Dyer was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China, and "Mother" of the China Inland Mission with her husband, founder James Hudson Taylor. She was a pioneer ...more

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Abdul Taib Mahmud is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Abdul Taib Mahmud age 79 - Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, the current The Yang di-Pertua Negeri of The State of Sarawak, was the fourth Chief Minister of Sarawak, Finance Minister, and Resource Planning and ...more

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Wong Jeh Shyan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Wong Jeh Shyan age 52 - Wong Jeh Shyan was the former-CEO of CommerceNet Singapore. He co-founded and served as CEO of Ecommerce Gateway Pte. Ltd., with strategic investment in Karachi and Middle East M.I.C.E. ...more

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Anne Deveson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Anne Deveson age 86 - Anne Barbara Deveson AO is an Australian writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and social commentator. During World War II, Deveson's family moved to Western Australia from Malaya as refugees. She ...more

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Sherman Ong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Sherman Ong age 44 - Sherman Ong is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Najib Razak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Najib Razak age 62 - Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak is the sixth and current Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was sworn in to the position on 3 April 2009 to succeed Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He ...more

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John Chen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
John Chen age 29 - John Chen is a Malaysian-born New Zealand concert pianist. In 2004 he became the youngest-ever winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition. He earned the Master of Music degree from the ...more

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Ern Phang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Ern Phang age 41 - Ern Phang is an Australian solicitor, notary public and community advocate. He is the solicitor director of Phang Legal, a law firm in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. In 2010, Phang ...more

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Penny Tai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Penny Tai age 38 - Penny Tai is a Malaysian Chinese singer and songwriter in the Mandopop scene. Since her debut in 2000 she has released ten albums.

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Danny Quah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Danny Quah age 58 - Danny Quah is Professor of Economics and International Development, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Tan Chin ...more

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Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh age 50 - Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh is a Malaysian retired football referee who currently resides in Parit Buntar. He has been refereeing in the Super League Malaysia since 1995. He has been a full ...more

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Natasha Hudson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Natasha Hudson age 33 - Natasha Liana Hudson is a model, actress, writer, and singer. She is an award-winning actress that has been seen on numerous television commercials, films and TV series in Malaysia and ...more

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Arul Suppiah is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Arul Suppiah age 33 - Arul Vivasvan Suppiah is a former English/Malaysian cricketer. A right-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spin bowler, he has played for the Malaysia national cricket team since 1999, and ...more

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Sydney Sturgess is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Sydney Sturgess Died at 84 (1915-1999) - Dorothy Anna "Sydney" Sturgess was a British-Canadian actress. She is best known for her work with the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Festival of Canada. Primarily a stage actress in ...more

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Musa Hitam is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Musa Hitam age 81 - Tun Musa bin Hitam, is a Malaysian politician and a former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, serving under Mahathir bin Mohamad. He was born in Johor Bahru, Johor in 1934. He is currently the ...more

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Rakesh Madhavan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Rakesh Madhavan age 40 - Rakesh Madhavan is a Malaysian cricketer. A left-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler, he has played for the Malaysia national cricket team since 1997.

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Fong Siew Jean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

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William Light is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
William Light Died at 53 (1786-1839) - Colonel William Light was a British military officer and the first Surveyor-General of the Colony of South Australia. He is famous for choosing the site of the colony's capital, Adelaide, and ...more