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List of famous people from Nova Scotia, 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 Nova Scotia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

This list below has everything from Bill Casey to Rodger Cuzner.

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

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John Kenneth Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
John Kenneth Galbraith Died at 98 (1908-2006) - John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith, OC was a Canadian and, later, American economist, public official, and diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism. His books on ...more

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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Sidney Crosby age 29 - Sidney Patrick Crosby, ONS is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Crosby was drafted first overall by the ...more

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Scott Brison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Scott Brison age 49 - Scott A. Brison, PC, MP is a Canadian politician from Nova Scotia, Canada. Brison has been the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kings-Hants since the 1997 federal election. Brison was ...more

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Harold Russell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Harold Russell Died at 88 (1914-2002) - Harold John Russell was a Canadian-American World War II veteran who became one of only two non-professional actors to win an Academy Award for acting. Russell also holds the unique honor of ...more

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Nikki Payne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Nikki Payne age 41 - Nikki Payne, is a Canadian comedian and actress, from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Born with a cleft palate, she is well known for incorporating her lisp into her comedy act. She has ...more

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Rita MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Rita MacNeil Died at 69 (1944-2013) - Rita MacNeil, CM, ONS was a Canadian country and folk singer from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. Her biggest hit, "Flying On Your Own", was a crossover ...more

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George Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
George Cleveland Died at 72 (1885-1957) - George Alan Cleveland was a Canadian film actor. He appeared in more than 180 films between 1933 and 1954.

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Donald Olding Hebb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Donald Olding Hebb Died at 81 (1904-1985) - Donald Olding Hebb FRS was a Canadian psychologist who was influential in the area of neuropsychology, where he sought to understand how the function of neurons contributed to psychological ...more

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Shawn Alex Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Shawn Alex Thompson age 64 - Shawn Alex Thompson, is a Canadian actor, award winning Screenwriter, television producer, and television director, as well as a professional magician. Notably he is one of the producers of ...more

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Sarah Conrad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Sarah Conrad age 30 - Sarah Conrad is a professional snowboarder.

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Peter North is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Peter North age 58 - Peter North is a Canadian pornographic actor, director, dancer and producer.

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George Elliott Clarke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
George Elliott Clarke age 57 - George Elliott Clarke, OC ONS is a Canadian poet and playwright. His work largely explores and chronicles the experience and history of the Black Canadian communities of Nova Scotia and New ...more

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The Unknown Comic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
The Unknown Comic age 70 - Murray Langston is an actor.

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Andrew Gordon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Andrew Gordon age 31 - Andrew Jacob Gordon is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger. He is currently playing with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

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Michael L. MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Michael L. MacDonald age 60 - Michael L. Macdonald (born May 4, 1955) is a Canadian politician and a Conservative member of the Canadian Senate. He was appointed on the advice of Stephen Harper to the Senate on 22 December

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Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Anne Murray age 71 - Morna Anne Murray CC ONS, known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 54 million copies worldwide as of ...more

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Natalie MacMaster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Natalie MacMaster age 43 - Natalie MacMaster, CM is an award-winning fiddler from the rural community of Troy in Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada who plays Cape Breton fiddle music. MacMaster has toured with the ...more

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John Makdessi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
John Makdessi age 30 - John Makdessi is a Canadian mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Makdessi has been a professional MMA competitor since 2008, ...more

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Tanya Huff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Tanya Huff age 58 - Tanya Sue Huff is a Canadian fantasy author. Her stories have been published since the late 1980s, including five fantasy series and one science fiction series. One of these, her Blood Books ...more

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Peter MacKay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Peter MacKay age 50 - Peter Gordon MacKay, PC, QC, MP is a lawyer and politician from Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the Member of Parliament for Central Nova and current Minister of Justice and Attorney General in the ...more

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Sixtoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Sixtoo age 39 - Sixtoo was the main project of a Canadian underground hip hop DJ, producer and rapper Vaughn Robert Squire between 1996 and 2007. He has since retired the Sixtoo name pursuing other directions ...more

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Charles Aubrey Eaton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Charles Aubrey Eaton Died at 85 (1868-1953) - Charles Aubrey Eaton was a Canadian-born American clergyman and politician who led congregations at Natick, Massachusetts, 1893–1895; Bloor Street, Toronto, 1895–1901; Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, ...more

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Darrell Dexter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Darrell Dexter age 59 - Darrell Elvin Dexter is a Canadian lawyer, journalist and former naval officer who served as the 27th Premier of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia from 2009 to 2013. A member of the Nova ...more

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George Mercer Dawson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
George Mercer Dawson Died at 52 (1849-1901) - George Mercer Dawson CMG FRS FRSC, was a Canadian scientist and surveyor. He was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, the eldest son of Sir John William Dawson, Principal of McGill University and his ...more

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Abraham Pineo Gesner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Abraham Pineo Gesner Died at 67 (1797-1864) - Abraham Pineo Gesner was a Canadian physician and geologist who invented kerosene. Although Ignacy Łukasiewicz developed the modern kerosene lamp, starting the world's oil industry, Gesner is ...more

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Boardman Robinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Boardman Robinson Died at 76 (1876-1952) - Boardman Robinson was a Canadian-American artist, illustrator and cartoonist.

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Wallace MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Wallace MacDonald Died at 87 (1891-1978) - Wallace Archibald MacDonald was a Canadian silent film actor, and film producer. MacDonald started as a messenger boy with the Dominion Steel Company in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He later worked up ...more

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Eileen O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Eileen O'Connell Died at 53 (1947-2000) - Eileen O'Connell was a Canadian politician who served as the Member of the Nova Scotia Legislature for Halifax Fairview from 1996 until her death in 2000 from breast cancer. She belonged to the ...more

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Hugh MacLennan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Hugh MacLennan Died at 83 (1907-1990) - John Hugh MacLennan, CC, CQ was a Canadian author and professor of English at McGill University. He won five Governor General's Awards and a Royal Bank Award.

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Alden Nowlan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Alden Nowlan Died at 50 (1933-1983) - Alden Albert Nowlan was a critically acclaimed Canadian poet, novelist, and playwright.

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Lynn Coady is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Lynn Coady age 45 - Lynn Coady is a Canadian novelist and journalist.

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James E. Lockyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
James E. Lockyer age 67 - James Edward Lockyer, QC CD is a Canadian lawyer, law professor, and former politician. Lockyer graduated with a BA degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick then earned ...more

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Albert Clements Killam is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Albert Clements Killam Died at 59 (1849-1908) - Albert Clements Killam, QC was a Canadian lawyer, politician, judge, railway commissioner, and Puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Canada. He was the first judge from Western Canada to be ...more

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John William Dawson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
John William Dawson Died at 79 (1820-1899) - Sir John William Dawson, CMG, FRS, FRSC, was a Canadian geologist and university administrator.

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John George Bourinot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
John George Bourinot Died at 66 (1836-1902) - Sir John George Bourinot, KCMG FRSC was a Canadian journalist, historian, and civil servant, sole author of the first Canadian effort in 1884 to document Parliamentary Procedure and Practice, ...more

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George Frederick Cameron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
George Frederick Cameron Died at 31 (1854-1885) - George Frederick Cameron was a Canadian poet, lawyer, and journalist, best known for the libretto for the operetta Leo, the Royal Cadet.

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Marc Pelletier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Marc Pelletier age 28 - Marc Pelletier is a film director, film editor, film score composer, film producer and actor.

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Irving Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Irving Schwartz Died at 81 (1929-2010) - Irving Schwartz, OC was a Canadian businessman. He was a noted community leader, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He was inducted into the Order of Canada for his work towards ridding the world ...more

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Kate Beaton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Kate Beaton age 33 - Kate Beaton is a Canadian comics artist, and creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant.

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Lance Woolaver is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Lance Woolaver age 69 - Lance Gerard Woolaver is a Canadian author, poet, playwright and director, whose works include World Without Shadows, Lord Strange, and Portia White:First You Dream". He was educated at ...more

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Joan Clark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Joan Clark age 82 - Joan Clark BA, D.Litt is a Canadian fiction author. Born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Clark spent her youth in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. She attended Acadia University for its drama program, ...more

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Hal Foster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Hal Foster Died at 90 (1892-1982) - Harold Rudolf Foster, better known as Hal Foster, was a Canadian-American comic book artist and writer best known as the creator of the comic strip Prince Valiant. His drawing style is noted for ...more

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Thomas Chandler Haliburton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Thomas Chandler Haliburton Died at 69 (1796-1865) - Thomas Chandler Haliburton was a politician, judge, and author who lived in the British Colony of Nova Scotia. He was the first international best-selling author from what is now Canada and ...more

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Charles Hibbert Tupper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Charles Hibbert Tupper Died at 72 (1855-1927) - Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, KCMG, PC was a Canadian lawyer and politician.

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Purdy Crawford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Purdy Crawford Died at 83 (1931-2014) - Purdy Crawford, CC QC was a Canadian lawyer and businessman.

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James Tupper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
James Tupper age 50 - James Tupper is a Canadian actor known for his roles as Jack Slattery on the ABC television series Men in Trees, Dr. Chris Sands on the NBC medical drama series Mercy, and David Clarke on ABC's ...more

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Sharon Carstairs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Sharon Carstairs age 74 - Sharon Carstairs, PC is a Canadian politician and former Senator.

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Oswald Avery is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Oswald Avery Died at 78 (1877-1955) - Oswald FRS was a Canadian-born American physician and medical researcher. The major part of his career was spent at the Rockefeller University Hospital in New York City. Avery was one of the ...more

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Sidney Earle Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Sidney Earle Smith Died at 62 (1897-1959) - Sidney Earle Smith, PC was a noted academic and Canada's Secretary of State for External Affairs in the government of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

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William Aitken is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
William Aitken Died at 59 (1905-1964) - Sir William Traven Aitken, KBE was a Canadian-born British journalist and politician who was a Member of Parliament for 14 years. He was a nephew of Lord Beaverbrook.