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

Ashton Bennett and Tony Rebel are included in this list.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Jamaica?" or "Which celebrities were born in Jamaica?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica, Jamaica

Robert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae, ...more

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Sanya Richards-Ross is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 33

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Sanya Richards-Ross (born February 26, 1985) is a Jamaican-American former track and field athlete who competed internationally for the United States. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold ...more
Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Dec. at 59 (1889-1948)

Birthplace: Clarendon Parish, Jamaica

Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (September 15, 1889 – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to ...more
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Dec. at 44 (1967-2011)

Birthplace: Jamaica, Mandeville

Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011), better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor. Myers was the former leader of Heavy D ...more

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Debi Mazar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 54

Birthplace: Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Deborah Anne Mazar Corcos (; born August 13, 1964) is an American actress and television personality, known for playing sharp-tongued women. She began her career with supporting roles in ...more

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Rocco DiSpirito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 52

Birthplace: New York City, USA, Jamaica, New York

Rocco DiSpirito (born November 19, 1966) is an American chef based in New York City.
Stacey McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Jamaica

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Stacey McKenzie (born in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Canadian fashion model, runway coach and most recently a model coach and judge on the Canadian reality television show Canada's Next Top Model. ...more
Seth Rudetsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Jamaica

Birthplace: Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Seth Dennis Rudetsky (born February 28, 1967) is an American musician, actor, writer, and radio host. He currently is the host of Seth's Big Fat Broadway and Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Satellite ...more
Nelson DeMille is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 75

Birthplace: Jamaica, New York City, New York

Nelson Richard DeMille (born August 23, 1943) is an American author of action adventure and suspense novels. His novels include Plum Island, The Charm School, and The Gold Coast. DeMille has ...more

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Cecily Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Dec. at 46 (1958-2004)

Birthplace: Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Cecily April Adams (February 6, 1958 – March 3, 2004) was an American actress, casting director, and lyricist.
Jimmy Breslin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 88

Birthplace: Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

James Earle Breslin (October 17, 1928 – March 19, 2017) was an American journalist and author. Until the time of his death, he wrote a column for the New York Daily News Sunday edition. He wrote ...more

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Carlton "Carly"... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Dec. at 37 (1950-1987)

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Carlton "Carly" Barrett (17 December 1950 – 17 April 1987) was a Jamaican drummer and percussionist. His musical development in the early years was with his brother Aston "Family ...more

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Staceyann Chin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 46

Birthplace: Jamaica

Staceyann Chin (born December 25, 1972) is a spoken-word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ...more
Shelly-Ann Fraser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 32

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, OD (née Fraser on 27 December 1986) is a Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in 2008 when at 21 ...more

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Rustie Lee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 66

Birthplace: Jamaica

Rustie Lee, (born 1953) is a British television personality, television chef, actress, singer and former politician. She appeared and participated in the Channel 5 reality-television show ...more
Winsome Sears is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 54

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Winsome Earle Sears (born March 11, 1964) is an American politician. She was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–2004, and ran unsuccessfully for the United States House ...more
Michael Holding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 65

Birthplace: Caribbean Sea, Greater Antilles, Jamaica, Surrey, Kingston, + more

Michael Anthony Holding (born 16 February 1954) is a British Jamaican cricket commentator and former cricketer who played for the West Indies cricket team. One of the fastest bowlers to have ...more
George Rhoden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 92

Birthplace: Jamaica

George Vincent Rhoden (born 13 December 1926) is a former Jamaican athlete, winner of two Olympic gold medals in 1952. He was born in Kingston. Rhoden, who lived in San Francisco, was one of the ...more
Donovan Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 51

Birthplace: Manchester Parish, Jamaica

Donovan Bailey, O.Ont (born December 16, 1967) is a retired Jamaican-Canadian sprinter, who once held the world record for the 100 metres. He recorded a time of 9.84 seconds to win the gold ...more
Courtney Walsh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 56

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Courtney Andrew Walsh OJ (born 30 October 1962) is a former Jamaican cricketer who represented the West Indies from 1984 to 2001, captaining the West Indies in 22 Test matches. He is a fast ...more
Bushwick Bill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 52

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Richard Stephen Shaw (December 8, 1966 – June 9, 2019) was a Jamaican-American rapper and record producer better known by his stage name Bushwick Bill. He was best known as a member of the ...more

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Sha-ri Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 56

Birthplace: Iceland

Sha-ri Pendleton (born 5 December 1963) is a former world class hurdler, javelin thrower, and aspiring bodybuilder of the mid, and late 1980s.
Slyck Wagner Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 39

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Wagner Brown (born September 5, 1979) is a Jamaican born professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, SWB or Slyck Wagner Brown. Brown currently wrestles on the Independent circuit in ...more
Yohan Blake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Age: 29

Birthplace: Saint James Parish, Jamaica

Yohan Blake (born 26 December 1989), is a Jamaican sprinter of the 100-metre and 200-metre sprint races. He won gold at the 100 m at the 2011 World Championships as the youngest 100 m world ...more
Floyd Wedderburn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Floyd Wedderburn Age: 42

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Floyd E. Wedderburn (born May 5, 1976) is a former professional American football player who played guard for three seasons for the Seattle Seahawks. Floyd attended Upper Darby High School, ...more