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Famous People From Jamaica

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.
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  • Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

    BirthplaceNine 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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  • BirthplaceKingston, 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 in the  ...more
  • Dec. at 58 (1889-1948)

    BirthplaceClarendon 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 Harlem (1928), a  ...more
  • Dec. at 44 (1967-2011)

    BirthplaceMandeville, Jamaica

    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 & the  ...more

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  • Age: 57

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, USA

    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 Goodfellas  ...more

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  • BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, USA

    Rocco DiSpirito (born November 19, 1966) is an American chef based in New York City.  ...more
  • 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. In  ...more
  • 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
  • BirthplaceJamaica, 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 also  ...more
  • Dec. at 46 (1958-2004)

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, USA

    Cecily April Adams (February 6, 1958 – March 3, 2004) was an American actress, casting director, and lyricist.  ...more
  • BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, USA

    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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  • Dec. at 36 (1950-1987)

    BirthplaceKingston, 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 Man" Barrett as a  ...more
  • BirthplaceJamaica

    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 the  ...more
  • BirthplaceKingston, 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 years old, the  ...more
  • Age: 68

    BirthplaceJamaica

    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 Celebrity  ...more
  • BirthplaceKingston, 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 of  ...more
  • BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    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 ever  ...more
  • BirthplaceJamaica

    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
  • BirthplaceManchester 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 medal at  ...more
  • BirthplaceKingston, 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 bowler,  ...more
  • BirthplaceKingston, 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 pioneering  ...more
  • BirthplaceIceland

    Sha-ri Pendleton (born 5 December 1963) is a former world class hurdler, javelin thrower, and aspiring bodybuilder of the mid, and late 1980s.  ...more
  • BirthplaceKingston, 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 the  ...more
  • BirthplaceSaint 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 champion  ...more
  • Floyd Wedderburn

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceKingston, 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, where he  ...more