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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)
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the ...more

Sanya Richards-Ross is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 33
Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican American track and field athlete who competes internationally for the United States. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold in the 400 metres after finishing ...more

Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Dec. at 59 (1889-1948)
Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem, a best-seller that won ...more

Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Dec. at 44 (1967-2011)
Dwight Errington Myers, better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor, and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included ...more

Debi Mazar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 54
Deborah "Debi" Mazar is an American actress and television personality, known for her Jersey Girl-type roles; as sharp-tongued women in independent films; and for her starring role in ...more

Rocco DiSpirito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 52
Rocco DiSpirito is an American chef based in New York City.

Stacey McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Stacey McKenzie 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.

Seth Rudetsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Seth Rudetsky is a screenwriter and an actor.

Nelson DeMille is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 75
Nelson Richard DeMille is an American author of thriller novels. His works include Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, Plum Island, and The General's Daughter. DeMille has also ...more

Cecily Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Dec. at 46 (1958-2004)
Cecily April Adams was an American actress, casting director, and lyricist.

Jimmy Breslin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 88
Jimmy Breslin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author. He currently writes a column for the New York Daily News' Sunday edition. He has written numerous novels, and columns of ...more

Carlton
Dec. at 37 (1950-1987)
Carlton "Carly" Barrett was an influential reggae drummer and percussion player. His musical development in the early years was with his brother Aston "Family Man" Barrett as ...more

Staceyann Chin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 46
Staceyann Chin 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 Pittsburgh Daily, and ...more

Shelly-Ann Fraser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 32
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, OD is a Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games when at 21 years old, the relatively ...more

Rustie Lee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 66
Rustie Lee is a Jamaican born English 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
Winsome Earle Sears is an American politician. She was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–2003, and ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives ...more

Michael Holding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 65
Michael Anthony Holding is a former West Indian cricketer. One of the fastest bowlers ever to play Test cricket, he was nicknamed "Whispering Death" by umpires due to his quiet ...more

George Rhoden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 92
George Vincent Rhoden is a former Jamaican athlete, winner of two Olympic gold medals in 1952. Rhoden, who lived in San Francisco, was one of the successful long sprinters from Jamaica in the ...more

Donovan Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 51
Donovan Bailey is a retired Canadian sprinter, who once held the world record for the 100 metres race following his gold medal performance in the 1996 Olympic Games. He was the first Canadian to ...more

Courtney Walsh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 56
Courtney Andrew Walsh OJ is a former international cricketer who represented the West Indies from 1984 to 2001, captaining the West Indies in 22 Test matches. He is best known for a remarkable ...more

Bushwick Bill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 52
Richard Stephen Shaw, better known by the stage names Bushwick Bill and Dr. Wolfgang Von Bushwickin the Barbarian Mother-Funky Stay High Dollar Billstir, is a Jamaican-born American rapper. He ...more

Sha-ri Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 56
Sha-ri Pendleton 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
The Underground King 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 Northeastern ...more

Yohan Blake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
age 29
Yohan Blake, is a Jamaican sprinter of the 100-metre and 200-metre sprint races. He won a gold medal at the 100 m at the 2011 world championships as the youngest 100 m world champion ever, and a ...more

Floyd Wedderburn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Floyd Wedderburn age 42
Floyd E. Wedderburn 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 lettered in ...more