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Famous People From Jamaica

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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

    Bob Marley

    Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

    BirthplaceNine Mile, Jamaica, Jamaica

    Robert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter....  more

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  • Sanya Richards-Ross

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Sanya Richards-Ross (born February 26, 1985) is a Jamaican-American former track and field...  more
  • Claude McKay

    Claude McKay

    Dec. at 59 (1889-1948)

    BirthplaceClarendon Parish, Jamaica

    Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (September 15, 1889 – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican writer and...  more
  • Heavy D

    Heavy D

    Dec. at 44 (1967-2011)

    BirthplaceJamaica, Mandeville

    Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011), better known as Heavy D, was a...  more

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  • Debi Mazar

    Debi Mazar

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Deborah Anne Mazar Corcos (; born August 13, 1964) is an American actress and television...  more

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  • Rocco DiSpirito

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, Jamaica, New York

    Rocco DiSpirito (born November 19, 1966) is an American chef based in New York City....  more
  • Stacey McKenzie
    Stacey McKenzie (born in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Canadian fashion model, runway coach and most...  more
  • Seth Rudetsky
    Seth Dennis Rudetsky (born February 28, 1967) is an American musician, actor, writer, and...  more
  • Nelson DeMille

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York

    Nelson Richard DeMille (born August 23, 1943) is an American author of action adventure and...  more

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  • Cecily Adams

    Cecily Adams

    Dec. at 46 (1958-2004)

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Cecily April Adams (February 6, 1958 – March 3, 2004) was an American actress, casting...  more
  • Jimmy Breslin

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

    James Earle Breslin (October 17, 1928 – March 19, 2017) was an American journalist and author....  more

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  • Carlton "Carly" Barrett

    Carlton "Carly" Barrett

    Dec. at 37 (1950-1987)

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Carlton "Carly" Barrett (17 December 1950 – 17 April 1987) was a Jamaican drummer and...  more

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  • Staceyann Chin


    Staceyann Chin (born December 25, 1972) is a spoken-word poet, performing artist and LGBT...  more
  • Shelly-Ann Fraser

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, OD (née Fraser on 27 December 1986) is a Jamaican track and field...  more

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  • Rustie Lee

    Rustie Lee

    Age: 67


    Rustie Lee, (born 1953) is a British television personality, television chef, actress, singer...  more
  • Winsome Sears

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Winsome Earle Sears (born March 11, 1964) is an American politician. She was a Republican...  more
  • Michael Holding

    BirthplaceCaribbean Sea, Greater Antilles, Jamaica, Surrey, Kingston

    Michael Anthony Holding (born 16 February 1954) is a British Jamaican cricket commentator and...  more
  • George Rhoden


    George Vincent Rhoden (born 13 December 1926) is a former Jamaican athlete, winner of two...  more
  • Donovan Bailey

    BirthplaceManchester Parish, Jamaica

    Donovan Bailey, O.Ont (born December 16, 1967) is a retired Jamaican-Canadian sprinter, who...  more
  • Courtney Walsh

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Courtney Andrew Walsh OJ (born 30 October 1962) is a former Jamaican cricketer who represented...  more
  • Bushwick Bill

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Richard Stephen Shaw (December 8, 1966 – June 9, 2019) was a Jamaican-American rapper and...  more
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    Sha-ri Pendleton (born 5 December 1963) is a former world class hurdler, javelin thrower, and...  more
  • Slyck Wagner Brown

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Wagner Brown (born September 5, 1979) is a Jamaican born professional wrestler, better known...  more
  • Yohan Blake

    BirthplaceSaint James Parish, Jamaica

    Yohan Blake (born 26 December 1989), is a Jamaican sprinter of the 100-metre and 200-metre...  more
  • Floyd Wedderburn

    Floyd Wedderburn

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Floyd E. Wedderburn (born May 5, 1976) is a former professional American football player who...  more