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

Examples of people on this list: Mohd Nazrulerwan Makmor, Thane Bettany and more.

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

Yau-Man Chan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 66
Yau-Man Chan is a Malaysian-American table tennis player, technology executive, and reality television participant. He was the fourth place finisher in the reality television series Survivor: ...more

Michael Gough is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Dec. at 95 (1916-2011)
Francis Michael Gough was an English character actor who made over 150 film and television appearances. He is known for his roles in the Hammer Horror Films from 1958, and for his recurring role ...more

Joe Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 58
Joe Simpson is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. He is best known for his book Touching the Void and the 2003 film adaptation of his book.

Tsai Ming-liang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 61
Tsai Ming-liang is a Malaysian Chinese and one of the most celebrated "Second New Wave" film directors of Taiwanese Cinema, along with earlier contemporaries such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien ...more

Mohammad Shukri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Mohammad Shukri age 32
Shukri Rahim is a Malaysian cricket player.

Yuna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 32
Yunalis Mat Zara'ai, commercially known as Yuna, is a Malaysian singer, songwriter, and businesswoman.

Bernard Chandran is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 50
Dato' Bernard Chandran is a Malaysian fashion designer. His talents have earned him many faithful clients among Malaysia's elite most notably the Royal families of Malaysia and Brunei as well as ...more

Jaclyn Victor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 40
Jaclyn Joshua Thanaraj Victor, popularly known as Jaclyn Victor, is a Malaysian singer and actress who won the inaugural Malaysian Idol and Ikon Malaysia. As the winner of Malaysian Idol, she ...more

Hannah Tan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 37
Hannah Tan, also known as Hannah T or Hannah Sarah Tan, is a Malaysian singer-songwriter, actress, model and television personality. She is half-Chinese and half-Kelabit. She married Bryan Lee ...more

Steph Song is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 34
Steph Song is a Malaysian actress, of Chinese heritage, raised in Canada and Australia. She was voted Sexiest Woman in the world by Asian readers of FHM magazine. Song has received six Leo Award ...more

Mahathir Mohamad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 93
Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister. His political ...more

Tony Underwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 50
Tony Underwood is a former English rugby union footballer who played as a wing three-quarter back. He is of Chinese-English parentage.

Andrea Fonseka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 34
Andrea Veronica Fonseka was the winner of Miss Malaysia Universe 2004, and is a model, television presenter and actress working predominantly in Malaysia and Singapore. She also holds a Bachelor ...more

Ashley Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 78
Ashley Jackson is a landscape watercolourist. Raised in Barnsley, South Yorkshire he opened his first gallery in 1963. His gallery is located in the heart of the Pennines, Holmfirth. He ...more

Wee Chong Jin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Dec. at 88 (1917-2005)
Wee Chong Jin was a Singaporean judge and the first Chief Justice of the country.

Goh Keng Swee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)
Goh Keng Swee was the second Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore between 1973 and 1984, and a Member of Parliament for the Kreta Ayer constituency for a quarter of a century. Born in Malacca in ...more

Vyvyane Loh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Vyvyane Loh is a Malaysian-American novelist, choreographer, and physician.

Bonny Hicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Dec. at 29 (1968-1997)
Bonny Susan Hicks was a Singapore Eurasian model and writer. After garnering fame as a model, she gained recognition for her contributions to Singaporean post-colonial literature and the ...more

Khoo Kheng-Hor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 62
Khoo Kheng-Hor is a Malaysian author and speaker on contemporary application of the 500 BC Chinese military treatise, The Art of War, by renowned military strategist Sun Tzu. In the 1990s, Khoo ...more

Jenny Eclair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 58
Jenny Eclair is an English comedian, novelist and actor, best known for her roles in Grumpy Old Women between 2004 and 2007 and in Loose Women in 2011 and 2012.

Nick Newman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 60
Nick Newman is a satirical British cartoonist and comedy scriptwriter. The son of an RAF officer, Newman was born in Kuala Lumpur and schooled at Ardingly College where his satirical career ...more

Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 52
Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy sometimes spelt Waythamoorthy is a Malaysian lawyer of Tamil origin who is currently an activist of the HINDRAF campaign to fight discrimination against Malaysian

Jill Bennett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
Dec. at 59 (1931-1990)
Jill Bennett was a British actress, and the fourth wife of playwright John Osborne.

Abdul Rahman Ya'kub is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 91
Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman bin Ya'kub was a Malaysian politician of Melanau descent from Mukah. He was the third Chief Minister of Sarawak and the fourth Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak. ...more

Aishah Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
age 38
Aishah Jennifer Mohamed Sinclair is an actress and television host from Malaysia. Currently she is the face of product Olay Total Effect and the spokesperson for Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam, a ...more