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

This list below has everything from Bill Casey to Rodger Cuzner.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Nova Scotia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Nova Scotia?" then this list is a great resource for you.
John Kenneth Galbraith ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Dec. at 98 (1908-2006)

Birthplace: Iona Station, Ontario, Canada

John Kenneth Galbraith (October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006), also known as Ken Galbraith, was a Canadian-born economist, public official, and diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century ...more

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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 31

Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Sidney Patrick Crosby (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nicknamed "Sid ...more

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Scott Brison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 51

Birthplace: Canada, Hants County, Americas, Windsor

Scott A. Brison (born May 10, 1967) is a Canadian former politician from Nova Scotia. Brison served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Kings-Hants from the 1997 federal election ...more
Harold Russell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Dec. at 88 (1914-2002)

Birthplace: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Harold John Avery Russell (January 14, 1914 – January 29, 2002) was a Canadian-born American World War II veteran who became one of only two non-professional actors to win an Academy Award for ...more
Nikki Payne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 43

Birthplace: Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Nikki Payne (also credited as Nikkie Payne), is a Canadian comedian and actress, from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Born with a cleft palate, she is well known for incorporating her lisp ...more
Rita MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Dec. at 69 (1944-2013)

Birthplace: Big Pond, Nova Scotia, Canada

Rita MacNeil, CM, ONS (May 28, 1944 – April 16, 2013) was a Canadian singer from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. Her biggest hit, "Flying On Your Own", ...more
George Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Dec. at 72 (1885-1957)

Birthplace: Sydney, Canada

George Alan Cleveland (September 17, 1885 – July 15, 1957) was a Canadian film actor. He appeared in more than 180 films between 1930 and 1954.
Donald Olding Hebb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Dec. at 81 (1904-1985)

Birthplace: Chester, Chester Municipal District, Nova Scotia, Canada

Donald Olding Hebb FRS (July 22, 1904 – August 20, 1985) was a Canadian psychologist who was influential in the area of neuropsychology, where he sought to understand how the function of neurons ...more
Shawn Alex Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 67

Birthplace: Canada, Berwick

Shawn Alex Thompson (born January 13, 1958, Berwick, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, television producer, and television director, as well as a professional magician. Notably he ...more
Sarah Conrad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 33

Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Sarah Conrad is a professional snowboarder.
George Elliott Clarke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 59

Birthplace: Three Mile Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada

George Elliott Clarke, (born February 12, 1960) is a Canadian poet, playwright and literary critic who served as the Poet Laureate of Toronto from 2012 to 2015 and as the 2016-2017 Canadian ...more
The Unknown Comic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 74

Birthplace: Dartmouth, Canada

“The Unknown Comic” is the stage name adopted by Canadian actor and stand-up comic Murray Langston (born June 27, 1945 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada), best known for his comic performances ...more
Andrew Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 33

Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Andrew Jacob Gordon is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger. He is currently playing with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
Michael L. MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Michael L. MacDonald Age: 63

Birthplace: Louisbourg, Canada

Michael L. Macdonald (born May 4, 1955) is a Canadian politician and a Conservative member of the Canadian Senate. He was appointed on the advice of Stephen Harper to the Senate on 22 December
Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 73

Birthplace: Springhill, Canada

Morna Anne Murray (born June 20, 1945), known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies ...more

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Natalie MacMaster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 46

Birthplace: Troy, Nova Scotia, Canada

Natalie MacMaster (born June 13, 1972) is a Canadian fiddler from the rural community of Troy in Inverness County, Nova Scotia, who plays Cape Breton fiddle music. MacMaster has toured with the ...more
John Makdessi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
John Makdessi Age: 33

Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

John Makdessi (born May 3, 1985) is a Canadian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Tanya Huff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 62

Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Tanya Sue Huff (born 1957) is a Canadian fantasy author. Her stories have been published since the late 1980s, including five fantasy series and one science fiction series. One of these, her ...more
Peter MacKay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 53

Birthplace: Canada, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, New Glasgow, Americas

Peter Gordon MacKay (born September 27, 1965) is a lawyer and politician from Nova Scotia, Canada. He was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015 and has served as Minister of Justice and ...more
Sixtoo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 41

Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Sixtoo was the main project of a Canadian underground hip hop DJ, producer and rapper Vaughn Robert Squire between 1996 and 2007. He has since retired the Sixtoo name pursuing other directions ...more
Charles Aubrey Eaton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Dec. at 85 (1868-1953)

Birthplace: Pugwash, Canada

Charles Aubrey Eaton (March 29, 1868 – January 23, 1953) was a Canadian-born American clergyman and politician who led congregations at Natick, Massachusetts, 1893–1895; Bloor Street, Toronto, ...more
Darrell Dexter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Age: 61

Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Darrell Elvin Dexter (born September 10, 1957) is a Canadian lawyer, journalist and former naval officer who served as the 27th Premier of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia from 2009 to 2013. ...more
George Mercer Dawson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Dec. at 52 (1849-1901)

Birthplace: Pictou, Canada

George Mercer Dawson (August 1, 1849 – March 2, 1901) was a Canadian geologist and surveyor. He was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, the eldest son of Sir John William Dawson, Principal of McGill ...more
Abraham Pineo Gesner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Dec. at 67 (1797-1864)

Birthplace: Cornwallis Park, Canada

Abraham Pineo Gesner, ONB (; May 2, 1797 – April 29, 1864) was a Canadian physician and geologist who invented kerosene. Gesner was born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (now called Chipmans Corner) ...more
Boardman Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Nova Scotia
Dec. at 76 (1876-1952)

Birthplace: Nova Scotia, Canada

Boardman Robinson (1876–1952) was a Canadian-American artist, illustrator and cartoonist.