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Famous Jamaicans

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - B

  • Opal Palmer Adisa author, educator
  • Donovan Bailey sprinter
  • Buju Banton musician
  • Edward Baugh poet
  • Louise Bennett-Coverly folklorist
  • Yohan Blake Olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Usain Bolt sprinter
  • Paul Bogle national hero
  • Jean "Binta" Breeze poet
  • Erna Brodber author
  • Steve Bucknor cricket umpire
  • Orville Richard Burrell "Shaggy" singer
  • Alexander Bustamante national hero, labor leader
  • Prince Buster musician
C
  • Carla Campbell model
  • George Campbell poet
  • Veronica Campbell sprinter
  • Margaret Cezair-Thompson author
  • Colin Channerauthor
  • Charlie Chaplin singer
  • Clive Chin record producer
  • Tessanne Chin singer
  • Linford Christie olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Tami Chynn singer, songwriter
  • Jimmy Cliff musician
  • Michelle Cliff author
  • Carolyn Cooper writer, cultural theorist, educator
  • Christine Craig author
D
  • Chili Davis former baseball player
  • Kwame Dawes poet, editor (born in Ghana)
  • Desmond Dekker singer, songwriter
  • Coxsone Dodd record producer
  • Marcia Douglas author (born in England)
E - G
  • Elephant Man musician
  • Patrick Ewing former basketball player
  • John Figueroa poet, educator
  • Ricardo Gardner footballer
  • Marcus Garvey ppublisher, journalist, orator
  • Norman Girvan economist
  • Thomas Glave author (born in USA)
  • Bruce Golding prime minister
  • Lorna Goodison poet, author
  • Jean Goulbourne poet
H
  • Stuart Hall cultural theorist, sociologist
  • Lisa Hanna Miss World 1993, politician
  • Thomas Duffus Hardy historian
  • Lenford "Steve" Harvey AIDS activist
  • Selvin Uriah "S U" Hastings first Jamaican bishop
  • Sean Paul Henriques singer
  • Philip Henry artist
  • Michael Holding cricketer
J - L
  • Ben Johnson olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Ini Kamoze singer
  • Wynton Kelly jazz pianist
  • Diana King singer, songwriter
  • Sean Kingston musician (born in USA)
  • Venice Kong model
  • Michael Lee-Chin investor, philanthropist
M
  • Roger Mais journalist, poet, playwright
  • Edna Manley sculptor, "mother of Jamaican art" (born in England)
  • Michael Manley former prime minister
  • Bob Marley singer, songwriter, musician
  • Damian Marley musician
  • Ziggy Marley musician
  • Jody-Anne Maxwell Scripps National Spelling Bee winner
  • Mike McCallum boxer
  • Claude McKayauthor, poet
  • Alecia McKenzie author
  • Stacey McKenzie model, runway coach
  • Anthony McNeill poet
  • Brian Meeks poet (born in Canada)
  • Kei Miller poet, author
  • Henry Moore former colonial governor
  • Michael Mordecai engineer, community leader
  • Pamela Mordecai poet
  • Mervyn Morris poet, educator
  • Trevor Munroe political scientist, labor activist
  • Mutabaruka poet
N - O
  • Neville Neil bishop
  • Oku Onuora poet, "father of Jamaican dub poetry"
  • Merlene Ottey olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Augustus Pablo record producer, musician
  • Patra singer
  • P.J. Patterson former prime minister
  • Sean Paul musician
  • Dawn Penn singer
  • Lee "Scratch" Perry musician
  • Geoffrey Philp poet, playwright
  • Velma Pollard author
  • Asafa Powell sprinter
  • Patricia Powell novelist
Q - R
  • Donald Quarrie olympic medalist, sprinter
  • Ernest Ranglin composer, musician
  • Claudia Rankine poet
  • Shabba Ranks musician
  • Duke Reid record producer
  • Victor Stafford Reid author
  • Winston Rodney "Burning Spear" musician
  • Osbourne Ruddock "King Tubby" sound engineer
S
  • Andrew Salkey author, poet (born in Panama)
  • Lady Saw singer
  • Dennis Scott poet, playwright
  • Eddie Seaga former prime minister
  • Portia Simpson-Miller prime minister
  • Malachi Smith poet
  • Michael "Mikey" Smith poet
  • Kiffra Solomon author
T - W
  • Ekwueme Michael Thelwell author, activist, educator
  • T.O.K. music group
  • Peter Tosh musician
  • Courtney Walsh cricketer
  • Barrington Watson artist
  • Robert Wedderburn political activist
  • Devon "Devo" White baseball player
  • Brian Williamson gay rights activist
  • Anthony C. Winkler author
  • Sylvia Wynter author, dramatist (born in Cuba)


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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.