How Many Of These Famous People From Jamaica Have You Heard About?

There are a number of famous people from Jamaica. Although people worldwide may easily identify Bob Marley as Jamaican, a number of other world-famous people who are also Jamaicans.

Notable people from Jamaica include activists... artists... businessmen... doctors... musicians... painters... politicians...religious leaders... scientists... sportsmen/sportswomen... and writers.

Below is a list of 30 famous people from Jamaica (sorted alphabetically). If all the notable Jamaicans were to be listed, you would be spending hours reading about their achievements and feats;o)

Asafa PowellSprinter. Held the 100 m world record between June 2005 and May 2008. World's 2nd fastest sprinter (9.74 seconds)
Barrington Irving Jr.Pilot. The youngest-ever pilot to fly solo around the world.
Beenie ManDancehall Artiste. 2000 Grammy award winner for Best Reggae Album (Art & Life)
Bob MarleyLegendary Reggae Musician. The album Legend, a compilation album released in 1984 (three years after his death) has sold over 12 million copies.
Carla CampbellFashion Model. Appeared in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Only the second Caribbean model to do Victoria's Secret.
Carol CrawfordMiss World 1963. First Jamaican to win Miss World contest in London, England.
Cindy BreakspeareMiss World 1976. She is a jazz artist and the mother of three time Grammy-winning reggae musician Damian "Junior Gong" Marley.
Claude McKayWriter and Poet. Was involved in the Harlem Renaissance. His book of poetry, Harlem Shadows (1922) was among the first books published during the Harlem Renaissance.
Courtney WalshCricketer (fast bowler). Held the record for most Test wickets (2000 - 2004).
Donald QuarrieSprinter. Jamaican 200 m Gold Medalist, 100 m Silver Medalist (1976 Olympics)
Dr. Cicely WilliamsMedical Doctor. Identified protein deficiency disease kwashiorkor.
Dr. Kenneth RichardsMedical Doctor. Developed the "Richards Procedure". As a result lung transplants became feasible in humans.
Dr. Kenneth Leigh EvansMedical Doctor. Blood transfusion pioneer who also developed "Tia Maria", the world renowned coffee liqueur.
Jimmy CliffSka and Reggae Musician. Best known for songs like "Sittin' in Limbo", "You Can Get It If You Really Want It", "Many Rivers to Cross" from The Harder They Come, a film soundtrack. He's also known for a cover of "I Can See Clearly Now" from the film "Cool Runnings".
Jody-Anne MaxwellWinner of the 1998 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The first non-USA contestant and the first black student to win in the history of the competition. She was 12 years old when she won.
Lisa HannaMiss World 1993. She won the title in Sun City, South Africa at 18 years old.
Louise Bennett-CoverlyFolklorist, Writer, and Artiste. "Miss Lou" traveled throughout the World promoting the culture of Jamaica by lecturing and performing.
Marcus GarveyNational Hero of Jamaica. Also a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black nationalist and orator. Founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).
Merlene OtteySprinter. She is ranked fourth on the list of the all time female athletes on the 100 m and third on the 200 m list.
Michael Lee-ChinInvestor. Chairman/CEO of AIC Limited., Chairman of NCB Jamaica. Consistently listed on Forbes Billionaires List.
Mike McCallumBoxer. Nicknamed the "bodysnatcher". Held world titles in several weight classes. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.
Nadine WillisSupermodel. Widely regarded as Jamaica's number one supermodel. The first black woman to do a Gucci campaign.
Peter ToshReggae Musician. Guitarist for The Wailers', the best-known Reggae group. Considered as one of the originators of the choppy and syncopated Reggae guitar style.
Ricardo GardnerFootballer. Currently plays as a left defender or midfielder for Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League.
Sean PaulDancehall Artiste. Grammy Award winnner. Biggest hits include "Get Busy", "Like Glue", "Gimme the Light", "Baby Boy", and "I'm Still in Love with You".
ShaggyDancehall Artiste. Biggest hits "Oh Carolina", "Boombastic" and "It Wasn't Me". Recorded the theme for Showtime, a 2002 movie.
Steve BucknorInternational Cricket Umpire. Holds the record for the most Test matches umpired (officiated in over 100 Test matches). Umpired in 14 Ashes Test matches and officiated in Bangladesh's first ever Test match.
Tanya StephensDancehall Artiste. Best known for her hits "Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet" and "It's a Pity", which gained her international recognition.
Usain BoltSprinter. Olympic Gold Medal 100 m and 200 m (2008 Olympics). World Record holder in the 100 m (9.58 seconds) and 200 m (19.19 seconds). World Junior Record holder in the 200 m (19.93 seconds). Nicknamed by the media, "Lightning Bolt".
Veronica Campbell-BrownSprinter. Four-time Olympic medalist. Current Olympic 200 m and World 100 m champion.

Hopefully this list of famous people from Jamaica will highlight the determination and dedication of Jamaicans.