List of Famous people born in Guyana

Famous People
Names and Surnames

Letitia Wright

First Name Letitia
Height 165 cm | 5'5

Letitia Michelle Wright is a Guyanese-British actress. Beginning her professional career in 2011, she has played roles in Black Panther and several British TV series, including Top Boy, Coming Up, Chasing Shadows, Humans, the Doctor Who episode "Face the Raven" and the Black Mirror episode "Black Museum"; for the latter she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. She also starred in Steve McQueen's anthology series Small Axe (2020).

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Shaunette Renée Wilson

First Name Shaunette
Born on February 22, 1989 (age 34)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Shaunette Renée Wilson is a Guyanese-born American actress, on January 19, 1990. She is best known for roles in Black Panther, Billions and A Kid Like Jake. She currently plays Dr. Mina Okafor in the Fox series The Resident.

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Carl Hooper

First Name Carl
Last Name Hooper
Born on December 15, 1966 (age 56)

Carl Llewelyn Hooper is a former West Indian cricket player and a former captain of Tests and ODIs. He was a right-handed batsman and off-spin bowler, who came to prominence in the late 1980s in a side that included such players as Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh and represented the West Indies over a 16-year international career.

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Chris Lewis

First Name Chris
Last Name Lewis
Born on February 14, 1968 (age 55)

Clairmonte Christopher Lewis is an English former cricketer, who played for Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Leicestershire in the 1990s. He played in 32 Test matches and 53 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for England between 1990 and 1998.

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Andrew Watson

First Name Andrew
Last Name Watson
Died on March 8, 1921
Height 183 cm | 6'0

Andrew Watson was a British footballer who is widely considered to be the world's first black person to play association football at international level. He played three matches for Scotland between 1881 and 1882. Arthur Wharton was commonly thought to be the first black player, as he was the first black professional footballer and the first to play in the Football League, but Watson's career predated him by over a decade.

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CCH Pounder

Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder
First Name CCH
Born on December 25, 1952 (age 70)
Height 169 cm | 5'7

Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder is a Guyanese–American actress. She has appeared in numerous plays, films, television shows, and miniseries.

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E. R. Braithwaite

Edward Ricardo Braithwaite
First Name E.
Last Name Braithwaite
Born on June 27, 1912
Died on December 12, 2016 (aged 104)

Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, publishing as E. R. Braithwaite, was a Guyanese-born British-American novelist, writer, teacher and diplomat best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people. He was the author of the 1959 autobiographical novel To Sir, With Love, which was made into a 1967 British drama film of the same title, starring Sidney Poitier and Lulu.

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Wilson Harris

First Name Wilson
Last Name Harris
Born on March 24, 1921
Died on March 8, 2018 (aged 96)

Sir Theodore Wilson Harris was a Guyanese writer. He initially wrote poetry, but subsequently became a novelist and essayist. His writing style is often said to be abstract and densely metaphorical, and his subject matter wide-ranging. Harris is considered one of the most original and innovative voices in postwar literature in English.

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Shridath Ramphal

First Name Shridath
Born on October 3, 1928 (age 94)

Sir Shridath Surendranath Ramphal, often known as Sir Sonny Ramphal, is a Guyanese politician who was the second Commonwealth Secretary-General, holding the position from 1975 to 1990. He was also the foreign minister of Guyana from 1972 to 1975, and assistant attorney general of the West Indies Federation from 1958 to 1962.

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Benedict Singh

First Name Benedict
Last Name Singh
Born on December 2, 1927
Died on September 12, 2018 (aged 90)

Benedict Ganesh Singh was a Guyanese Roman Catholic bishop.

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Sam Hinds

First Name Sam
Last Name Hinds
Born on December 27, 1943 (age 79)

Samuel Archibald Anthony Hinds is a Guyanese politician who was Prime Minister of Guyana almost continuously from 1992 to 2015. He also briefly served as President of Guyana in 1997. He was awarded Guyana's highest national award, the Order of Excellence (O.E.) in 2011.

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David Campbell

First Name David
Last Name Campbell
Born in Guyana
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Donald Charles Cameron

First Name Donald
Last Name Cameron
Born on June 3, 1872
Died on January 8, 1948 (aged 75)

Sir Donald Charles Cameron, was a British colonial governor. He was the second governor of the British mandate of Tanganyika, and later the governor of Nigeria.

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David A. Granger

First Name David
Last Name Granger
Born on July 15, 1945 (age 77)

David Arthur Granger is a Guyanese politician and retired military officer who served as the 9th President of Guyana from May 2015 to August 2020. He served for a time as Commander of the Guyana Defence Force and subsequently as National Security Adviser from 1990 to 1992. He was Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Guyana from 2012 to 2015.

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Mark McKoy

First Name Mark
Last Name McKoy
Born on December 10, 1961 (age 61)
Height 181 cm | 5'11

Mark Anthony McKoy is a Canadian retired track and field athlete. He won the gold medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He also won the 60 metres hurdles title at the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships, and the 110 metres hurdles titles at the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and 1986. He is the World record holder for the 50 metres hurdles with 6.25 secs (1986), and the Canadian record holder in the 60 metres hurdles with 7.41 secs (1993), and the 110 metres hurdles with 13.08 secs (1993).

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Anthony Chinn

First Name Anthony
Last Name Chinn
Born on January 1, 1930
Died on October 22, 2000 (aged 70)

Anthony Chinn was a British supporting actor who appeared in over 50 films and television series throughout a career which spanned more than four decades. He was the child of Chinese and Brazilian parents.

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Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos

First Name Valerie
Last Name Amos
Born on March 13, 1954 (age 69)

Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos, is a British Labour Party politician and diplomat who served as the eighth UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Before her appointment to the UN, she served as British High Commissioner to Australia. She was created a life peer in 1997, serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council from 2003 to 2007.

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Narayan Ramdhani

First Name Narayan
Last Name Ramdhani
Born on June 3, 1998 (age 24)
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Harry Baird

First Name Harry
Last Name Baird
Born on May 12, 1931
Died on February 13, 2005 (aged 73)

Harry Baird was a Guyanese-born British actor who came to prominence in the 1960s, appearing in more than 36 films throughout his career. He is best remembered as the bus driver in the final scene of The Italian Job.

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Hilton Cheong-Leen

First Name Hilton
Last Name Cheong-Leen
Born on August 6, 1922
Died on January 4, 2022 (aged 99)

Hilton Cheong-Leen, CBE, JP is a Hong Kong politician and businessman. He was an elected member of the Urban Council of Hong Kong for 34 years from 1957 to 1991. He was also the first Chinese chairman of the council from 1981 to 1986. He had been a long-time chairman of the Hong Kong Civic Association, one of the two quasi-opposition political groups in the post-war Urban Council. From 1973 to 1979, he was appointed unofficial member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. From 1985 to 1988, he was again became among the first elected member of the Legislative Council through Urban Council constituency in the first Legislative Council election in 1985.

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