List of Famous people born in Jamaica
Winsome Earle Sears is an American politician who is the lieutenant governor-elect of Virginia. A Republican, Sears served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2004 after defeating longtime incumbent Billy Robinson Jr. In September 2018, she entered the race for U.S. Senate as a Republican write-in alternative to Corey Stewart. Sears was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in the 2021 election which she won, becoming the first woman, black woman, and first person of Jamaican origin to be elected to a statewide office in Virginia.
Shawn Rhoden is a Jamaican-American IFBB professional bodybuilder and former Mr. Olympia. He won the 2018 Mr. Olympia contest by defeating seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath. He is the oldest bodybuilder to win the Mr. Olympia title, at the age of 43 years and five months.
Dillian Whyte is a British professional boxer, and former kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He held the WBC interim heavyweight title from 2019 to 2020. At regional level, he has held multiple heavyweight titles, including the British title from 2016 to 2017. As of December 2020, he is ranked as the world's fifth best active heavyweight by The Ring magazine and seventh by BoxRec and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. He has been ranked among BoxRec's top 10 heavyweights since 2016, reaching his career-high ranking of No.5 at the conclusion of 2018. As of 2020, Whyte has won three fights rated by BoxRec as 5-Star. His knockout-to-win percentage stands at 72%.
Christopher Henry Gayle, OD is a Jamaican cricketer who played international cricket for the West Indies. Gayle captained the West Indies Test side from 2007 to 2010. Regarded as one of the best batsmen of all time, Gayle has set numerous records across all three formats of the game. He is the most capped player for the West Indies in international cricket and is the only player to score a triplet of centuries – a triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in T20Is. Gayle is the first ever batsman to hit 1000 sixes in T20 cricket.
Raheem Shaquille Sterling is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team.
Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare is a Jamaican bass guitarist and record producer, best known as the one half of the reggae rhythm section and production duo Sly and Robbie, with drummer Sly Dunbar. Regarded as one of the most influential reggae bassists, Shakespeare is also known for his creative use of electronics and production effects units. He is sometimes nicknamed "Basspeare".
Mary Jane Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse, healer and businesswoman who set up the "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War. She described this as "a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers", and provided succour for wounded servicemen on the battlefield, and nursed many of them back to health. Coming from a tradition of Jamaican and West African "doctresses", Seacole displayed "compassion, skills and bravery while nursing soldiers during the Crimean War", through the use of herbal remedies. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. In 2004, she was voted the greatest black Briton.
Leon Edwards is a British-Jamaican professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2011, Edwards formerly competed for BAMMA, where he was the BAMMA Welterweight Champion. As of October 28, 2020, he is #3 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Nia Talita Long is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Third Watch and Empire, and the films Big Momma's House, Are We There Yet?, Love Jones, The Best Man, Soul Food, Friday, Boyz n the Hood and In Too Deep.
Tanya Sue Chutkan is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.