Actors (Male and Female) with Caribbean Roots

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“ Jamaican through her mother. ” - arpiakh
 
2.
Roger Cross
Actor, X2
“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
3.
Delroy Lindo
Actor, Up
On the stage and on the big screen, Delroy Lindo projects a powerful presence that is almost impossible to ignore. Alhough it was not his first film role, his portrayal of the bipolar numbers boss West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's Malcolm X is what first attracted attention to Lindo's considerable talents. Since then, his star has slowly been on the rise...
“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
4.
Lenny Kravitz
Actor, Precious
Four time Grammy Award-winner Leonard Albert Kravitz was born on May 26, 1964 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the only child of actress Roxie Roker and Hollywood producer Sy Kravitz. The family moved to California when Lenny was ten. His father was Jewish and his mother was of African-American and Afro-Bahamian ancestry...
“ His mother, Roxie Roker's father was from the Bahamas. ” - arpiakh
 
5.
Zoe Saldana
Actress, Avatar
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years. While living in the Dominican Republic...
“ Dominican Republic ” - arpiakh
 
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Naomie Harris
Actress, Skyfall
British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Jamaica and her mother is from Trinidad. She showed an interest in acting from an early age and attended the prestigious Anna Scher Theatre School. From here, Harris won roles in various projects...
“ Jamaican and Trinidadian ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Antiguan and St. Lucian ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
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Rosario Dawson
Actress, Sin City
This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division, which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy, urban filming that dates back to 1995 when she was only sixteen...
“ Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Jamaican and Panamanian ” - arpiakh
 
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Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed actor whose credits span both television and feature film. Wentworth Earl Miller III was born June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents, Joy Marie (Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller II...
“ Jamaican ancestry on father's side. ” - arpiakh
 
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Marsha Thomason
Actress, White Collar
Marsha Thomason, is a British actress, who is known for her roles on Las Vegas, Lost and White Collar and such movies as The Haunted Mansion and Black Knight. Thomason was born in Manchester, the daughter of Phyllis, a Jamaican electronics company employee and Peter Thomason, who works in the public sector...
“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
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Dulé Hill
Dulé Hill (whose first name is pronounced due-LAY) was born in East Brunswick, New Jersey; raised in Sayreville; and is the younger of two sons born to his Jamaican parents. His father is an entrepreneur and his mother is an educator. He began attending Marie Wildey School of Dance in East Orange, NJ...
“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
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Monica Raymund
Actress, Chicago Fire
Monica Raymund stars as Gabriela Dawson in NBC's drama "Chicago Fire." A graduate of The Juilliard School, she is the recipient of the John Houseman Award for her commitment and dedication. Immediately following her graduation, she went on to star opposite Tim Roth for three seasons in "Lie to Me." During this time...
“ Dominican ” - arpiakh
 
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Nicole Lyn
Nicole Lyn began cultivating a love of music, dance and storytelling from an early age. At just 8 years old, she won enrollment into Toronto's prestigious Claude Watson School for artistically gifted students and immersed herself in the performing arts. By the time she was 18, she was well known for her roles on Canadian television...
“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
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Meagan Good
Meagan Monique Good was born in 8 August 1981 in Panorama City, California, USA, to Tyra Wardlow-Doyle, who worked as her manager, and Leondis "Leon" Good, an LAPD officer. She began appearing on commercials at the age of four. Then she started guest-starring on series like The Parent 'Hood, Touched by an Angel...
“ Her father's mother was Afro-Puerto Rico and his father came from Barbados. ” - arpiakh
 
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Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé was born in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles (née Celestine Ann Beyincé), designs their glittering costumes. Solange Knowles, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé is of African-American and Creole descent...
“ Her father, Matthew, was born in the Bahamas. ” - arpiakh
 
18.
Laz Alonso
Actor, Avatar
Born and raised in Washington DC, Laz always knew he wanted to be an actor. He remembers at a very early age entertaining his family by imitating relatives and family friends. He graduated from the prestigious Howard University School of Business, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing...
“ Afro-Cuban ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Bahamian on her mother's side. ” - arpiakh
 
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Tamera Mowry-Housley
Self, The Real
Tamera Darvette Mowry was born on July 6, 1978, two minutes before her twin sister, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, in Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany to Darlene Mowry and Timothy Mowry, who was in the U.S. Army at the time of her birth and later became a custody officer/jailer with the City of Glendale Police Department...
“ Bahamian on her mother's side. ” - arpiakh
 
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“ His father is from Guyana. ” - arpiakh
 
22.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His paternal grandfather was from Barbados...
“ One of his grandfather's was Barbadian. ” - arpiakh
 
23.
Garcelle Beauvais
Garcelle was born in Haiti. Her mother, Marie-Claire, was a teacher who moved Garcelle and her six older children to Massachusetts after a divorce from her father, Axel, four years prior. At age 16, the family moved again to Miami. At 17, Garcelle pursued a modeling career in New York. She got a break on Aaron Spelling's TV show...
“ Haitian ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
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Stacey Dash
Actress, Clueless
Stacey Dash was born in the Bronx, New York. Stacy knew that she wanted to act, and from an early age began to act professionally. She made regular appearances on The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and also St. Elsewhere. At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy Territory, which was quickly followed by Moving...
“ Barbadian father. ” - arpiakh
 
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Nia Long
Stunning pop culture icon, Hollywood leading lady and three-time NAACP award winner Nia Long returns to the big screen this fall in the highly anticipated Universal Pictures sequel The best man holiday (in theaters November 15th) where she reunites with original castmates Taye Diggs ("Private Practice")...
“ Her parents were born in Trinidad. ” - arpiakh
 
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LL Cool J
L.L. Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, the son of Ondrea Griffith and James Louis Smith, Jr. Todd, as he was called, did not have a very happy childhood. At the age of four, he saw his mother and grandfather shot by his own father. After they recovered from their injuries...
“ One of his grandfathers was born in Barbados. ” - arpiakh
 
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Jada Pinkett Smith
Actress, Collateral
Jada Koren Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr., a contractor, and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, a nurse. They divorced after only a few months of marriage. Her father is of African-American descent and her mother is of Afro-Caribbean ancestry (from Barbados and Jamaica). Jada majored in dance and choreography at the Baltimore School for the Arts...
“ Barbadian on her mother's side. ” - arpiakh
 
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Gina Torres
Actress, Serenity
Gina was born in New York City and is youngest of three children in a close-knit Cuban American family. Attended New York City's High School of Music and Art She is a gifted mezzo soprano and was trained in opera and jazz and also sang in a gospel choir.
“ Afro-Cuban ” - arpiakh
 
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Romany Malco
The first American-born member of his West Indian family, Brooklyn-bred Romany Malco began his career at the age of seven, when he picked up a microphone and started rapping. As a teen he moved to Texas and formed the rap group R.M.G., and upon relocating to Los Angeles, the crew signed a deal to Virgin Records...
“ Trinidad ” - arpiakh
 
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Alfonso Ribeiro
Alfonso Ribeiro was born in New York on September 21, 1971. Alfonso's family is from Trinidad & Tobago. Although rumor has been that he is of Dominican descent, he has stated in an interview that this is false. Neither he nor his family are from the Dominican Republic; they originate from Trinidad & Tobago...
“ His parents are from Trinidad ” - arpiakh
 
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Karyn Parsons
Karyn Parsons grew up the only child in historic Hollywood, California. At an early age, Parsons was an aspiring dancer whose only words were "Keep Trying". Nonetheless, Karyn had torn out a knee ligament from which she'd retired from dancing at an early pre-teen age. Then, at thirteen, Parsons gotten inspired by the craft of acting when seeing her schoolmates perform in George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs...
“ Her mother was born in Trinidad. ” - arpiakh
 
33.
Tatyana Ali
On January 24, 1979, Tatyana Marisol Ali was born to Sonia, who was a nurse from Panama, and Sheriff Ali, a retired police officer from Trinidad. At the age of four she started singing and got a taste of fame when she begged her mother to take her to an audition for Sesame Street. She went on to perform in many productions in her native city...
“ Trinindad and Panama ” - arpiakh
 
34.
Rick Fox
Actor, Dope
Born in Toronto, Rick Fox moved to the Bahamas when he was very young. His father is Afro-Bahamian, and his mother, who is Canadian, is of Italian and Scottish descent. Rick went to Warsaw Indiana high school as an exchange student and played basketball there. A complaint was filed about his eligibility...
“ Father is Bahamian. ” - arpiakh
 
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D.B. Woodside
Actor, 24
“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
36.
Aldis Hodge
Aldis Alexander Basil Hodge was born in Onslow County, North Carolina. His parents, Yolette Evangeline Richardson and Aldis Hodge, Sr., served in the U.S. Marine Corps. His mother is from Florida and his father is of Dominican heritage. Hodge played both the clarinet and the violin as a child, but as an adult his focus is on the violin; he purchased his first at the age of 18...
“ His father is from the island of Dominica. ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Is Dominican and Filipino. ” - arpiakh
 
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Obba Babatundé
Obba Babatundé is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, juggling careers in film, television and stage. Babatundé recently appeared in Paramount Pictures' The Manchurian Candidate, as well as the critically acclaimed film The Notebook, while continuing to star as the father on the UPN sitcom Half & Half...
“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
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Lamman Rucker
Born in Pittsburgh, his mother had a dance company (the Pittsburgh Black Theater Dance Ensemble) and his father was a drummer, so entertaining is in his blood. His first acting role was as Martin Luther King in the 4th grade. He was in the drama club in 7th grade and then attended high school at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington...
“ Barbadian ” - arpiakh
 
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Faye Yvette McQueen
Faye Yvette McQueen was born in Jamaica, New York in 1961. She attended Catholic School, studied dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC and Martha Graham Contemporary Dance School. Faye started her own dance school at the age of 12 in her neighborhood. She performed with The New York Broadway Dancing Cheerleaders in NYC...
“ Jamaican ” - arpiakh
 
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CCH Pounder
Actress, Avatar
CCH Pounder (the CCH standing for Carol Christine Hilaria, her birth name). As can be said of other similarly styled actresses such as Alfre Woodard and Cicely Tyson, most of Pounder's characters are enriched with these same positive attributes and it is a testament to this actress' abilities that she continues on such a high plane in a nearly three-decade career...
“ Guyanese. ” - arpiakh
 
43.
Lyriq Bent
After graduating college with high honors, Lyriq Bent originally began his career as a Computer Graphic Technician. Bent's plans, however, were short-lived as he decided to take up acting on a dare. Since then, his career has gained considerable momentum with numerous film and television appearances already under his belt...
“ Jamaican. ” - arpiakh
 
44.
Adrian Lester
Adrian Lester OBE was born on August 14, 1968 in Birmingham, England as Adrian Anthony Lester. He is a multi award winning actor and director, known for seven seasons of the hit TV show Hustle, The Day After Tomorrow and Primary Colors and his extensive classical work in the theatre playing Othello...
“ Jamaican. ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Afro-Cuban ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Grenadian. ” - arpiakh
 
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Tristan Mack Wilds
Actor, 90210
Tristan Wilds was born in Staten Island, New York. In 2005, at the age of 15, Tristan made his television debut as AJ in the mini-series Miracle Boys. After that, he took his talents to a different venue and tried his hand in theater. He worked with Phylicia Rashad and the Roundabout Theater Company in the workshops Wool and Stockholm Brooklyn as Bryce for the Cherry Lane Theater...
“ His mother is Dominican and Irish. ” - arpiakh
 
48.
Lauren Luna Vélez
Actress, Dexter
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York among eight siblings including her twin sister Lorraine, Lauren Velez dreamed of becoming an actress ever since she played a groundhog in a school play in second grade. Immediately following high school, she received a scholarship from the Alvin Ailey...
“ Puerto Rican ” - arpiakh
 
49.
Monica Raymund
Actress, Chicago Fire
Monica Raymund stars as Gabriela Dawson in NBC's drama "Chicago Fire." A graduate of The Juilliard School, she is the recipient of the John Houseman Award for her commitment and dedication. Immediately following her graduation, she went on to star opposite Tim Roth for three seasons in "Lie to Me." During this time...
“ Her mother is Dominican. ” - arpiakh
 
50.
“ Her mother is Afro-Costa Rican. ” - arpiakh
 
51.
Dania Ramirez
Actress, Premium Rush
Dania is a Latin American actress born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up, living with her grandmother, in a poor household. Her parents left for the United States, when she was 6-months old, and she finally joined them in New York when she was age 10. She knew from a young age that she wanted to act...
“ Dominican ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Puerto Rican and African-American. ” - arpiakh
 
53.
Anna Maria Horsford
Anna Maria Horsford was born and raised in Harlem, New York. Her parents immigrated to the United States from the island nation Antigua & Barbuda, in the West Indies (then a British colony), during the 1940s. Anna grew up not really feeling American but not West Indian either, just somewhere in between...
“ Her parents are from Antigua and the Dominican Republic. ” - arpiakh
 
54.
Judy Reyes
Actress, Scrubs
“ Her parents are Dominican. ” - arpiakh
 
55.
“ Her mother is Puerto Rican ” - arpiakh
 
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Sidney Poitier
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...
“ His parents were Bahamian. ” - arpiakh
 
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“ Bahamian roots through her father Sidney's parents. ” - arpiakh
 
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Lorraine Toussaint
Actress, Any Day Now
SAG Award and Critics Choice Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Lorraine Toussaint shocked audiences on the smash hit Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black" as the viciously seductive inmate Vee. Toussaint's epically thrilling performance has won her glowing reviews from the likes of TV Guide and Vanity Fair...