Actors (Male and Female) with Caribbean Roots

by arpiakh | created - 25 Sep 2013 | updated - 11 Jun 2014 | Public

1. Kerry Washington

Actress | Django Unchained

Kerry Washington was born on January 31, 1977 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Kerry Marisa Washington. She is an actress and producer, known for Django Unchained (2012), Scandal (2012) and Save the Last Dance (2001). She has been married to Nnamdi Asomugha since June 24, 2013. They ...

Jamaican through her mother.

2. Roger Cross

Actor | The Chronicles of Riddick

Roger Cross was born on October 19, 1969 in Christiana, Jamaica. He is an actor, known for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Continuum (2012) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

Jamaican

3. Delroy Lindo

Actor | Get Shorty

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 (1992) is what first attracted attention to Lindo's ...

Jamaican

4. Lenny Kravitz

Actor | The Hunger Games

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 ...

His mother, Roxie Roker's father was from the Bahamas.

5. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Guardians of the Galaxy

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. 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 ...

Dominican Republic

6. Naomie Harris

Actress | Moonlight

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...

Jamaican and Trinidadian

7. Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Actress | Without a Trace

Marianne Jean-Baptiste was born on April 26, 1967 in London, England as Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste. She is an actress and director, known for Without a Trace (2002), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Spy Game (2001). She has been married to Evan Williams since 1997. They have two children.

Antiguan and St. Lucian

8. Evan Parke

Actor | King Kong

Evan Parke was born on January 2, 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica as Evan Dexter O'Neal Parke. He is an actor, known for King Kong (2005), Planet of the Apes (2001) and The Replacements (2000).

Jamaican

9. Rosario Dawson

Actress | Rent

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 (2008), which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy...

Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican

10. Tyson Beckford

Actor | Into the Blue

Tyson Beckford was born on December 19, 1970 in The Bronx, New York, USA as Tyson Craig Beckford. He is an actor and producer, known for Into the Blue (2005), Biker Boyz (2003) and Zoolander (2001).

Jamaican and Panamanian

11. Wentworth Miller

Actor | Prison Break

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...

Jamaican ancestry on father's side.

12. Marsha Thomason

Actress | White Collar

Marsha Thomason was born and raised in Manchester, England. Her love for acting began after watching the musical "Bugsy Malone". Soon after, aged 12, she joined Oldham Theatre Workshop, where she performed many diverse stage plays, including "Our Day Out" by Willy Russell and "Peace" by Aristophanes...

Jamaican

13. Dulé Hill

Actor | Psych

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, ...

Jamaican

14. 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." ...

Dominican

15. Nicole Lyn

Actress | The Feast of All Saints

Nicole Lyn was born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada to parents Cheryl Gabay and Peter Lyn. Her love for the arts began at 3-years-old, when she started taking dance classes in her hometown. She loved performing so much, she was soon modeling and appearing in Canadian and U.S. national commercials, ...

Jamaican

16. Meagan Good

Actress | Think Like a Man

Meagan Monique Good was born on 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 (1995), ...

Her father's mother was Afro-Puerto Rico and his father came from Barbados.

17. Beyoncé

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles designs their glittering costumes. Solange, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé...

Her father, Matthew, was born in the Bahamas.

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 ...

Afro-Cuban

19. Tia Mowry-Hardrict

Actress | Sister, Sister

Tia Mowry-Hardrict was born on July 6, 1978 in Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany as Tia Dashon Mowry. She is an actress and producer, known for Sister, Sister (1994), The Hot Chick (2002) and The Game (2006). She has been married to Cory Hardrict since April 20, 2008. They have two children.

Bahamian on her mother's side.

20. Tamera Mowry-Housley

Actress | Sister, Sister

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 Tim 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 ...

Bahamian on her mother's side.

21. Derek Luke

Actor | Antwone Fisher

Derek Luke was born on April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for Antwone Fisher (2002), Glory Road (2006) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). He has been married to Sophia Adella Luke since 1998. They have one child.

His father is from Guyana.

22. Cuba Gooding Jr.

Actor | Jerry Maguire

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 ...

One of his grandfather's was Barbadian.

23. Garcelle Beauvais

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Named one of People Magazine's highly-coveted 50 Most Beautiful in 2014, Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and sisters, and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. A seasoned actress, Garcelle ...

Haitian

24. Sheryl Lee Ralph

Actress | Oliver & Company

Sheryl Lee Ralph was born December 30, 1956 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA. She is known for her roles in Moesha (1996), Its A Living (1980), and Instant Mom (2013). Her Career Began in the late 1970s. She has been Married to Vincent Hughes since July 30, 2005 a Pennsylvania state senator. She was ...

Jamaican

25. 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 (1984), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), and also St. Elsewhere (1982). At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy...

Barbadian father.

26. Nia Long

Actress | Big Momma's House

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 ...

Her parents were born in Trinidad.

27. LL Cool J

Actor | Deep Blue Sea

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...

One of his grandfathers was born in Barbados.

28. Jada Pinkett Smith

Actress | The Matrix Revolutions

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 ...

Barbadian on her mother's side.

29. 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

30. Romany Malco

Actor | Weeds

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 ...

Trinidad

31. Alfonso Ribeiro

Actor | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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 ...

His parents are from Trinidad

32. Karyn Parsons

Actress | Major Payne

Karyn Parsons decided to go into acting at the age of 13. She had her first TV role in the NBC drama The Bronx Zoo (1987), but she made her big break as Will Smith's cousin "Hilary Banks" on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990). During the show's six-year run, she starred in movies ...

Her mother was born in Trinidad.

33. Tatyana Ali

Actress | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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 (1969).

She went on...

Trinindad and Panama

34. Rick Fox

Actor | Shameless

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 ...

Father is Bahamian.

35. D.B. Woodside

Actor | Lucifer

D.B. Woodside was born on July 25, 1969 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as David Bryan Woodside. He is an actor and director, known for Lucifer (2015), 24 (2001) and Romeo Must Die (2000).

Jamaican

36. Aldis Hodge

Actor | Hidden Figures

Aldis Hodge is a SAG Award winning actor, who has built a dynamic career as a versatile performer shining in roles in both film and television. Hodge is perhaps best known for his role as 'Noah' in the WGN hit series "Underground," starring alongside Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni. "...

His father is from the island of Dominica.

37. Lamar Odom

Actor | Van Wilder

Lamar Odom was born on November 6, 1979 in Jamaica, New York, USA as Lamar Joseph Odom. He is an actor, known for Van Wilder (2002), Entourage (2004) and Khloé & Lamar (2011). He was previously married to Khloé Kardashian.

Jamaican

38. Lourdes Benedicto

Actress | ER

Lourdes Benedicto was born on November 12, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for ER (1994), 24 (2001) and V (2009). She has been married to Matthew Curley since June 9, 2006.

Is Dominican and Filipino.

39. Obba Babatundé

Actor | How High

Obba Babatundé is an American actor of stage and screen.

Obba Babatundé's performing ethics reach back into the storied days of entertainment when performers' careers were dependent on their ability to deliver anything the audience wanted to see and hear! Obba has appeared in more than seventeen ...

Jamaican

40. Lamman Rucker

Actor | Why Did I Get Married?

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 ...

Barbadian

41. Faye Yvette McQueen

Actress | The Sinner

Faye Yvette McQueen was born in Jamaica, New York. 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 ...

Jamaican

42. CCH Pounder

Actress | The Shield

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 ...

Guyanese.

43. Lyriq Bent

Actor | Acrimony

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 ...

Jamaican.

44. Adrian Lester

Actor | The Day After Tomorrow

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 (2004), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Primary Colors (1998) and his extensive classical work in the ...

Jamaican.

45. Andre Royo

Actor | The Spectacular Now

Andre Royo was born on July 18, 1968 in Bronx, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Spectacular Now (2013), Super (2010) and The Collection (2012). He has been married to Jane Choi since November 21, 1997. They have one child.

Afro-Cuban

46. George Harris

Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark

George Harris was born on October 20, 1949 in Grenada, British West Indies. He is an actor and producer, known for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Layer Cake (2004) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).

Grenadian.

47. Tristan Mack Wilds

Actor | Half Nelson

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 ...

His mother is Dominican and Irish.

48. Luna Lauren Velez

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

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." ...

Her mother is Dominican.

50. Heather Hemmens

Actress | Yellowstone

Heather Hemmens is an American actress, film director and film producer. She is best known for her role as Alice Verdura in The CW series Hellcats (2010-2011) and currently stars in the Roswell reboot as Maria.

Hemmens was raised in the woods of Maine with her two older brothers and older sister. ...

Her mother is Afro-Costa Rican.

51. Dania Ramirez

Actress | X-Men: The Last Stand

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 ...

Dominican

52. Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Actor | The Devil's Advocate

Ruben Santiago-Hudson was born on November 24, 1956 in Lackawanna, New York, USA as Ruben Santiago Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for The Devil's Advocate (1997), Blown Away (1994) and American Gangster (2007). He is married to Jeannie Brittan. They have two children.

Puerto Rican and African-American.

53. Anna Maria Horsford

Actress | Minority Report

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 ...

Her parents are from Antigua and the Dominican Republic.

54. Judy Reyes

Actress | Scrubs

Judy Reyes was born on November 5, 1967 in Bronx, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Scrubs (2001), Devious Maids (2013) and The Circle (2017). She was previously married to Edwin M. Figueroa.

Her parents are Dominican.

55. Reagan Gomez-Preston

Actress | Jerry Maguire

Reagan Gomez-Preston was born on April 24, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Reagan Amyre Gomez-Preston. She is an actress and writer, known for Jerry Maguire (1996), Surviving... (2015) and Almost Home (2013). She has been married to DeWayne Turrentine Jr. since November 10, 1999. They have two ...

Her mother is Puerto Rican

56. Sidney Poitier

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

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 parents were Bahamian.

57. Sydney Tamiia Poitier

Actress | Death Proof

Sydney Tamiia Poitier was born on November 15, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Death Proof (2007), Grindhouse (2007) and True Crime (1999). She has been married to Dorian Heartsong since June 2012. They have one child.

Bahamian roots through her father Sidney's parents.

58. Lorraine Toussaint

Actress | Hudson Hawk

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 thrilling performance has won her glowing reviews from ...



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