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10 Actors You May Not Know Were of Caribbean Heritage

Written by Denise Clarke

Unknown to many, there are quite a number of actors with Caribbean roots who have made it on to Hollywood screens. Though very successful, they have never lost sight of their Caribbean identity. Here are 10 such actors that you may not have known had Caribbean connections.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Popularly known for her lead role in the TV series Scandal as Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington was born to a Jamaican mother and American father. She has also appeared in Save the Last Dance, For Coloured Girls, the Fantastic Four Films and Django Unchained.

Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint

Trinidadian-American actress, Lorraine Toussaint is popularly known for her roles in Orange Is the New Black, and the TV series Any Day Now, The Fosters, Law & Order and films such as Selma. She is proud of her Trini roots and returns to Trinidad often.

Marianne Jean Baptiste

Marianne Jean Baptiste

Marianne Jean Baptiste

Famous actress, singer, songwriter, writer, director and composer, Marianne Jean Baptiste was born to an Antiguan mother and St. Lucian father. She made her mark in showbiz by securing an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Secret & Lies in 1996. However, she may be best known for her roles in the US TV series Without a Trace and films such as RoboCop.

Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo

Born to Jamaican parents in England, Delroy Lindo is best known for film roles in movies such as Malcom X, Get Shorty, Ransom, The Cider House Rules and Gone in 60 Seconds.

Dulé Hill

Dulé Hill

Dulé Hill

Born to Jamaican parents, Dulé Hill is best known for his roles on US TV series West Wing and Psych. His visits to Jamaica are frequent and his wedding took place in the tropical resort city of Montego Bay on the island’s north coast.

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Denise Clarke