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10 Actors You May Not Know Were of Caribbean Heritage


Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

Iconic action actress Michelle Rodriguez is famous for her ‘tomboy’ roles in films from the action genre such as Fast and Furious, and Avatar movies, as well as the TV series, Lost. With her mother a native of the Dominican Republic and a Puerto Rican father, Michelle Rodriguez spent her early childhood years in both Caribbean countries.

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Born in the US to a Jamaican mother and an African American father, Sheryl Lee Ralph spent parts of her childhood living in Mandeville, Jamaica. She is best known for her roles in US TV series Moesha and It’s a Living, as well as films like Sister Act II, The Flintstones, The Distinguished Gentleman and White Man’s Burden.

Joseph Marcell

Joseph Marcell

Joseph Marcell

Joseph Marcell, born in St. Lucia, is more popularly known for his role in The Fresh Prince of Belair as Geoffrey, the English butler. He also appears in films like Cry Freedom and Hero.

Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais

The Haitian-American actress is famous for her roles in the films Coming to America, White House Down and the TV series, NYPD Blue and The Jamie Foxx Show. Garcelle Beauvais spent her early childhood days with her mother and siblings living in Haiti.

Romany Malco

Romany Malco

Romany Malco

American actor Romany Malco has his roots in Trinidad where his parents were born. He is best known for his roles in the films, Think Like a Man and also appears in Blades of Glory and The Forty Year Old Virgin.

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Denise Clarke