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Famous People of Guyanese Heritage:
Music Artists
Leona LewisLeona Lewis
Multi-Platinum Selling Music Artist

Lewis was born on April 3, 1985 in the London Borough of Islington , to Aural Josiah "Joe" Lewis, a youth worker from Guyana of Black African descent and Maria Lewis, a British social worker of Welsh , Italian and Irish descent.
She rose to fame as the winner of the third series of The X Factor , and became the first female winner of the show. Lewis has gone on to become a multi-platinum selling artist and three time Grammy Award nominee. Her debut single " A Moment Like This ", went on to become the fastest selling UK single after it was downloaded over 50,000 times within thirty minutes of its release. In November 2008, she set a UK record for the fastest selling download-only release of the Snow Patrol cover of "Run" which sold 69,244 copies in two days. Her second single, "Bleeding Love ", was released worldwide and reached over thirty number one positions in charts around the worldand the biggest selling single of 2008.

Check out her website: leonalewismusic.co.uk

RihannaRihanna
Multi-Platinum Grammy Award Winning Music Artist

Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988 to a Barbadian father (Ronald) and a Guyanese mother (Monica) in the Parish of St. Michael, Barbados.
Rihanna has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and has had number-one singles in 35 countries. She has achieved nine number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since first appearing on the chart on June 11, 2005, which is the most by any artist during that time span. Rihanna has sold 5,563,000 albums in the United States. She won World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year at the 2007 World Music Awards, and thenFavourite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist at the 2008 American Music Awards.
Rihanna won 2 Grammy Awards in 2010 for the single, "Run This Town".
Check out her website: rihannanow.com

Eddy GrantEddy Grant
Platinum Selling Music Artist


Born in Plaisance, Guyana, on March 5, 1948, the young Edmond Montague Grant grew up on the sound of his homeland, tan singing, an Indo-Caribbean vocal style whose roots lay in south Asia and are the backbone of modern chutney. Then in 1960, the Grant family emigrated to England, taking up residence in the working-class Stoke Newington area of London. The young teen's musical horizons swiftly expanded, embracing R&B, blues, and rock that percolated across his new island home. He first made his name in the 1970s as lead singer of The Equals. His later solo hits include the anti-apartheid song, "Gimme Hope Jo'anna", "Electric Avenue", and "I Don't Wanna Dance", which went to #1 in the UK charts. "Electric Avenue" sold over a million copies in 1983 and was a UK Top Ten hit again in 2001 as a remix.
Check out his website: eddygrant.com

Deborah CoxDeborah Cox
Platinum Selling Music Artist / Actress

Deborah was born on January 7, 1974 in Toronto, Canada to Guyanese parents with strong musical roots. She began singing for TV commercials at age 12, also entering various talent shows with her mother's help. Her 1999 smash hit "Nobody's Supposed to be Here" was the longest-running number one single in the history of Billboard magazine's R&B charts. She got into the music industry as a backup vocalist for CĂ©line Dion, and after signing to Arista Records, released her self-titled debut album in 1994. The album made her a rising star, and set the stage for 1998's One Wish. The first single from that album, "Nobody's Supposed to be Here", spent a record 14 weeks atop the Billboard R&B charts. On February 17, 2004, Cox made her Broadway debut in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida. Her third album, The Morning After, was released in November, 2002.
Check out her website: deborahcox.com


Melanie FionaMelanie Fiona
Music Artist

Melanie Fiona Hallim was born on July 4, 1983 in Toronto, Canada to Guyanese parents.
Fiona was featured on Reggae Gold 2008 with "Somebody Come Get Me". Her debut single, "Give It to Me Right" peaked at number 20 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and number 41 on the UK Singles Chart. Her second single, "It Kills Me" became her breakout song on the Billboard Hot 100 were it cracked the Top 50. The song earned Fiona a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. "The Bridge" also earned her a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist.
Check out her website: melaniefiona.com

Actors

Sean Patrick ThomasSean Patrick Thomas
Actor

Born December 17, 1970 in Wilmington, Delaware is a Guyanese-American actor. Originally went to the University of Virginia to study to be a lawyer. A chance audition for a part in "A Raisin In the Sun" changed his direction. He ultimately got his master's degree in drama from New York University in 1996. Thomas is best known for his roles in films such as Save the Last Dance and the Barbershop films.
Credit to: moonsammy.ca for the research on Sean.
Derek LukeDerek Luke
Actor

Derek was born April 24, 1974. He is an American actor. He won the Independent Spirit Award for his big-screen debut performance in the 2002 film Antwone Fisher, directed and produced by Denzel Washington.
Luke was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of pianist Marjorie Dixon and Guyanese native Maurice Luke, a former actor. He has two brothers, Daniel and Maurice. He is a graduate of Linden High School in Linden, NJ.

Marc GomesMarc Gomes
Actor

Born in in Georgetown, Guyana on March 12, 1965. He moved to Toronto at the age of eleven where he attended both high school and university. He graduated from The Ryerson Theatre School and began to work on the stage playing the lead in several productions including “Edmon,” “A Slow Dance On the Killing Ground,” “The Gayden Cronicles,” and the North American premiere of famed Polish writer Ryszard Kapuscinski’s “The Emperor.” He later moved to Los Angeles where he has gone on to star in numerous television series and movies. His series credits include “The Crow: Stairway to Heaven,” “Lightning Force” and “E.N.G.” Gomes has also directed several plays and recently wrote and directed a short film “Stir Crazy".

Ram John HolderRam John Holder
Actor / Musician

Born in Guyana in 1934. He began his performing career as a folk singer in New York. In 1962 he came to London and worked with Pearl Connor's Negro Theatre Workshop initially as a musician, and later as an actor. His theatre career saw him perform on the major stages in London such as the Royal National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and Bristol Old Vic.Holder played the role of Porkpie in the situation comedy Desmond's, which was written by Trix Worrell, and broadcast on Channel 4 from 1989 until 1994. He later had his own short-lived spin-off series Porkpie. Holder has appeared in several television productions and joined the cast of EastEnders in late September 2006, playing Cedric Lucas. Holder is a talented musician, who has recorded a number of albums; Black London Blues (1969), Bootleg Blues (1971), You Simply Are... (1975) and Ram Blues & Soul. He has also released various singles and contributed to soundtracks for film and television, including three songs for the film adaptation of Take a Girl Like You.

Guy WellmanGuy Wellman
Actor

Guy Wellman was born in Guyana, South America on January 29, 1971 and raised in Newark, Delaware. After serving honorably in the United States Navy, Guy attended the University of Delaware, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Sociology. Guy has had a lifelong interest in acting and film that was furthered with his graduation from John Robert Powers Modeling Agency and encouraged when he enrolled in a college level drama course. Guy began his professional acting career on stage in the 2008 production of "Broadway Santa" with the Delaware Children's Theater. Since then, Guy has gone on to appear in an industrial film and other local theater productions. Guy makes his motion picture debut in "Browncoats: Redemption" as Dr. Cameron Alan.


Maureen BunyanMaureen Bunyan
Lead Co-Anchor at WJLA-TV / TV Journalist

Born in Aruba to a Guyanese father and Aruban mother. Maureen is the lead co-anchor at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. She is the founder and board member of IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation), a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and President of Maureen Bunyan Communications, Inc.
She was inducted into the "Hall of Fame" of the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, inducted into the "Silver Circle" of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the Broadcast Pioneers Club of Washington.
In 1992, Maureen was named "Washingtonian of the Year".


Flora Cheong-LeenFlora Cheong-Leen
Actress / Ballerina / Fashion Designer

Flora Zeta Zhang Elizabeth Tian Ai Cheong-Leen was born in Hong Kong to a Chinese mother and Guyanese Father on November 20, 1959. Flora graduated from The Royal Ballet in the UK and at the Paris Opera in France. She starred as the lead actress in movies such as: "Life After Life", "Duel to the Death", "Chasing Girl" and "Return of the Deadly Blade".
After her brief career as an actress, she went on to create award winning costumes and manage and host over 50 television productions with Asia TV, Shanghai TV and Oriental TV. She also worked as an image director for Nina Ricci, French Vogue and Vidal Sassoon.
In 2007, Flora won The World Outstanding Chinese Award. In 2001, she won The French Chamber of Commerce Award of "Women of the 21st Century".


Rhona FoxRhona Fox
Actress

Rhona Fox is a Indian-American actress. Born on November 2, 1979 in Guyana, South America, Fox was raised in Nassau, Bahamas, where her parents, who are teachers, moved to secure a better life for her and her two older brothers. After graduating high school at 16, she journeyed to New York on a summer vacation and the rest was destiny. The infinite potential of the city that never sleeps captivated the grab-life-by-the-horns teenager. Majoring in Communication there, the Big Apple remained home and work for many years. Fox spent the first seven years of her career as a producer at ABC and FOX affiliates before becoming editor of a national magazine. Ultimately, she parlayed her extensive professional experience into launching her own public relations firm in the heart of Manhattan. She also develops independent projects for her own production company, Fox Star Films.

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