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Famous people from Barbados

Here is a list of famous people from Barbados. Curious if anybody from Barbados made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Grandmaster Flash

Hip hop Artist

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was an influential American hip hop group formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978. Composed of one DJ and five rappers, the group's use of turntablism, break-beat deejaying, choreographed stage routines and lyricism was a significant force in the early development of hip-hop music. The group rose to fame in the early 1980s with their first successful single "Freedom" and later on with their magnum opus "The Message", which is often cited as among the most influential hip hop songs. However, in 1983, relations between Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel became strained and the group disbanded. A reunion was organized in 1987, and it released a new album. Afterward, the sextet disbanded permanently. Overall, the group was active for five years and released two studio albums. In 2007, it became the first hip hop group ever to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


Hip hop Artist

Shontelle Layne, known professionally as Shontelle, is a Barbadian singer-songwriter. She released her debut album Shontelligence in November 2008. Her second album, No Gravity, was released in September 2010. Her singles, "T-Shirt", and "Impossible", achieved modest international success.

Garfield Sobers

Cricket Bowler

Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers AO OCC, also known as Gary or Garry Sobers, is a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974, and is widely considered one of cricket's greatest all-rounders. Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, Sobers made his first-class debut for the Barbados cricket team at the age of 16 in 1953, and his Test debut for the West Indies the following year. Originally playing mainly as a bowler, he was soon promoted up the batting order. Against Pakistan in 1958, Sobers scored his maiden Test century, progressing to 365 not out and establishing a new record for the highest individual score in an innings, which was not broken until Brian Lara scored 375 in 1994. He was made captain of the West Indies in 1965, a role which he would hold until 1972. He would also captain a Rest of the World XI during their 1970 tour of England. Overall, Sobers played 93 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 8032 runs at an average of 57.78, and taking 235 wickets at an average of 34.03. In his 383 first-class matches, he scored over 28,000 runs and took over 1000 wickets, having spent time with South Australia and Nottinghamshire towards the end of his career. Sobers was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975 for his services to cricket. He became a dual Barbadian-Australian citizen through marriage in 1980. By an act of Parliament in 1998, Sobers was named as one of the ten National Heroes of Barbados.

Michael Stoute

Horse trainer

Sir Michael Ronald Stoute is a Barbadian British thoroughbred horse trainer in flat racing. Stoute, whose father was the Chief of police for Barbados, left the island in 1964 at the age of 19 to become an assistant to trainer Pat Rohan and began training horses on his own in 1972. His first win as a trainer came on 28 April 1972 when Sandal, a horse owned by Stoute’s father, won at Newmarket Racecourse in Suffolk, England. Since then, he has gone on to win races all over the globe, including victories in the Dubai World Cup, the Breeders Cup, the Japan Cup and the Hong Kong Vase. He was knighted in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados. He was the only trainer in the 20th century to win an English Classic in five successive seasons and has been Champion Trainer ten times. He was the trainer for Kribensis, who is the only horse to have won the Triple Crown of Hurdling, doing so in the 1989/90 racing season. Stoute also trained Shergar, arguably his most famous horse, who won the 1981 Epsom Derby and was later stolen, presumably by the IRA. In 2009, three horses trained by Stoute, Conduit, Tartan Bearer and Ask, pulled off a rare feat when the trio of horses made a clean sweep of the placings at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In all, the horses took home $1,787,000 of the $2,008,945 prizemoney in Britain's richest horserace. Those wins helped him regain his Champion Trainer title in 2009, winning a total of £3,372,287 in prize money.

Malcolm Marshall

Cricket Bowler

Malcolm Denzil Marshall was a West Indian cricketer. Primarily a fast bowler, Marshall is regarded as one of the finest and fastest pacemen ever to have played Test cricket. His Test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who has taken 200 or more wickets. He achieved his bowling success despite being, by the standards of other fast bowlers, a short man – he stood at 5 feet 11 inches, while most of the great quicks have been well above 6 feet and many great West Indian fast bowlers, such as Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, were 6 feet 6 inches or above. He generated fearsome pace from his bowling action, with a dangerous bouncer. Marshall was also a very dangerous Middle-order batsman with ten Test fifties and seven first-class centuries.

Kemar Roach

Cricket Bowler

Kemar Andre Jamal Roach is a Bajan cricketer. He played in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka and has represented the West Indies in Test and One Day International cricket. Roach made his Test debut in 2009 against Bangladesh when the West Indies team was weakened due to a player strike, and impressed with his bowling so that he was given an opportunity to play when the team returned to its full strength. A 5-foot-8-inch fast bowler, Roach is capable of express speeds and has reached 150 kilometres per hour on a number of occasions. In 2012 he became the first West Indies bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test since 2005.

Joel Garner

Cricket Bowler

Joel Garner, also known as "Big Joel" or "Big Bird", is a former West Indian cricketer, and a member of the highly regarded late 1970s and early '80s West Indies cricket teams. He was a 6 feet 8 inches fast bowler capable of ripping through the heart of opposing batting line-ups. In conjunction with fellow fast bowlers Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Colin Croft, and later Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh, the West Indies reached unprecedented heights in the Test and one-day cricket arenas, not losing a Test series in 15 years. One of the tallest bowlers ever to play Test cricket, Garner appeared in 58 Tests between 1977 and 1987 and took 259 wickets at an average of barely above 20, making him statistically one of the most effective bowlers of all However, it was in the limited overs cricket that Garner put his height to use with devastating effect. In 98 matches he took 146 wickets. He had the ability to unleash a devastating yorker, as well as the ability to generate more bounce. He is the only player with more than 100 ODI wickets to average under 20, while his economy rate of just over 3 runs per over, and average of less than 20 runs per wicket are also the best ever for any bowler who took more than 100 wickets. His 5 for 39 in the 1979 Cricket World Cup final against England remains the best ever performance by a bowler in a final; it included a spell of 5 wickets for 4 runs, and he was on a hat-trick twice.

Obadele Thompson

Olympic athlete

Obadele Thompson is a sprint athlete from Barbados. In 2000, he became the first individual Olympic medalist from Barbados with a bronze medal in the 100m race.

Dwayne Smith

Cricket Bowler

Dwayne Romel Smith is a cricketer who has represented the West Indies. An all-rounder, he is known as an aggressive and powerful right-handed batsman, bowls medium pace, and is also an athletic fielder. Smith has played for Barbados since the start of his career but has also played three seasons for Sussex from 2008–10. He has become a sought-after Twenty20 player, making appearances in the Indian Premier League, for the Mumbai Indians and the Deccan Chargers, and for New South Wales in the Australian domestic competition and for the Bangladesh Premier League in Khulna Royal Bengals .

Tino Best

Cricket Bowler

Tino la Bertram Best is a West Indian cricketer. Standing 5 feet 8 inches, Tino Best is a fast and aggressive right-arm bowler. Since 2002, he has played domestic cricket for his native Barbados, with a season at English club Yorkshire in 2010. Best made his Test debut in May 2003 and played his first One Day International a year later. A back strain incurred in May 2004 prevented Best from playing cricket until March the following year. In 2008 Best signed to play in the Indian Cricket League because he had not played international cricket since 2006. He returned to the side when the West Indies fielded a side weakened by contract disputes between leading players and the West Indies Cricket Board but was dropped shortly after. On his return to the Test side on 10 June 2012, he broke the record for highest score by a number 11 batsman, making 95 against England at Edgbaston. The 143-run partnership with Denesh Ramdin in the same match was also notable; it is the third-highest Test stand with one wicket remaining.

Gordon Greenidge

Cricket Bowler

Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge MBE is a former member of the West Indies cricket team. Greenidge was an opening batsman for the West Indies. He began his Test career against India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore in 1974 and continued playing internationally until 1991. He was half of the West Indies prolific opening partnership with Desmond Haynes. The pair made 6482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history. Greenidge went on to play 108 Test matches scoring 7,558 runs with 19 centuries. He also played 128 One Day Internationals, including the 1975 and 1983 World Cup Finals, scoring 5,134 runs and 11 centuries. Greenidge scored two double centuries against England in the 1984 summer Test series. He scored 214 not out during the second Test at Lord's in June 1984, then followed up with 223 during the fourth Test at Old Trafford during the last five days of July. The first of those innings was on the last day as West Indies successfully chased 342 for victory; it remains the highest ever run chase at Lords. He also played many seasons for Hampshire in the English County Championship, and for many years opened with Barry Richards. He began his first class cricket career there before he played for Barbados and could have qualified for England. Late on in his career he appeared for Scotland. In his career he scored 37,000 runs and 92 centuries.

Stede Bonnet


Stede Bonnet was an early 18th-century Barbadian pirate, sometimes called "The Gentleman Pirate" because he was a moderately wealthy landowner before turning to a life of crime. Bonnet was born into a wealthy English family on the island of Barbados, and inherited the family estate after his father's death in 1694. In 1709, he married Mary Allamby, and engaged in some level of militia service. Because of marital problems, and despite his lack of sailing experience, Bonnet decided to turn to piracy in the summer of 1717. He bought a sailing vessel, named it Revenge, and traveled with his paid crew along the Eastern Seaboard of what is now the United States, capturing other vessels and burning other Barbadian ships. Bonnet set sail for Nassau, Bahamas, but he was seriously wounded en route during an encounter with a Spanish warship. After arriving in Nassau, Bonnet met Edward Teach, the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Incapable of leading his crew, Bonnet temporarily ceded his ship's command to Blackbeard. Before separating in December 1717, Blackbeard and Bonnet plundered and captured merchant ships along the East Coast. After Bonnet failed to capture the Protestant Caesar, his crew abandoned him to join Blackbeard aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. Bonnet stayed on Blackbeard's ship as a guest, and did not command a crew again until summer 1718, when he was pardoned by North Carolina governor Charles Eden and received clearance to go privateering against Spanish shipping. Bonnet was tempted to resume his piracy, but did not want to lose his pardon, so he adopted the alias "Captain Thomas" and changed his ship's name to Royal James. He had returned to piracy by July 1718.

Wes Hall

Cricket Player

Sir Wesley Winfield Hall is a Barbadian former cricketer and politician. A tall, strong and powerfully built man, Hall was a genuine fast bowler and despite his very long run up, he was renowned for his ability to bowl long spells. Hall played 48 Test matches for the West Indies from 1958 to 1969. Hall's opening bowling partnership with fellow Barbadian Charlie Griffith was a feature of the strong West Indies teams throughout the 1960s. Hall was one of the most popular cricketers of his day and was especially popular in Australia, where he played two seasons in the Sheffield Shield with Queensland. A wicket-keeper/batsman as a schoolboy, Hall did not take up fast bowling until relatively late. He was included in the West Indies squad to tour England in 1957 having only played one match of first-class cricket. He made his Test cricket debut against India in 1958 and was instantly successful. He took a Test hat-trick in Pakistan in 1959, the first West Indian cricketer to do so. Hall bowled the final over in two famous Test matches, the Tied Test against Australia in 1960 and the Lord's Test against England in 1963. Years of non-stop cricket and resultant injury reduced Hall's effectiveness in the latter part of his Test career.

Prince Hall

Organization founder

Prince Hall was an African American noted as a tireless abolitionist, for his leadership in the free black community in Boston, and as the founder of Prince Hall Masonry. Hall tried to gain New England’s enslaved and free blacks a place in Freemasonry, education and the military, which were some of the most crucial spheres of society in his time. Hall is considered the founder of “Black Freemasonry” in the United States, known today as Prince Hall Freemasonry. Hall formed the African Grand Lodge of North America. Prince Hall was unanimously elected its Grand Master and served until his death in 1807. He lobbied for education rights for black children and was active in the back-to-Africa movement. Many historians regard Prince Hall as one of the prominent African-Americans during the early years of the United States.


Reggae fusion Artist

Rayvon is a Barbadian reggae singer, known for his work with Shaggy.

Desmond Haynes

Cricket Bowler

Desmond Leo Haynes is a West Indian cricketer and cricket coach. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1991. Haynes formed a formidable partnership with Gordon Greenidge for the West Indies cricket team in Test cricket during 1980s. Between them they managed 16 century stands, four in excess of 200. The pair made 6482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the second highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history. Haynes favoured a more measured approach to batting. He compiled 7487 runs in 116 Test matches at an average of 42.29, his highest Test innings coming against England in 1984 with 184 off 395 balls. He is one of the few Test batsman to have been dismissed handled the ball, falling in this fashion against India on 24 November 1983. He first made his name on the international scene with 148 against Australia at Antigua in a One-Day International against Australia and until recently Haynes held a number of ODI records, including most runs and most centuries. He played in the World Cup of 1979, won by the West Indies, and returned to the competition in 1983, 1987 and 1992. In the 25 World Cup matches, Haynes scored 854 runs at 37.13 with three fifties and one century.

Dennis Bovell

Lovers Rock Artist

Dennis Bovell is a reggae guitarist, bass player and record producer. He was a member of the British reggae band Matumbi, and released dub-reggae records under his own name as well as the pseudonym 'Blackbeard'. He is most widely known for his decades-spanning collaborations with Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Sue Gardner

Organization leader

Sue Gardner is a Canadian journalist. She is the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, and previously was the director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website and online news outlets. In 2012, she was ranked as the 70th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine, which noted that she "...led the full-day Wikipedia blackout in protest against SOPA". Gardner announced in early 2013 that she would step down from her position with Wikimedia once a successor had been found.

Everton Weekes

Cricket Player

Sir Everton DeCourcy Weekes, KCMG, GCM, OBE is a leading former West Indian cricketer. Along with Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott, he formed what was known as "The Three Ws" of West Indian cricket.

Frank Worrell

Cricket Player

Sir Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell, sometimes referred to by his nickname of Tae, was a West Indies cricketer and Jamaican senator. A stylish right-handed batsman and useful left-arm seam bowler, he became famous in the 1950s as the first black captain of the West Indies cricket team. He was the first of the two batsmen to have been involved in two 500-run partnerships in first-class cricket.

Edward Kamau Brathwaite


Edward Kamau Brathwaite is widely considered one of the major voices in the Caribbean literary canon. A professor of Comparative Literature at New York University, Brathwaite is the 2006 International Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, for his volume of poetry Born to Slow Horses. Brathwaite holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex and was the co-founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement. He received both the Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships in 1983, and is a winner of the 1994 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Bussa Award, the Casa de las Américas Prize for poetry, and the 1999 Charity Randall Citation for Performance and Written Poetry from the International Poetry Forum. Brathwaite is noted for his studies of Black cultural life both in Africa and throughout the African diasporas of the world in works such as Folk Culture of the Slaves in Jamaica; The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica, 1770-1820; Contradictory Omens; Afternoon of the Status Crow; and History of the Voice, the publication of which established him as the authority of note on nation language.

Ryan Brathwaite

Track and field athlete

Ryan Brathwaite is a track and field athlete from Barbados who won the gold medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin. In recognition of his achievements, on September 17, 2009 Brathwaite was given the honour of being an ambassador while formally receiving the title Ambassador His Excellency Ryan Brathwaite. He is from the Hillaby district in the parish of St. Andrew.

Neville Goddard


Neville Lancelot Goddard was a prophet, profoundly influential teacher, and author. He did not associate himself as a metaphysician, with any 'ism' or 'New Thought' teaching as commonly advertised by these collective groups. Goddard was sent to illustrate the teachings of psychological truth intended in the Biblical teachings, and restore awareness of meaning to what the ancients intended to tell the world.

Patrick Husbands


Patrick Husbands is a Barbadian jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing. The son of a jockey, he began riding as a young boy, turning professional in his home country where he rode successfully until emigrating to Toronto, Ontario in 1994. In 1990 he became the youngest jockey to win the prestigious Barbados Gold Cup at just 16 years, 9 months on his mount Vardar. Racing out of Woodbine Racetrack, in 2003 Husbands won the Canadian Triple Crown aboard the colt Wando and that year became his breakout year. Among his other notable wins, he rode Numerous Times to victory in the $1 million 2001 Woodbine Mile and Exciting Story in that same year's Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park in New York. He rode Arch Hall to three straight wins between 2004 and 2006 in the Sir Barton Stakes. In 2007, he was the regular rider on Canadian Horse of the Year, Sealy Hill. Patrick Husbands was voted the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey a then unprecedented four straight years between 1999 and 2002. He made his first Kentucky Derby appearance in 2006 riding Seaside Retreat for trainer Mark Casse. In 2008 he won his fifth riding title at Woodbine Racetrack and was voted the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey for a record-tying sixth time.

Fidel Edwards

Cricket Bowler

Fidel Henderson Edwards is a West Indian cricketer and is the half brother of Pedro Collins. A pace bowler, his round-arm action greatly resembles that of former fast bowler Jeff Thomson. He was spotted in the nets by Brian Lara and was called up for his Test debut against Sri Lanka after just one match for Barbados. On 6 February 2009 the IPL franchise of Deccan Chargers bought Edwards for $150,000. His club team in Barbados is YMPC. Despite a promising start to his Test career, he has been injury prone and inconsistent. With an average of just under 40 in Test cricket, he has struggled to fulfil his early potential. Edwards last played a One Day International in 2009, and the West Indies Cricket Board manages his workload to avoid further injuring him. A back injury incurred during the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 prevented Edwards from playing international cricket until 2011.The experienced campaigner who also plays in the Bangladesh Premier League was bought by Rajasthan Royals in players auction for IPL 2013 for US $ 210,000.

Bradley Ally


Bradley Kevin Ally is a two-time Olympic swimmer from Barbados. He represented Barbados at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He was the bronze medalist in the 200-metre individual medley at the Pan-American Games in Brazil 2007. He holds the Barbadian Record in the butterfly and individual medley events, as well as the 200-meter freestyle. Ally was born in Barbados in 1986. Ally received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for coach Gregg Troy's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association competition from 2007 to 2010. Ally set the current NCAA record in the 200-metre individual medley with a time of 1.40.49. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in geology in 2010. At the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, he bettered the Games records in the 200 and 400-metre individual medley.

Jason Holder

Cricket Bowler

Jason Holder is a Barbados cricket player.

Gladstone Small

Cricket Bowler

Gladstone Cleophas Small is an English former cricketer, who played in seventeen Tests and fifty three ODIs for England. The cricket writer Colin Bateman commented, "Gladstone Small overcame a hunched physique to become a remarkably effective fast-medium bowler and one of the most popular characters on the county circuit".

Marita Payne

Olympic athlete

Marita Payne-Wiggins is a Canadian track-and-field athlete who competed in two consecutive Summer Olympics for Canada. She also ran for Florida State University. She remains the co-Canadian record holder over the 400 metres with her time of 49.91 seconds, along with Jillian Richardson. In 1981, she was a member of the Americas 4 x 400 meter relay team that took bronze at the IAAF World Cup in Rome. She was the NCAA 400 meter champion in 1982 and 1984, while running for Florida State University. Marita took the silver medal in 200 meters at the 1983 Universiade and helped Canada to silver medals in both the 4 x 100 meter and 4 x 400 meter relays. She competed at the inaugural 1983 World Championships in Athletics shortly afterwards. At these championships in Helsinki she finished fifth in the women's 400 metres – the best performance by a non-European athlete in the discipline, breaking the existing Commonwealth record with a 50.06 clocking . She also teamed up with her Canadian compatriots in the 4 x 100 metres relay and 4 x 400 metres relay events, where they finished fifth and fourth in the finals, respectively. At the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, she won the silver medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay with her team mates Charmaine Crooks, Jillian Richardson and Molly Killingbeck. She also competed with her teammates Angela Bailey, Angella Taylor-Issajenko and France Gareau in the 4 x 100 meters relay in which the team finished second and won the silver medal, beaten once again by the host United States who won gold. She finished fourth in the individual 400 m at the games.

Jon Nurse

Soccer Midfielder

Jonathan David "Jon" Nurse is a Barbadian footballer who plays for Barnet. Nurse began his career at Sutton United in 2003, spending a season with the club before signing for Stevenage Borough ahead of the 2004–05 campaign. During the season he was loaned out to Conference South team Lewes, before returning to his parent club and being part of the side that narrowly missed out on promotion to the Football League. He spent two further seasons at Stevenage, winning the FA Trophy during the 2006–07 season. At the start of that season, Nurse was briefly being loaned out to Woking. He eventually moved into the Football League with newly promoted Dagenham & Redbridge in May 2007. He spent five seasons at Dagenham, most notably scoring the winning goal in the League Two play-off final in May 2010 as the club secured promotion to League One. He signed for League Two team Barnet on a free transfer ahead of the 2012–13 campaign. Nurse has also represented his native Barbados at international level, earning six caps.

Sylvester Clarke

Cricket Bowler

Sylvester Theophilus Clarke was a West Indian cricketer who played 11 Tests and 10 One Day Internationals.

Tony Cozier


Winston Anthony "Tony" Cozier has been a cricket writer and commentator for West Indian cricket since 1958. Cozier is widely renowned for his extensive knowledge of cricket facts and statistics dating back to the 1950s.

Austin Clarke


Austin Ardinel Chesterfield Clarke, CM OOnt, is a Canadian novelist, essayist and short story writer who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has been called "Canada's first multicultural writer".

George Lamming


George Lamming is a novelist, essayist and poet, who is the most famous writer to emerge from Barbados and one of the Caribbean's most important novelists. "Each of his novels is both complete in itself and part of a continually developing vision linked to the changing political scene in the Caribbean, with its urgent problems of political and psychological decolonisation, and to Lamming's evolving understanding of the human condition." He is a visiting professor in the Africana Studies Department of Brown University.

Freundel Stuart


Freundel Jerome Stuart QC MP is the seventh Prime Minister of Barbados. He succeeded David Thompson, who died on 23 October 2010 of pancreatic cancer. He is a member of the Democratic Labour Party.

Sulieman Benn

Cricket Bowler

Sulieman Jamaal Benn is a West Indian cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies and first-class cricket for Barbados. Benn debuted in 1999/00, as a left-arm orthodox spin bowler. He is also a fairly useful left-handed batsman with a first-class average of over 20. Since his debut season, Benn has had to fight hard for a place in a Barbados team containing four West Indian international fast bowlers.

Clyde Walcott

Cricket Player

Sir Clyde Leopold Walcott, KA, GCM was a West Indian cricketer. Walcott was a member of the "three W's", the other two being Everton Weekes and Frank Worrell: all were very successful batsmen from Barbados, born within a short distance of each other in Bridgetown, Barbados in a period of 18 months from August 1924 to January 1926; all made their Test cricket debut against England in 1948. In the mid-1950s, Walcott was arguably the best batsman in the world. In later life, he had an active career as a cricket administrator, and was the first non-English and non-white chairman of the International Cricket Council.

Owen Arthur


Owen Seymour Arthur, MP is a Barbadian politician who was Prime Minister of Barbados from 1994 to 2008. To date, he is the longest serving Barbadian Prime Minister. He was Leader of the Opposition in Barbados from 2010 to 2013. He led the Barbados Labour Party to victory in the 1994 general election and won general elections again in 1999 and 2003. In the 2008 general election, his party was defeated by the Democratic Labour Party and its leader David Thompson. Arthur stepped down as party leader, but remained the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Saint Peter. He subsequently returned to lead the BLP in 2010, but he was replaced as party leader after the BLP lost the 2013 general election.

Clifford Husbands


Sir Clifford Straughn Husbands, GCMG, KA, QC, was the Governor-General of Barbados. He held this office from 1996, when he was appointed after the death of Dame Nita Barrow, until he retired on 31 October 2011. As of July 2009 he survives the late Lady Ruby Husbands.

Ottis Gibson

Cricket Bowler

Ottis Delroy Gibson is a cricket coach and former player from Barbados. A pace bowler and exploiter of the older cricket ball for the West Indies, Gibson is now head coach for the West Indies. He previously worked as bowling coach for England.

James Sisnett

Deceased Person

James Emmanuel "Doc" Sisnett was a Barbadian supercentenarian. Born and raised in Saint George, he spent his life as a blacksmith, sugar factory worker, and farmer, not retiring from the latter until he turned 100. In excellent health throughout his life, he died at the age of 113 years, 90 days and held a number of distinctions. Among them, he was the verified oldest man in the Western Hemisphere, the second-oldest man in the world, and the 12th oldest person overall. He was also the only verified supercentenarian from Barbados and, along with Jiroemon Kimura, one of the last men born in the 19th century.

Grantley Herbert Adams


Sir Grantley Herbert Adams, CMG, QC, was a Barbadian and British West Indian statesmen.

Errol Barrow


Errol Walton Barrow, PC, QC was a Caribbean statesman and the first Prime Minister of Barbados. Born into a family of political and civic activists in the parish of Saint Lucy, he was educated at Harrison College.

Magnet Man

Rhythm and blues Artist

Magnet Man is a singer, songwriter, composer, musician, producer and actor. Known by many as "The Man of Many voices" and "Musical Ambassador for Barbados", his music cannot be placed in a single genre. It is a fusion of RnB, Hip-Hop, Ragga, Soca, Soul, Latin, Rock and Pop.

Anne Cools


Anne Clare Cools is a member of the Canadian Senate. Born in Barbados, she became with her appointment the first Black Canadian to be appointed to Canada's upper house. She is currently the longest-serving member of the Senate, since the retirement of Lowell Murray on September 26, 2011.

Robert Bailey

American Football Cornerback

Robert Martin Bailey is a former American football cornerback who played eleven seasons for six teams, the Los Angeles Rams, the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins, the Detroit Lions, and the Baltimore Ravens from 1991 to 2001 in the National Football League. Bailey played college football at the University of Miami and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Rams. Bailey was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary The U, which premiered December 12, 2009 on ESPN. He was nicknamed "Beetle" after the comic strip character. On October 23, 1994 as a member with the Rams, Bailey made the longest punt return in NFL history when he ran 103 yards for a touchdown in a game against the New Orleans Saints. What makes this return stand out is that every single player on the field assumed the ball was going to bounce through the end zone after the punt. Everyone, that is, except Bailey, who was the only person to see that the ball never bounced out of the end zone and was lying in the end zone still in play. He ran up, scooped the ball up, and returned it for a touchdown before anyone realized what had happened.

Vasbert Drakes

Cricket Bowler

Vasbert Conniel Drakes is a retired West Indian cricketer. He was a right-arm fast bowler and handy right-hand lower order batsman. Drakes made his international debut in 1994–95, when he played 5 ODI games against Australia, followed by a tour of England. He did not return to the side until the age of 33, when in September 2002 he was named in the West Indies' squad for the Champions Trophy. He took the wicket of Jacques Kallis in his first international over for seven years. For the next two years, he became a regular in the side and played 12 Tests for the West Indies, debuting against Bangladesh at Dhaka on 8 December 2002. He played in the 2003 World Cup and finished his career with 33 Test wickets and 51 ODI wickets. With the bat, he once made 67 – his only half century in international cricket. His most important Test innings, however, was arguably his unbeaten 27 which helped the West Indies to chase down a world-record target of 418, set by Australia in Antigua. The reason for his long absence from the side was his unavailability to play international cricket due to playing first-class cricket full-time. He played county cricket in the English summer and in the winter represented Border in South Africa.

Chris Jordan

Cricket Bowler

Christopher Jordan is an English cricketer. Chris Jordan completed his formal education at Dulwich College through a sporting scholarship from his native Barbados school Combermere. He made his 1st XI debut for Surrey versus Middlesex at Lord's in August 2007. He is regarded to be a right-arm fast-medium bowler of considerable promise and is also a middle-order right-handed batsman. According to Cricinfo he bowls in the "late 80s". He took 2-41 on his first-class debut and in his second match, versus Durham, helped to dismiss the home side by taking 3-42. He received the NBC Denis Compton Award as Surrey's most promising young player in 2007. His maternal grandparents are British Citizens and he has British citizenship, via a British passport. He plays for Surrey as a British player, and is qualified to play for England although he has yet to decide whether his future lies with West Indies or England. He also supports charities aiding endangered wildlife. After suffering a stress fracture of the back, Jordan was unable to play in the 2010 English cricket season. He resumed training in December that year. At the end of the 2012 season, Jordan was released by Surrey after six years with the county.

Monica Braithwaite


Monica Braithwaite is the mother of Rihanna.

Vanburn Holder

Cricket Bowler

Vanburn Alonzo Holder is a former West Indian cricketer who played in forty Tests and twelve ODIs from 1969 to 1979. Holder played in the golden era of West Indian fast bowling. A fast-medium bowler, he bowled alongside the likes of Charlie Griffith and Wes Hall. He debuted in the tour of England in 1969 and returned again in 1973 as part of an improving side which ended a 6 and a half year streak of not having won a Test series. In 1974 he was part of Worcestershire's Championship winning side and earlier in the year he scored his only first class century, 122 for Barbados. He took 6 for 39 in 1974–75 against India to help his side win the series. Eventually however he lost his place in the side as younger and faster bowlers were emerging. Holder played more tests when leading players were playing World Series Cricket in 1977–78 and took 6 for 28 against Australia in Trinidad. After retiring he was appointed as a first-class umpire in England in 1992.

Harry Beckett

Flugelhorn Player

Harold Winston "Harry" Beckett was a British trumpeter and flugelhorn player of Barbadian origin.

Leah Marville


Leah Janine Marville is a model, TV host and former Miss Barbados World. Born and raised in Barbados, Marville started her international career after being spotted at Barbados Fashion Week by Dwight Peters. Marville was encouraged to participate in the Fashion Face of the Caribbean competition in Jamaica, where she came third. Recommended by international pageant scouts, Leah was flown to New York to develop her portfolio. She was first signed internationally to South African agency Base Model Management and German model agency East West Models. Leah is signed to RED model management in New York. Dubbed the ""Sexiest Woman Alive"" in 2009 by Global Beauties, Leah is a former host on Splash, a Caribbean lifestyle series on Black Entertainment Television sister network Centric.

Ashley Bickerton

Visual Artist

Ashley Bickerton is a contemporary artist living in Bali. A mixed-media artist, Bickerton often combines both photographic and painterly elements with industrial and found object assemblages. He is associated the early 1980s art movement Neo-Geo, which includes artists such as Jeff Koons and Peter Halley.

Wayne Daniel

Cricket Bowler

Wayne Wendell Daniel is a former cricketer, playing 10 Tests and 18 One Day Internationals for the West Indies between 1976 and 1984. A hostile and muscular fast bowler, Daniel toured England with the West Indies schoolboys team in 1974 and Middlesex's Second XI in 1975 before making his first-class debut for Barbados in 1975/76. Daniel seemed assured of a long and potent international career when he, in partnership with fellow fast bowlers Michael Holding and Andy Roberts, battered England into submission in 1976. Nicknamed "Diamond" or "Black Diamond", in 1977, Daniel accepted an offer to play in World Series Cricket, which kept him out of Test cricket for two years. Although Holding and Roberts resumed their Test careers after World Series Cricket, Daniel was less fortunate as Malcolm Marshall, Colin Croft, Joel Garner and later Courtney Walsh came to the fore. Daniel found himself in the international wilderness at a time when the West Indies were awash with fast bowling talent. Daniel was left to carve out a superb first-class career with Middlesex between 1977 and 1988, gaining his county cap in 1977 and awarded a benefit in 1985. His 867 wickets at an average of just 22.47 with a best of 9 for 61 are due reward for his tremendous pace, hunger and durability. In an era when every county, except Yorkshire, seemed to have its own West Indian paceman, Daniel was one of the very best. He also took another 362 wickets at an average of 18.16 in 241 one day games, including a then English domestic one day bowling record of seven wickets for twelve runs, for Middlesex against Minor Counties East at Ipswich. Daniel wasn't quite as terrifying as Sylvester Clarke, nor as skilled as Malcolm Marshall, but he was a great fast bowler and Middlesex captain Mike Brearley's flawless reputation for captaincy owed much to Daniel's tireless threat.

Tom Adams


Jon Michael Geoffrey Manningham "Tom" Adams was a Barbadian politician who served as Prime Minister of Barbados from 1976 until 1985.

Corey Collymore

Cricket Bowler

Corey Dalanelo Collymore is a Barbadian cricketer whose speciality is seam bowling. He has represented the West Indies team in both Tests and ODIs cricket. In a side that so often chopped and changed he became one of their most experienced bowlers. His knowledge of putting the ball in the right place and his high work rate are qualities that have been highly sought after in the current West Indian team. He often shares the new ball with youngsters like his childhood friend Fidel Edwards. Since 1999 he has been in and out of the team due to both form and injury. His main injury complaint has been stress fractures. At the end of the West Indies' tour of England in 2000 many had written him off as he again broke down. A determined man, he came back strongly and was part of the West Indies' World Cup campaign in 2003. He was recalled to the Test team where they hosted the Sri Lankans. After five wickets in the first Test, his career defining innings would come in the second. He led the charge to a seven wicket victory with 7 for 57. His matured approach and accuracy with the ball was shown during India's tour of the West Indies in 2006. Collymore would finish with an economy rate of 2.33, a class above the more erratic younger bowlers. Corey used to bowl around the 90 mph mark but due to a back injury he had to remodel his bowling action to what it is.

Collis King

Cricket Bowler

Collis Llewellyn King is a former West Indies cricketer who played nine Tests and 18 One Day Internationals for the West Indies. Born in Christ Church, Barbados, King played as an all-rounder, but had more success with the bat than ball, especially in Test cricket, where he scored one century and two fifties but only took three wickets – in three different innings. In ODI cricket, his highest – and swiftest – score came in the 1979 World Cup final, when he came in at 99 for 4 to hit 86 off 66 deliveries, and adding 149 with Viv Richards. King also held a catch and bowled three overs for 13 runs in the match, and the West Indies won by 92 runs. King went on both the 1982/3 and 1983/4 West Indies' Rebel Tours to South Africa. In a varied first class career, he played for his native country Barbados in the West Indies domestic competition, but also played for Glamorgan and Worcestershire in English county cricket and Natal in South Africa. In scoring 123 on his Worcestershire debut in 1983, he became the first player in more than fifty years to score a hundred in his first match for the county. Collis still enjoys his cricket, playing for Yorkshire side Dunnington CC.

Richard Moody


Major-General Richard Clement Moody was a Lieutenant-Governor, and later Governor, of the Falkland Islands, and the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of British Columbia. While serving under this post, he selected the site of the new capital, New Westminster. Moody was also a Colonel in the Royal Engineers, and was the commander of the Columbia Detachment, the force that was brought to BC to establish British order during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush.

Albert Beckles


Albert "Al" Beckles is a former IFBB pro bodybuilder and a three-time New York City Night of Champions winner.

Earl Maynard


Earl Maynard is a bodybuilder and professional wrestler as well as a film actor, producer and director from Barbados.

Conrad Hunte

Cricket Player

Sir Conrad Cleophas Hunte, KA was a Barbadian cricketer. Hunte played 44 Test matches as an opening batsman for the West Indies.

John Goddard

Cricket Player

John Douglas Claude Goddard OBE was a cricketer who captained the West Indies in 22 of his 27 Tests between 1948 and 1957.

Lloyd Erskine Sandiford


Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, KA is a Barbadian politician. He served as the fourth Prime Minister of Barbados from 1987 to 1994. As of 2010, Sir Lloyd is serving as Barbados' first resident ambassador in Beijing, China.

Ronald Fenty


Ronald Fenty is the father of Rihanna.

Henderson Bryan

Cricket Bowler

Henderson Ricardo "Hendy" Bryan is a West Indian all rounder who played 15 One Day Internationals but no Tests for the West Indies. In his ODI debut, he was dismissed for a 'duck' against Australia at Kingstown. However, he had his career best ODI figure of 10-1-24-4 in that match which earned him the Man of the Match Award. He represented West Indies in the 1999 World Cup cricket. He also played domestic cricket for Barbados and Griqualand West.

Jackie Opel


Born Dalton Sinclair Bishop possessed a rich, powerful voice with a high octave range. He was known as the "Jackie Wilson of Jamaica", and was a gifted dancer. In the early 1960s, he was discovered by Byron Lee, the band master of the Dragonaires, who brought him to Jamaica. There, he started performing with the Skatalites as one of their lead singers. He recorded as a solo artist first on Coxsone Dodd's Studio One label, and afterwards on Justin Yap's Top Deck label and Edward Seaga's Wirl label. His styles included ska, R&B, soul, gospel, and calypso. He is credited with inventing spouge music, a fusion of ska, calypso, and R&B music. Opel performed duos with Doreen Schaffer and Hortense Ellis, and in 1964 was backed by Wailers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh on "Mill Man", "Hairy Mango" and "A time to cry" and maybe some others like "I Don´t Want Her". Opel eventually moved to Trinidad and then subsequently to Barbados. On 8 March 1970, he died in a car crash in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Elliott Belgrave


Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave, GCMG, KA, CHB, QC, is a Barbadian citizen and retired High Court Judge who serves as Governor-General of Barbados since 1 June 2012. On 22 May 2012, The Prime Minister of Barbados announced that Belgrave would be appointed as the 7th Barbadian Governor-General of HM Queen Elizabeth II. In preparation, the Honourable Madam Justice Sandra Mason was appointed as acting Governor-General on Wednesday 30 May 2012 pending Belgrave's preparation for his own oath-taking ceremony on 1 June. Sir Elliott is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge and London. He is a former Director of Public Prosecutions in Barbados, and served as Judge of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Barbados. He is a Queen's Counsel and was awarded the Companion of Honour of Barbados for his contribution to the legal system in Barbados. He is married to Loretta Belgrave, and together they have a daughter named Susan Matheson. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George on the 8th June 2012.

Kirk Edwards

Cricket Bowler

Kirk Anton Edwards is a West Indian cricket player. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium bowler. He has played for West-Indies and Barbados. He made his Test debut for the West Indies against India at Windsor Park in Dominica in July 2011. He scored 110 runs in the second innings making him the first person to score a Test century at Windsor Park and the 13th West Indies cricketer to score a century on Test debut. In 2008, Edwards coached at Phoenix Cricket Club in Ireland. Edwards played his club cricket in Barbados for Maple Cricket Club, where he led the team in the Twenty20 Club Champions League 2009 tournament in Trinidad. In 2010, Edwards moved to Wanderers Cricket Club.

Redd Pepper

Voice actor

Redd Pepper is a voice actor notable for his work providing theatrical trailers for movies such as Amistad, The Blair Witch Project, Men in Black and Boogie Nights. His vocal style is similar to that of Don LaFontaine. Born in Barbados, Pepper moved to London when he was young with his six sisters and three brothers. He attended Sedghill Secondary School in South East London. His first job was at a McDonalds restaurant after which he spent six months as a fireman and then became a train driver on the London Underground. He claims to have got bored very easily, and used to stop the train between stations, turn off the lights and start talking on the loudspeaker system. "I used to say stuff like: 'This is your driver speaking... or is it?' in a really spooky voice" It was in 1996 that a television executive passenger on one of his trains offered him his card and asked him to call him. After providing numerous voiceovers for TV channels and adverts, he began doing movie trailers with his first being Space Jam in 1996. He also voiced Mike Leroi/Shadow Man in the video game Shadow Man. He came to prominence following his voice-over work for Armageddon and Independence Day when he was mistaken for Hollywood voice artist Don LaFontaine. Asked if he missed being a Tube driver, he responded "Listen, I make £3,000 to £4,000 per movie trailer. What do you think?"


Pop Artist

Jaicko is a Bajan contemporary pop music singer/songwriter signed to Capitol Records. Born Jaicko Lawrence on August 6, 1991 in Christ Church, Barbados, Jaicko has been nominated for six Barbados Music Awards, including Best Pop Single, Pop/R&B Artist Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year, and Album Of The Year in 2008. His debut single was called "Oh Yeah"," produced by the Stereotypes, and reached #2 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. Written by Lil Eddie, Tiwa Savage and Kamaria Ousley. The remix version, featuring Snoop Dogg reached #77 on the Canadian Hot 100. Jaicko's forthcoming debut album is titled Can I. Jaicko wrote and produced several songs on the album, and collaborated with the production team Stargate and Jim Jonsin on the project. Current single "FFWD" is featured on the compilation NOW 33. Prior to signing with Capitol Records, Jaicko released a rap solo album independently in Barbados in November 2006, selling 6,000 copies without major distribution. He currently lives in New York City.

Zeeteah Massiah


Zeeteah Massiah is a singer who is best known in the United States as the lead vocalist on the 1993 Arizona US No. 1 Billboard Dance Chart track "Slide On The Rhythm". She has worked, recorded and toured with artists including Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Phil Collins and Michael Bolton. She is known nowadays by the mononym Zeeteah. Zeeteah was born in Barbados and was raised in London, England. She moved to Cologne in 2001 and returned to London in 2012.

Nicholas Neckles


Nicholas Alfred Neckles is a 3-time Olympic swimmer from Barbados. He swam for Barbados at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. Neckles also competed at the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games As of April 2009, he holds the Barbadian Record in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke. He also competed/attended college at Scotland's University of Stirling. At the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, he set the Games Records in the 200 backstroke, bettering the 2:01.53 swum by Cuba's Neisser Bent at the 1998 Games in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Neckles time also set the Barbadian Record.

Seymour Nurse

Cricket Player

Seymour MacDonald Nurse is a Barbadian former cricketer. Nurse played 29 Test matches for the West Indies between 1960 and 1969. A powerfully built right-hand batsman and an aggressive, if somewhat impetuous, shotmaker, Nurse preferred to bat in the middle order but was often asked to open the batting. A relative latecomer to high-level cricket, Nurse's Test cricket career came to what many consider a premature end in 1969. A member of the famous Empire Cricket Club, Nurse's cricketing mentor was club-mate Everton Weekes. He made his first-class cricket debut for Barbados in 1958. The following year he made a double century for Barbados against the touring English and quickly found himself called up for Test duties with the West Indies. Over the next five years, Nurse struggled to establish himself as a permanent fixture in the West Indies team. It was not until the West Indies toured England in 1966 that Nurse was able to perform consistently at international level. Nurse retired from Test cricket at the peak of his powers, having just dominated the New Zealand bowlers in a three Test series. His last Test innings of 258 is still the highest score by a cricketer in his final Test innings. Nurse continued to play at club level and Barbados for some years. He would later manage and coach the Barbados team and was the head coach of the Barbados National Sports Council. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1967.

Colin Young

Pop Artist

Colin Young is a singer known for being a member of the British soul band The Foundations. In the mid-1960s, he came to England for a holiday with his father and decided to stay. He was a former bookkeeper who prior to joining The Foundations was lead singer of a group called Joe E. Young & The Tonicks. Young joined The Foundations after two members, lead singer Clem Curtis and tenor saxophonist Mike Elliott left in 1968. He replaced Clem Curtis as lead singer and went on to sing on two more of The Foundations' big hits, "Build Me Up Buttercup" and "In the Bad Bad Old Days". He stayed with The Foundations until their break up in late 1970. In the mid-1970s, while Clem Curtis and The Foundations were on the road after having re-formed The Foundations, there was also another Foundations line-up, led by Colin Young, who were on the road at the same time and were playing basically the same material. This eventually led to court action that resulted in Clem Curtis being allowed to bill his group as either The Foundations or Clem Curtis & The Foundations. Young was allowed to bill himself as The New Foundations or Colin Young & The New Foundations.

Oliver Skeete


Oliver Skeete is a British showjumper turned reality show contestant and actor.

Ramon Harewood

American Football Player

Ramon Harewood is a Barbadian American football offensive guard who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, was drafted in the 6th Round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Ravens signing him to a three-year contract.

Keith Boyce

Cricket Bowler

Keith David Boyce was a cricketer who played 21 Tests and 8 One Day Internationals for the West Indies between 1971 and 1976. He died from the effects of chronic cirrhosis of the liver while sitting in a chair at a pharmacist's in Speightstown, Barbados in 1996. Boyce was the first man to take eight wickets in a List A match; he achieved the feat when he took 8-26 for Essex against Lancashire in 1971. No other player dismissed eight batsmen in a one-day innings until Kent's Derek Underwood claimed 8-31 against Scotland sixteen years later.

Manny Martindale

Cricket Player

Emmanuel Alfred "Manny" Martindale was a West Indian cricketer who played in ten Tests from 1933 to 1939. He was a right-arm fast bowler with a long run up; although not tall for a bowler of his type he bowled at a fast pace. With Learie Constantine, Martindale was one of the earliest in the long succession of Test-playing West Indian fast bowlers. During the time he played, the West Indies bowling attack depended largely on his success. Critics believe that his record and performances stand comparison with bowlers of greater reputation and longer careers. Chosen for the West indies tour of England in 1933 despite having played little cricket and being an unknown quantity, he was a great success. He took over 100 first-class wickets and took over half of the West Indies' wickets in the three Tests played. He was the leading bowler when West Indies won their first Test series, against England in 1935–36, and had great success against the leading English batsmen. In the final game of the series, one of his deliveries broke the jaw of Bob Wyatt, the England captain. When he returned to tour England a second time in 1939, Martindale was less successful, but he had by then established himself in League Cricket in England. He moved there to play initially for Burnley Cricket Club, but remained in England for the next 28 years as a professional cricketer. Upon returning to live in Barbados in 1964, Martindale took up coaching. He died in 1972.

Sherwin Campbell

Cricket Bowler

Sherwin Legay Campbell is a West Indian cricketer who played 52 Tests and 90 One Day Internationals for the West Indies. He has played a total of 177 first class games between 1990–91 and 2004–05, scoring more than 10,000 first class runs with 26 centuries. Four of those were in Test cricket, with a highest score of 208 against New Zealand in the first Test of the 1995–96 series, played at his home ground in Bridgetown. Batting for thirteen hours, he hit 30 fours and by the time he left the score was 458 for 8 – well ahead of New Zealand's first innings total of 195. He also hit 29 not out in the second innings as the West Indies won by ten wickets. However, after hitting 170 against New Zealand in the first Test at Hamilton in 1999–2000 he failed to hit a century in his next 33 innings, and only passed 50 five times – in a run yielding 701 runs at 21.24. 79 and 54 in the last Test of the 2000–01 Frank Worrell Trophy against Australia could not prevent him being dropped after the tour, and after missing 10 Tests he returned for the first Test against Pakistan in Sharjah. He made six and 20, and did not return to international cricket again. He continued to play first class cricket for Barbados, and has not announced his retirement, although he was left out of the squad to play Guyana for the first match of the 2005–06 Carib Beer Cup.He now plays cricket for Heywood Cricket Club in Heywood, near Rochdale, who have just won the CLL League and the Wood Cup.

Alison Sealy-Smith


Alison Sealy-Smith is a Canadian actress, born and raised in Barbados. Sealy-Smith attended Mount Allison University where she studied psychology on a scholarship. She is the founding director of Obsidian Theatre, a company that specializes in Black Canadian drama. Sealy-Smith was awarded a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her 1997 star turn in Djanet Sears' Harlem Duet. Her film and television credits have included the series Street Legal, This is Wonderland and The Line, and a recurring role in Kevin Hill. She also had a small role in the 1998 film My Date with the President's Daughter. Sealy-Smith also provided voices in various cartoons such as Storm on the 1990s X-Men and Scarlett on the cartoon Delilah and Julius. She also played Sergeant Rose in the film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen opposite Lindsay Lohan. She has also appeared in many Hollywood films, including Honey opposite Jessica Alba, Dark Water with Jennifer Connelly and Talk to Me with Don Cheadle. As of the mid-2000s, she has a recurring role as Ms. Mann in the children's series Naturally, Sadie. In 2009, she performed as Nurse Lydia in the HBO Canada series Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures.

Nita Barrow


Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, GCMG, DA, FRCN was the first and only female Governor-General of Barbados. She a nurse and humanitarian activist from Barbados. She served as Governor-General of Barbados from 6 June 1990 until her death on 19 December 1995. She was also the sister of Errol Barrow. Barrow trained as a nurse, midwife and health care administrator, holding a variety of nursing, public health and public administration jobs in Barbados and Jamaica in the 1940s/1950s. She was a member of the Commonwealth Group of Eminent Persons that visited South Africa in 1986. During that mission she successfully thwarted South Africa's military restrictions, through entering the restricted area of Alexandria township disguised in African garb and head-dress. In 1980 Barrow was conferred the highest honour in Barbados; she was made a Dame of St. Andrew of the Order of Barbados. She was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.

Alvin Rouse

Soccer Goalkeeper

Alvin Rouse is a Barbadian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. He is currently playing for Northern Irish club Ballinamallard United in the IFA Premiership.

Henry Doorly

Deceased Person

Henry Doorly, a native of Barbados, moved to Omaha while working as an engineer and then moved into the newspaper business. He became the chairman of the World Publishing Company and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald in Omaha, Nebraska. Doorly worked for the company for 58 years, becoming a highly influential figure in the city. Omaha's zoo was renamed in his memory in 1963.

Jonathan C. Jones


Jonathan C. "Jono" Jones is a jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing who has won each of the Canadian Triple Crown races. The son of the renowned Barbadian jockey/trainer Challenor Jones MBE, Jono Jones began his riding career at the age of fourteen at Garrison Savannah Racetrack in his native Barbados. In addition to winning important races at home, including five runnings of the Barbados Derby, he was also the leading rider in Martinique in 1994 and again in 1995. In May 2001, Jono Jones went to compete in Toronto, Canada. While riding in both Canada and in Barbados, between 2000 and 2003 he won four straight editions of the Barbados Gold Cup, his country's most prestigious race. In Canada, Jones has won a number of important stakes races at Woodbine Racetrack and at Fort Erie Racetrack. Riding for trainer/owner Catherine Day Phillips, in 2004 he rode A Bit O'Gold to victory in two of the three Canadian Triple Crown Races, the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Breeders' Stakes. The following year he won his second Breeders' Stakes aboard Phillips's Jambalaya. Yet again, Jones won the Breeders' Stakes in 2009, riding Perfect Shower to victory. The win made Perfect Shower the longest price winner in history to win the Breeders' Stakes.

Laurie Johnson

Cricket Player

Hubert Laurence Johnson is a West Indies born cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1949 and 1966. He scored over 14,000 runs for the club in the first-class game. Johnson was born at Pine Hill, St Michael, Barbados. He was educated at The Lodge School, well known as the cradle of cricket in Barbados, where he benefited from the coaching of Leslie Arthur "Bessie" Walcott. Johnson was invited to the BCA trials in 1945 and in 1946 he was part of the Barbados team to Trinidad, but did not play. However, he scored centuries against Combermere, Spartan and Wanderers, and then migrated to England to train as a sugar industry engineer. He played for the Swarkestone Cricket Club, and appeared for Derbyshire in 2nd XI matches in 1947 and 1948. He made his first class debut against Gloucestershire in June 1949 and made 23 and 6 in the match. He played regularly in the first and second Derbyshire teams in 1949 and 1950, but then returned to British Guiana. He reappeared for Derbyshire in 1955 and was a first team regular for the next ten years. He built up his scoring rate to reach over 1400 runs in 1959 and then became a top scorer. In 1960 he hit his first centuries with 140 against Glamorgan, 130 against Essex, 113 against Lancashire and 109 against Leicestershire. In 1961 he scored 122 against Gloucestershire, 119 against Essex, 116 against Leicestershire and 112 against Hampshire. In 1962 he made his top score of 154 against Leicestershire, and scored 108 against Somerset and 114 against Sussex. He scored five centuries in 1964 with 137 against Nottinghamshire, 132 against Somerset, 101 against Warwickshire, 101 not out against the Australians and 100 against Middlesex. The run rate fell back in 1965 and 966 and he ended his career at the end of the 1966 season. For the last four years he played in the ListA Gillette Cup competition.

Karen Lord


Karen Lord is a Caribbean author of fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. Her first novel, Redemption in Indigo, is a retelling of the story "Ansige Karamba the Glutton," from Senegalese folklore; and her second novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds, is an example of social science fiction. Lord also publishes academic non-fiction on the sociology of religion. Lord has a science degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD in the sociology of religion from the University of Wales.

Roy Marshall

Cricket Player

Roy Edwin Marshall was a West Indian cricketer who played in four Tests from 1951 to 1952. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1959.

Shawn Terry Cox

Professional Boxer

Shawn Terry Cox is a boxer from Barbados best known for participating in the 2000 Olympics and for winning gold 2002 and silver at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games at light heavyweight.

Hal Linton

Pop Artist

Hal Alexander Linton, is a Barbadian born Soul/R&B singer, songwriter and producer. In October 2008 news broke in the small Caribbean island of Barbados that Hal Linton inked a million dollar deal with major record label Universal Motown, following in the footsteps of other Barbadian international recording artist Rihanna, Shontelle, Livvi Franc and Rupee.

Ryan Moseley

Professional Sprinter

Ryan Moseley is a Barbados-born Austrian sprinter who specializes in the 100 metres and 200 metres. Ryan is several times Austrian champion sprinter for 60m, 100m and 200m track & field events. He has competed and achieved finalist position against world-class athletes such as Usain Bolt and Dwain Chambers. Ryan delivers athletic fitness training, set at a professional standard to build strength and endurance.

John Parris

Soccer Midfielder

John Parris is a Barbadian international footballer who plays club football for Notre Dame, as a midfielder.

William Perkins

Cricket Player

William Perkins is a West Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman who occasionally plays as wicketkeeper. Perkins first came to prominence playing for the West Indies in the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, where he scored 133 from 150 balls in a victory against the United States, an innings that won him the man of the match award. His performances in the tournament earned him a Twenty20 debut for Trinidad and Tobago in the Stanford 20/20 tournament. In his first match, he scored 53 from 28 balls in an eight-wicket win. He subsequently made his first-class debut in January 2007. Continued domestic success in Twenty20 cricket – in his first nine games, he averaged more than 40 at an strike rate of over 125 – earned him a place in the West Indies team for a Twenty20 International against Australia. Opening the innings in a match shortened to eleven overs per side, he scored 9 in a seven-wicket victory. Having helped Trinidad and Tobago to victory in the Stanford 20/20, scoring an unbeaten half-century in the final, Perkins was included in the initial squad for the team to face England in the Stanford Super Series for a collective prize of $20 million and attended a training camp, but did not make the final squad.

Tony Reid

Cricket Bowler

Charles Anthony "Tony" Reid is a Barbados born American former cricketer. A right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler, he played for the United States national cricket team from 2000 until 2005. He was the first man to take a wicket for the USA in a One Day International.

Alan Emtage


Alan Emtage conceived and implemented the first version of Archie, a pre-Web internet search engine for locating material in public FTP archives.

Samuel Jackman Prescod


The Right Excellent Samuel Jackman Prescod became the first person of African descent to be elected to Barbados's Parliament in 1843. He also helped found the Liberal Party, whose following included small landowners, businessmen, and coloured clerks. The Barbadian parliament has enacted that he should be called "The Right Excellent" and that his life be celebrated on National Heroes Day in Barbados.

Philo Wallace

Cricket Bowler

Philo Alphonso Wallace is a Barbadian cricketer who played for the West Indies. Having first attempted to get into cricket in 1990, he made the big time in 1997–98 after hitting 198 runs in two Test matches. He formed an opening partnership with Guyanese batsman Clayton Lambert that for a brief period was hailed as a possible successor to the legendary Greenidge/Haynes partnership that dominated the 1980s. It was not to be, though, and by the end of the West Indies' ill-fated tour to South Africa in late 1998, both Wallace and Lambert had been discarded from future selection. Unusually, Wallace was able to take a catch in all 7 of the Test matches that he played in. At one point in his career he played as captain, but he was omitted from the squad in the 2003–04 season.

Arturo Tappin


Arturo Tappin is a smooth jazz and jazz/reggae saxophonist from Barbados. He has performed with Roberta Flack, Monty Alexander, and on an album by Luther Vandross. He is based in New York City, but is strongly linked to his homeland. In the late 1980s he organized the International Barbados/Caribbean Jazz Festival, which he performs at in many years. Arturo Tappin began his musical career, with formal training at Berklee College of Music. Described as a cross between the Teddy Pendergrass and Kenny G, Arturo is referred to as the smoothest, saxiest horn man the Caribbean has to offer. Influenced by the roots culture, Arturo made headway with his roots-reggae Jazz-fusion album, for his debut recording and increased the hype with a repeat performance on his second album entitled, "Java", both licensed by Pioneer Records in Japan. His dynamic live performances and his reputation for putting on explosive shows led him to perform at the Edinburgh Festival, Soho Jazz Festival, Miami AT&T Caribbean Jazz Festival, St. Lucia, Antigua, Curaçao, St. Kitts, St.Vincent, Grenada and Barbados Jazz Festivals, Arturo continued his live performance schedule at Bob Marley's Birthday Bash, James Bond Film Festival in Jamaica, and Trinidad's Independence Day celebration in Miami. Besides touring Jazz festivals the world over, Arturo has performed at social engagements as well including a performance for past United States President, Mr. Bill Clinton and twice for Fidel Castro. He has recently received an Excellence in the arts award from former Jamaican Prime Minister PJ Patterson.