9 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Realize Are Guyanese

Guyanese people are everywhere. Seriously. I live with them (they’re my neighbors above and below me in Brooklyn), I work with them (I’m sure you know Lauren Fox), my friends date them, and in New York alone, they’re a pretty large population.

Through my Guyanese acquaintances, I’ve learned that some very well-known celebrities are also from Guyana, or they were raised by Guyanese parents. Here are nine that surprised me, and just might surprise you (if not, then I’m guessing you’re probably Guyanese too…):


1. Derek Luke

The handsome actor is the son of a fellow actor. Luke’s father, Maurice Luke, used to act in London, but he was born in Georgetown, Guyana. Maurice eventually married Derek’s mother, Marjorie Dixon, a pianist, and they settled in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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