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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Jamaica is a small island that gave birth to many people of great talents. So it comes as no surprise that amongst those talents, acting is one.

Here is a list of 7 Jamaican actresses that you may know.

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Lois Kelly-Miller

On October 15, 1917, Lois Kelly-Miller was born in Crossroads, Saint Andrew, Jamaica. She was a stage and screen actress from Jamaica. Her decades-long, successful career in theatre and pantomime, especially with the Little Theatre Movement National Pantomime, made her a household name in Jamaica.

For her part opposite Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins in the American movie Meet Joe Black (1998), Kelly Miller was most well-known to foreign audiences. She also collaborated with some of the most prominent actors from Jamaica, including Louise Bennett-Coverley, Oliver Samuels, Charles Hyatt, and Ranny Williams.

At the age of 102, Lois Kelly Miller passed away at her home in Gordon Town, Saint Andrew Parish, just outside of Kingston, on April 8, 2020.

Audrey Reid

Audrey Reid, a Jamaican actress and mother of three kids, was born on January 16, 1970. She is best known for her roles as Marcia and Vennette in Dancehall Queen and BUPS, respectively.

Third World Cop (1999), Almost Heaven, Obeah Wedding, Higglers, Some Like It Hot, Boy Blue, Irie Neighbour, Con Man, Scandal, Strength of a Woman, It's A Dancehall Ting, and Wicked Bitches are just a few of the Jamaican movies in which Audrey has appeared.

Grace Jones

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Grace Jones was born on May 19, 1948, to Marjorie Jones (née Williams) and Reverend Robert W. Jones in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica. She joined her family in Syracuse, New York when she was 12 years old.

Jones later relocated to New York City to pursue modelling but was unsuccessful so she moved to Paris where she started to model for Yves Saint-Laurent, Claude Montana, Kenzo Takada, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Hans Feurer, and Azzedine Alaa. She also appeared on the covers of "Elle," "Vogue," and "Der Stern."

Jones also started her acting career with minor roles, with her first appearance being in the exploited movie, Gordon’s War. Jones' on-screen career didn't take off until the 1980s when she played three supporting roles in Conan the Destroyer (1984), A View to a Kill (1985), and Katrina in the comedy-horror Vampire Diaries (1986).

Leonie Forbes

She was born June 14, 1937, in Kingston Jamaica. At the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, she pursued a theatre degree. She has performed in pantomimes produced by the LTM National Pantomime in Jamaica and several film roles.

For a number of years on the island, Ms Forbes also worked as a film producer and TV personality. She has appeared in the movies and television shows "Milk and Honey," "The Orchid House," and "Children of Babylon."

She has also made appearances in the stage productions "Smile Orange," "Champagne and Sky Juice," and "Whiplash."

Madge Sinclair

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She was born to a middle-class family on April 27, 1938, in Kingston, Jamaica. Sinclair started teaching in Jamaica once he reached the age of 30. Later, she got married, and she had two sons. Madge Sinclair eventually moved to the United States from Jamaica. After arriving, she made her home in New York, where she pursued a career in acting and modelling.

As a result of her affiliation with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Madge Sinclair's career flourished. She started acting in different movie roles. She is best known for her work on Coming To America, Trapper John, The Lion King, and Roots: The Mini-Series. She received an Emmy for playing Belle in Roots.

On December 20, 1995, Madge Sinclair died from leukaemia in Los Angeles, California.

Patrice Johnson Chevannes

Patrice Johnson Chevannes was born in Jamaica and raised in New York City. She is an accomplished actress, writer, director, and producer. She has performed in a number of plays both on and off Broadway, sharing the stage in The Crucible with renowned actors like Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

In what is referred to historically as a photo negative production of Shakespeare's Othello, Patrice played Desdemona to Sir Patrick Stewart's Othello.

She has collaborated with a number of incredible directors, including Sir Richard Eyre, Jude Kelly, Sir Michael Boyd, Sir Trevor Nunn, and Peter Sellars.

Shantol Jackson

One of Jamaica's burgeoning actors is Shantol. Shantol has performed in numerous staged plays in Jamaica and abroad in his short five years in the business.

In addition to appearing in the short film Sugar, Sugar, written by Sharon Leach and directed by Michelle Serieux, Shantol made her acting debut in Storm Saulter's 2016 feature Sprinter.

Idris Elba's 2017 film Yardie, in which Jackson starred, was chosen for the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January 2018.

The Jamaican Prime Minister Youth Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture went to Shanton Jackson in 2022.

These are just some of the many Jamaican actresses making their mark in the world. Jamaica, "wi likkle but wi tallawah."

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References & Sources For Jamaican Actresses

  1. 2022. Lois Kelly Miller - Wikipedia. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 October 2022].
  2. IMDb. 2022. Grace Jones - IMDb. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 October 2022].
  3. J.Bailey, M., 2022. Jamaican Hall Of fame: Actress Madge Sinclair. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 October 2022].
  4. J.Bailey, M., 2022. Leonie Forbes. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 October 2022].

Jamaican Actresses | Written: October 2, 2022

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