Canada is a young country, and some have made their mark on the world through their crafts, their words, or just by their amazing selves.
There is no industry where Canadian has not been featured in. The city of Maple syrup and maple leaves has become a favorite especially when it comes to movies, television shows, and music too.
Canada’s relative success in the global industry of entertainment can be seen by the popularity of numerous Canadian television shows, such as Top Chef Canada; as well as by the numerous appearances of Canadian music artists, including Common, Miley Cyrus, Mike Myers who appear in Austin Powers, Actor Dan Aykroyd who born on Canada Day and many more.
In this article, I am going to discuss some of the famous Canadian celebrities who have achieved success in the world of the entertainment industry include.
Canadian Celebrities from British Columbia
The most popular Canadian celebrities are people from North Vancouver or Born in Vancouver British Columbia which is a province in Canada. Here is a list of some of the most famous Canadian celebrities.
Pamela Anderson is a Canadian actress famous for her roles in the television series Bay Watch and as Bunny girl on Playboy Magazine’s cover. The former Baywatch star was born on 1st July 1976 in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada.
When she was young she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, and was raised with her younger brother Garry. She was an acrobat and gymnast and she was also an athlete in high school. She worked as a waitress from 16 to 19 years of age.
One of the famous Canadian celebrities was first discovered by Labatt’s Beer Company to be a Blue Zone girl, and later Play approached her. She gained fame from Playboy Magazine’s cover and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her acting career.
She made her acting debut in Home Improvement as Lisa and she got attention from the public which helped her to get the role in Bay Watch as C.J. Parker which was the most viewed television series worldwide. Later she starred in the Big Screen project Raw Justice.
Ryan Reynold is a Canadian actor and famous Canadian celebrities, who gained popularity for his role as Green Lantern in the Green Lantern movie series and his role in Deadpool. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 23rd October 1976.
He was born in Irish Catholic Family as the youngest of four brothers. When he was 13 years old he started his career on Nickelodean’s teen soap opera Hillside as a lead character. One night with his friend and fellow Canadian actor he flew to Los Angeles, California for his acting career.
In 1997 he got the role as Berg in Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place which was reviled by critique but later it gain success which helped him to get roles in films such as the remake of The Amityville, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, DC Comics’ Green Lantern and Marvel’s Deadpool and Deadpool 2.
On 9th September 2012, he married his Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively and has three daughters.
Joshua Jackson is a very famous Canadian American actor and one of the famous Canadian celebrities, who gained fame from his role as Charlie Conway in the Disney Film Mighty Ducks. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 11th June 1978.
His mother was a casting director from Dublin, Ireland, and his father from Texas. He was raised as a Catholic and he attended his high school with actor Ryan Reynolds from Vancouver. He started his acting career in 1991 with a small role in the movie Crooked Heart.
After joining the William Morris agency he landed his first major role in the movie The Mighty Ducks as Charlie Conway and later he appeared in the Tv series Dawson’s Creek as Pacey Witter where he get bigger projects.
He appeared in several movies such as Cruel Intentions, The Skulls, and Shutter. In 2018 he start dating actress Jodie Turner-Smith and he got married in December 2019 and have one daughter in April 2020.
Canadian Pop Star
Canada is a small country but it has a great amount of talent when it comes to entertainment, especially music. From The Weeknd to Drake Canada share a great artist with the world. Here is a list of some of the popular Canadian pop singers and Canadian celebrities in music who have achieved huge success and cross genres.
Earning fame at the age of 13 with his Debut teen album My World Justin Bieber is representing London, ON, and Canada and become part of the Teen Idol category. One of the famous Canadian celebrities was born on March 1st, 1994 in London, Ontario, Canada.
He taught himself how to play many instruments such as guitar, piano, drums, and trumpet and his mother start posting videos in which he is performing he got attention from a talent agent who helped him to get an audition with Usher and he signed his first record deal.
He released his first single One time which become a huge success worldwide and was certified as Platinum in Canada. He becomes the first artist to have seven songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart from his debut album My World.
He won Grammy and American Music Award and his name were listed in the list of the top 10 most powerful celebrity in the world in Forbes Magazine. He becomes the world’s best-selling artist. On 14th September 2018, he got married to Hailey Baldwin an American Model and Television personality.
Leonard Norman Cohen was born in Montreal, Quebec City, Canada on September 21st, 1934. He was a singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, and one of the famous Canadian celebrities, famous for his distinctive voice in 1970s pop music.
His music is famous for its amazing artistry on themes of sage, the bohemian, and romantic style which made him popular as a pop singer. He explored the human condition, he always explores themes of love, death, loss, and pain in his novel, music, and poetry.
For his memorable work he was honored with several awards such as a Companion of the Order of Canada, was installed into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Hall of Fame, US Songwriters Hall of Fame, He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, eight Juno Award. Glenn Gould Prize.
Leonard Cohen was born in a Jewish family and was a second child his father was the co-founder of Jewish Times and the first President of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Cohen had an interest in writing and poetry from a very young age and when he was 15 he began playing guitar because of the influence of western music.
He started his career as a Poetry writer when his poetry get published in the literary magazine CIV/n. and later his first book of poetry Let US Compare Mythologies get released. In 1966 in 92nd Street YMHA during poetry reading, he sang “The Strange Song” from where his music career started.
His poems and reading become popular, and they are sung by other artists. During that time he performed in different cities. His famous song is Hallelujah, Dance Me to the End of Love, The Partisan, and many more.
In 2016 the multiple fractures of the spine with other ailments they suffered during his global tour made his mobility restricted and his last album was recorded at his home in Los Angeles.
On November 7th, 2016 he died at the age of 83 during his sleep because of Cancer which was revealed later by his manager, his last album “You Want it Darker” get released after his death.
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a famous Canadian singer, songwriter, and one of the most popular Canadian celebrities, born in Pickering, Ontario, Canada on 8th August 1998. He is from a Portuguese and English family and has one sister.
He follow the footsteps of famous pop singer Justin Bieber and began posting cover videos of popular songs on the Vine app and on YouTube in 2013 where he gain lots of popularity and followers within a few months.
He was famous for his six-second snipped rendition of popular songs. He learned how to play guitar by himself from watching videos. When he was 14 years of age he gain 3 million followers on YouTube and the Vine app.
Because of his popularity, he caught the attention of American Talent manager Andrew Gertler. In 2014 May he signed with Island Records and his first single Life of Party got released in June.
With his first album, he became the youngest artist to debut on billboards charts. Later made a huge success with his albums such as Handwritten, Illuminate, Shawn Mendes, and Wonder. He considered Unfailingly polite, charming, and gorgeous as the perfect pop star.
In 2013 he worked in the Animated film Underdogs as a voice actor before his music career started. In 2016 he started his acting career on CW’s The 100. Shawn Mendes spoke about his mental health issue related to anxiety and became a brand ambassador for the Calm app.
He won numerous awards such as multiple American Music Awards, Billboards Live Music Award, BMI Pop Award, MTV Europe Music Award, E! People Choice Award and Grammy Nominations among many other awards.
Carly Rae Jepsen
The Canadian pop music star was born in Mission, British Columbia on 21st November 1985. Her parents and step-parents were self-professed music-theatre nerds.
At the age of 17, she got her first guitar after which she went to attend the Canadian College of Performing Arts to become a Music teacher but she got an interest in songwriting.
At that time she used to work as a waitress, busking, and used to perform in pubs when her teacher suggest to audition for Canadian Idol and finished third place in the season.
With the other two singers, she went Canadian Idol tour and performed in 15 different cities across the country. Later when she returned home she signed with Simkin Artist Management and Dexter Management.
Her debut album Tug of War gained a lot of Popularity as her New Artist of the year and Songwriter of the year at Juno awards and Canadian Radio Music Award as Song of the Year.
The most popular song Call Me Maybe was released on 20th September 2011 and steadily climbed on the Top Charts of the Canadian Music Chart Canadian pop icon Justin Bieber tweeted about the song which made it gain international attention.
Later Carly Rae Jepsen signed a deal with Justin Bieber’s manager and released the song “Curiosity” on Valentine’s Day 2012 and released a song together “Beautiful”.
The song Call Me Maybe got worldwide recognization and it was named popular song of the year by MTV, Billboard Music Award, American Music Award, Single of the Year in 2013, and two Grammy Nominations.
Other her famous song I Like you went very viral immediately after its release. The Music Video featured Tom Hanks and a Cameo by Justin Bieber.
Canadian actors and Canadian celebrities are working in the Hollywood industry for a very long time. Most of these actors are blessed with good looks and amazing talent. Undoubtedly some of them made their career in Hollywood very successful and very popular Canadian celebrities. Here are the most famous Canadian Actors.
William Shatner a famous actor, director, author, and famous Canadian celebrities is famous for his role in the original series of Star Trek as Captain Kirk. William Shatner was born on 22nd March 1931 in Montreal, Canada.
He started his career as a child star in theatre, when he was 6 years of age started his career in summer camp and when he turned 12 he worked in Montreal Children’s Theatre where he played Tom Sawyer.
After completing his graduation he worked as a Business Manager in Mountain Playhouse and later he join Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa. In 1954 he joined Stratford Festival as an actor and made his debut on Tamburlaine the Great.
For the Initial year of his career, he worked in Stratford Production’s Broadway theatre shows such as The World of Suzie Wong and A Shot In The Dark. He started his film career with his debut movie The Brothers Karamazov as Alexi in 1957.
In 1962 he worked in the movie Stanley Kramer’s Judgement at Nuremberg with an all-star cast but over his career, he worked in television series. In 1966 he accepted the role of Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the Star Trek TV show which made him a pop-culture icon.
The show earned lots of popularity drastically and the show made many sequels. In 1989 he write a storyline and directed one of the last film of Star Trek with original cast members. He directed the episodes of other tv shows also TJ Hooker and Third Rock from the Sun.
In the 1990s he write some sci-fi novels “TekWar” which turn into a movie in 1994 and he worked as their executive producer and occasional star of the films. From 1989 to 1996 he hosted the series titled Rescue 911 and in 2008 he hosted a weekly show William Shatner’s Raw Nerve.
Throughout his career, his honored with numerous awards such as Gemini Award Nomination, ACTRA Montreal Performers Award of Excellence, He has 5 Nominations in Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, USA, he won Banff Television Award of Excellence, and Emmy Awards.
In 2000 he was honored with Golden Globe Award, he was inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame and, he received The Lifetime Achievement Award by Banff World Television Festival. In 2011 he was honored with Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
Keanu Charles Reeves famous actor and one popular Canadian celebrity were born in Beirut, Lebanon on September 2, 1964. He arrived in Canada when he was 5 years old, his parents were English and American-born but now he holds Canadian Citizenship.
He always had a lack of interest in academics which might be because of his dyslexia but he was excellent in hockey and wanted to play for Team Canada, he was once expelled from school because of his misbehavior.
Reeves also had an interest in drama and when he was 15 years old he played Mercutio in the play, Romeo and Juliet, at Toronto’s Leah Posluns Theatre. He also works as a production assistant for Aaron before dropping out of high school.
In the early year of his career, he worked in many stage productions and TV movies and Tv series. He also worked as a correspondent for the CBC youth series “Going Great” and play the character of a troubled teen in the NFB docudrama “One Step Away”.
Later he moved to Los Angeles and quickly he earned real roles in tv series where worked in some major films and series such as Ted in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Parenthood, I Love You To Death, Point Break, My Own Private Idaho, Dracula, Little Buddha and some of them had major commercial success.
In 1999 he became a Box Office superstar by his starring role in the Science fiction movie The Matrix as Thomas Anderson or Neo. The movie became a global hit because of its groundbreaking effects and tech theme. He also starred in sequels of the movie in 2003.
After the success of The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starts working more on acting in movies and tv series. He made his directing debut with the drama Man of Tai Chi and in 2013 he starred in the action thriller John Wick which became a success and he made its sequel in 2017 and 2019.
His fourth part of the John Wick tv show is scheduled to release in 2022 and the last part of Matrix released in early 2022.
Keanu Reeves keeps his personal life always private. in 1991 he co-founded the rock band Dogstar which also used to play bass guitar. It enjoyed some modest success but in 2005 he leaves the band permanently.
In his career, he received numerous Awards and nominations such as the MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male, MTV Award for Speed, and The Matrix. His work was recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada Walk of Fame.
Keanu Reeves have both American and Canadian Citizenship.
Jim Carrey real name James Eugene Carrey was born on 17th January 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He is a famous Canadian comic actor and popular Canadian celebrity who is famous for his movies The Mask and Liar Lair.
Jim Carrey started his career as a stand-up comedian at Yuk Yuk’s Club in Toronto to help his family when they were facing financial problems. When he was just 19 years old he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a stand-up comedian in television series.
Such as The Duck Factory and In Living Color which also worked in movies. Initially, he used to have bit parts in movies but in 1994 he appeared big movies such as The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
The later year got big projects which made him appear on the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and Newsweek. He made several hits throughout his film career such as Liar Lair, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas which become the biggest hit of his career.
In his career, he was honored with many Awards such as Golden Globes Award and MTV Movies Award and he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1998.
He was considered one of the most influential actors and famous people who worked in Hollywood Films.
Kiefer Sutherland’s full name is Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland and one of the famous Canadian celebrities was born in Paddington, London on December 21, 1966. He is the son of the famous Canadian actor Donald Sutherland who hails from Saint John and his mother Shirley Douglas.
He was brought up in Toronto native and he has a political connection with his maternal grandfather a Scottish-born Canadian politician Tommy Douglas he was a former premier of Fort Saskatchewan, and he was given credit for bringing Universal Health Care to Canada.
He is famous for his starring role in movies like Young Gun and The Three Musketeers. He started his film career he was 18 years of age with the movie The Bay Boy which win the GENIE-AWARD, after which had a successful career in movies.
He projected in many successful projects such as Stand by Me which was his first Hollywood movie. Later he did movies such as The Lost Boys, Promised Land, Young Gun, Renegades, The Three Musketeers, and many more.
In 1997 he become a Film director and television actor. One of his successful projects was the TV series 24 and he worked in its movie 24: Redemption, He earned great success with his projects like Truth or Consequences and Woman Wanted.
In 2006 he lend his voice to the movies The Wild, Monster Vs Alien, Marmaduke, and Melancholia.
He was honored with Awards such as the Sweden TNT Award, He was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, and Hollywood Walk of Fame and honored at Zurich Film Festival with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Michael Austin Cera is a famous Comic actor, Musician, and of famous Canadian celebrities, who is born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada on June 7th, 1988. He started his career at a very young age in the first year of High School in the Tim Horton commercial.
The Canadian actor Michael Cera is best known for his role in Arrested Development and I was a Sixth Grade Alien. His first Tv movie was What Katy Did, a TV show I was a Sixth Grade Alien and Arrested Development.
His initial career was mostly around working in Tv shows. His Big screen appearance was in the movie Evan in Superbad and he got a chance to work on another great project such as Juno which was praised at a film festival, won lots of Awards, and win Grammy for its Soundtrack too.
Michael Cera was nominated and honored with several Awards for his performances such as Austin Film Critics Association Award and the Canadian Comedy Award.
The country of Maple Syrup and Beverly Hills filled with Canadian Heritage and Culture has given its part in the Hollywood movie and tv industry with famous people and the most popular Canadian celebrities. Some of the famous, beautiful, and very talented actresses or female Canadian celebrities who made their name in Hollywood are listed below.
Rachel McAdams is a famous Canadian actress and famous Canadian celebrity who is known for her roles in movies such as The Notebook, The Vow, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Mean Girls, and many more.
Rachel Anne McAdams was born in London Ontario, Canada on November 17th, 1978, and raised in St. Thomas Ontario. She started her career at the tender age of 12 in a theatre in London.
She got an early opportunity in her from the tv show The Famous Jett Jackson and Earth: Final Conflict in which she has a guest appearance and later she made her film debut in the movie My Name is Tanion.
Her Hollywood debut happen in 2002 with the movie The Hot Chick which was a teen comedy. In 2004 she achieves a great career breakthrough with the movie Mean Girls where she played the character of the sadistic girl and worked on The Notebook which make a great success.
After her these movies’ success she worked on several projects such as Wedding Crashers, Red Eye, and The Family Stone. In the year 2006, she took a huge break from Hollywood and acting.
She made her return from the movie Married Life in which she plays the character of 1940s Femme Fatale. She regains her popularity and success from the movie Sherlock Holmes opposite Robert Downey Jr.
She also voices the character of the mother in the animated movie The Little Prince and later work in the HBO Crime drama True Detective, worked in Aloha, and Spotlight.
Rachel McAdams was involved with several celebrities in her life. In 2016 she dated director and screenwriter James Linden which they kept secret and in April 2018 she gave birth to a son.
In her career, she was honored with several Awards and nominations. She was nominated for Oscar and Screen Actor Guild Awards and Her movie has Academy Award Nomination for Best Picture.
She is inducted into the St. Thomas Wall of Fame and Canada Walk of Fame. She won the Gemini Award, Best Kiss, Best Breakthrough Award, Female Star of the Year, Robert Altman Award, American Riviera Award, and many more.
Nina Dobrev, her real name Nikolina Konstantinova Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria on January 9, 1989. She is famous for her role in the TV show The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.
From childhood she great interest in acting, music, dance, and gymnastics. She started her career as a Model and got auditions in movies and tv series. Her first feature film was Fugitive Pieces from which she start her acting career.
She worked on several projects such as Away From Her, Degrassi: The Next Generation in which she played a major role, and most popular The Vampire Diaries which run for over eight seasons. She worked on other major projects like XXX: Return of Xander Cage which was the most successful film.
She was raised with her older brother and her cousin also works as a Model in Canada. She moved to Canada when she was an age of two years.
She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Gymnastics. Apart from acting she also has done other activities such as representing Canada and competing internationally in Aesthetic Gymnastics.
Sandra Oh her real name Sandra Miju Oh was born in Ottawa Suburb, Napean, Ontario on July 20, 1971. The Canadian actress is well known for her role in Grey’s Academy, Double Happiness, and Last Night.
From the age of four, she has a great interest in dancing and her acting career started very early. At the age of 15, she starts working in Plays, theatre, commercials, and television.
Her first break was the lead role in the movie The Dairy of Evelyn Lau for which she was nominated as best actress in the Gemini Awards. Later in the following year, she worked on the movie Double Happiness which benefit her career.
In 1996 she debut in Hollywood Industry with actor Rowan Atkinson in the movie Bean. She worked in supporting roles in the movie Princess Diaries, Big Fat Liar, and Ful Frontal.
Her major career opportunity came in 2005 when she got the chance to work in Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Cristina Yang which gained lots of popularity and was five-time nominated for Emmy awards for supporting role.
Apart from acting she also has done voice acting in animated series such as American Dad, Phineas and Ferb, Peg & Cat, and Window Horses.
She was cast in BBC’s American series ” Killing Eve” which turn out best work of her entire career and nominated for the Primetime Emmy award and win a Golden Globe and Screen Actor Guild Award.
Sandra Oh married director Alexandra Payne in 2003 but separated in 2007.
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