How many Canadian celebrities can you name? OK, we’ll give you Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Justin Bieber - but there are loads more. The trouble is, you (just like us) assume they’re American!


1. Elizabeth Arden

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The cosmetics Queen was born Florence Nightingale Graham on December 31, 1878 in Woodbridge, Ontario.

2. Jim Carrey

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The multi-talented comedian, impressionist and actor was born James Eugene Carrey on January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario.

3. Dan Ackroyd

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Ghostbuster actor Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa.

4. Pamela Anderson

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Former showgirl and Baywatch babe, Pammy was born Pamela Denise Anderson on July 1, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia.

5. Joni Mitchell

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The folk-rock legend/singer/songwriter Roberta Joan ‘Joni’ Mitchell was born on November 7, 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta. We’ll always remember her for that Big Yellow Taxi!

6. Leslie Nielsen

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The mad-cap actor and comedian was born Leslie William Nielsen on February 11, 1926, in Regina, Saskatchewan. His Danish-born dad was a Mountie!

7. Michael J Fox

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Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta. When he needed to register his name as an actor, there was already a Michael Fox, so he added the J because it sounded better than A. Eh? See what you did there!

8. Christopher Plummer

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Forever the disciplinarian father of the Von Trapp family whose heart was melted by Maria in the Sound of Music, Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born on December 13, 1929 in Toronto.

9. Leonard Cohen

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The singer, songwriter, poet and novelist was born Septenber 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec. Leonard’s best know song, Hallelujah, which he first released in 1984, has now been recorded over 100 times.

10. Nelly Furtado

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The singer/songwriter was born Nelly Kim Furtado on December 2, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia.

11. K D Lang

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The silky-voiced country singer-songwriter best known for her Constant Cravings, was born Kathryn Dawn Lang on November 2, 1962 in Edmonton, Alberta.

12. Linda Evangelista

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The super-model who famously coined the phrase, ‘we don’t wake up for less than $10,000 dollars a day’, was born on May 10, 1965 in St Catharines, Ontario.

13. Ryan Reynolds

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Once voted People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2010 (we’re not arguing), X-Men actor Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver.

14. Michael Buble

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The treacle-voiced super-crooner Michael Steven Buble was born September 9, 1975, in Burnaby, British Columbia.

15. Donald Sutherland

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Character actor Donald McNichol Sutherland was born July 17, 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

16. Avril Lavigne

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Avril Ramona Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984, in Belleville, Ontario.

17. Seth Rogan

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Funny man Seth Aaron Rogen was born April 15, 1982 in Vancouver.

18. Ryan Gosling


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Former child actor and now a Hollywood hottie, Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario.

19. Shania Twain

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The singer songwriter was born born Eilleen Regina Edwards on August 28, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario. When she was 4, her mum remarried Jerry Twain, a member of the Ojibwa tribe. She took his last name and her first name was changed to Shania, which in Ojibwa means ‘on my way’.

20. Mike Myers

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Born Michael John Myers on May 25, 1963, in Scarborough, Ontario, is there nothing this actor, screenwriter, comedian, producer and film director can’t do? Groovy, baby!

21. William Shatner

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William ‘Bill’ Shatner was born March 22, 1931 in Notre-de-Grace, Montreal – and despite everything he has done with his life – we will always know him as James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek. Beam me up Scotty!


Can you think of any other famous Canadian celebrities we’ve missed off this list?