Top 20 Most Famous Canadians
1. Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau is Canada's 23rd Prime Minister. He grew up influenced by his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and his mother, Margret Trudeau. This upbringing sparked his interest in public service and shaped his belief that diversity is Canada's greatest strength.
Prior to entering politics, Justin was the Chair of Katimavik and a member of the Canadian Avalanche Foundation's board of directors. He was also a supporter of youth and the environment.
Since his childhood, he has encouraged young people to become involved in issues that are important to them and to be active citizens.
2. Michael Cera
Michael was born in the Canadian city of Brampton. His first role was as Larrabe Hicks in the Canadian children's show I Was a Sixth Grade Alien in 1999.
He later relocated to the United States, where he appeared in the sitcom Arrested Development. He has also excelled in the theatre, making his Broadway debut in This Is Our Youth in 2014.
Cera was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor Performance in a Play. This was for his performance in Lonergan's Lobby Hero in 2018.
3. Seth Rogen
Seth Aaron Rogen is a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He began his career as a stand-up comic in Vancouver before relocating to Los Angeles, California.
Rogen appeared in Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks. He also had a recurring role as a writer on the sitcom Undeclared.
Rogen was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series as a staff writer.
In 2001, he made his film debut in Donnie Darko, playing a minor role. Later, he was cast as a supporting and co-producing actor in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Rogen starred in the Universal Pictures films Knocked Up and Funny People.
4. Wayne Gretzky
Ice hockey has come to be associated with Canada. Wayne Gretzky is one athlete who has made a name for himself in this sport.
He is the most well-known and successful hockey player in history. Wayne has forty regular-season records, fifteen playoff records, and six All-Star appearances to his credit.
He was not only the leading point-scorer in NHL history, but he was also the only NHL player to score more than 200 points in a single season. He did it four times while scoring more than 100 points in 16 professional seasons.
Many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself dubbed Wayne "The Great One." From 1979 to 1999, he was an active hockey player.
5. Neil Young
He was born in Toronto and is widely regarded as one of his generation's most influential musicians. Young launched his solo career in 1960. He moved to California a few years later, where he co-founded Buffalo Springfield in 1966.
Young had a successful and illustrious solo career spanning more than 50 years and 34 albums.
He has received numerous Grammy and Juno Awards, as well as two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
6. Shania Twain
Shania may be mistaken for one of the southern states' country singers. She is, after all, a Canadian-born singer and songwriter.
She rose to prominence in the mid-1990s and went on to produce the best-selling album by a female artist of all time.
Over 40 million copies of this country's album were sold worldwide. She received five Grammys and 27 BMI Songwriter Awards.
Her popularity earned her several honorific titles, including "Queen of Country Pop."
7. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Denise Anderson is an activist, actress, model, and television personality. She is best known for her appearances in Playboy magazine and her television work.
Pamela rose to prominence after being named Playboy magazine's February 1990 Playmate of the Month. She was also frequently featured on the cover of the magazine.
She received international acclaim for her role in the action drama series Baywatch, which solidified her status as a sex symbol.
Pamela is well-known for her animal rights activism and support of PETA activities. She has published four autobiographies and two novels.
8. Emily VanCamp
You might recognize her from the TV shows Revenge, Brothers and Sisters, and Everwood. She has also appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
She is fluent in French and a trained dancer in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap.
9. Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh is best known for her roles as Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy and Eve Polastri on Killing Eve.
She has two Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, for Last Night and Double Happiness.
She is the first Asian woman to host and win two Golden Globes in 2019. Sandra Oh was also the first Asian-American actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
10. Celine Dion
Finally, we have Celine Dion, who rose to fame in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Falling into You, released in 1996, and Let's Talk About Love, released in 1997, were her best-selling English-language albums. In the United States, these two albums were certified as diamonds.
Rock, R&B, and classical music have all influenced Celine's music. She has received five Grammy Awards, including Album and Record of the Year.
She was honored by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for selling over 50 million albums in Europe.
11. Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne has been making music for almost her entire life and is without a doubt one of Canada's most successful musicians. Sk8er Boi has crossed over to a new generation and currently has over 78 million views on YouTube, whether you like her or dislike her.
12. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor who has appeared in films and on television. He has worked in blockbuster films of various genres and has amassed a worldwide box office gross of more than 1.9 billion USD.
Gosling rose to prominence after starring in the 2004 romance film The Notebook. Following that, he starred in a string of critically acclaimed independent dramas.
He has a Golden Globe, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and a BAFTA Award.
13. Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev, real name Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva, is a Canadian actress. Her first acting role was as Mia Jones in the CTV drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She rose to prominence on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries as Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce. Dobrev holds dual citizenship in Canada and Bulgaria. She converses in French and speaks English and Bulgarian fluently. She lived in Atlanta while filming The Vampire Diaries, but moved to Los Angeles after the show ended in 2015.
Dobrev has also appeared in several feature films, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a 2012 coming-of-age drama, Let's Be Cops, a 2014 action comedy, The Final Girls, XXX: Return of Xander Cage, a 2015 horror comedy, and Flatliners, a 2017 science-fiction drama.
14. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer. Bieber is well-known for his genre-blending musicianship and has had a significant influence on contemporary popular music.
Scooter Braun, an American record executive, discovered him and signed him to RBMG Records in 2008, quickly establishing himself as a teen idol with the release of his debut seven-track EP My World, in 2009.
In 2011, Time named Bieber one of the world's 100 most influential people, and he was named one of the top ten most powerful celebrities by Forbes in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
15. Winnie Harlow
Winnie Harlow is a Canadian fashion model and public advocate for vitiligo, a skin condition. She rose to prominence in 2014 as a contestant on the 21st cycle of the American reality shows America's Next Top Model.
Harlow uploaded a video to YouTube in July 2011 titled "Vitiligo: A Skin Condition, Not a Life Changer." She discussed the condition and answered questions about her life with vitiligo. Harlow recounted her experience with it in a TEDx talk in November 2014. At the 2015 Portuguese GQ Men of the Year event, she received the Role Model award.
16. Dwayne Johnson
Despite not being born in Canada, Johnson considers himself a Canadian because his father was born in Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto as a teen. The Rock became a Canadian citizen in 2009 as a result of changes in Canadian nationality law, holding dual citizenship with the United States. He is proud, as he paid tribute to the country on Instagram in 2017, and the city of Vancouver designated October 19 as "Dwayne The Rock Johnson Day."
17. Taylor Russell
The 25-year-old actor, known for award-winning indie Waves and Netflix's Lost in Space reboot, "had, like, $3 in my bank account" when she landed a $15-an-hour job fulfilling orders at a pizza delivery service. an Amazon warehouse in her hometown of Vancouver, before relocating to Los Angeles with a settlement from a traffic accident.
18. Pierre Berton
Pierre Berton, Canada's most famous nonfiction author, wrote dozens of books, columns, and magazine articles about all things Canadian. His numerous volumes on Canadian history remain among the most definitive and readable studies of some of Canada's most famous episodes. Berton, who was witty and charming, was also a popular TV personality until his death.
19. Chris Hadfield
Hadfield is one of the world's most popular astronauts and a hugely entertaining public figure. He released a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" a few years ago, which he performed in zero gravity.
20. Martin Short
Most modern comedians will cite the great Martin Short as an influence. Short was a member of the Second City group that created the hugely successful sketch show "SCTV." Short's reputation in the comedy world remains unblemished; he currently co-hosts the NBC variety show "Maya & Marty" with Maya Rudolph.