21 Vancouverite celebrities who are making us proud

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Vancouver may be a playground for the world’s rich and famous, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t grown our own local talent. As true Hollywood North (strong and free), here’s some of our very own from all parts of the Metro Vancouver region that have garnered acclaim internationally.

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21 Famous Vancouverites

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Vancouver may be a playground for the world’s rich and famous, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t grown our own local talent. Here are some of our very own that have garnered acclaim internationally.

  • Molly Parker (Actor)

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    Born and raised in Maple Ridge, this Deadwood and House of Cards star is a true Canadian actress. She has won multiple awards for her work including a Genie for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

  • Shawn Ashmore (Actor)

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    Also known as "Iceman", this X-Men star was born in Richmond in 1979. Though his family moved to Alberta when he was young, he’s still a Vancouver boy.

  • Carrie-Anne Moss (Actor)

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    Best known as "Trinity" from The Matrix Trilogy, Carrie-Anne Moss grew up in Vancouver. Although The Matrix was her breakout movie, she has starred in many successful independent films.

  • Hayden Christensen (Actor)

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    Hayden Christensen was born in Vancouver and now lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He was chosen to be Anakin Skywalker for two Starwars movies beating out Leonardo De Caprio and 400 other candidates.

  • Alexander Ludwig (Actor)

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    Born and raised in Vancouver, this famous actor has worked alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and more. He currently is a full time student at USC.

  • Serinda Swan (Actor)

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    Best known for The Breakup Artist, Tron, and Breakout Kings, this beautiful actress was born and raised in West Vancouver. 

  • Jason Priestly (Actor)

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    Jason Priestly, graduate of North Vancouver’s Argyle Secondary School was a star of Beverly Hills 90210. He is now starring in Call Me Fitz.

  • Drew and Jonathan Scott (Actors, Producers)

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    Better known as the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott grew up in Vancouver and still call it home.

  • David Suzuki (Activist)

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    Born and raised in Vancouver, David Suzuki is a major environmental activist, author of 52 novels and was a professor at UBC. He’s known as one of the most influential living Canadians.

  • Douglas Coupland (Artist/Author)

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    Douglas Coupland grew up in West Vancouver and is a novelist, visual artist and designer. He has published 13 novels, many short stories, 7 nonfiction books, and works and screenplays for film and TV.

  • Carly Rae Jepsen (Singer)

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    Born and raised in Mission, Carly Rae Jepsen is 1 of the most well-known Canadian singers. Her pop hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ topped the charts. She has won many awards including Juno’s and Grammy’s.

  • Josh Ramsay (Singer/Songwriter)

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    Josh Ramsay is the lead vocalist for the popular Canadian band Marianas Trench, but he does much more than sing. He has written many songs for various artists including co-writing ‘Call Me Maybe’.

  • Michael Bublé (Singer)

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    Representing Burnaby, Michael Bublé’s debut album came out in 2003 and he has sky-rocketed to popularity ever since. His unique voice and stage presence has allowed him to be universally famous.

  • Michael J. Fox (Actor/Activist)

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    Known for the Back to the Future trilogy, Michael J. Fox is a renowned actor. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991 and has been an avid activist who started his own foundation.

  • Jessica Lowndes (Actor, Singer, Songwriter)

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    Jessica Lowndes went to Pacific Academy in Surrey. She has been in multiple films and television shows but is most known for her role on 90210.

  • Ryan Reynolds (Actor)

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    Heartthrob Ryan Reynolds grew up in Vancouver & graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School. After acting in Marvel movies, he was DC’s Green Lantern, becoming 1 of few actors to star in both worlds.

  • Cobie Smulders (Actor)

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    Known as the fun and crazy Canadian named Robin on How I Met Your Mother, Cobie Smulders truly embodies her role. Born and raised in Vancouver, she’s also been in many movies.

  • Seth Rogen (Actor)

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    Notoriously hilarious actor and comedian Seth Rogen also grew up in Vancouver. He won amateur stand up comedy nights during his teen years which led him towards his passion of writing and comedy. 

  • Joshua Jackson (Actor)

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    Vancouver native Joshua Jackson has been credited in 45 roles, including the Mighty Ducks and Fringe. 

  • Pamela Anderson (Actor, Model, Activist)

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    Not quite from Vancouver, Pamela was born Ladysmith & raised in Comox and is quite possibly one of BC’s most well-known actresses. This Baywatch star is also an activist for organizations, like PETA.

  • Bryan Adams (Singer)

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    Starting his music career out of his mother’s basement in North Vancouver at the age of 14, Adams has sold over 100 million records and is the best-selling Canadian rock artist of all time.

As a young and city on the rise, the future looks bright for more famous Vancouverites to emerge in the coming years. If you think we missed someone, let us know via the comments section.

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