It’s not easy to pinpoint what a native Bermudian looks like by appearances — they come in all colours, shapes and sizes. The island paradise, however, is a breeding ground for many famous names. You might be surprised to find who hails from the isles of pink sand and turquoise waters.
Best recognized for her role as Cersei Lannister in the hit HBO series, “Game of Thrones,” it is a little-known fact that Lena Headey is Bermudian. She was born in Hamilton, Bermuda, where she lived until her family moved to England when she was five. After being scouted at the age of 17, Headey maintained a steady flow of positions in supporting roles before finding fame in big-budget productions like The Brothers Grimm and 300.
Hailing from Pembroke, Bermuda, actor Earl Cameron’s colourful life started far before the big screen. After joining the British Merchant Navy as a young man, taking part in World War II and being stranded in London, he found a way onto the stage — and in front of a camera. You may recognize Cameron from his roles in movies like Inception and The Interpreter as well as appearances in BBC features including “Doctor Who” and “Neverwhere.” The Earl Cameron Theatre in Hamilton, Bermuda, was named in his honour.
Will Kempe was born and raised on the beautiful island of Bermuda. At age nine he was sent to the Dragon School in Oxford and later studied at the Wellington College in Berkshire and the University of Western Ontario before arriving in New York to become an actor. Kempe made his acting debut in 1990 as Rick Von Sloneker in Metropolitan and has since appeared in television shows, including “Charmed,” “Law & Order” and “Angel.”
Heather Nova (born Heather Allison Frith) is a Bermudian singer-songwriter. Her free-spirited nature began early, as Nova and her two siblings spent an extraordinary childhood sailing the islands of the Caribbean on her family’s sailboat. Nova wrote her first song at age 12 and has since pursued her passion for music to play hundreds of concerts and sell more than 2 million albums in her career.
The native Bermudian reggae singer is the brother of singer-songwriter Heather Nova. His first self-titled album was released in 1999 with what became the U.K. hit single, “Give You All The Love.” Since then, he has released five chart-topping albums and is currently signed to Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records.
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