The people of Nanaimo are proud, friendly, and talented. There have been many citizens of Nanaimo that have gone onto the big screen or the music scene. Nanaimo is proud of its locals who show the world how great the city is. Here are some of Nanaimo’s top claims to fame:


Justin Chatwin: As a successful actor, Justin Chatwin has appeared in many TV shows and movies of the early 2000’s. His most well known role was in War of the Worlds. Other roles include supporting in Taking Lives and The Invisible.  


John DeSantis: As one of the tallest actors in Canada, John DeSantis sure stands out. He is best known for his work on the movies Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Seventh Son, and The 13th Warrior.


Anne Cameron: Anne Cameron is both a writer and an actress, but is mostly known for her literary work. She wrote A Ticket to Heaven, which was released in 1981.


Jodelle Ferland: Jodelle started her acting career early on CTV’s Cold Squad. She is the youngest person to receive a Daytime Emmy nomination for her role in Mermaid. Since then she has appeared in Smallville, The Cabin in the Woods, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and many others.  


Sarah Grey: Born in 1996, Sarah Grey is a young actress who made her debut in Cinemanovels. Her best known work is in the movie If I stay.


Sandy Sidhu: Sandy Sidhu began her performing career in theatre. A classically trained performer, she quickly landed a role in Stargate Universe, where she first transitioned onto the screen. She is on the watchlist as an up and coming actress for many.   


Allison Crowe: As a pianist, singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and arranger, Allison Crowe completely shows her love of music. She has produced many music videos and has performed her blended jazz songs across the world. She also had an appearance in Man of Steel.


John McMillan: John McMillan is another one of Nanaimo’s talented musicians. His most known contribution is to the music of Iron Man 3.


Seth Lochhead: Seth Lochhead has had a successful career as a writer and producer. He is known for producing Hanna and his writing of Shadow of the Colossus.


Diana Krall: Diana Krall started on the jazz music scene in Nanaimo, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has won both a Juno and an Emmy award for her vocal jazz album and performances. She is a proud Canadian, and acknowledges her time spent in Nanaimo as an important part of her life.