Celebrities With Famous Ancestor

A person's perceived popularity is decided by several factors like talent and hard work. In some cases, genes may also play a key role in deciding a person's fame. Although it may sound absurd, there are celebrities whose ancestors may have passed down more than just looks.

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Gender: Female
Birthday: 26 May 1966
Born In: Islington, London, England
Sun Sign: Gemini
Famous As: Actress
English actress Helena Bonham Carter's father, Raymond Bonham Carter, hailed from an influential British political family. Helena's maternal grandparents were painter Baroness Hélène Fould-Springer and diplomat Eduardo Propper de Callejón. Her paternal grandmother, Violet Bonham Carter, was a popular feminist and politician whose father, H. H. Asquith, served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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Also Known As: Rashida Leah Jones
Gender: Female
Birthday: 25 February 1976
Born In: Los Angeles, California, United States
Sun Sign: Pisces
Famous As: Actress - Known for Her Roles in TV Comedies
American actress Rashida Jones claims descent from a line of European and American royalty on her father Quincy Jones' side. Among Rashida's paternal ancestors are Betty Washington Lewis and Edward I. Betty Washington Lewis was an American Colonist and the sister of George Washington. Edward I reigned as the King of England from 1272 until his death in 1307.

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Also Known As: Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer
Gender: Male
Birthday: 13 December 1929
Born In: Toronto, Canada
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Famous As: Actor
Christopher Plummer was a Canadian actor who won several awards including an Academy Award in a career that spanned 70 years. On his mother's side, Christopher Plummer's great-grandfather was Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott who served as the third Prime Minister of Canada from 1891 to 1892. On his father's side, Christopher's great-uncle was Frederick Barnard Fetherstonhaugh who was a patent lawyer and agent. Fetherstonhaugh was also the founder of the popular patent agency Fetherstonhaugh & Co.

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Also Known As: Katherine Matilda Swinton
Gender: Female
Birthday: 05 November 1961
Born In: London, England
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Famous As: Known for Her Roles in Independent Films and Blockbusters
British actress Tilda Swinton hails from one of the oldest Scottish families. One of her ancestors happens to be Robert I or Robert the Bruce who reigned as the King of Scots from 1306 to 1329. Ironically, London-born Tilda's ancestor Robert the Bruce fought against England in the First War of Scottish Independence and is considered a national hero in Scotland.

5. Harry Lloyd & Charles Dickens

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Also Known As: Harry Charles Salusbury Lloyd
Gender: Male
Birthday: 17 November 1983
Born In: London, England, UK
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Famous As: Actor
Harry Lloyd is an English actor best known for playing Viserys Targaryen in the popular TV series 'Game of Thrones'. Popular English writer Charles Dickens is Harry Lloyd's great-great-great-grandfather through his mother Marion Dickens. Lloyd's maternal grandfather was Captain Peter Gerald Charles Dickens who was a Royal Navy officer. English Barrister Sir Henry Fielding Dickens was Harry Lloyd's great-grandfather.