11 Famous People We Are Shocked to Find Out Are Related
Many people take DNA tests in order to discover their full family tree that goes back centuries. So, they find out about even their most distant cousin that they have never imagined they could be related to. Most of the time it’s everyday people no one knows, but sometimes it could be historical figures or famous people that the whole world knows.
Now I’ve Seen Everything can’t believe that these 22 famous people are actually related to one another.
1. Beyoncé and Queen Elizabeth II
Yes, Queen B successfully defends her pop title by actually having royal blood. Beyoncé and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II are 11th cousins, twice removed, so technically Meghan Markle shouldn’t feel alone as part of the British monarchy.
2. Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei
Tomei found out, pretty recently, that her colleague Julianne Moore is also her genetic cousin. She was surprised and quite delighted, and revealed that they also went to school together. What a small world! The two ladies starred together in the film Crazy, Stupid, Love.
3. Angelina Jolie has lineage from King Phillip II of France
King Phillip II of France ruled from 1180 to 1223 and is known to have brought financial stability to his country. He also increased the royal coffers. Actress Angelina Jolie carries French royal blood considering she is a direct descendant of Philip II. Strangely enough, she played Queen Olympias in the 2004 movie Alexander, opposite Val Kilmer’s Phillip II, only this was Phillip II of Macedonia.
4. Madonna and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, and the American music icon are related, as they’re both descendants of the seventeenth-century French carpenter, Zacharie Cloutier, who settled in Quebec, Canada in 1634.
5. Michael Douglas and King Edward III
6. Kate Middleton and Dakota and Elle Fanning
The Fanning sisters can also boast their royal connection as they’re 21st cousins of the Duchess of Cambridge. Whatever it is about their blood, it’s working well — all 3 women are highly likable and gorgeous.
7. Benedict Cumberbatch is the 16th cousin to King Richard III
Benedict Cumberbatch is distantly related to King Richard III, who ruled England from 1452 to 1485. He was the last English king to have died during a battle, and later, there was a whole investigation into finding his remains, enough for a reburial. Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange in the Marvel movies, is the 16th cousin to the king. He also read a poem at his royal ancestor’s reburial.
8. Tilda Swinton and King Edward I
The British actress is a direct descendant of Edward I of England and is also related to King Henry VIII.
Tilda Swinton is also related to the current royal family through the late Princess Diana; the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson; and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles.
9. Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling
We used to think that Canadian roots and musical chops were the only things that Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling had in common, but we were wrong. Turns out, they’re 11th cousins, once removed and are also genetically linked to singer Avril Lavigne.
10. Robert Pattinson is a descendant of Vlad the Impaler
Robert Pattinson may have played the love-sick vampire, Edward Cullen, in the Twilight series, but he has a real-life blood connection to “Dracula.” Bram Stoker’s famous character was allegedly inspired by the Transylvania despot, Vlad the Impaler, and Pattinson is related to him, via the British royal family.
11. H.H. Asquith is Helena Bonham Carter’s great-grandfather
Helena Bonham Carter is best known for her off-the-beaten-path roles, like that of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. But she comes from illustrious family background. Herbert Henry Asquith, the Prime Minister of the UK from 1908 to 1916, was her paternal great-grandfather. She is also related to Jane Austen, and subsequently to Anna Chancellor.
Are you related to any public figures and if so who is it?