Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related

January 04, 2018

Most of us have cousins, second cousins, and so on, and as your family tree grows it can become increasingly complicated to keep track of your ancestry.

Now imagine keeping track of the familial connections in Hollywood. Thanks to the use of stage names, there are plenty of celebrities you didn’t know were actually related.

Lily Allen and Alfie Allen
British singer Lily Allen, most famous for her song ‘Smile’, is the older sister of Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen.

Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy
Jenny starred in a short-lived sitcom, The Jenny McCarthy Show, and gave her cousin Melissa a few cameos on the show. Melissa, now famous for her roles in hit comedies such as Bridesmaids, first gained worldwide recognition for her role on Gilmore Girls.

Liev Schreiber and Pablo Schreiber
Liev and Pablo are half-brothers, sharing the same father. You may recognise Pablo from Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, while Liev is known for several roles in Hollywood films such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Taking Woodstock; and Salt.

Brandy, Ray J and Snoop Dogg
Most people are aware that musicians Brandy and Ray J are siblings, but it often comes as a surprise that they are also first cousins with the legendary Snoop Dogg.

Elle King and Rob Schneider
The blues-rock singer, most famous for her song Ex’s and Oh’s, is the daughter to none other than comedian Rob Schneider.

Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty
The famous pair of actors are siblings. Shirley Maclaine (born Shirley Maclaine Beatty) has starred in 63 movies over several decades, including: Around the World in 80 Days; Some Came Running; Terms of Endearment; and Steel Magnolias. In addition to being a famous actor, Warren is also an Academy Award winning filmmaker for movies such as Reds; Heaven Can Wait; Bonnie and Clyde; and Bugsy.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Not only are they BFFs, but they are cousins too! According to the New England Genealogical Society, the two actors and childhood friends are 10th cousins, once removed. The both are descendents of a bricklayer named William Knowlton Jr.