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19 Celebrity Pairs You Didn't Know Were Related

We don't want to worry you, but Voldemort might have a valid claim to the British throne.

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1. Oona Chaplin & Charlie Chaplin

Relationship: Granddaughter/grandfather

Acting is clearly in the blood of the Chaplin family. A century after her grandfather was one of the first great movie stars, Oona Chaplin landed the role of Mrs Robb Stark in Game Of Thrones.

3. Max Irons & Jeremy Irons

Relationship: Son/father

Twenty-seven-year-old Max has recently appeared in The Host and The White Queen. Not bad, but considering his dad was Scar in The Lion King, he's got a lot of catching up to do!


6. Alfie Allen, Lily Allen, & Harry Enfield

Relationship: Stepchildren/stepfather (sort of)

Though you probably know that Alfie and Lily's dad is Keith Allen, what you might not know is that comedian Harry Enfield was, for a time, their stepfather. Though he never actually married their mother, he lived with them for three years and helped to raise the kids.

7. Holly Valance & Benny Hill

Relationship: First cousins twice removed

What do you mean you can't see the family resemblance? The Aussie soap siren's grandfather was the first cousin of the man behind Ernie, The Fastest Milkman in the West.


9. Cherie Blair & John Wilkes Booth

Relationship: First cousins four times removed

The wife of the former PM is a distant relative of Abe Lincoln's killer. This must have gone down well when the Blairs were invited for dinner at the White House.

10. Ed Sheeran & Gordon Burns

Relationship: Cousins

For years Krypton Factor host Gordon Burns must have been smug in the knowledge that he was the most famous member of the family. But then along comes Taylor Swift's favourite redhead to ruin everything. Poor Gordon.


12. Mariah Carey & Ashley Cole

Relationship: Very, very, very distant cousins

Well, we didn't see this one coming. But in a 2007 interview, Mariah said, "It’s fascinating. My grandmother was a Cole before she married, and it turns out she comes from the same area of Alabama as Ashley’s ancestors".

15. Jack Whitehall & Nigel Havers

Relationship: Godson/godfather

Actor Havers is one of the many famous faces who has been represented by Jack Whitehall's talent agent father. Others include Daniel Day Lewis and Judy Dench.


16. Halle Berry & Sarah Palin

Relationship: Who knows

This one appears to be tenuous at best, but in an interview with Extra, the Hollywood star said, "Somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative]". And let's be honest, if it wasn't true, it's definitely not something you'd make up!

17. Rashida Jones & Quincy Jones

Relationship: Daughter/father

When your dad has produced the best-selling album of all time (Thriller), it's fair to say there's quite a lot of pressure. But after landing roles in Parks & Recreation and The Office, it's clear Rashida's star is on the rise. Watch out, pops.

19. Prince Charles & Lord Voldemort

Relationship: Eighth cousins.

OK, so by Voldemort we actually mean Ralph Fiennes. It turns out the actor comes from good stock — the future king is his eighth cousin. I wonder where that puts 'He who must not be named' on the line of succession...