30 Celebrities Who Are Actually Related
As the old saying goes, there’s no business like show business. And, sometimes, that very thing is also the family business. Some celebrity connections are pretty clear, like siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. But others are a little less so, even if the folks in question share the same last name.
From reality TV stars and actors to musicians and directors, these stars’ connections are sure to surprise you. Trace the roots of your favorite superstars’ family trees through our list of 30 celebrities who are actually related.
Maya Hawke, Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke
Netflix’s Stranger Things came back for a third season and brought along some fresh faces. One addition to the colorful cast of ‘80s teens is Robin, a sarcastic ice cream-slinger played by Maya Hawke. And Maya is no stranger to acting: her parents are Hollywood stars Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.
Rashida Jones, Peggy Lipton & Quincy Jones
Most of us have figured out by now that legendary musician and producer Quincy Jones is the father of Rashida Jones of Parks and Recreation fame. What you may not know is that her mother is also an accomplished celebrity, the late Peggy Lipton.
Jesse Eisenberg & Hallie Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg quickly became a household name thanks to starring roles in back-to-back hits Zombieland (2009) and The Social Network (2010). But if you thought he was the most well-known—or the only—famous Eisenberg, think again. Though you may not know Hallie Eisenberg by name, you’ll certainly remember her iconic work from the late ‘90s and early ‘00s.
Maude Apatow, Leslie Mann & Judd Apatow
HBO’s newest hit series Euphoria is causing quite a stir for its gritty, dark and brutally honest portrayal of teens. Though Zendaya and Hunter Schafer star in the show, each member of the ensemble cast (mostly made up of teenagers) gets their moment to shine. One of those rising stars is Maude Apatow, daughter of actress Leslie Mann and director Judd Apatow.
Beanie Feldstein & Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill secured roles early on in his career in films like I Heart Huckabees (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Click (2006). But he snagged a career-launching role in the coming of age film Superbad (2007). And defining roles in coming of age films seem to run in the family, especially when it comes to Jonah and his sister Beanie Feldstein.
Anderson Cooper & Timothy Olyphant
Anderson Cooper is known for being a successful journalist and CNN’s primary anchor. Timothy Olyphant, on the other hand, is known for his starring roles in HBO’s Deadwood and FX’s Justified. And the family ties that bind? Let’s just say their ancestors were less into anchoring and acting and more in the business of railroading and shipping.
Paris Hilton & Kim Richards
Fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) won’t be surprised to learn about the Hilton-Richards connection, but for RHOBH novices it may be a bit surprising. Let’s break it down: Kim Richards often makes guest appearances on RHOBH alongside her reality star sister Kyle Richards. Their maternal half-sister is Kathy Richards—who, after her marriage in 1979, goes by Kathy Hilton.
Billie Lourd & Debbie Reynolds
It’s widely known that Billie Lourd is the daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, writer and Star Wars actress. But what’s often overlooked is that Billie is also the granddaughter of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, who passed away in 2016 within a day of Carrie. Known for roles in Singing in the Rain (1952), The Golden Girls, and more, Debbie was a master of her craft.
Nicole Richie & Lionel Richie
Nicole Richie is a TV personality, actress, and fashion designer who skyrocketed to fame with BFF Paris Hilton on the reality show that launched a thousand reality shows, The Simple Life. The show raked in 13 million viewers and made Nicole a tabloid journalism darling. It may seem surprising then that her father is Grammy-winning musician Lionel Richie, but sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
Margaret Qualley & Andie MacDowell
Though Margaret Qualley might not be a household name just yet, she’s certainly on that trajectory. The actress got her big break in 2014 when she landed a role on HBO’s The Leftovers, playing the daughter of Justin Theroux’s character. But, growing up, she was no stranger to show biz: her mother is actress Andie MacDowell.
Domhnall Gleeson & Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson is a multi-time BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated actor, whose performances can be seen in films like Gangs of New York (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), and In Bruges (2008). But audiences of a certain age probably know him best as Alastor Moody from the Harry Potter series. What folks may not know is that he’s not the only Gleeson to set foot in Hogwarts.
Lily Collins & Phil Collins
I can feel it coming in the air—another parent-child duo! This time, chart-topping, Grammy-winner Phil Collins and Golden Globe-nominated actress Lily Collins. But it’s not all glamour for this award-winning family. Lily opened up about her complicated relationship with her father in her memoir Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.
Laura Dern, Diane Ladd & Bruce Dern
Laura Dern is a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress. From Blue Velvet (1986) and Jurassic Park (1993) to Wild (2014) and her iconic turn as a meme generator in HBO’s Big Little Lies, Laura seems like she’d be the most lauded member of her family. In reality, she’s the daughter of Hollywood legends Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.
Shirley MacLaine & Warren Beatty
Shirley MacLaine is a six-time Academy Award-winning actress, who nabbed an Oscar for Terms of Endearment (1983). She’s also a two-time BAFTA winner, one-time Emmy winner, and five-time Golden Globe winner.
Jamie Lee Curtis & Janet Leigh
"Scream queens" Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh are related—and not just by their prominence in horror films. Janet is Jamie Lee’s mother. The term "scream queen" came to prominence in the 1970s, thanks to actresses such as Sandra Peabody in The Last House on the Left (1972) and Marilyn Burns in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), but it was Jamie Lee who stood out.
Emma Roberts & Julia Roberts
From Nancy Drew (2007) and Hotel for Dogs (2009) to hit shows Scream Queens and American Horror Story: Coven, Emma Roberts has had a meteoric rise. But starpower certainly runs in the family. Emma’s aunt is three-time Golden Globe-winning and one-time Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts. And, in our opinion, Julia is the ultimate "cool aunt."
Jenny McCarthy & Melissa McCarthy
As the cliche goes, once you’re rich and famous family members start coming out of the woodwork to share in a bit of that (monetary) success. Everyone from cousins to uncles and aunts—and maybe that family friend who insists they’re as good as blood. But for television host Jenny McCarthy and comedian-turned-actress Melissa McCarthy this isn’t quite the case. The two are cousins, but they’re also each successful in their own right.
Brandy Norwood & Snoop Dogg
Brandy Norwood, known professionally as Brandy, is a Grammy Award-winning musician and NAACP award-winning actress known for playing the title characters in Moesha and Cinderella (1997). What you may not know is that Brandy and her younger brother, musician Ray J, are cousins of rapper and entrepreneur Snoop Dogg.
Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson & Wyatt Russell
Yes, yes—we all know. Almost Famous (2000) actress Kate Hudson is the daughter of silver screen legend Goldie Hawn. And we all know that Goldie married Kurt Russell, making Kurt Kate’s stepfather. That’s all old news—and certainly not why the Hudson-Russell clan makes our list. Instead, it’s all about Kate and her now-famous brothers.
Bryce Dallas Howard & Ron Howard
After rising to fame thanks to roles in shows like The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, Ron Howard turned to directing films like Apollo 13 (1995) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). (The latter even nabbed him two Oscars.) Though she grew up around sets, Bryce Dallas Howard wasn’t allowed to even be an extra in one of her father’s films. Not until she was at least seven—that was the deal.
Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith & Dakota Johnson
Thanks to Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren left modeling behind and starred in Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), even winning a Golden Globe for her work. Her Golden Globe-winning daughter, Melanie Griffith, has worked with directors like Brian De Palma and John Waters and became a household name as well, thanks to films like Working Girl (1988). But it doesn’t end there.
Tracee Ellis Ross & Diana Ross
Diana Ross is known for being the lead singer of the Supremes, Motown’s most successful group—not to mention one of the best-selling and best-charting groups of all time. She also won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy and turned out a Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated performance in Lady Sings the Blues (1972). But her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, is no stranger to accolades either.
Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer & Grace Gummer
If awards season teaches us anything, it’s that we should never underestimate the power of a Meryl Streep performance. From Sophie’s Choice (1983) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1980) to Julia & Julia (2010), Meryl has real range. But something a lot of moviegoers may not realize is that two of her daughters, Mamie and Grace Gummer, also have plenty of acting chops.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Katherine Moennig
Just like with Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn, you probably expected to see Gwyneth Paltrow on our list alongside her mother, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner. But just like Goop, we are full of surprises. Instead, we’d like to point out the lesser known connection: Shakespeare in Love’s Gwyneth Paltrow and Ray Donovan actress Katherine Moennig are cousins.
Nicolas Cage, Sofia Coppola & Francis Ford Coppola
Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage, of Leaving Las Vegas (1995) and National Treasure (2004) fame, is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola. And, of course, the man behind The Godfather (1972) has a daughter who’s also a director: Sophia Coppola.
Whitney Houston & Dionne Warwick
Grammy Award-winner Whitney Houston is the most decorated female artist of all time. All seven of her studio albums are certified Platinum or Gold and she’s sold over 200 million records worldwide. Dionne Warwick, meanwhile, is one of the most-charted vocalists of all time; between 1962 and 1998, 56 of her singles hit Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Both musicians are record-setters and iconic vocalists. And they’re cousins.
Sarah Sutherland & Kiefer Sutherland
When Kiefer Sutherland isn’t running around saving the world as 24’s Jack Bauer or stepping into the shoes of the leader of the free world in Designated Survivor, he’s being a supportive dad. You’ll recognize his daughter, Sarah Sutherland, from HBO’s hit comedy Veep. But, despite their shared last name, you might not have known Sarah is Kiefer’s daughter. And that’s just how she wanted it.
Liev Schreiber & Pablo Schreiber
Liev Schreiber plays the eponymous character in Showtime’s Ray Donovan series, a role that’s earned him five Golden Globe and three Emmy nominations. Meanwhile, we’re grateful that his step-brother Pablo Schreiber doesn’t have a series named after his breakthrough character "Pornstache" from Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. But from Pablo’s work in The Wire and American Gods to Liev’s performances in Spotlight (2015) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), it’s clear the brothers have a real foothold in Hollywood.
Lenny Kravitz & Al Roker
Lenny Kravitz is a Grammy-winning musician and fan favorite Hunger Games actor. Al Roker, on the other hand, is America’s favorite weatherman from the Today show. So, what do these two have in common? Well, they’re related thanks to Roxie Roker.
Alfie Allen & Lily Allen
Singer and songwriter Lily Allen is Grammy Award-winning artist and one of her hit songs "Alfie" is notoriously about her brother. The lyrics? Anything but heartwarming. In fact, the entire song is Lily criticizing her brother for being lazy and wasting his life. The single failed to pick up much steam, but, even so, Lily created an accompanying music video. Does this sound harsh? Don’t worry. Alfie Allen got the sweetest revenge.