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11 Unexpected Pairs of Celebrities We Didn’t Know Were Related

Celebs are used to leading a public lifestyle. Many of them like to show the world their siblings, children, pets, and spouses. But there are some celebrities we didn’t even know were relatives, and some relations are really surprising.

Bright Side has studied some famous people’s biographies and revealed some really curious facts about their relatives. There’s also a bonus that will make you feel nostalgic and reminisce about some crazy comedies of the past.

Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne

Justin Bieber is a distant cousin of Avril Lavigne: they’re 12th cousins through common relatives.

Ellen DeGeneres and Kate Middleton

Ellen DeGeneres and Kate Middleton are distant relatives: they’re 15th cousins.

Domhnall Gleeson and Brendan Gleeson

Do you remember “Mad-Eye” Moody from Harry Potter? And what about Ron’s older brother Bill Weasley? The actors who played them are father and son in real life.

Alfie Allen and Lily Allen

Alfie and Lily look completely different, but in fact, they are brother and sister.

Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel

Bones star Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel, who takes part in melodramas and comedies, are sisters.

Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard

Actor and film director Ron Howard is Bryce’s father. She’s famous for her role in The Help.

Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis

The woman in the left picture is an actress who played in Hitchcock’s Psycho. She’s also Jamie’s mother.

William Mapother and Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise’s full name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. William Mapother is his cousin.

Jeremy Irons and Max Irons

Jeremy Irons is the father of Max Irons who’s famous for his roles in Red Riding Hood, The Host, and The White Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II and Hilary Duff

Queen Elizabeth II and Hilary Duff have shared ancestors. The actress is the Queen’s 18th cousin.

Queen Elizabeth II and Beyoncè

Beyoncè is the Queen’s 25th cousin, and their shared ancestor is Henry II.


The Wayans brothers (Marlon, Damon, Shawn, and Keenen Ivory) took part in the craziest comedies popular in the 2000s.

Which relationship is the most surprising to you?

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