Maybe vampires do sparkle. It turns out that Robert Patinson is a descendant of Vlad the Impaler. This actually makes him related to Prince William and Prince Harry, who share Vlad the Impaler as a distant relative. So what other celebrities have famous bloodlines?
Tom Hanks is the third cousin four times removed of Abraham Lincoln. Hanks is a distant nephew of Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks. Hanks’s great (times 6)-grandparents are the same as Abraham Lincoln’s great-grandparents. Tom Hanks has played his cousin Abraham Lincoln in 2003, in the mini-series Freedom: A History of Us.
Current President of the United States Barack Obama might have leadership in his blood. He’s related to former Presidents such as James Madison, Jimmy Carter, and Harry S Truman, but is blood connections to leaders doesn’t end there. He’s also related to former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Robert E. Lee. Obama is also related to Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Ben Affleck is related to the British royal family, sharing relatives with Princess Diana. He’s also related to various United States President – he’s the 11th cousin of President Barack Obama. His best friend Matt Damon doesn’t share as many Presidential relatives as Affleck does, but the two Hollywood buddies are 10th cousins once removed. Neither actor has portrayed a President yet, but who knows – it may be the roles the two were born for.
Though not necessarily a famous bloodline, but a quirky one, is that Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame is actually related to a witch. Watson is related to Joan Playle of Essex county, a woman who was convicted of witchcraft in the late 16th century.
A celebrity having a famous bloodline isn’t necessarily that surprising. However, whenever a celebrity plays roles similar to that of those they’re related to, it just adds a little bit of fun trivia to the role, and the audience can decide for themselves whether or not the role might be one that the celebrity was born for.
“Robert Patinson related to Dracula” THR Buzz.
“Ancestry of Tom Hanks” Genealogy.com
“Tom Hanks Family Tree” Ancestry.com
“President Barack Obama’s Ancestry and Kinship” New England Historic Genealogical Society
Natalie Finn, “Matt Damon & Ben Affleck More than Just Friends” E-Online
Michael Y. Park, “Emma Watson Is Related to a Real Witch!” People