They are all famous in their own right but these stars have other A-list connections, and we’re not talking spouses and siblings
While you may not know who Nicolas Kim Coppola is, we’ll deconstruct it to the better known Nicholas Cage! And yes, he is related to the great director Francis Ford Coppola. His father, August, was the big brother of the director, making Sofia Coppola, also a director, his cousin. It also makes Cage and Sofia the cousins of actors/musicians Robert Schwartzman and Jason Schwartzman, whose mother Talia is August and Francis’ sister. Apparently, Cage changed his surname to get away from the Coppola clan and avoid accusations of nepotism. He picked Cage to
honour comic book superhero, Luke Cage.
He’s played a Lord, a Duke and even a Pharaoh, and his ability to portray noble characters seems quite natural. But that is probably because Ralph Fiennes does actually have a royal blood line. His brother, Joseph and he are 8th cousins of HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales. Apart from being related to Charles’ wife Camilla, the Fiennes’ and the Prince of Wales claim direct, though very far back, links to James II of Scotland who ruled the kingdom in the 15th century.
Clearly, talent runs in the family (for the most part) when it comes to Canadians Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber. According to Ancestry.com the three stars have family ties going back over 400 years and traces the trio to Quebec’s earliest settlers. The website says that bad boy Bieber is Gosling’s 11th cousin and Lavigne’s 12th cousin, making Gosling and Lavigne also indirectly related. But what is most interesting is that all of them share their ancestry with one of the most iconic singers to come from Canada – Celine Dion. Michelle Ercanback, the genealogist who found the connection says that Dion and Bieber are linked to a French couple, Jacques Vezina and Marie Boisdon, who were born in the early 1600s and moved to Canada.
If you always saw the similarities between the good-looking Tom Cruise and the handsome William Mapother, then you have a keen eye. Not only do the two (while the former needs no introduction the latter was in Lost and The Mentalist) share a last name, as Cruise is officially Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, they are actually first cousins. Speaking of his famous cousin, Mapother says, “I never really worried about it. As I’ve amassed a body of work, the questions about Tom have gone away. I figured that if I did good work, I’d be seen for what I am.” And they clearly have a good relationship with Mapother making appearances in Minority Report and Vanilla Sky, and supporting roles in Mission: Impossible II, Born on the Fourth of July, and Magnolia, all films with Cruise in the lead. Interestingly, the two characters that shot them to fame are both named Ethan.
Baby sitter’s club
Best known for his role as Mick Carter in East-Enders, Danny Dyer also perhaps gave Keira Knightley her first pay cheque as her boss. Now 30 years old, Knightley used to babysit Dyer’s daughter Dani and was quite a good sitter at that. The 17-year-old Knightley was just about starting out in the film business and apparently Dani was around six years old then, and it was only as she grew older, and Knightley became more famous, that she realises she knew the star. “Back then, Keira was starting out just the same as I am now. It was only when I got older I realised how big deal it was,” Dani says, adding that Knightley used to let her stay up beyond bed time! The 19-year-old also hopes to meet the
bigger star, to see if she remembers her still.