Alia Shawkat

by follers on April 23, 2014

Alia Shawkat at the "Arrested Development" Los Angeles Premiere,

Birth Name: Alia Martine Shawkat

Place of Birth: Riverside, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 18, 1989

*50% Iraqi
*25% Norwegian
*12.5% Irish
*12.5% Sicilian/Italian [including likely Arbëreshë]

Alia Shawkat is an American actress and artist.

Her father was born in Baghdad, Iraq. Her mother is of one quarter Irish, one quarter Sicilian/Italian (including likely Arbëreshë), and one half Norwegian, ancestry.

Alia’s father is sometimes described as being of Kurdish background. It is not clear if this is accurate. In this video interview, Alia describes her father simply as being of Arab descent.

Alia’s maternal grandfather was Paul Burke, an actor (Paul Raymond Burke, the son of Martin Joseph Burke and Santa Maria Palermo). Paul was born in Louisiana. Martin was the son of Martin Patrick Burke and Mary Julia Finnerty, who were Irish, from Galway. Santa was the daughter of Italian parents, Paolo/Paul Proietto Palermo and Nicolina Liuzza. Paolo was from Santa Cristina Gela (Arbëresh: Sëndahstina), an Arbëreshë village in the province of Palermo in Sicily.

Alia’s maternal grandmother was Alice Louise “Peggy” Wikan (the daughter of John Andreas/Andrew Ovesen Wikan and Fredricka/Fredrikke Marie “Freda” Fredriksdatter Hellesfiord). Alice was born in Wisconsin, to Norwegian parents. John was born in Vikan, Smøla, Møre og Romsdal, the son of Ove Ovesen Næbb/Wikan and Elen Andreasdatter Nelvik. Fredricka was born in Hellesfjord, Smøla, Møre og Romsdal, Edøy, the daughter of Fredrik Jakobsen Rosvoll and Marie Gurine Johansdatter Gjøstøl.

Sources: Genealogy of Alia Shawkat (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy and obituary of Alia’s maternal grandfather, Paul Burke –

Marriage record of Alia’s maternal great-grandparents, Martin Joseph Burke and Santa Maria Palermo –

Photo by s_bukley/

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

ashash December 9, 2017 at 6:41 pm

I think she’s gorgeous. Proof that biracials are better-looking.

madman October 5, 2017 at 12:48 am

Maybe it should say:
*6.25% Italian (Sicilian)
*6.25% likely Arbëreshë

madman September 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Italian —> Italian (Sicilian)

andrew September 27, 2017 at 3:29 pm

how do you know that?
It says “native of Santa Cristina, Italy”
(it could be

Also Paul Palermo’s wife is identified as Celia Sciambra and not as Nicolina Liuzza

bablah September 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Piana dei Greci mentioned in the obituary is also an Arbereshe village, and if I remember correctly Sciambra is an Arbereshe name (Shembra in Albanian), and so is Liuzzi.

andrew September 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm

therefore she must be tagged as such. Cool.

andrew September 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm


just curious, how many languages do you manage to know/understand?

bablah September 27, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Fluently only English. But non-fluently Spanish, Russian, German and some Romanian. Everything else is just bits and pieces that I know from genealogy (and that includes Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Italian and French). I can’t really hold a conversation in those.

andrew September 28, 2017 at 5:24 am

no Rusyn?

bablah September 28, 2017 at 5:38 am


Well, that’s ”almost Ukrainian”.

andrew September 28, 2017 at 5:59 am

if you know some Spanish it would be easy to learn Portuguese. About other Romance languages, Italian sounds similar to Spanish but it’s much more closer to French. The grammar and vocabulary are almost identical, but the phonetic is different.

madman September 27, 2017 at 9:59 pm

She said it in the video where she talks about her parents.

andrew September 24, 2016 at 4:46 am
andrew September 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm
Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 11:08 pm

I don’t find her attractive at all.

cwm85 February 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

I’m sure she wouldn’t find you attractive as well…

Adrian1Cram February 27, 2016 at 12:28 am

You’re raged with jealousy HA! So I can’t state my opinion? I’m not going to find every girl attractive. Especially not spotted faces, I prefer blondes. Why don’t you go work out rather then acting like a feminazi? Men have standards and opinions, deal with it.

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 11:19 am
xoxo October 29, 2015 at 9:12 am

Some of you mofos are rude as fuck. She isn’t ugly at all, she’s just different looking……………

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 11:19 am

People can’t help what they are or aren’t attracted too.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:28 am

She looks 100% Kurdish to me. The fair skinned ones look like this.

misscheergirly June 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Ur right, she looks mexican

ihatemostpeople June 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Very ugly girl.

WTF May 31, 2014 at 11:05 am

She looks Mexican

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