Birth Name: Alia Martine Shawkat
Place of Birth: Riverside, California
Date of Birth: April 18, 1989
Alia Shawkat is an American actress. Her father was born in Baghdad, Iraq. Her mother is of one quarter Irish, one quarter Italian, 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). Martin was the son of Martin Patrick Burke and Mary Julia Finnerty, who were both Irish, from Galway, Ireland. Santa was the daughter of Italian parents, Paul Palermo and Nicolina Liuzza.
Alia’s maternal grandmother was Alice “Peggy” Louise Wikan (the daughter of John Andreas/Andrew Ovesen Wikan and Fredricka/Fredrikke “Freda” Marie 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) – https://www.geni.com
Obituary and genealogy of Alia’s maternal grandfather, Paul Burke – http://www.findagrave.com
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