Billy Idol

Birth Name: William Michael Albert Broad

Place of Birth: Hendon, Middlesex, England

Date of Birth: November 30, 1955

Ethnicity: English, Irish

Billy Idol is a British musician, singer, songwriter, and actor.

His mother is Irish.

Billy’s paternal grandparents were Albert Broad and Naomi Heslop.

Billy’s maternal grandfather was Michael O’Sullivan.

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Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. Alice says:
    Could someone add that Billy has Irish ancestry. He is also on this list of Notable Britons with Irish ancestry.


  2. Alice says:

    Other future rock stars who would be English most of the year and Irish for a few weeks of the summer include John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols, and Billy Idol. Speaking of his annual holidays with his Cork relations, Idol said: “They used to call me the British kid because I had an English accent. It seemed like everywhere I went I was the outcast. When my mother used to watch something about Ireland on TV she’d say ‘I hate the British’.”

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  3. Alice says:

    Billy Idol’s mother is Irish as verified by himself.
    30 Jul 2012 … Billy IdolVerified ‏@BillyIdol 30 Jul. Just to show u where my heart lies……My
    mum’s Maiden name was O’Sullivan. Half English half Irish alright!

  4. CiCi617 says:

    He said on his twitter his mother was Irish.

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