Cheryl in 2011, DFree /

Birth Name: Cheryl Ann Tweedy

Place of Birth: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 30 June, 1983

Ethnicity: English, likely a small amount of Irish

Cheryl, also known by her birth name, Cheryl Tweedy, or by her married names, Cheryl Cole and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, is a British television personality, musician, singer, and dancer. She is famous for being one of the members of the pop group Girls Aloud, with Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh.

Cheryl is the daughter of Joan (Callaghan) and Gary Tweedy. Cheryl’s ancestry is English, and she likely has some more distant Irish roots as well. A picture of Cheryl with her father can be seen here. A picture of Cheryl with her mother can be seen here.

Cheryl has a son with her former partner, singer and songwriter Liam Payne.

Cheryl used the name Cheryl Cole, after marrying British football player Ashley Cole, and was legally known as Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini, after marrying French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

Cheryl’s paternal grandfather was Brian Tweedy (the son of William Purdy Tweedy and Nora Kelso). Brian was born in Northumberland South, Northumberland. William was the son of James Tweedy and Mary Ellen Tully. Nora was born in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, the daughter of George William Kelso and Mary Jane Laing.

Cheryl’s paternal grandmother is Margaret R. Bullock (the daughter of John Bullock and Margaret Parry). Cheryl’s grandmother Margaret was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.

Cheryl’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Callaghan (the son of Joseph Callaghan and Emma Wilkinson). Cheryl’s grandfather Joseph was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.

Cheryl’s maternal grandmother was Olga Ridley (the daughter of Joseph Wilson Ridley and Edith Annie Burton). Olga was born in County Durham. Joseph was the son of Edward Fletcher Ridley and Emily Matilda Brown.

Sources: Genealogy of Cheryl –

Obituary of Cheryl’s paternal great-grandmother, Nora (Kelso) Tweedy –

Cheryl’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? (2016) –

Information about Cheryl’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? (2016) –


Curious about ethnicity

354 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Actually all the surnames on her paternal grandfather’s side are of Scottish origin: Tweedy, Kelso (the most typically Scottish of the bunch), Laing. Tully is Gaelic too (Irish or Scottish). Being her family from Newcastle which is close to Scottish border, it’s plausible she has Scottish ancestry too.

  2. andrew says:

    where does the video say that she has Indian heritage?? Actually, even though her mother’s phenotype might look odd, I can tell you it exists throughout the British Isles. Also her family belongs to low class people, while the ones who colonized India traditionally belonged to upper classes.

  3. Wolfman says:

    Cheryl Cole’s Mother Joan Callaghan comes from the same clan as Anna Kashfi first Wife of Marlon Brando who’s Dad was William Patrick O’Callaghan, a traffic superintendent on the Indian State railways, who was from London, but of Irish descent and his Welsh wife, Phoebe isn’t that interesting? They both could pass as part Indian in origin or they could be atypical for their community.

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