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

358 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    She of Irish or Scottish ancestry the Irish and Scottish need to piss of and get their own music culture instead of claiming English people, Lots of English people over hundreds of years back took Welsh Irish and Scottish surnames as their own names considering no ancestry of hers has been traced to anywhere out of England you might as well accept shes English, surname means nothing, if you want to talk about Diaspora you haven’t got a chance Scotland is more English genetically than Scottish, 3/4 of Irish people have some English ancestry to a degree but don’t like to admit it.

    • Very funny indeed says:

      Don’t be jealous Dave. :) …There are millions of people in England of Irish and Scottish descent. Face up to it.

      • Dave says:

        Jealous I don’t need to be Jealous look around mate, step outside your house, you speak English I don’t speak Irish, English names are amongst the most popular in Ireland and Scotland, whilst their ain’t one of the latter in the list of the most popular surnames in England, it’s simple.

  2. nina says:

    maybe her grandparents are foreigners
    she looks like a balkan girl

  3. Tijuana Girl says:

    She is totally “white”.

    Go to Ireland … there are plenty of people with really dark hair and darkest brown eyes that are 100% ethnically Irish – just look at Colin Farrell!

    • Question Mark says:

      I know that and you know that but you will still get people here saying such and such doesn’t look Irish just because it doesn’t fit with the stereotype Americans have of them.

      • Question Mark says:

        ….substitute the word ”people” with ”americans” above.

        • dolphin says:

          I am American, and I have seen so many dark Irish, Welsh, and Scottish people. In fact, my best friend is Irish, and when I first met her, I thought she was Latin American. This assumption that Cheryl is not British because she is “dark” is stupid. Catherine Zeta Jones and Tom Jones are darker than her. So is Gerard Butler, George Clooney, and Sarah Hyland, who is of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch descent. There are even Germans who are “dark,” and several Eastern Europeans who are “dark” as well.

          Anyway, even if she was a Spaniard, a Greek, a Turk, a Italian, or whatever, she would still be white. Not to mention, I have seen darker “white” people than Cheryl, and way more exotic-looking “white” people than Cheryl. Definitely. Many of them of were Brits, too, by the way.

          • Catherine W. says:

            Actually, even if she wasn’t british but WAS from Latin America – she would STILL be WHITE unless she was mixed with Black or Ameri-Indian (natives)

            In case you all don’t know, just because you are from a “Spanish speaking” country doesn’t mean you’re automatically of another race.

            Latin Americans come in ALL races – black, WHITE (Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay, Bolivia – the majority of the race there is WHITE), red (native/Ameri-indian), and asian, too (just look at Peru)

            STOP FEEDING TO RACIST STEREOTYPES that not ONLY America has built but it’s seem people in Europe use them, too.

            I am an American with my family born and raised in Colombia – we are all white… and TAN/OLIVE SKIN isn’t a race; you can be tanned and still be white. My sister has beautiful olive skin and gets very dark in the Summer or when exposed long time in the sun… does that change her race? NO.

            God, people are so ignorant.

  4. john says:

    callaghan is an irish surname and tweedy is of scotish origin.her mom looks as though she may have some asian bloodline ie,arab,iranian,turkish or pakistani.or it could be mediterainian like greek cypriot or southern spanish or even sicillian blood.but i would guess she has more white blood if this is indeed the case.

  5. isabella says:

    Cheryl Coles dad was of Iranian descent. I know someone who used to go to school with him. If you dont think that is true ask Cheryl Cole yourself she has never denied it!

    • Henrietta says:

      I heard this before but he’s not. He’s Scottish… or maybe he’s half Iranian but if that is…OMG…she’s half Arabic. wow!

      • Me! says:

        stupid..! she is Scottish and Irish and her dad is not Iranian at all.. ask her yeah Isabella is right she won’t deny it.. she is proud of what she is.. and she is 1000000000000% White sorry jealous bitches!

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