Freddie Mercury

by ethnic on December 28, 2007

Freddie Mercury Stamp

Birth Name: Farrokh Bulsara

Date of Birth: 5 September, 1946

Place of Birth: Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania)

Date of Death: 24 November, 1991

Place of Death: Kensington, London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: Parsi Indian

Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was the lead singer of the band Queen. Other members of the band were John Deacon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor, among others.

Freddie was born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania), an island. His parents, Jer and Bomi Rustomji Bulsara, were Parsis from the Gujarat region of India. The surname is derived from the town of Bulsar (now known as Valsad), in southern Gujarat.

Freddie’s family was of the Zoroastrian religion. He spent much of his youth in India and Zanzibar, and moved to London, England, when he was seventeen.

Throughout his career, he was hesitant to talk about his ethnic background. This was something he was criticized for. However, he is considered Britain’s first Asian rock star.


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neiltennant September 3, 2018 at 7:16 am

Freddy mercury and me have same problem with being ambiguous

i am from afghanistan a multi-ethnic country in asia

my father is of uzbek, tadschik and even a little russian descent. His father was born into a russian jewish family and they settled down in afghanistan

my father looks white. on photos of different occasions he looks white, italian, sometimes even german, turkish, greek or ethnic russian from the uzbek area. pale skin and when he had hair, this varied from orange to blonde to a brown tone

my mother on the other hand was born into an afghan family. looks more italian or spanish. she also has kashmiri roots. her grandfather was even blonde and blue eyed, which confused me a long time

and i m not sure how i look in front of the eyes of people

living in germany a lot of people think im romanian, albanian, turkish or tartar russian,

some people think im german others say,, You dont look german, where are you from?”

I think Freddy Mercury had the same problem. His father on fotos was very pale. I THINK he had blue eyes while his mother was darker.

But when he was younger Mercury had a dark persian or even indian touch. He looked typical iranian

in the 80s he looked very british. I think he was pale but he worked with filters and cameras in order to make him whiter

cwm85 September 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

Omg. Thought he was European! Wow. Wait till I tell people he was Indian. Surprise. Cool stuff tho.

phaedra February 8, 2017 at 5:44 pm

He is not ethnically Indian. He is Persian from the Indian subcontinent. Think, a French from Canada.

sparkles180 September 20, 2015 at 10:43 pm

I’m such a huge fan of him! I had no idea he was full indian/persian, grew up in india and was born in africa, very exotic indeed. I thought he was half indian but I mostly just assumed he was greek or italian and was born in england haha I guess you learn something new everyday.

andrew September 21, 2015 at 5:19 am

Being born in Africa does not make people more “exotic”. What about her?

neiltennant August 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

FREDDY MERCURY had great luck

first his familiy came to britain

and second he was not that dark which one would expect for asians or iranians :-))

the climate for exotic looking people had been not good in britain in the 70s therefore he had luck

but on the other hand i had to admit that one earlier pics he looked exotic

but for the record – only one of the band had blonde hair and blue eyes and the other three had been very dark eyed and haired

especially BRIAN MAY

sparkles180 September 20, 2015 at 10:51 pm

Your right things weren’t that great for foreign people back then. He did have some luck, all stars do. I also think he was so amazingly good that no one could look at his ethnicity. His music still plays today and he was talented so people didn’t care where he was from. :)

Check7t December 25, 2014 at 12:07 am

He looked totally white, could’ve passed as an ethnic Brit.

neiltennant August 31, 2014 at 8:02 am

he was too white too pass as exotic.
he had black hair but also very white skin.
and some claim that he used makeup. but thats false.

look at the earlier top of the pops clips of queen.
freddy mercury was not exotic or indian looking at all.

plus he was of persian descent, in afghanistan and iran some can find people who like him and they don’t look exotic

look at BRIAN MAY the guitarist of queen. he had curly black hair and the same skin color tone like freddy and he is full british

Eduardo McGhaney March 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Freddie Mercury is a Indian and Persian put them together it makes him a Parsi.

Eduardo McGhaney March 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Actually Freddie Mercury is a Indian and Persian put them together it makes him a Parsi.

Poppy March 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

Freddie was Indian of Persian background and ok he was pale but he was average colour for the average north Indian.They go darker in India and lighter in Europe.The north of India has a huge Persian/Scythian/white Huns element naturally so google up Kareena Kapoor,Priety Zinta,Rohail Hyatt,Rohit Bal,Hritik Roshan to name a few and for each one of these there are thousands of others.They wear Indian origin clothes and their hair is styled differently but they are all Indian and aryan and caucasian.Caucasia is up the road.It does not belong solely to Europeans so think on.India is also a poor country and they have no time or money for gimmicaks.We have dark superstars as well like Kajol ,AB and Rekka.Not a problemWe have Chinese Indians.Not a problem.
Swedes do not look like Italians and Punjabis do not look like Tamils but they are all Indians in the best traditions of diversity.
Also the 3 tenors okay…Look at all of them ….the Spanish and the Indian were the same colour,height etc but the Italian was darker and more swarthy.

Eduardo January 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Freddie mercury real name was bulsara that last name sounds ethnic he was truly a parsi persia man im surprised he didnt have a persian cat I think he was ashamed of his parsi race because he never talked about it and he wore white make-up to make his skin light he really wanted to be a white man but lets face it he is a parsi indian with a fantastic vocal range.

poppy March 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

So how do you know that he wore white makeup and he wanted to be white ?
He never said that and he never wore white makeup whatever that is.You saw on LIVEAID his light skin….and the fact that nobody knew his origin proves they thought he was white British but people in Britain ALWAY knew he was Indian.His parents wore ethnic clothes.He had Zoarastrian services.His family mixed with his star friends.
Its a fallacy to assume that if there is a pale Indian he is a wannabee white.
Indians can be white,olive and dark.Get over it if you never knew that.Thats how it is….and you need not flatter yourself that anybody can wish themselves to be a certain way bcuz Indians are caucasian,aryan and Indo-european by genetics alone.Nothing to do with any imput from the west thanks.

holymacaroni92 August 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

North Indians commonly look like Freddie Mercury. You’re an idiot to think if all Indians are dark and this so called term used commonly by whites “exotic looking”. Go to the Himalayas and go see the Indians with light hair and light eyes. You realize the Caucasus mountains are pretty close to India right? You realize the Brahmins of West Bengal have the 72% R1A1 group which is the same as Eastern Europeans right? You realize that Aryans made two paths, south towards India and West towards the rest of Europe, they didn’t all just take one path.

These people have India next to dark Dravidians for THOUSANDS of years. They are JUST AS Indian as Dravidians who the common “dark and exotic” looking ones.

There are just too many people in this world that slept through history. No wonder it repeats itself.

Eduardo January 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

Freddie mercury face was so distinct that you really didn’t know what his race was was he white, was he indian, was he a arab or afghanistan he look like he could go for almost a white man with hia silky dark hair and pale skin but he also looked indian because his bone structure was so indian like, but now I know what his race was he is a parsi which means zoroastrian indian and iranian and also persian he was a persian/indian thats why he looked the way he looked and had an overbite when he talk and sing his skin was very pale but also yellow and tan olive he wasnt a white man he was a parsi with an ethnic birthname thats so awesome freddie bulsara mercury

poppy March 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

His race is caucasian.He was Persian origin and Indian.Iran means aryan and India is also the land of the aryan.His overbite is just that.Its a personal trait not a racial trait.

neiltennant May 9, 2018 at 2:44 am

of course

dark persians iranians with dark eyes and hair are ARYANS haha

Eduardo January 19, 2012 at 1:01 am

Freddie mercury parsi indian iranian and persian wow and he really have exotic features even his over bite ha ha

Selene-The-Immortal January 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

Who is he?

Eduardo January 16, 2012 at 5:52 am

I I had no idea freddie mercury was persian and indian and parsi his skin is so pale like a white man persians and parsi people are so dark.

Katz January 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

Most of the Persians I’ve seen are pale.

FTBy5q April 11, 2015 at 9:36 pm

uh Persians are white.

neiltennant September 15, 2018 at 8:52 am

no thats not true

most of them have darker skin and very dark eyes and hair
it looks bad when their women dye their hair blonde……

smiles April 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I love Queen love him

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