Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury Stamp

Freddie Mercury stamp, issued c. 2006

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 include or have included John Deacon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor.

Freddie was born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, in the British protectorate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania), an island. His parents, Jer and Bomi Rustomji Bulsara, were Parsis from the Gujarat region of India. His father worked as a cashier at the British Colonial Office in Zanzibar. The surname Bulsara 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. In India, he attended St. Peter’s School, a British-style boarding school for boys.

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

Freddie is played by Rami Malek in the film Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). Rami won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.

Freddie’s paternal grandparents were Givind Bulsara and Devkor.


Genealogy of Freddie Mercury (focusing on his father’s side) –

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Curious about ethnicity

45 Responses

  1. Thenabster says:

    He did look pretty White back in the day. I’m not sure if it was due to the environment he lived in.

  2. neiltennant says:

    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

  3. cwm85 says:

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

  4. sparkles180 says:

    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.

  5. neiltennant says:

    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 says:

      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. :)

      • neiltennant says:

        I DONT BELIEVE that as a typical indian or iranian he would have success

        no never

        • andrew says:

          you are stupid as…that I cant believe that

          So what about all the artists of non-European ancestry who topped the charts in 60s and 70s?

          That is ridiculous

          • neiltennant says:

            name me one of the famous rock stars of dark ethnic background of the uk ??

            JIMI HENDRIX was black but he was not british

          • andrew says:

            Rock is traditionally a musical genre for a white audience. Despite having roots in Blues, that is black music, except for Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, Lenny Kravitz, Slash, Tom Morello I can’t think to any other black rockstar. The last 4 I’ve mentioned are actually biracials. Oh, I’ve forgotten the Skunk Anansie.

          • andrew says:

            Hendrix also had a band with two white musicians and a white producer too.

        • Thenabster says:

          Pay attention to history.

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