Hayden Christensen

by ethnic on March 19, 2008

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: April 19, 1981

*Danish (father)
*Swedish, Italian (mother)

Hayden Christensen is a Canadian actor and producer. He is known for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars movies, and for starring in the movie Jumper.

His father has Danish ancestry. His mother has Swedish and Italian ancestry, with roots in the U.S. His brother, Tove Christensen, is also an actor and producer. Hayden has a daughter with his former partner, actress Rachel Bilson.

Hayden’s maternal grandfather is named Kenneth E. Nelson.

Hayden’s maternal grandmother is Rose H. Rao (the daughter of Enrico Henry Rao and Concetta Greco). Enrico was Italian. Concetta was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.

Source: Hayden’s maternal grandmother, Rose H. Rao, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

image via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

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vilgotaan April 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Looks typical Danish for me.

andrew August 17, 2016 at 4:19 pm

it’s possible that his father has English ancestry too

Fatmonkey April 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

Hayden does have English ancestry on his father’s part.


His typically Scandinavian complexion and features match neither his Italian nor his English genetics, though. And, interestingly, even if his Italian and Swedish ancestry are mentioned somewhat often, his being part English is practically nowhere to be read about. I managed to find the above-mentioned evidence about his full ancestry on, like, the fourth page of the Google Search, not before.

follers April 22, 2017 at 7:24 am

That’s just one of those online bios that copy each other. This one probably copied the Wikipedia biography back when it said, without evidence, that he has English ancestry.

Fatmonkey April 22, 2017 at 9:29 am

Most Canadian family trees being unresearcheable by Internet, odds are we’ll never know for 100% sure what Hayden’s full lineage looks like. I just took their story for granted.

There is likely a reason as to why his ancestry has been described as part English instead of, say, part French-Canadian.

passingtime85 December 17, 2015 at 1:01 am

Just a question. Does anyone know how and/or why Hayden’s grandmother is listed as Rose Schwartz sometimes?

follers December 17, 2015 at 3:09 am

Hayden’s grandmother goes by the name Rose Schwartz now. While I hope I’m wrong, I’m guessing “Schwartz” is Hayden’s grandmother’s re-marriage surname, rather than the surname of Hayden’s maternal grandfather.

Hayden’s mother is sometimes listed as having the surname “Nelson”, and I suspect that’s probably Hayden’s maternal grandfather’s surname.

I looked them up, and there’s no question that Hayden’s grandmother’s “Schwartz” relatives are Jewish, though.

cwm85 October 10, 2015 at 8:08 am

Cool mix and a bit usual no united kingdom ancestry at all…

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:15 am

I can see the Italian side in him.

Tux October 14, 2015 at 10:04 am

Capri is in southern italy most southern italians look nothing like Hayden, you’d have to look in the most northern areas of northern italy to find a few that look like Hayden at best.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 10:43 am

wow. do you look down on souther europeans? bitch pelase

celebfan September 24, 2015 at 9:13 pm

Not long ago, he designed some clothing for RW & Company. I hope he designs some more, they sold out before I could buy any.

andrew January 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

He stated in an interview that his grandmother came from Capri that is the wonderful island in front of Naples

normam January 23, 2012 at 1:36 am

he is mostly danish

Larissa January 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Hayden is super sexy

Angel Syrene January 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

He is English also

dave August 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm

His dad is half English 2. xP

Logan March 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Swedish & Italian is the best mix ever.

I’m one of them! i only know of one other celeb who is that. Eric Fellows i think.

Latoya November 29, 2010 at 10:43 am

Dunno why folks equate light brown hair with being “Nordic” after seeing various Italian & Brazilian models? Hayden looks very much mediterranean infact he looks just like this Italian-Brazilian model named Ricardo Villani (Make sure you google him in safe search as he has nude pictures lol)

Logan March 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Well its no secret that he looks more similiar to other swedes than he does Italians.

Lola April 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I agree, he does look slightly Mediterranean. I thought he had some Native American or Jewish blood. : )

jessica March 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Swedish and Italian as well. It’s a very nice combo.

Paul(: February 20, 2010 at 5:55 am

I have Swedish and Italian in me too <3
He's really cool. (:

Blue February 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm

He’s got some Italian in him, hmm. No wonder he looks good with a tan and with black hair! HOT

Anonymous January 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm

He’s so good looking. I wish I was exactly like him.

dude December 31, 2009 at 11:19 am

swedish italian……..omfg thats hot

ethnic October 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I agree some do. I heard the Norman (viking descent) people invaded Sicily historically.

and October 29, 2009 at 11:58 am

so do some Italians, even Sicilians.

ethnic September 12, 2009 at 8:04 pm

He definitely looks Nordic.

jessica September 12, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Scandinavian and Mediterranean…nice!

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