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.

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