Heath Ledger

by ethnic on April 25, 2010

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Birth Name: Heath Andrew Ledger

Date of Birth: 4 April, 1979

Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Date of Death: 22 January, 2008

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, 1/16th Jewish [Ashkenazi and Sephardi] (matrilineal)

Heath Ledger was an Australian actor and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight (2008).

Heath was the son of Sally (Ramshaw) and Kim Ledger. His father’s family established and owned the Ledger Engineering Foundry. He had a daughter with his former partner, actress Michelle Williams. Heath’s ancestry was English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and, from his matrilineal great-great-grandmother, Sephardi Jewish.

Heath was descended from the Solomons, a prominent family of early Jewish settlers in Australia. Through that line, Heath was a distant cousin of Mayor of Adelaide, Judah Moss Solomon, and Premier of South Australia, Vaiben Louis Solomon.

Heath’s paternal grandfather was Colin Francis Ledger (the son of Joseph Francis “Frank” Ledger and Gladys Muriel Lyons). Colin was born in Perth, Western Australia. Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust is named after Heath’s great-grandfather. Frank was the son of Edson Ledger, who was born in Yorkshire, England, and of Annie Frances Sumner, who was born in Lincolnshire, England. Gladys was the daughter of Oliver Charles Lyons, who was of English and Welsh descent, and of Henrietta/Hetta Hatton, whose parents were English.

Heath’s paternal grandmother was Esma Kathleen McFarlane (the daughter of William McFarlane and Isabelle Mary Urquhart). Esma was born in Northam, Western Australia. William was the son of William Stephen Hamilton McFarlane and Margaret Duplex, whose father was from Co. Kildare, Ireland. Isabelle was the daughter of Louis Frederick Urquhart, whose father was born in Woolwich, Kent, England, and of Kathleen (Kit) Conway, who was born in Clare, Ireland.

Heath’s maternal grandfather was John Wharfedale Ramshaw (the son of Harry Wharfedale Ramshaw and Olive May Lang). Harry was the son of John Atkinson Ramshaw and Marie Louise Monk. Olive was the daughter of William George Lang and Georgiana/Georgianna Usher, whose parents were English.

Heath’s maternal grandmother is Jacqueline “Jackie” Campbell (the daughter of Wallace Ross Campbell and Reta Gwen Jackman). Wallace was the son of James Campbell, who was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, and of Jessie Mary McKay/Mackay, who was also of Scottish origin. Reta was the daughter of Clement Jackman and Lillian May Solomon.

Heath’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother Lillian was Jewish, of both Ashkenazi and Sephardi background. She was the daughter of Joseph Samuel Solomon and Miriam Solomon, who were both from Jewish families from London, England. Joseph’s father, Heath’s four times great-grandfather, was Emanuel Solomon, a businessperson and politician in the early days of the Colony of South Australia.

Heath’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Sarah Isaacs/Isaac, who was born, c. 1790, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Sarah was a Dutch Jew.

Heath was a sixth cousin, three times removed, of British actor and comedian Peter Sellers. Heath’s maternal eight times great-grandparents, Daniel de David de Mendoza and Esther Lopez, were also Peter’s maternal five times great-grandparents. Daniel and Esther were Sephardi Jews. Through his Mendoza line, Heath was also a relative of boxer Daniel Mendoza, who was boxing champion of England in 1792–1795.

Sources: Celebrities with Scottish roots – http://www.holyroodpr.co.uk

Genealogy of Heath Ledger – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Heath Ledger (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage announcement of Heath’s maternal grandparents, John Wharfedale Ramshaw and Jacqueline “Jackie” Campbell – http://trove.nla.gov.au

Genealogies of Heath’s maternal great-grandmother, Olive May Lang – https://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Heath’s maternal great-grandparents, Wallace Ross Campbell and Reta Gwen Jackman – https://www.findagrave.com

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

madman October 7, 2017 at 1:32 am

and a Jewish matrilineal great-great-grandmother (both Ashkenazi and Sephardi) —> 1/16th Ashkenazi-Sephardi Jewish (matrilineal)

angiemorton December 12, 2016 at 6:39 am

He looked very British.

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 6:05 am

no he does not

athelya November 17, 2015 at 10:57 am

they were sleeping pills bc he couldnt sleep.. have ome respect..

maestro November 28, 2015 at 10:37 am

@athelya he was known to abuse heroin as well as other drugs.

cwm85 October 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Too many pills… sad..

Racial Realist October 5, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Always thought he might have had some distant aborigine, but it isn’t a terribly uncommon look for a European.
(I’ve seen Europeans with way broad noses/features in general)

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Aboriginal features are very strong, unique and evident in a person. In other words, you can easily tell when somebody’s aboriginal.

He does NOT look Aboriginal at all. Even if he did have Aboriginal roots, he could be 1/1000 Aboriginal, and that isn’t much – You won’t “see” it.

At first glance I would say he would’ve been Serbian or Croatian. He does look a bit “ethnic”, but still European nonetheless. He did have a Mediterranean look.

He was a good looking man. So sad….RIP

athelya November 17, 2015 at 10:57 am

i knew someone would say that…. he looks typically irish or british

athelya November 17, 2015 at 10:59 am

btw cletics have typically broad noses and face + a short stocky stature. Germanics are those with slim futures.

Alice November 29, 2015 at 7:09 am

I don’t think it is as simple as that. You will most likely find all different sorts of features in all groups. Whether someone is Celtic or Germanic doesn’t show up genetically.

athelya November 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm

it usually does. he still looks anglo-celtic to me.. watch him in a knight’s tale and casanova and he looks like a typical irish/scottish/brit

Alice November 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm

I disagree with your post saying certain groups have broad noses etc and others have slim features. You will find that populations have a range and both groups have people with broad features or slim features. One could post pictures but it is easy to disprove what you have said.

bleachsoda December 29, 2015 at 11:06 pm

if he was white and aboriginal he’d look indian

angiemorton December 12, 2016 at 6:38 am

What are you saying? Are you kidding?

neiltennant July 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

that was also my thought

he looked like michael hutchence who also looked aboriginal

theropod June 25, 2013 at 6:08 am

No little bit of Italian or Greek (like Hugh Jackman)?

Or perhaps Eastern European Jewish (like his lookalike Gordon-Levitt). I doubt Jewish cos there aren’t much in Australia.

He had a nice tan with brown eyes which made me think he had Southern or Eastern European roots.

neiltennant August 2, 2015 at 4:01 am

yes the same thought

i had thought that he may have some aborigine blood or native american

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Lol try finding native Americans in Australia

neiltennant June 27, 2018 at 2:06 am

”aborigine blood or native american”




levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

He and Joseph Gordon-Levitt resemble each other except Levitt has a little Asiatic look going for himself.

smiley August 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Man, he sure was a great actor . . .

mm March 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I’m pretty sure he’s naturally blond.

mm March 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I knew he had Scottish!!!

Manu Sanga March 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm
Maria March 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

He was a great actor,I cant believe he is dead 4years already time flys by so quick.

Kate September 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I don;t think he is mixed this is just an old indigenous northwest euro look.

Courtney August 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Such a pity that he is dead.

total23 July 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

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