Hugh Jackman

Jackman in 2011, photo by Featureflash /

Birth Name: Hugh Michael Jackman

Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Date of Birth: 12 October, 1968

*62.5% English
*25% Scottish
*12.5% Greek

Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is known for his roles as Wolverine in the X-Men films, and for starring in Swordfish, Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, Flushed Away, Happy Feet, Australia, Real Steel, Rise of the Guardians, Les Misérables, Prisoners, The Greatest Showman, The Front Runner, and Bad Education, among many other films, and musicals. Hugh was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2008. He is the first Australian-born man to have been given this title by the magazine (Chris Hemsworth, in 2014, is the second).

Hugh was born and raised in Sydney. His parents, Grace McNeil (Greenwood) and Christopher John Jackman, were born in England, and had recently moved to Australia. One of Hugh’s paternal great-grandfathers was Greek, and Hugh’s maternal grandmother was of Scottish descent. Most of, or all of, the rest of Hugh’s ancestry is English. He is also a U.K. citizen.

Hugh is married to actress and producer Deborra-Lee Furness, with whom he has two children, who are adopted.

Hugh’s paternal grandfather was Percival Henry Jackman (the son of Percival John Jackman and Elsie Violet Nutley). Hugh’s grandfather Percival was born in Brentford, Middlesex, England. Hugh’s great-grandfather Percival was the son of James Robert Jackman and Matilda Mary Robertson.

Hugh’s paternal grandmother was Glory Margaret Bellas (the daughter of Nicholas Isidor Bellas and Dora Furniss). Glory was born in Chorlton, Lancashire, England. Nicholas was Greek, and was born, c. 1861, in Constantinople, in the Ottoman Empire. Dora was English, the daughter of Charles Furniss, who was born in Derby, and of Margaret Ann Leslie, who was born in Bolton, Lancashire.

Hugh’s maternal grandfather was Bennett John Greenwood (the son of Matthew Bennett Greenwood and Rhoda Ann Whiterod). Bennett was born in Forehoe, Norfolk, England. Matthew was the son of Matthew Bennett Greenwood and Mary Ann Rebecca Tice. Rhoda was the daughter of Joseph Fairfax Whiterod/Whiteard and Elizabeth Smith.

Hugh’s maternal grandmother was Agnes Milroy (the daughter of John Milroy and Margaret Cowan McNeil). Agnes was born in West Derby, Lancashire, England. John was of Scottish descent, the son of William Milroy and Mary Anderson. Margaret was Scottish, born in Rerrick, Kirkcudbrightshire, the daughter of Patrick McNeil and Mary Harriet Mitchell.

Sources: Genealogy of Hugh Jackman –

Genealogy of Hugh’s paternal grandmother, Glory Margaret Bellas –

Hugh’s maternal grandfather, Bennett John Greenwood, on the 1911 England and Wales Census –

Hugh’s maternal grandmother, Agnes Milroy, on the 1911 England and Wales Census –


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40 Responses

  1. Stark says:

    Would’ve never guessed the Greek part.

  2. Freerk says:

    Has anybody already said that this is the sexiest man alive? And I state this as a totally heterosexual man.

  3. Caution says:

    He looks exactly what he is.

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