Jordana Brewster

by ethnic on May 14, 2009

Place of Birth: Panama City, Panama

Date of Birth: April 26, 1980

*English, Scottish, Irish (father)
*Brazilian (mother)

Jordana Brewster is an American actress and model. She is known for starring in the The Fast and the Furious series.

Jordana was born in Panama, grew up in England and Brazil until the age of ten, and then moved to New York City. Her father, Alden Brewster, is American-born, and has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Her mother, Maria João (de Sousa), is Brazilian, and of at least part Portuguese ancestry. Jordana talked about her Brazilian heritage in an interview with Craig Ferguson. Jordana is married to producer Andrew Form, with whom she has two children.

Jordana’s patrilineal line traces back to William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Taylor Lautner, Seth MacFarlane, and Brandon Routh, soccer player Clint Dempsey, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller. Jordana’s father’s ancestry is heavily English. Branches of his family have been in the United States, and, specifically, in New England, since the 1600s.

Jordana’s paternal grandfather was Kingman Brewster, Jr. (the son of Kingman Brewster and Florence Foster Besse). Jordana’s grandfather Kingman served as the 55th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and was also President of Yale University. Jordana’s great-grandfather Kingman was the son of Charles Kingman Brewster and Celina Sophia Baldwin. Florence was the daughter of Lyman Waterman Besse and Henrietta Louisa Segee.

Jordana’s paternal grandmother was Mary Louise Phillips (the daughter of Eugene James Phillips and Mary Louise Griffin). Eugene was the son of Riley E. Phillips, who was born in Connecticut, and of Frances L., who was Scottish. Mary Louise was the daughter of John H. Griffin, who was of Irish descent, and of Kate.

Jordana’s maternal grandfather was named Fernando de Sousa. “de Sousa” is a Portuguese surname. Jordana’s mother also has the surname “Leal” in her family tree, which is often Portuguese (on rarer occasions, it is Spanish).

Sources: Genealogies of Jordana Brewster (focusing on her father’s side) –

Jordana’s paternal grandmother, Mary Louise Phillips, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

photo by Helga Esteb /

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Connerfromvine May 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Her eyebrows basically touch her eyes. Theres like no space between.

me March 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

I’m brazilian,and I think she has some african and indigenous ancestry, but she looks mostly white,she looks portuguese.

Ardor February 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Yes. She’s mostly European (say 80%), but she does have indigenous ancestry (20%). Which makes her really beautiful.

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

She looks 100% European to me, southern that is.

Just because you’re a bit dark doesn’t mean that you’re “mixed”…yikes

Btw, she tans herself. This is probably her real complexion:

Connerfromvine August 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

Doesn’t the relationship between eyebrow and eye relate to one’s ethnicity?

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 12:37 am

A very pretty woman. I thought she was Mestizo though.

But a nice surprise here though…

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm

I thought the same thing. She is naturally beautiful.

Adri028456 December 7, 2014 at 1:15 am

I would’ve thought she was Portuguese, but after seeing a picture of her mother, she is a typical Brazilian with some African and Native thrown in. Her mother looks a lot like Sonia Braga.

cwm85 July 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

Her mother looks very European. So does Jordana.

Marseille June 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Looks like a typical Portuguese girl, fully white. I knew she was when I first saw her too.

Caribbeangirl September 27, 2014 at 4:35 am

Brazilian?? im not sure she is fully white hunny Do you know about brazil?

thomas1987 October 17, 2014 at 6:28 am

Not everyone in Brazil is mixed. There are many fully white people in Brazil. She is fully white.

memphis September 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Funny thing about the country of Portugal is that genetically they have the highest African admixture (mostly maternally) of about 22% in the island of Madeira, 6% total around 3.28% in the Azores all due to the slave trade, Moors (mix of Berber,Arab,Other Africans) and fairly recent immigrants. Southern Europe has a degree of African admixture mainly in low levels in places like Andalusia, Spain and parts of Italy.

Girll December 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

I read somewhere the majority of White Brazilians who have been living there since colonial times have afro/mixed ancestors. Significantly so compared to Americans.

Jordan April 14, 2015 at 7:58 am

The majority, but not all. Some are more mixed than others.

andrew April 14, 2015 at 8:14 am

they genetically have some degree of non-Euro admixture, even though it’s not visible in phenotype. Also Brazilian pardos (=mixed race) have strong European admixture

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