Julia Roberts

by ethnic on January 5, 2010

Birth Name: Julia Fiona Roberts

Place of Birth: Smyrna, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 28, 1967

Ethnicity: English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, remote French

Julia Roberts is an American actress and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Erin Brockovich (2000). Julia is also well known for starring in the films Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, and Mona Lisa Smile, among many others.

She is the daughter of Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, who were actors and playwrights. She is the sister of actors Eric Roberts (Eric Anthony Roberts) and Lisa Roberts Gillan, and the aunt of actress Emma Roberts, who is Eric’s daughter. Julia has three children with her husband, cinematographer Daniel Moder.

Julia’s father’s family has lived in the American South for many generations; his ancestry included English, as well as Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and remote French. Julia’s maternal grandfather was of half German and half Swedish ancestry. Julia’s maternal grandmother also had English, Scottish, and other German, ancestry.

Julia’s paternal grandfather was Walter Thomas Roberts (the son of John Pendleton Roberts and Jimmie Glen Corbitt). John was the son of Rhoda/Rodie Suttles. Jimmie was the daughter of Thomas C. Corbitt and Josephine “Josie”.

Julia’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice M. Beal (the daughter of William Edward Beal and Pearl E. Ogle). William was the son of William Beal and Leana/Emma Moninger. Pearl was the daughter of Sanford Allen Ogle and Mary/Mollie E. Colburn.

Julia’s maternal grandfather was Wendell John Bredemus (the son of John Math/Mathias/Matheus/Mathews Bredemus and Elin Maria “Eleanor” Johansdotter/Johnson). Julia’s great-grandfather John was the son of Mathias/Mathew Bredemus, who was German, and of Elizabeth Steffens/Stevens, who was of German descent. Elin was Swedish, born in By församling, Värmlands län, Sweden, the daughter of Johan/John Jansson/Johnson and Emma Kristina Carlsdotter/Karlsdotter.

Julia’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ellen Billingsley (the daughter of James Henry Billingsley and Nellie Hutchings). James was the son of John James Warren Billingsley and Elizabeth Hymer/Hyner. Nellie was the daughter of Dolphin/Dalphin Hutchings and Ellen Greenlee or Matkin/Matkins.

Sources: Genealogies of Julia Roberts – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s article about Julia’s ancestry, at The Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Genealogy of Julia’s paternal great-grandfather, John Pendleton Roberts – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Julia’s paternal great-grandmother, Pearl E. Ogle (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Julia’s maternal great-grandparents, James Henry Billingsley and Nellie Hutchings – https://familysearch.org

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andrew September 4, 2017 at 4:33 pm


According to this, one of her ancestors on her mother’s side, Hans Michael (Gudknecht) Goodnight, is related to Harry Truman and Barack Obama.

fuzzybear44 April 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm

She’s the most beautiful woman in the world? People mag is without a doubt smoking the good stuff. Out of the thousands of great looking celebs, she was somehow picked again, makes no sense to me

andrew April 21, 2017 at 4:44 am

I totally agree with you.

luckystar March 7, 2017 at 6:36 am

She looks like a standard atlanto med from western europe

luckystar March 7, 2017 at 6:42 am

with maybe alpinid + dinaric influence

andrew July 18, 2016 at 4:02 pm
neiltennant June 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm


English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

so many european and northern and western european roots but she still looks like she could have something else

she has very brown eyes….
her brother ERIC ROBERTS who played a role in the video of THE KILLERS mr bright side on the other hand has blue eyes

andrew June 27, 2016 at 6:26 am

keep it up Neil

Ardor May 21, 2017 at 10:43 pm

I will call it the George Clooney Effect (when it comes to Americans) and the Sean Connery Effect (when it comes to Brits).

It’s really fascinating how some people can have such dark features and be purely Celtic or even Germanic.

phaedra April 24, 2016 at 11:48 pm

Remote French? More like, remote Sicilian or Sephardi Jewish. I expected a more darker “category” at the end.

Gorgeous woman, btw.

andrew April 25, 2016 at 1:55 am

You will be shocked when you see Eric Roberts then.

phaedra May 15, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Not only they don’t lookalike as siblings, they look ethnicities apart! He looks Swedish and she looks Spanish, in comparison. :/

guyinsf May 17, 2016 at 12:03 am

Her brother does not look Swedish. They very much look the same except eye color.

andrew November 25, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Julia’s sister Lisa Roberts Gillan has acted

suzana November 25, 2015 at 3:30 am

I noticed many people are insecure if they discover that outside europe soo many people are not dark or brown … climate and many factor affect how people might look… and its definitely about taste, I’ve seen very beautiful blondes and brunettes.

xoxo October 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm

Ugly as sin.

lanadelrey August 23, 2015 at 8:20 pm


lanadelrey August 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Just ignorant people, the ones who asked why she has brown eyes have to search more. Her eyes are amber they aren’t brown, lets say that she has brown eyes, mostly the people with her eye color, have one parent or at least two grandparents with light eyes blue/green/grey, because if she didn’t have one, she might have really dark brown eyes, and that’s where the swedish come, maybe she doesn’t have blue eyes or somerhhing, but I’m really shure she have ancestors with really light eyes colors, Her eyes are clearly mixed- light. like Emma roberts. And she does not look pure italian, she can pass as a central or western european or northern italian, but never southern italian. Look Buddy Valastro he actually looks so Italian maybe north african too. Search a lilttle bit more people.

cwm85 July 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm

JJ that was a truly stupid statement. My hair ks black, not dark brown but black.

Check7t August 11, 2014 at 4:42 am

has brown hair

billErobreren December 15, 2013 at 3:14 am
andrew December 15, 2013 at 7:50 am

John Cusack and Paul McCartney are dark brown examples

billErobreren December 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

If we’re talking Paul circa ’64 then yes, I can’t stomach that weird auburn dye job he sports nowadays! Cusak’s hair is virtually black Dylan Moran’s hair might be dark brown

andrew December 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

yeah John Cusack hair look black, but with some more attention you will see they’re dark brown, the same for Paul in the 60s.

J.J. December 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm

There may be some confusion deciphering light & dark brown hair and dark brown & virtually black hair. Well the truth is no one (not even negroids or mongoloids) has pure black hair, it is always a dark brown however if we use the natural hair colour number scales you’ll see it gets to a point where the brown is so dark that it does look black and would need an immense amount of lighting to show brown tones. So one could make the argument dark brown and virtually black are the same thing but well theres a difference between hair that looks brown but is a dark shade of such which may look black at certain times, and hair that is an extremely dark brown and looks black most of the time.


If you’ll look on that chart, a number 1 black is impossible to achieve naturally on a human (even though some peoples may appear to be that colour) a number 2 which is an extremely dark brown would be reserved to non-Caucasian peoples who do not have any blue eyed and blonde haired ancestry whatsoever making it the darkest natural colour hair could possibly be, a number 3 would be as dark as a Caucasians hair can possibly get which is common amongst middle easterns and to a lesser extent southern Europeans, and finally a number 4 is the generic dark brown which is common amongst many white people of European descent whom have dark hair (particularly southern Europeans). So personally I consider a person with a natural 2 or 3 hair colour as a virtually black noirette and someone with a number 4 and in some cases even a number 5 (depending on pictures and dyes they have in their hair as contrast) as a dark brown brunette, But that is why i use the term ‘virtually black’ as I’m acknowledging the fact that the persons hair is not ‘truly black’ and is just an extremely dark brown. But this a subjective matter as some would class all 2,3 and 4 hair colours as simply dark brown and some would only class non-Caucasian number 2 colour as virtually black, it is a matter of opinion and POV in the end really.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 12:07 am

She still looks Italian/Med. Brown hair isn’t just a German/English feature.

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