Keri Russell

by ethnic on September 12, 2010

FX's "The Americans" Season One New York City Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Keri Lynn Russell

Place of Birth: Fountain Valley, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 23, 1976

Ethnicity: English, along with German, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Manx/Isle of Man, Dutch, Danish

Keri Russell is an American actress and dancer.

Much of her ancestry is English, with smaller (to varying degrees) amounts of German, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Manx (Isle of Man), Dutch, and Danish. Many of her ancestral lines trace back to New England of the 1600s, and to England before that.

Keri has a son with her partner, Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, and two children with her former husband, carpenter Shane Deary.

On her father’s side, Keri is the granddaughter of Harold Edward Russell and Jewell Laverne Thompson (the daughter of John Asa Thompson and Belle/Bell Edwards). John was the son of Newton W. Thompson and Sophia Elona Hawkins.

Keri’s maternal grandfather was Kermit Sylvester Stephens (the son of George Walter Stephens and Harriett Ann/Anna Colvin). George was the son of William Adam Stephens and Temperance Susan Penrod. Harriett was the daughter of William Wesley Colvin and Elizabeth Jane Winsby.

Keri’s maternal grandmother was Emma Inez Fish (the daughter of Karl Joseph Fish and Mary Emma McNeil). Karl was the son of John Lazelle Fish and Melvina Cheney. Mary Emma was the daughter of Daniel/Dan McNeil and Emma Angenette Hendrix/Hendries.

Keri’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Erasma or Theresia Guillam, who was born c. 1783.

Sources: Genealogy of Keri Russell –

Genealogy of Keri Russell (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Keri’s maternal great-grandmother, Harriet Ann Colvin (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Genealogies of Keri’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Daniel McNeil –

Genealogy of Keri’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Emma Angenette Hendrix (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Keri’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Myers –

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follers August 11, 2013 at 3:31 am

She reminds me of Natalie Portman.

Jo June 17, 2011 at 10:02 am

where’s her picture? and all the comments?

anyway, she is quite an attractive lady, and very natural-looking. I would have guessed part German.

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