Minnie Driver

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Amelia Fiona J. Driver

Place of Birth: St. Marylebone, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 31 January, 1970

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish

Minnie Driver is an English actress, singer, and songwriter. She is known for starring in the films Good Will Hunting and The Governess, among many others.

Minnie is the daughter of Gaynor F. (Millington) and Charles Ronald Driver. Her father was born in Swansea, Wales, of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Her mother is English.

She has a son with her former partner, television producer Timothy J. Lea.

Minnie’s paternal grandfather was Charles Edmund Driver (the son of John Driver and Sarah Ann Boyd). Charles was born in Plympton, Devon, England. John was the son of George Driver and Sarah Pooley. Minnie’s great-grandmother Sarah Boyd was born in Liverpool, to Irish parents, Thomas Percy Boyd and Mary Ann Campbell.

Minnie’s paternal grandmother was named Mary Jessie Maggie McGregor/Kelley.

Minnie’s maternal grandfather was Francis Charles Millington (the son of Francis John Millington and Harriet Simpson). Minnie’s grandfather Francis was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Minnie’s great-grandfather Francis was the son of Francis Millington and Elizabeth Green.

Minnie’s maternal grandmother was Constance Amy Lacey (the daughter of Arthur Lacy and Rose Ellen/Helen Clough). Constance was born in Colchester, Essex, England. Arthur was the son of John Lacey and Louisa Smart.

Sources: Family histories of Minnie Driver (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com

Genealogies of Minnie Driver – http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk

Genealogy of Minnie Driver (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Minnie’s maternal grandmother, Constance Amy Lacey, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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andrew June 15, 2016 at 5:24 am
andrew June 14, 2016 at 5:20 pm
andrew November 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Minnie Driver:

“I come from a really strange amalgam of, you know, European — Irish, French, Italian, Scottish”


follers November 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

I know. It was an odd thing to say.

andrew November 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm

that was cool..

neiltennant May 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm

she has of course ITALIAN ROOTS

look at her

andrew May 19, 2018 at 5:45 pm

it does not seem so.

Looking at the surnames in her family tree, she’s possibly half English with the rest being Scottish and/or Irish

Boyd, Campbell, McGregor originally are Scottish surnames

On her mother’s side, Lacey is usually an Irish surname (of Norman origin, as many others). If the user Alice is reading this post, she can confirm it.

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm

what? she could pass in iran

neiltennant July 26, 2015 at 1:26 pm

she is still listed as english people of italian descent


Zoe Marston April 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

You’ve Missed Something Out Minnie driver’s Father Was Welsh He Was From Swansea Which Makes Her Of Welsh Descent Too.

christian March 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

this look is not rare in ireland+ britain

not all irish are blue eyed + red haired

2 hours in london knightsbridge and you see 500 women who look like her

Sillau November 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

i would have thought she had some greek in her or something,i thi8nk shes also the voice for jane in tarzan animated movie

Ryldyl August 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

I have a feeling she has black in her as well, if you know what I mean.

ihatemostpeople June 3, 2014 at 9:11 am

Yes I know what you mean. She does look part black.

Racial Realist October 4, 2015 at 9:15 pm
Say WHAT? February 19, 2011 at 7:26 am

She was also born in the Caribbean…hmmmmmmmmmm

Blue February 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

That’s funny…I would’ve thought she’d had some Jewish in he.

crazycutie January 11, 2009 at 2:49 am

Scottish too. references at Wikipedia.org

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